15 September 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Cianna McNally

Anybody attending an event in the former Clones courthouse building can now literally rest assured they will be sitting in both style and comfort as retractable tiered seating is now in place in the venue.

The seating was offically unveiled by Minister for the Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Heather Humphreys last Friday evening. This development follows on from work to improve the acoustics in the building, which was carried out last year. Minister Humphreys Department granted funding for both the acoustics work and the new seating and match funding was provided by Ballybay-Clones Municipal District for both projects bringing the total amount spent on the courthouse over the past two years to more than €50,000.

The seating will be particularly beneficial to Clones Film Festival as the courthouse is the main venue for the annual festival, which is in its 15th year, and will take place this year from 27th – 30th October. Indeed, on behalf of the Film Festival committee, James Sheerin warmly thanked both Minister Humphreys and Ballybay-Clones Municipal District for “helping us out and getting the show on the road.” He also presented the Minister with a framed copy of this year’s poster, which was designed by local man Mickey Slowey. The poster features Julie Andrews and a …

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