Galway Airport to be transformed into Film & TV Studio Hub

Galway Airport to be transformed into Film & TV Studio Hub

Atlantic Studios, operated by Danú Media, will turn the disused Galway Airport into a new state-of-the-art Film and TV Studio! Read about their plans here...

A new state-of-the-art 40000 sqft Film and TV Studio has been given the green light to move to planning stage, with the aim of being open for business for the Summer of 2022. Atlantic Studios are proposed for development on part of the site of the former Galway Airport. Atlantic Studios has made an agreement in principal for a long term lease with the owners of the site, Galway City and Galway County Councils.

Galway Airport Film Studio

This exciting and creative project for Galway City, County and the Wild Atlantic Way will be developed on a phased basis. The first phase will involve creative development of the existing hangar building space to provide over 40,000 sq ft of film studio space, along with offices, suites and support facilities. Atlantic Studios’ strategic plan is to capitalise on the global increase in Film and TV Production as a result of increased streaming of high-end drama.

Phase Two of the development will include additional studio space, with the objective of ensuring Atlantic Studios becomes a prime location and media hub for production companies who are focused on delivering key services to support film and TV production.

The initial investment in the Atlantic Studios development is expected to bring €10-€15 million to the Galway economy annually, while creating between 150 and 200 production specific jobs. A key economic driver for Galway, Atlantic Studios will also showcase the talent, facilities and stunning scenic locations of the West of Ireland to the world. This development also ensures that Galway is central to Government’s policy making for Ireland as a world centre of high quality film and TV Drama production.

Galway Film Hub

Atlantic Studio has been established by Danú Media, a Galway based production company. Atlantic Studios has the support of the Western Development Commission, Údarás na Gaeltachta and a wide range of industry stakeholders, including Screen Ireland and Galway Film Centre. Danú Media was established in 2015 by John Brady and Siobhán Ní Ghadhra. Based in the coastal village of Spiddal, in the Connemara Gaeltacht, they produce high quality television and feature drama for both the domestic and international markets. Offering a full package of services to any incoming production, Danú Media has a strong and well established track record in the area of co-production and the added advantage of having a local and experienced crew base, whom they have worked with consistently for many years! In late 2016, Danú Media acquired the production company, Eo Teilifís, and also the studio facility where the long-running Irish Language TV drama, Ros na Rún, has been filmed and produced for over 20 years.

Siobhán Ní Ghadhra, Atlantic Studios Director said, "we have a strong strategic plan and vision for what it can deliver for Galway and the West and Ireland as a whole. This development will be crucial to fulfilling the current lack of availability of appropriate full service studio space in Ireland’s audio visual sector. Growth has been severely restricting in the sector as a result."

Galway Chamber of Commerce, Chief Executive, Kenneth Deery also welcomes the progress on this development, saying "Media, TV, Film and the creative industries are significant employers for Galway and the region. Danú Media have been huge ambassadors in the West and the support locally is a significant step in the right direction for this project at the old Galway airport. We in Galway Chamber wholeheartedly support the Atlantic Studios project, which will lead to an increase in jobs and a positive economic impact across the film and TV Sector and Galway as a whole".

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