GALWAY CITY COUNCIL has today put forward a proposal to the Minister for Arts Jimmy Deenihan to step in as an ‘interim’ City of Culture.
Councillor Pádraig Conneely, Mayor of the City of Galway, offered the city’s services while the board of the Limerick City of Culture programme carry out appointments, following a series of high profile resignations this week.
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Galway City is ‘well-equipped’ to take on the role and provide a vibrant programme of arts and culture, beginning immediately.
“It’s not a big deal for us. We’d probably be doing it anyway. For us, the arts are for life, not just for Christmas”, claimed Conneely, “Sure we have culture coming out of our arses here.
Galway City Council praised the work of the Limerick City of Culture programme and said that it was ‘a good effort’ on its website, where it publicly announced the offer to take the reigns.
Citing the city’s track record ‘not pissing away arts funding’ and ‘a basic ability to engage with the artistic community’, The City of Tribes put forward a convincing argument as to why it should take over Limerick’s arts duties, ‘just until they figure it out’.
In an interview on RTE 1 Arena, renowned theatre director Garry Hynes urged the people of Limerick not to feel embarrassed by their city’s incompatibility with the arts. “Maybe culture just isn’t Limerick’s thing? There’s plenty of other things ye might be good at.”