On Friday last, actor Sean McGinley returned to his native Donegal to launch the Donegal Film Office website at the stunningly scenic location of Glenveagh Castle.
With a backdrop of the snow capped Derryveagh mountains, the famous Glenveagh Castle played host to almost 100 people from all over the country who gathered for the unveiling of the new website which will be the main calling card for promoting Donegal as a first choice destination for national and international filmmakers.
Sean McGinley, who is well known for his roles in shows such as The Republic of Doyle and Love Hate congratulated the Donegal Film Office and Donegal County Council on the new website and spoke passionately when he said “this website is a wonderful representation of what makes Donegal great, the landscape, the history but most of all the people”.
Aideen Doherty, Manager of the Donegal Film Office explains that “Donegalfilmoffice.ie has been developed to profile and market the county to the film and media sector. The website contains images of a range of locations throughout the county including beaches, lakes, historical monuments, mountains, castles & homes and so on. It has details on local film and media courses available at LYIT and it also has a production resources section that will be continually developed”.
She added “the website is targeted at film and media companies and will hopefully become the first ‘go to’ site for location managers interested in finding information on Donegal.”
Naoise Barry from the Irish Film Board also attended Fridays launch and stated that “the Irish film industry has grown hugely over the last decade and is going from strength to strength. The recent improvements to Irelands tax incentive Section 481 for film and television production has dramatically improved Ireland’s competitive position as a film location”.
He added “I am delighted that Donegal Film Office is launching a new website that will showcase the wonderful offering that is Donegal. We have been working closely with the Donegal Film Office for a number of years and have been successful in attracting films such as Grabbers, Shine of Rainbows, Dead Long Enough and Wakewood and this new website will be an additional resource for ourselves and the Donegal Film Office to continue to promote Donegal as a great film location in Ireland”.