Screen Ireland received an $11m (€9m) increase in capital funding for 2021 — 52% up on 2020’s allocation — bringing the total capital budget to $32m (€26.2m). As well as the strong tax incentives, Ireland is greatly increasing studio capacity, with the expansion of many existing studios and several new facilities planned.
With English-speaking crews and an industry that has doubled production in the past six years, Ireland is well equipped to accommodate large-scale projects. All the existing major studios have expanded or are undergoing growth, while several new studios are also being planned. Ardmore Studios in County Wicklow has seven soundstages, the largest spanning 23,250 square feet, 14 miles from Dublin and close to rural settings. Troy Studios, in the mid-west city of Limerick, has undergone expansion with 350,000 square feet under one roof, including four soundstages totalling 100,000 square feet. Ashford Studios in County Wicklow, 26 miles from Dublin city centre, has three soundstages on 500 acres of rural backlot, the largest of which is 28,500 square feet. Further studios include Telegael in County Galway, Kite Studios in County Wicklow and Popup Studios in Dublin.
Facilities in development include Ashbourne Studios (170,000 square feet with 88,000 square feet of soundstages), Grange Castle Media Park (800,000 square feet with 12 soundstages) and Greystones Media Campus (790,000 square feet with 270,000 square feet of soundstages).
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