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Friday 9 December 2016

Massive new film studios to create up to 750 jobs

Conn Murray
Conn Murray

Plans for a multi-million euro film production hub in Limerick have taken a step forward as the local council announced that it is buying a 350,000 sq ft warehouse formerly used by computer giant Dell.

Limerick City and County Council is to shell out between €5m and €6m for the former industrial building in Castletroy, which is around 25 acres in size with 7.5 acres of development land available and 750 car spaces. The giant industrial unit at Plassey Technological Park was previously occupied by both Wang and Dell.

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It is now hoped that the building will be used to provide major film productions facilities in Limerick. The council is currently in talks with Ardmore Studios, the largest film and TV studio in the country, in the hopes of advancing the project.

The Bray-based studios have hosted many productions over the years including TV series Penny Dreadful starring Hollywood actor Josh Hartnett.

Limerick CEO Conn Murray said the purchase was "an important step in the local authority's plan to create an international film centre and major sustainable employment in Limerick".

"Our discussions with Ardmore Studios are continuing at pace since we first announced that we were working together late last year," Mr Murray said.

"We're delighted that subject to finalising details, we have agreed terms on the purchase of the former Dell building in Plassey.

The purchase of this building is the first step in our strategy to create major studio facilities in Limerick.

"The next part of the process is to finalise our discussions with Ardmore Studios. We have been encouraged by the response to this initiative," he added.

Previous reports said the new film centre will create more than 750 permanent jobs and could benefit the local economy by around €80m yearly.

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