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The ‘Doubling Up’ of Dublin
03 Nov 2014 | Location Managers of ‘Love,Rosie’ and ‘Jimi:All Is by My Side’ talk to IFTN about Dublin as a location. 
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Minister Heather Humphreys Visits the Set of ‘Sing Street’
23 Oct 2014 | Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys this week visited the set of the Irish film production ‘Sing Street’ directed by ‘Once’ director John Carney and starring newcomer Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, alongside Aidan Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy and Jack Reynor. 
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Element Announce ‘A Date for Mad Mary’ Shoot to commence October 13th
10 Oct 2014 | Element Pictures announced that principal photography commences next Monday, October 13th on Darren Thornton’s (‘Love is the Drug’, ‘Frankie’) debut feature ‘A Date for Mad Mary’. 
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Galway Strengthens UNESCO Creative Cities Network Bid by Sending Delegation to China
07 Oct 2014 | Three delegates from Galway attended the Annual Meeting of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in Chengdu, China last weekend. Declan Gibbons, Manager, Galway Film Centre, Gary McMahon, A/Senior Executive Officer, Galway City Council and Marilyn Gaughan, Arts Officer, Galway County Council attended the three-day networking event along with 35 cities from across the globe. 
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Irish Co-Production ’11 Minutes’ begins Dublin shoot this week
23 Sep 2014 | ’11 Minutes’, an Irish/Polish co-production, is to begin its five day Dublin shoot this week. Backed by the Irish Film Board and Element Pictures, the film stars Irish actor Richard Dormer in the lead, who is best known for starring in ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Good Vibrations’ and can be seen in the upcoming Irish thriller ‘71’. 
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‘From The Dark’ wraps in Ireland
25 Aug 2014 | MPI/Dark Sky Films and Workshed Films have completed principal photography on Conor McMahon’s horror story set in Laois. 
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Northern Ireland-based Titanic Studios gets £14m Extension
14 Aug 2014 | Titanic Studios, the production facilities in Northern Ireland where ‘Game of Thrones’ is shot, is to add two stages as part of a £14 million (€17.5 million) upgrade. The facilities, which sit on an eight-acre site in Belfast, received the greenlight for the expansion plans from Northern Ireland’s environment minister Mark H. Durkan on Tuesday. The extension will provide an additional 100,000 sq. ft. of production facilities, which will increase the site to more than 250,000 sq. ft. 
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The Skelligs in Kerry to Feature in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’
25 Jul 2014 | ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ will reportedly shoot scenes on Skellig Michael in Kerry. Online speculation suggests that the World Heritage Site will possibly act as the location for Luke Skywalker’s Jedi Academy. Skellig Michael, or Great Skellig, is the larger of the two Skellig islands off the coast of County Kerry. 
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IFTN Speaks with Locations Manager Kieran Hennessy
29 May 2014 | With the release of ‘Jimmy’s Hall’ fast approaching, IFTN got the chance to sit down with locations team member Kieran Hennessy to discuss his career and work on the upcoming movie, starring Barry Ward, Simone Kirby and Andrew Scott. 
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Amazon Releases First Images of ‘Ripper Street’ Season 3
26 May 2014 | Amazon Prime Instant Video UK has released the first images of ‘Ripper Street’ season three, which has begun filming in Manchester. 
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New BBC Series ‘Ar Bealach na Gaeltachta’
22 May 2014 | In a new four-part series for BBC Two Northern Ireland, ‘Ar Bealach na Gaeltachta’ explores the marked routes around the Donegal Gaeltacht with its presenter Frainc Mac Cionnaith. 
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Irish-Norwegian Film ‘A Thousand Times Good Night’ Opens Today
16 May 2014 | Erik Poppe’s ‘A Thousand Times Good Night’, which was made with the support of the Irish Film Board, opens in Irish cinemas today, May 16. 
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Mercury Filmworks Opens Studio in Ireland
08 May 2014 | Canada’s premiere animation studio, Mercury Filmworks, has expanded into the European marketplace by adding a production studio in Dublin. Mercury Filmworks is known for its work on programming such as ‘Mickey Mouse’, ‘Wander Over Yonder’, ‘Team Hot Wheels’, ‘Jake & the Never Land Pirates’ and ‘Fish Hooks’. 
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Cinemagic Film & Television Festival Returns to Dublin
07 May 2014 | Lights, Camera, Action….as the Cinemagic Film and Television Festival returns this month from 12 - 17 with a packed programme of events for schools and young people. 
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Ka-Boom Post Productions On The Rise
22 Apr 2014 | Ka-boom post-productions opened its doors in 2010 and in the space of four years have secured contracts with some of the most high profile film and TV productions in Northern Ireland. 
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150 Jobs Announced for Mayo Based Irish TV Station
15 Apr 2014 | Irish TV’s founders Pierce O'Reilly (CEO) and Mairead Ní Mhaoilchiaráin (MD) have announced that up to 150 jobs are to be created with Ireland’s first ever international satellite television channel when it extends broadcasting hours next month. 
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‘Game of Thrones’ Renewed for Fifth & Sixth Seasons
09 Apr 2014 | The ‘Game of Thrones’ phenomenon has announced it is renewing for a fifth and sixth season on HBO. 
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TV3 has ordered ‘Oysters’ from UK indie Alaska TV
03 Apr 2014 | TV3 has placed an order for a new reality series from Alaska TV which is said to be similar to American series ‘Duck Dynasty’. The show will consists of 10 episodes of 60 minutes each, and follows a family of oyster farmers in Carlingford, a coastal town in Co. Louth. The move will be part of the channel’s drive to commission more co-productions. 
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Northern Ireland Screen launches €52m Funding Plan
01 Apr 2014 | Following on from the major success of ‘Game of Thrones’, which added €105m (£87m) to the local economy, Northern Ireland is now hoping to encourage more high-end TV and film productions to the area. A new four-year €51.9m (£43m) plan is being launched by Northern Ireland Screen, the region’s funding body. The scheme, called ‘Opening Doors’, will run up until 2018 and hopes to develop Northern Ireland into a major screen industry. 
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‘Vikings’ Renewed for Third Season
25 Mar 2014 | Following the last episode of the first series screening last Sunday night on RTÉ Two, and with the History Channel in the US currently showing the second series, ‘Vikings’ has proven it is in high demand still as it has received an order for a 10-episode third season. It will begin production this summer for a 2015 release. 
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