A second Troy is the burning ambition for film industry

first_imgIs Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? WhatsApp TAGSfilmLimerick City and CountyNewsTroyTroy Studios Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Facebook Limerick on Covid watch list Previous articleWATCH: John Kiely on the importance of improving year on yearNext articleHigh flying Munsters welcome leaders Con to Greenfields Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. center_img Advertisement Email Linkedin Twitter Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Print A SECOND Troy studio is on the cards for Limerick, such is the success of the film production site at the former Dell computer factory in Castletroy.Members of Limerick City and County Council’s Economic Development Enterprise and Planning Committee have been told that the success achieved by Troy has sparked the search for another premises to start a second studio.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Innovate Limerick chief executive David Cantwell said that an important part of his organisation’s work is to make the Mid West a more attractive location for film production.“Troy is a success story and we have been working with Screen Ireland and Screen Training Ireland to develop the sector. There’s up to €500 million in film project funding floating around looking for somewhere to get started.”Mr Cantwell said they are currently seeking suitable premises and while Limerick is a likely location it could also go to the county or other big Mid West towns.Either way, he said there would be Limerick jobs created, and “well-paid jobs” at that.“It doesn’t have to have as a big a floor space as Troy but it does need height and that is very important. It could well be a smaller concern able to accommodate some of the lower budget productions.“Troy is aimed at the big-ticket productions for Netflix and the like but they tend to stay a few months and then leave, taking their skills with them.“If we had smaller productions rolling over the whole time, it would be an enormous advantage in training people in the skill sets they need for the industry.Other projects that Innovate is currently involved in include developing an ehub in Abbeyfeale and helping to develop the Kilmallock business park.The company has also acquired the former social welfare building in Limerick City and Theatre Royal to facilitate expansion and establishment of the Digital Collaboration Centre.Responding to Cllr Stephan Kearey (FG), who asked whether Limerick has the necessary skill sets to fill those additional jobs, Mr Cantwell said it is a “new industry and we are somewhat reliant on attracting outside skills.“But there is a lot of work being done on films in particular and at third level. We are now establishing the Mid West Film Eduction and Training group.”“There are 450 people working n Troy right now and there’s a good representation of local people working there, particularly on sets.”Mr Cantwell added that it was the industry itself which was saying that there is a requirement for another facility.Cllr Bridie Collins (FF) said the further growth of a film industry in the Mid West “could be used as an argument for support for Shannon airport.“If Limerick is becoming a hub for film investment – they seem to tie up,” she said. NewsBusinessLocal NewsPoliticsA second Troy is the burning ambition for film industryBy Bernie English – December 12, 2019 256 last_img read more

Japan badminton star Momota ‘fully recovered’ after crash

first_imgMomota, who missed the 2016 Rio Olympics after he was suspended for visiting an illegal casino, admitted he was “upset” by the postponement.  “I only had six months after the surgery. I had no time to relax. I was trying to give my all every day [in training],” he said.”So it was difficult to process the feeling that I still had to do more.”Nevertheless, Momota said he has been training hard to stay positive and focus on victory at the Games.The car accident and the postponement of the Games “could not be helped,” he said.”I don’t want to make excuses, saying I cannot do well because this or that happened.”Coronavirus did affect his training but he said he took the time to analyze his game and work on some weak points. “I think I can improve my technique. I want to brush up my attacking skills.”In March, Momota said his “spirit was almost broken” after the accident and that the recovery process had been difficult.He also suffered cuts and heavy bruising after the vehicle he was travelling in collided with a lorry. The accident, which happened hours after the 25-year-old won the Malaysia Masters, killed the driver of the vehicle taking him to Kuala Lumpur airport.”I want to do my best every day towards the goal” of winning the Gold Medal at the Tokyo Olympics, he said.The coronavirus pandemic forced the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics by one year — unprecedented in peace-time.The Games are now scheduled to begin on July 23, 2021 — though they will still be known as the 2020 Games — but medical experts have raised concerns the delay is not long enough to contain the virus and hold the event safely. Japan’s badminton king Kento Momota said Friday he had completely recovered from the eye injury caused by a car accident and vowed to bring home Gold at the postponed Tokyo Games.”I can see without any problem while I’m playing,” the world number one, who underwent surgery for an eye socket fracture in February after the car crash, told reporters.”I’ve been able to give 100 percent in practice,” he added.center_img Topics :last_img read more