Date Published: 27-Apr-2011
The Quiet Man could echo again around the streets of Cong this summer if the man best known for playing James Bond can help secure funding for a film that is back on the horizon after years of planning.
‘Connemara Days’ is a love story located on the set of ‘The Quiet Man’ and though Sir Roger Moore has been on board since it was first mooted 2008, the production has been dogged by lack of funding.
The film was originally meant to be shot over two years ago to mark the 60th anniversary of The Quiet Man in Galway and though it is practically fully cast with most of the pre production work already done, filming couldn’t go ahead until finance was in place.
Producer, Chris Patterson of Causeway Pictures Ltd, which are a film company based in Belfast, said this week they were bringing the ‘pitch’ to the Cannes Film Festival to finalise finance.
“We are near enough finalising the finance for it and we should be on the streets of Cong this summer.
“The way the economy was it was difficult for us to secure funding for the project but we are hopeful that we will now be sticking to our schedule which includes a January 2012 release date,” he said.
Other cast members include Irish American actor Aidan Quinn who was in Michael Collins, Legends of the Fall and This is My Father among others, Irish actress Sarah Bolger, star of In America and The Tudors, Geraldine Chaplin and Stacy Keach – or Mike Hammer to fans of the private eye genre from the seventies and eighties.
Sir Roger Moore, better known for his James Bond role and now in his early sixties, will also be Executive Producer. In fact the film is one of Roger Moore’s all time favourites,
The shoot is expected to be about four weeks, the first two in Cong and the other two in Belfast. The film is a romantic comedy about a young woman who falls in love with one of the assistant directors on the crew during the making of The Quiet Man.
See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune.
Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.