All set for the Cork Film Festival which is celebrating its silver jubilee.

An Taoiseach Charles Haughey speaking at the Cork Opera House said that the Cork Film Festival had created a unique role for itself. He also praised the organisers and paid tribute to the festival founder the late Dermot Breen.

The Taoiseach also used the opportunity to speak about investment in and development of the Irish film industry. These include the development of Ardmore Studios and the establishment of an Irish Film Board.

The festival programme this year sees a heavy concentration on Irish content.

The opening event was attended by the Lord Mayor of Cork Councillor Toddy O’Sullivan, Minister for Labour Mr Gene Fitzgerald, as well as international dignitaries and film personalities including Maureen O’Hara and John Hurt. Maureen O’Hara was presented with an award from Cork City for her contribution to cinema.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 11 October 1980. The reporter is Tom MacSweeney.