Write-off on fringes of the City of Culture

WE’RE a small group of writers and artists at the Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh. We meet weekly to try out new work on fellow writers and artists and we’ve all experienced some success in the past six months.

But now, as a result of the cancellation of the Cork Arts Job Initiative/CES scheme, our future is in jeopardy. In order to continue, we would need 5000-6000 to cover annual funding.

How can Cork justify its forthcoming European Capital City of Culture status when it fails to recognise the talent it has on its own doorstep?

Now Sirius is losing all of its programming staff, so our creative workshops face closure. This year’s ‘writing regatta’ will not receive Arts Council funding and is unlikely to be held as there will be no one to administer it.

Barry’s Tea has once again offered support for a winter series of “Barry’s Classic Blend of Words and Music,” but with no staff to run it, that too is liable to be discontinued.

Funding is available from various sources for programming, but not for staff salaries. Without staff, we can’t run the programmes.

Paul Feeney,

‘The Lodge,’

Mount Carmel,

Lake Road,

Cobh,

Co Cork.

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