Two Limerick festivals will receive funding totalling €80,000 as approved by members of the Metropolitan District this week.
The Council approved the funding of €50,000 to be allocated to the I.NY Festival while the Richard Harris International Film Festival will receive funding of €30,000. The funding was allocated under the Metropolitan General Municipal Allocation scheme.
The majority of the Council welcomed this decision, however five councillors – Cllr Séighin O’Ceallaigh, Cllr John Costelloe, Cllr John Gilligan, Cllr John Loftus and Cllr Malachy McCreesh – said that they weren’t “happy with the allocations”.
The I.NY Festival is due to take place in a number of places across the city from Thursday October 5 to Sunday October 15, with the purpose of celebrating the close relationship between Ireland and New York. The funding boost will enable it to become a key place of exchange and engagement between Irish and New York audiences and a unique national and international annual event in Limerick.
The festival will include performances from well-known Irish musicians Glen Hansard and Damien Dempsey, screenings of much-loved Irish films such as Brooklyn and In America, as well as talks from New Yorker Festival Director Rhonda Sherman and Dr Jane O’Meara Sanders, wife of the former US presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders.
The Richard Harris Film Festival will take place in Limerick from Thursday October 26 to Monday October 30. The festival celebrates the life and journey of the late The Field actor in the place where he was born.
The only festival in Ireland of its kind, it specifically encourages Irish filmmakers abroad to return to showcase their work, and also welcomes entries from non-Irish filmmakers all over the world. The festival will include feature and short film screenings, workshops and theatrical and musical events.