Monday October 26, 2020

Behind the scenes: The film and TV industry

The world of film-making is changing in Ireland. With tax breaks for investors under threat, the industry is looking to the long-term value of television series, writes Ian Kehoe.

24th August, 2013
Ashford Film Studios's founder Joe O'Connell with Vikings producer Morgan O'Sullivan. Photo: Feargal Ward

Joe O'Connell skips out of Ballyhenry House, his beautifully-restored period mansion, and makes towards his Bentley. "Follow me," he says. "I want to show you something."

O'Connell revs off behind the back of the house, before driving off on a sudden adventure. Past the stables. Off the gravel road. Through his polo pitch. Coming to a halt at the edge of a lush field, in the shadows of the Wicklow Mountains. He summons me to...

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