Phoenix Cinema 

About Us

The campaign to save the Phoenix cinema involves many people living on the Dingle Peninsula. When the news was announced that the cinema would close for good there was dismay throughout West Kerry.  In late December 2021 a general meeting took place over Zoom to gauge opinion and gather support for the campaign to save the facility for the town and its people. 

The first step was to form a CLG together with a board of directors. A bank account has been opened and social media accounts set up. Patrons and ambassadors for the campaign are recruited and we are preparing to formally launch the fundraising campaign. 

The next step is to create dedicated working parties from the many people who have volunteered to save the cinema who will focus on fundraising, PR, gathering information, run our marketing and communication campaign and so on. 

 IONAD PHOENIX CLG   

Ionad Phoenix Board members are

Tor Cotton 

With a background in film, fine art and photography, Tor was involved with the Dingle International Film Festival for many years on the Advisory Board. She has run Comórtas – Físín for the last 11 years, a short film competition through Irish, both as part of DIFF and independently. 

Tor brings 20 + years of retail experience, event organising skills and 30 + years of voluntary work. Currently, as a partner in the Ponc Press, Dingle, she works on layout and design for all their productions. 

Tor is passionate about cinema and spent a couple of years as film presenter for the Tuesday night film club. 

 Sheila O’Reilly 

Sheila O'Reilly has been in bookselling for 30 years. Under her ownership, Dulwich Books was shortlisted in the British Book Awards Independent Bookshop of the year category in 2012, 2013 before winning the overall award in 2014.

Sheila relocated from London to West Kerry in 2018 and with other book lovers, founded the Dingle Literary Festival. The festival has in a few short years attracted authors such as Fintan O'Toole, Colm Tóibín, Emma Dabiri, Claire Keegan, and last year, President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins. Sheila is a non-Executive Director of Batch Ltd. and a judge of Bookshop of the Year awards 2022. Sheila is Project Manager for the Booksellers Association Learning and Development platform: BA Skills Hub.

 Aoife Granville 

Aoife Granville is a traditional musician & singer from Dingle and also works as a Lecturer in Folklore at University College Cork. She is a member of the Sráid Eoin wren (which formed the basis of her PhD) and attended the Phoenix Cinema from a young age. Aoife is currently serving on the Board of the Arts Council of Ireland and is involved in arts advocacy and mentorship particularly in the traditional arts. 

 

Orla Breslin

Orla Breslin is a maker and educator with a background working in creative arts, tourism, community and digital humanities. She currently works on an EU funded regenerative tourism research project in Kerry – developing and implementing community and stakeholder engagement initiatives focused around natural and cultural heritage. 

Liam Óg Higgins

Liam Óg Higgins grew up in Dingle and has been a regular at the Phoenix since a Mary Poppins matinee reeled him in at the age of four. It's been GAA and Cinema since. Lives locally and works as a freelance photographer, videographer and tour guide. 

 Michelle Flannery 

Michelle grew up on Goat Street in Dingle, one of 7  children (proud members of the Goat Street Wran). She is a Natural Health practitioner, Founder, Social Entrepreneur, musician and singer. She is involved with many events and festivals on the peninsula and organised Backroom Sessions in McCarthy’s bar for many years. Michelle has been a Natural Health practitioner since 1997. She ran the health food shop in Dingle for 12 years and was a Director on the Board of Health Stores Ireland.  She managed the social enterprise/charity Kerry Respite Care CLG from 2018-2021.  Michelle recently completed training in Understanding Special Needs and is currently studying Sound Healing.  Michelle remembers that her first visit to a cinema was to the Phoenix with her sister Ursula. 

 Jamie Flannery

Primary school teacher, programme coordinator of Irish language programme.  

Skilled in TV presenting (Cúla4 arscoil), hosting talks, event management, radio interviews, content creation, Irish language fluency, communication, Bilingualism and Public speaking. 

Ability to work with Irish language officers, skilled in marketing & social media content creation.  

Tríona Duignan 

Tríona is a Dingle native with over twenty years’ experience of freelance music & event promotion.  

Through her company, Beo Binn Live, she has organised numerous different music events in Dingle, as well as being the music booker and promoter for Nelliefreds venue. 

 She has worked as Artist Liaison with Other Voices and has managed bands such as Walking On Cars and Toysoldier. She Co-founded and managed the highly successful "Pantrí Café in Dingle for four years. 

John Benny Moriarty 

John Benny Moriarty was raised in Main Street, Dingle where his parents ran a drapery shop. He and his wife Eilís bought this bustling premises, then called Maire De Barras, in 2002 and John Benny's Pub has since become one of Dingle's most well-known places for food , music and hospitality .  

Phoenix Cinema 

 IONAD PHOENIX CLG   
 Páirc Ghnó Cúilín 
 Daingean Uí Chúis
 Co Chiarraí
 V92 P9NX 
 Registered company 714486 

 Tor +353 87 222 0853

 thephoenixdingle@gmail.com 

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