Big turn-out for launch of Noel's book on music greats
Dr Noel Culleton, author of a new book on musical giants called 'They Made Great Music' has suggested that in addition to the €1 million she gave last month to the National Opera House for renovation, Josepha Madigan, TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht might give another million to the performing arts in Wexford.
The former head of Johnstown Castle told a large gathering at the launch of the book that the building blocks are already there - Wexford has a proud tradition in classical music and this has grown in recent years.
'I've often thought that the Festival Opera should link up with Carlow IT or the new university of the south-east when it eventually happens'.
'A degree in the performing arts providing a formal link between the National Opera House and a third-level institution would have a great attraction for national and international students', said Ned.
'This would tend to make Wexford a hub for cultural education and would contribute enormously to the local and the national economy. There is no earthly reason that if a good project could be found along those lines, money would not be found wanting.'
'Such an investment here would be an investment in all of Ireland. Wexford has a best opera house in the world, the best destination spa in the world and more recently Johnstown Castle was the backdrop for a special television broadcast on PBS TV to 100 million viewers across the US.'
Noel was addressing an audience of more than 150 people at the launch by Ger Lawlor, chairman of Wexford Festival Opera of his book on the lives of his chosen top 33 literary composers in the world.
The audience at the Book Centre in Wexford included Bishop Denis Brennan; Susan Ecclestone, area manager of Family Carers Ireland; barrister brothers James and John Peart, SC; barrister Dorothy Donovan; Professor Frank O'Meara, Teagasc; Dr. Aidan Conway, former head of Johnstown Castle; Professor Jim Roche, UCD; Verona Murphy, president of the Irish Road Hauliers Association, and David Mahon, architect and illustrator of Barntown and New Zealand. The Master of Ceremonies was Michael Doyle of South East Radio.