Film Limerick Launches

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Limerick City of Culture in partnership with Behind the Scenes are pleased to announce the creation of a unique and exciting scheme, Film Limerick. This project presents a fantastic opportunity for new and emerging filmmakers to have their films produced with both funding and industry support. film limerick (2)

Film Limerick Project Manager, Ronan Cassidy explained, “This funding initiative aims to nurture creative filmmaking. At the heart of the Film Limerick project is the aim to shine a spotlight on Limerick as a film destination and to enable Limerick realise its potential as a film producing hub. This will facilitate the long term goal of encouraging both established and emerging filmmakers to use Limerick as a location. It also aims to develop a number of projects that form part of the legacy for Limerick in 2014,during its year as National City of Culture

Film Limerick, is one of these legacy projects; two successful applicants will receive up to €15,000 towards productionoftheir film. The only stipulation being that filming must take place in Limerick. Each production will also receive advice and support for making the films. The first screening of the two films will take place in Limerick as part of Limerick City of Culture 2014, and the successful filmmakers will be encouraged to submit theirfilmsto festivals both in Ireland and abroad.

Since its inception in 2011 Behind the Scenes strives to promote film, TV and video production in Limerick and the Mid-West area. The Film Limerick Projectis testament to the professional network that Behind the Scenes now represents in the region. It presents a unique opportunity to cement Limerick as a film making hub of the Mid-West.

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan T.D., commented:

2014 is an extremely important year for Limerick as Ireland’s first National City of Culture. Studies of former European Capitals of Culture show that the designation is economically valuable for a city. The benefits to business are seen long after the year of culture. My hope is that Limerick benefits from such a legacy. Projects such as Film Limerick, which aims to showcase Limerick to a wider audience, and to encourage more filmmakers to choose Limerick as a film destination, can help en-sure that there is a legacy dividend for the city. I wish the Project every success and look forward to seeing the successful films on screen in the near future.”

Welcoming the scheme Naoise Barry, Film Commissioner withthe Irish Film Board, said “Bord Scannán na hÉireann welcomes the establishment of Film Limerick and also the appointment of Ronan as Project Manager. Local knowledge and on the ground support is very important when trying to attract indigenous and international filmmakers to a region. It is very encouraging to see thatLimerick City of Culture and Behind the Scenes recognise the importance of supporting both local and incoming filmmaking talent. We look forward to working with Ronan to promote Limerick as a potential location for film and television through the IFB’s Network of Regional Film Offices”.

Film Limerick is now open for entries and Behind the Scenes are looking for filmmakers who are driving the genre of short film forward,through inspirational and innovative works. Whether you are just starting out,or you have been making films for years, this is your chance to shine.

The closing date for applications is: Monday 1st September 2014.

Anyone interested in applying should check out the Behind the Scenes website at or contact Ronan Cassidy at


Vincent Kennedy’s ‘The Chronicles of Meath’ performed at the World Harp Congress in Sydney

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Vincent Kennedy will conduct four performances of his work The Chronicles of Meath in July with the Meath Harp Ensemble, the highlight of which is the performance at the World Harp Congress Sydney on Friday, 25 July.vincent_kennedy_2

Commissioned by Meath County Council under the per cent for Art scheme, The Chronicles of Meath was written for the Meath Harp Ensemble led by Dearbhail Finnegan. Each of the seven moments is inspired by a place or facet of County Meath’s rich heritage and history and includes titles such as Newgrange, The Hill of Tara – The Hill of Slane, and The Book of Kells.

Performances of the work take place at the Cairde na Cruite International Harp Festival, An Grianain, Termonfeckin, County Louth on 1 July; The Thosel, Drogheda, County Louth on 5 July; and at the Irish Embassy, Canberra, in Australia on 21 July; with the final performance on 25 July at The Grand Ballroom, Four Season’s Hotel, Sydney as part of the The World Harp Congress.


The Academic perform tonight ahead of European festival slots

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The Academic, academicone of the most hotly tipped bands of 2014 play Dublin’s Grand Social tonight, Thursday 17th ahead of their appearances at Longitude this Saturday and Benicassim Festival in Spain on Sunday. The young Mullingar indie 4 piece have had quite a year already having played high profile shows with Little Green Cars, Kodaline  and The Pixes as well as their own headline Dublin show which sold out in a matter of days. The band are just putting the finishing touches to their highly anticipated debut EP which is expected out in September.

Support at tonight’s show comes from Luna Luna and Stephen James. Doors are at 8pm.

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SlowPlaceLikeHome announces the release of his debut album ‘Romola’

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Romola Album Artwork RGBSlowPlaceLikeHome announces the release of his highly anticipated debut album ‘Romola’, released on Bluestack Records on August 11th. Available to pre-order now from

The album ‘Romola’ marks a departure for SlowPlaceLikeHome (AKA Donegal-based producer Keith Mannion) following three critically acclaimed EPs. It features the singles ‘She Comes in Colour Stero’ and ‘Luna’.


October 5-12 Ireland Listening Room International Songwriters Retreat | IMRO Member Discount

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IMRO members automatically qualify for a 75€ discount on the October 5-12 Ireland Listening Room International Songwriters Retreat, taking place on Inis Oirr, County Galway. songwriting retreat

Over 800 songwriters from 20 countries have participated in more than 50 retreats since 2002, going on to tour, record and release songs in several countries as a direct result of the relationships established in these special weeks of ‘Community Through Co-Writing’.

“As a professional songwriter for over 25 years I have participated in, and facilitated, many writing workshops. It’s my pleasure to attest that the Listening Room retreat I attended was the most enjoyable and productive of them all.” Tom Kimmel (Johnny Cash. Shawn Colvin, Joe Cocker)

The Ireland week is priced at €875. (€800. for IMRO members), inclusive of workshops, housing, meals and local transport to and from the island from Galway. Additional savings are also possible through the Retreat Referral Program, where writers who successfully encourage new participants to attend receive an additional €100. off the event price.

Interest free, monthly payments are also available for those who need a bit of assistance in order to make participation possible.

Further information is available at or by writing directly to retreats founder/leader Brett Perkins:


Jupe sign management contract with USA based Perfection Records

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japeDublin based five-piece Jupe are delighted to confirm they have signed a management contract with USA based Perfection Records. They will join the team of global industry veteran, Chris Carlucci and former Warner Bros CEO and Co-Founder of Virgin Records, Phil Quartararo. Multi-Grammy Award Winner and Platinum Record Producer Bob Cutarella, and Timmy Temper, Music Producer, Music, Film and TV, managing some of the brightest young stars in entertainment.


Kenny Grant wins Tipperary Song of Peace 2014

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Kenny GrantThe international Tipperary Song of Peace contest 2014 has been won by Scottish songwriter Kenny Grant with his song “A Child in a War”. Kenny, who now lives in Malahide, Co. Dublin, joined finalists from Ireland, the UK, USA and Canada performing in the final held on 10th July as part of this year’s Tipperary Festival.
A Child in a War was inspired by news reports of the war in Syria, and the many other devastating conflicts around the world. Introducing his song, Kenny said, “I have a 3-year-old daughter, who is at that stage of constantly asking ‘Why? Why? Why?’ When I see the news from around the world, what we do to each other, what we do to our children, I find myself asking the same question.”


Bantum reworks ‘Oh My Days’ and creates video

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As one of 887329_825631900793745_4564587870882009919_oIreland’s current ‘go-to’s when it comes to remixing Bantum (Ruairi Lynch) has just reworked one of his own releases from his album ‘Legion’. The video for the remix of ‘Oh My Days’ featuring vocals from Eimear O’Donovan shows Bantum sporting a luchador mask and going through the daily grind up to the point where he removes the mask, lets his inhibitions go and enjoys himself for a brief period before assuming his former guise and starting the process all over again.

The single EP featuring three different mixes of the track are now available for download from Bandcamp.

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Kill City Defectors are back and set to release long awaited ‘Drone’ album

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KCD_DroneCover_V02After many years of constant gigging, recording and slogging Kildare band, Kill City Defectors decided to embark on extended hiatus to recharge and re- imagine their creative path.

With the band submerged, individuals took time to contemplate their own creative visions. Although a lengthy process, it proved to be a worthwhile one. The bar was raised, the parameters widened and the challenge of a finding a new symbiosis had well and truly begun.

Realigned and revitalized, new ideas slowly began to emerge, new angles explored and eventually a new wave of kinetic energy led to a new sound.

Born through frustration, the resulting album ‘DRONE’ bathes in the dark light undertones of the bands self-exploration.

Released on 14/07/2014, ‘DRONE’ is available on all digital platforms from including iTunes.




The Flaws announce third album and video for single ‘Animals’

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The Flaws have 10418175_10152514271294976_5234028136936838211_nreleased the first single from their forthcoming third album “Springtime for The Flaws”. ‘Animals’ will be their first single since the bands debut album “Achieving Vagueness” (2007) and their sophomore album “Constant Adventure” (2010). With the new album ready to launch it will be a welcome return back to the scene for this band.

Animals will be available to purchase July 25th from iTunes and Bandcamp.

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