Help Bring A Cinema To Roscrea:
Plans to “Bring A Cinema To Roscrea” have gained momentum in recent weeks with the formation of a new committee to help the dream become a reality.
Chairman of the new committee, Brian King told the paper this week that the committee’s plans are very ambitious. He said that with the commitment of the local community and of the committee members consisting of Cllr Michael Smith, Sean O’Sullivan and Donna Fanneran (Secretary) the plans are certainly very achievable.
The “Bring A Cinema To Roscrea Committee” was formed after the tremendous response to a facebook page that was launched by Sean O’Sullivan trying to encourage a cinema company to consider the vacated Tesco store as a suitable location for a cinema in Roscrea. While the shopping centre location would have been ideal the reality is that it is extremely doubtful that a cinema company would come to Roscrea unless a ready made premises is available to them. The local Chamber of Commerce has tried on numerous occasions over the years to encourage a cinema into the town but the lack of a suitable premises and worries over the size of the local population always acted as a deterrent. It is against this background that Brian King complimented Cllr Michael Smith for having the foresight to help put a committee in place and work with the County Council and other vested interests to help make the cinema a reality for the town.
In the last few weeks the committee have met with members of the North Tipperary County Council, including the County Manager, Joe McGrath. The committee has also met with North Tipperary Leader Partnership” and in the coming days will meet with the North Tipperary Arts Officer and a local architect who has showed a willingness to help with the project.
The Committee are currently looking at a number of suitable locations for the cinema. Indeed such is the ambition of the group that they hope to make provisions in their planning for a bowling ally and other recreational amenities that would add value to the existing cinema project. Fundraising will obviously be an integral part of this project and the Chairman said that it is hoped to establish a sub committee in the near future to concentrate on this area.
Brian King concluded his briefing by acknowledging the wonderful expertise that the fellow members of the committee bring to the table. He said Sean O’Sullivan deserves great credit for getting the ball rolling through his facebook page and local contacts. Apart from Sean’s IT skills, he is also a gifted graphic artist and these talents will shine throughout the lifetime of the project. The Chairman said that Donna Fanneran brings a vast array of skills and expertise to the Committee. He said that Donna has worked on many projects in Roscrea that have had a significant impact on people, particularly the younger generation. The success of the “Youth Café” and the great response to the “Halloween Festival” are just two recent examples of Donna’s great organisational skills. As regards Cllr Michael Smith, the Chairman credited Michael with having the confidence to approach the Council with such a plan. He said that Michael’s record speaks for itself and that he has always been of great service to many local groups and organisations in the town. The Chairman said that Michael’s insight to local politics coupled with his determination to see this project become a success will be invaluable as the Committee strives to bring a piece of “Hollywood” to Roscrea.
If anyone would like to help or get involved in the project particularly in fundraising they can contact any of the committee members above. Full contact details are available from http://www.facebook.com/roscreacinema