Limerick movie studio agreement signed off
Limerick’s film and TV industry has taken a huge step forward after Limerick City and County Council signed an agreement with newly established company, Troy Studios.
The partnership was formed in order for the new outfit to get a long-term lease on the former Dell factory in Limerick. The 340,000 sq ft facility will be fully operational as a studio by the middle of 2016 subject to planning permission being granted.
Talking to RTÉ, Conn Murray, chief executive, Limerick City and County Council, said: "We're delighted to be working with Troy Studios in facilitating the company in its plans to establish a significant media hub for film and television production in Limerick."
Troy Studios was set up by Ardmore Studios' chief executive, Siún Ní Raghallaigh, Ardmore joint-owner Ossie Kilkenny and producer John Kelleher for the enterprise. Raghallaigh said of the proposed project: "The availability of appropriate full service studio space in the country is a restraining factor for Ireland's audio visual sector's growth. Today's [29 July 2015] announcement is an important step in the right direction to redress that imbalance.
"Troy Studios will add 70,000 sq ft of studio space to the existing 110,000 sq ft of sound studio space that already exists in Ireland.”
The studio’s plans come at a high-profile time for the nation after Pinewood’s production arm started operations throughout Ireland in May as a full service production company, and Penny Dreadful continuing to use Dublin as its base for filming on the third series.