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The Hollywood of Ireland - You Guessed It - GALWAY

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Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2014 05:22:13 -0500

Galway Secures Unesco City Film Title
First Irish City to secure film designation as part of creative cities

The Irish Times, 12-01-14
by Lorna Siggins
http://www.irishtimes.com/search/search-7.1213540?tag_location=Galway&article=true) has become the first Irish _Unesco_
(http://www.irishtimes.com/search/search-7.1213540?tag_organisation=Unesco&article=true) city
of film and one of only five in the world to hold the title. The
designation, which is permanent, was announced by Unesco director-general _Irina
Bokova_ (http://www.irishtimes.com/search/search-7.1213540?tag_person=Irina
Bokova&article=true) in Paris. “This will open so many opportunities for
Galway that it is actually quite overwhelming,” Galway Film Centre manager
_Declan Gibbons_
(http://www.irishtimes.com/search/search-7.1213540?tag_person=Declan Gibbons&article=true) said.
More than 50 organisations were involved in the Galway bid which was
co-ordinated primarily by Mr Gibbons, along with film-maker _Lelia Doolan_
Doolan&article=true) of the Picture Palace and Dr _Jenny Dagg_
(http://www.irishtimes.com/search/search-7.1213540?tag_person=Jenny Dagg&article=true) of _NUI
Galway_ (http://www.irishtimes.com/search/search-7.1213540?tag_organisation=NUI
Galway&article=true) (NUIG).
Sixty-three cities worldwide had been shortlisted for the designation,
which has been described as a “highly significant international recognition of
Galway’s creative achievements and potential in the world of film”.
The film and television industry in the western capital is valued at €72
million and employs more than 600 people full time. Galway announced the bid
in 2012 and the final submission was submitted in March 2014, with backing
from the Irish Film Board.
The selection means that Galway now formally joins the Unesco’s Creative
Cities network. It is also a boost for its campaign to become European
capital of culture in 2020.The Unesco Creative Cities network seeks to “develop
international co-operation amongst cities that have identified creativity as
a strategic factor for sustainable development”. Dublin won Unesco city of
 literature in 2009.
Mayor of Galway _Donal Lyons_
(http://www.irishtimes.com/search/search-7.1213540?tag_person=Donal Lyons&article=true) (Ind) and Galway County Council
cathaoirleach Mary Hoade (FF) paid tribute to those involved in the bid.
The announcement comes several days after Galway Film Centre’s annual film
and television seminar, with participants including Beau Willimon, creator
and “showrunner” of the _Netflix_
(http://www.irishtimes.com/search/search-7.1213540?tag_company=Netflix&article=true) drama series House of Cards,
former Channel 4 television drama head Gub Neal, who is producer of the hit
TV series The Fall and Bafta-winning producer Claire Jennings.
Received on Mon Dec 01 2014 - 02:16:41 PST

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