New film group is the reel deal

Paul O’Connor, film gaffer, Brigid Crowley, ITT, Chief Executive of Kerry County Council Moira Murrell, Kate Kennelly, Arts Officer & Creative Ireland Co-Ordinator, Mary Nash, Department of Culture, Heritage and The Gaeltacht, Mieke Vanmechelen. Kerry County Council’s Film-Maker in Residence with, back from left, Maeve McGrath, Kerry Film Festival, Áine Moriarty. Chief Executive of Irish Film and Television Academy Awards, Bridget Fitzgerald, Kerry County Council, Mike Buckley, Kerry Convention Bureau, Daragh O’Malley, Kerry Film Studios, Grace O’Donnell, Kerry Film Festival, Pat Dawson, Killarney House and NPWS, Conor O’Carroll, OCS Productions and Sharon O’Keeffe – Arts Office and Creative Ireland

A NEW steering group has been established by Kerry County Council to help to foster and promote the film industry in the county.

Chaired by council chief executive, Moira Murrell, the group brings together many agencies as well as experts from across the industry with a view to promoting Kerry as a film destination and helping to nurture the sector in the county.

The Council’s Strategic Policy Committee with responsibility for the arts, chaired by Cllr Sam Locke, asked that Kerry County Council consider a more proactive approach to attracting film. In keeping with the stronger national focus on inter-departmental support for creativity. which forms part of the Creative Ireland programme, the new expert advisory group was given a remit to investigate the most effective ways to capitalise of the international interest in Kerry as a location for film and to consider the potential business case for a film studio in Kerry

They have been meeting to draw up a work programme and co-ordinate activities and pool knowledge as well as exploring the viability of film studios in Kerry.

Marty Morrissey filming outside Killarney Courthouse for local director Damian O’Callaghan’s latest movie Tradition

Kerry County Council identified each film group member based on their expertise and experience relevant to film development. Agencies that support film were invited to the group, as were individuals working in a professional capacity in the sector. The group is working with the Kerry Education and Training Board which offers one of the best film, TV and digital media training courses in the country.

The group includes Colm McEvoy, CEO Kerry Education and Training Board, Owen O’Donnell and Brian Nolan of Kerry Education and Training Board, Mary Nash, Principal Officer at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Bríd McElligott and Brigid Crowley, Tralee Institute of Technology, Maeve McGrath, Director Kerry Film Festival, Grace O’Donnell, Chairperson, Kerry Film Festival, Áine Moriarty, Irish Film and Television Awards, Conor O’Carroll, Filmworks, Darragh O’Malley, Kerry Film Studios Project, Maurice Galway, Director Dingle Film Festival/Animation Dingle, Gerry Moloney Enterprise Ireland, Kate Kennelly, Arts Officer/Creative Ireland Coordinator/Kerry Screen Commission, Kerry County Council, Brigid Fitzgerald, Economic Development Officer, Kerry County Council, Tomás Hayes, Local Enterprise Office, Kerry County Council, Paul O’Connor, Film Gaffer/Kerry Film Crew Database Coordinator, Philip King, Producer, Pat Dawson, National Parks and Wildlife Service and Sharon O’Keeffe, Arts Office/Creative Ireland Office.

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