HOLLYWOOD glamour is set to descend on Bantry next month when West Cork’s first OsKaRs take place.
Already this year, Bantry people have danced their socks off to Strictly, they have rocked the stage at Lip Sync battles and now they’re set for something new to raise funds for Bantry Blues GAA club.
The OsKaRs will take place in The Maritime Hotel on November 16th and 17th when scenes from seven well-known films will be screened. Rehearsals are well underway with over 60 locals of all ages taking part in films which include Irish favourites The Field, The Snapper, Man About Dog and an episode from Fr Ted as well as US blockbusters The Hangover, Bridesmaids and Castaway.
Celebrity judges will choose winners in seven categories, including best actor and best actress, while audience members will have an opportunity to vote for the best film. With the help of Kevin Rowe Events, cast members have received acting coaching over the past number of weeks and filming starts this weekend.
Bantry Blues GAA are the first organisation to bring the OsKaRs to West Cork. Club chairman, Patrick Connolly said: ‘We are thankful to all those who are taking part, to our committee members and also to all the local businesses for their support.’ He commended Sandra Maybury of PLANtastic Events for her help, as work on the project has been ongoing since earlier this year. Funds raised will go towards the redevelopment of the GAA Grounds at Wolfe Tone Park, Bantry which will be a fantastic facility for all the community.
The launch for The OsKaRs took place at The Quays Bar, Bantry on Saturday and the club thanked the main event sponsor, Val Whooley Plant Hire as well as their media partners The Southern Star.