LIMERICK City of Culture has released details of the projects awarded funding under the ‘Made in Limerick’ strand - which makes up some €2.3m of the overall €6m State contribution.
Of these 109 projects, some 102 are described as being “indigenous to or from Limerick city and county”, a fact the culture team has said will have “a lasting legacy” after 2014.
After a week in which intense focus shone on the project and the way in which CEO Patricia Ryan was appointed, releasing extensive details of the local projects awarded funding is a good move on the part of the body.
The furore has largely died down this week, and Ms Ryan was spared a trip to County Hall to give an update on the project as the cultural and sporting policy committee meeting was cancelled out of respect to Richard Butler, who died last Sunday.
Those lion’s share of those awarded funding under the Made in Limerick strand are community-led, youth and civic projects, 54 in total, followed by Limerick’s venues and institutions, the second largest group with 36 projects supported across a number of organisations.
Twenty-four of Limerick’s indigenous design, art and craft projects were also selected, along with local drama and performance, to run next year. In all, 109 projects were selected from 329 applications in what was described as “a competitive round”.
The €2.3m is in addition to a further €1.1m which has been ring fenced for the ‘Legacy and Commissioning’ projects, “which will also be locally led as part of the programme”, according to the release.
This brings to €3.4m - or 57% - of the total Government funding which will go to local groups, a fact reported by this newspaper more than a month ago. The full list is available on the City of Culture website.
Karl Wallace, artistic director, said he was “really delighted” that more than half of the State funding is going to local groups.
“That is going into Limerick – hopefully that will have a huge knock-on effect,” he said.
Meanwhile, it has been announced this week that The Strypes, The Coronas, Soak and Leading Armies will join Dolores O’Riordan and Maverick Sabre on a bustling bill for the concert to launch City of Culture on New Year’s Eve. The gig will run from 8.30pm-1am and a crowd of up to 2,800 people in front of Merchant’s Quay for the ticket only gig, which RTE will broadcast.