A golden opportunity - Ireland goes to the Oscars

PRESENCE, profile, facetime, peer recognition, empathy, and internationally recognised awards all help to make an entity as successful as it might be. This week an unprecedented seven nominations with Irish connections run the Oscars’ gauntlet in Los Angles.

PRESENCE, profile, facetime, peer recognition, empathy, and internationally recognised awards all help to make an entity as successful as it might be. This week an unprecedented seven nominations with Irish connections run the Oscars’ gauntlet in Los Angles.

This means that the Irish Film Board, despite greatly reduced resources, will be better represented at the awards ceremony, which will be watched by millions around the world, than either Paramount or Universal Studios.

This is a considerable achievement and a great opportunity to raise Ireland’s international profile.

That profile has already been enhanced by ‘Star Wars’ director and industry leader JJ Abrams who has admitted he would love to shoot a film in Ireland again. The filmmaker brought ‘Star Wars’ to Kerry when the crew filmed on Skellig Michael and said the welcome he and his colleagues got was unprecedented — despite stringent terms and conditions around the use of the world heritage site.

It is easy to be sceptical about the advantages that might come to Ireland because a popular film might be filmed here but those who still, 64 years later, host visitors who come to see a snapshot of the long-gone Ireland of The Quiet Man would disagree. It is easy to get star-struck about these things but recognition on this particular stage would be an invaluable way to promote our country — and possibly create jobs.

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