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Galway film industry generates 70m for local economy yearly as Irish talent spreads globally

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The cinema connections in the Galway are both historical and contemporary, with ongoing efforts to preserve, promote and enrich the city's heritage of film. With the recent announcement awarding Galway UNESCO's City of Film allows this prestigious status to do wonders for the city and environs.

Mayor of Galway, Cllr. Donal Lyons, commented: "The designation of Galway as a UNESCO City Of Film will,of course, add to and enhance our international status as a creative city and will be enormously beneficial to our bid to be named European Capital of Culture 2020. Galway is now recognised internationally for our quality of artistic work and engagement, which is testament to all those working in this creative vibrant and lucrative film and TV sector."

It is estimated that the film and television industry in Co Galway employs in the region of 600 people and generates around 70m Euro for the local economy each year.

Development is always a positive sign especially in the short to medium term creating jobs, so it's welcome news this month.

Through the UNESCO status and related programmes, Galway aims to encourage more film makers and enthusiasts to visit, thus building for the community an inspiring place that enhances people's film making knowledge, develops their film-making potential and provides a space to enjoy film.

Ireland showed a great presence at this year's British Comedy Awards while Irish productions and talent won awards for their contribution. We can safely say that the Irish Film industry has contributed greatly to the growing interest in Ireland as a cultured destination.

Gabriel Byrne's UNESCO Best Wishes Video to Galway

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