TARA FILM STUDIOS – DECISION PENDING
In January, 2021, Wexford County Council green-lit the planning permission for the construction of Tara Studios – a proposed 250,000 square feet, state-of-the-art film studio at Borleigh Manor, just north of Gorey. A planning objection was later lodged by a local in relation to the scale of the project in a quiet rural area. The developers are still awaiting a decision from An Bord Pleanála.
Despite the Covid 19 pandemic, the global film and television industry has experienced substantial growth in the last number of years. Screen Wexford sees that the region can continue to benefit from this trend through the expansion of infrastructure and facilities. It is anticipated that Wexford’s new film studios, if they come to fruition, could help generate in the region of 350 jobs on incoming productions and a further 30 jobs at Tara Studios itself, plus additional local employment for technical and craft workers. The proposed facility will include seven sound stages along with supporting buildings on the 160 acre site – a significant new contribution to the Irish film industry.
The team behind Tara Studios is headed up by John Gleeson and Ivan Dunleavy. Gleeson hails from North Wexford and is recognised as one of Ireland’s most established advisors on film finance and an expert on the Irish Film and Television Tax Credit, Section 481; with a past list of media clients that include Amazon, Apple, Disney, Netflix, Sony and Universal Pictures. Ivan Dunleavy, whose parents were originally from Wexford, is the former chief executive of Pinewood Studios, the UK’s iconic “dream factory” and home to the James Bond franchise among many others. Dunleavy has also been an executive producer on film productions and involved in post-production in the area of ground breaking visual effects.
Screen Wexford, the county’s film and television agency, are hopeful that the decision comes soon from An Bord Pleanála and that it’s a positive one.