Limerick film studio plans September completion
Troy Studios in the western Irish city of Limerick is scheduled to be completed by the end of September, at which point there are plans to hold an open day to promote the new production facility.
Producers will have access to three sound stages built as an adapted studio complex with easy access to Shannon International Airport.
“We [will] invite everybody from the region and from beyond that has an interest in working in the area to come and meet Screen Ireland, the Film Board and all the active parties in training and let people come and tell us what their skills are,” said Mike Cantwell of Innovate Limerick, in comments to the Limerick Leader.
“If they are interested in working in that area, we will then be able to provide – working with the education and training board – to put together the training courses that are required to get those people ready to be able to go in and work there.”
The news comes days after the announcement that a new production training centre will be established in Limerick to help staff Troy Studios with an all-Irish crew within four years.
Pinewood On Location – a production services division of Pinewood Studios – will manage Troy’s international bookings. The facility itself is intended to bring more film and TV shoots to western Ireland, expanding the industry from the country's Dublin hub.
High-profile productions continue to be drawn to Ireland as a filming location. Lucasfilm recently shot parts of Star Wars: Episode VIII (pictured) along the west coast’s Wild Atlantic Way, but productions are still generally based in and around Dublin.
Academy Award-winning stars Mel Gibson and Sean Penn are scheduled to be among the big names filming in Dublin soon when they start work on The Professor and the Madman, the story of how the Oxford English Dictionary was compiled.
The capital will also host thriller We Have Always Lived in the Castle, which stars Marvel veteran Sebastian Stan.
For more on filming in Ireland see our production guide.