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.
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.