Ireland Film & Photography Production Services & Camera Crews
Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in Ireland? Contact us for trusted fixers, producers, directors, DoPs, videographers, photographers, and full shooting crews tailored for the specific needs of your project.
Filming in Ireland
For an introduction to shooting in Ireland see below notes on film locations, permits, when to shoot, unique local stories, costs, tax incentives, crews, talent, fringes, premiums, equipment, communications, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits for filming, transport, film-friendly accommodation, and safety advice.
Ireland Film Locations
Ireland is best known for its picturesque rural landscapes, green rolling hills, sleepy Irish villages with old Irish pubs, remote castles, country estates, Victorian terraced houses, dramatic coastline, lighthouses, and roads through scenic settings that are ideal for car commercials.
Agricultural looks of interest in Ireland include wheat and barley fields, and dairy farms.
Ireland has played host to films such as Vivarium (2019), Saving Private Ryan (1998), Braveheart (1995), Far and Away (1992), The Commitments (1991), Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Star Wars Episode VII as well as the TV dramas including The Tudors, Penny Dreadful, and Vikings.
Dublin is Ireland’s capital and main film production centre. Galway and Cork also have some crews and equipment but larger productions often need to consist of a combination of local and Dublin based suppliers.
Irish locations of interest to filmmakers and photographers can be divided into the following regions:
Dublin is a very modern and vibrant city that has a wide variety of locations from modern to period. It has often been used to replicate London and many other European and North American cities. Locations of note include Trinity College Library, National Museum of Ireland, General Post Office, Dublin Castle, Malahide Castle, Leinster House, St Patrick’s Cathedral, National Botanic Gardens, and Kilmainham Gaol. Dublin is a small city with free-flowing traffic making unit moves easier than in other European production centres. Just outside of Dublin you can find Newbridge House, a perfect location for any period piece.
Ireland’s three major studios are within an hour drive of Dublin aiport. Coastal and rural locations can be reached within a couple of hours drive. Outside of Dublin, one curious location of note is Lambay Island which is home to a population of wild wallabies from Australia.
North West Ireland is known for its rugged coastline, green landscapes, and small villages. The region comprises of the counties of Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan and Sligo. Donegal’s scenic coastline is home to Slieve League and Glenveagh Castle. Strandhill and Enniscrone are surf beaches in Sligo. The inland regions of Leitrim, Monaghan and Cavan are known for their canals, lakes, and mountains.
West Ireland is known for its wild romantic and rugged scenery and coastlines. The region comprises of the counties of Galway, Mayo and Roscommon.
Galway is a 2.5 hour drive from Dublin. Galway is a unique city known for its bohemian attitude and colourful architecture. Outside of Galway castes of interest include Dunguaire Castle and Fiddaun Castle.
Doolin is a picturesque village and the gateway to the Aran Islands, a location known for their green landscapes and dry stone walls. One interesting film location is the MV Plassey, a rusted steam trawler shipwrecked on Finnis Rock. Dún Aonghasa is an archaeological site on the Aran Islands.
Connemara is famous for the movie The Quiet Man. Kylemore Abbey is an impressive film location in this area.
Croagh Patrick and Ashford Castle are in county Mayo.
Midlands East counties include Kildare, Laois, Longford, Louth, Offaly, Meath, Westmeath and Wicklow.
The region is home to several interesting castles and manor houses including Birr Castle, Charleville Castle, Slane Castle, Russborough House, Castletown House, Carton House, and Powerscourt Estate.
Conolly’s Folly is an interesting obelisk structure in County Kildare.
The Round Tower of Glendalough is a tower in a graveyard, and makes for an unusual film location.
Newgrange is a prehistoric monument.
Victor’s Way Indian Sculpture Park is another interesting film location.
The Laytown Races is a horse racing event that takes place in September every year on the beach at Laytown.
Shannon consists of counties Clare and Limerick.
County Clare has an abundance of photographic riches with the Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty castle, and the unique landscape of the Burren region (known for its vast rocky landscape).
Limerick is a county of quiet beauty and rural charm with a city rich in history. King John’s Castle is located in Limerick. Adare Manor is just outside of Limerick.
The counties of Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford make up the sunny southeast.
Waterford is Ireland’s oldest city. Wexford is known for its Opera festival and Johnstown Castle. Borris House is located in county Carlow. The medieval city of Kilkenny is known for its castle. Tipperary is a rural county that’s home to mountains, rivers, lakes, farmland, and the Rock of Cashel. Curracloe Beach featured as Omaha beach in Saving Private Ryan (1998).
Cork & Kerry
Cork & Kerry are two of Ireland’s most scenic counties.
Cork is a 3 hour drive from Dublin. Cork city is a smaller, more quaint version of Dublin offering both period and modern locations. Of note are Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral and Cork City Gaol. Blarney Castle and Blackrock Castle are located just outside of Cork. The countryside in west Cork is famous for the green looks that one associates with Ireland such as the rural pub, green rolling hills, stone walls and country roads filled with sheep.
County Kerry is known for its rugged coastline and mountains. Carrauntoohil is Ireland’s highest peak. Killarney National Park has beautiful lakes, forests and waterfalls. The Ring of Kerry is a beautiful rugged coastal road ideal for car commercial shoots. Dingle is a picturesque fishing town. Skellig Michael is a monastery on the Skellig Islands. Other county Kerry film locations of note include Muckross House, Ross Castle, and O’Shea’s pub on Valentia Island.
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Ireland Film Location Permits
Ireland film location permits in the cities generally require a minimum of 2 weeks notice however in certain circumstances this process can be reduced to 7 days. Films are generally free to shoot anywhere however commercial shoots are restricted from shooting on certain national sites such as government buildings, Trinity College, etc. Please contact us for location specific information.
When To Shoot?
Ireland has a temperate maritime climate with cold, wet winters (December to March) and warm, humid summers (June to September). Late spring (April to May) through to early fall (October to November) are the best months to film for weather. For monthly weather statistics please see here.
Film events of note include:
• St Patrick’s Day is celebrated in March.
• Pan Celtic Festival in April.
• Halloween is celebrated in October.
Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Ireland.
Unique Local Stories
Brands are looking for local stories that match their brand narrative. Our local teams are a great lead for sourcing those unique stories and characters.
If you are looking for stories for your next shoot, send us your brief and we will pitch you ideas.
If you have a unique story you would like to pitch to a brand anywhere in the world, pitch us your idea. We have well-established processes to ensure that your ideas are properly seen and protected.
Costs & Tax Incentives
Costs. Ireland trades in the Euro. It is similar in costs to its Western European neighbours. Our Dublin based fixer / service producer will negotiate deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget. See here for the current VAT rate.
Tax Incentives. Ireland offers Feature films, TV series, animations and documentaries a tax credit of up to 32% of eligible Irish expenditure. At present there are no tax incentives for foreign commercials shooting in Ireland. See here for more information.
Film Crew & Talent
Crews. Ireland has a good pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Irish crews are of a high international standard. There is a good depth of crew in Dublin. Crews are in unions however there is usually enough flexibility for our producer / fixer to package deals. Ireland’s close proximity to other major European production centres allows easy access to those technical and creative crews should you ever need to look further.
Contact us if you are looking for a Dublin based director, DP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, or any other film crew in Ireland.
Talent are generally union members so costs are based on those standards. That said, agents are flexible to negotiate rates. For more information see Irish Equity. Most talent in Ireland is ethnically Irish but there are also a pool of multicultural talent available locally.
Fringes and Premiums. No hidden extras. The standard shoot day is 8 hours with 1 hour lunch included. Lunch penalties apply after 5 hours from unit call. For night shoots overtime is charged at 1.5 until midnight and double time after midnight. Weekend work is charged at 1.5 for Saturday and double time for Sunday. Bank Holiday work is charged at 1.5.
Ireland Film Equipment
Equipment. Ireland has a good selection of standard and specialised camera, grip and lighting equipment. Celtic Grip and Teach Solais offer an extensive range of grip and lighting equipment. For productions looking to bring in camera, grip and lighting equipment, Ireland is an ATA carnet country.
Communications. Communication is key. Our agility and global experience allows us to customise the right communications systems for every shoot.
Web posted casting, scouting, and videoconferencing.
For clients that are unable to attend set we offer a virtual video village solution. This dedicated and secure high-resolution video streaming platform allows clients from one or multiple timezones to view setups without compromise and to participate in real-time with the team on set. Separate systems can be set up for the discrete conversations that are required to make a job run right. Working remotely with our local teams reduces your content production costs, turnaround times, carbon footprint, and risks associated with unpredictable global events.
Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production
Art department and set construction. High quality art department and set construction.
Studios. Ireland offers sophisticated studio facilities including sound stages, backlots, workshops, props, wardrobe, dress rooms, make up, and production offices. Examples include Ardmore Studios, Ashford Studios, Kite Studios, and Troy Studios.
Post Production. Ireland has several very good post-production houses. Examples include Screen Scene, Wind Millane, Egg, and Piranha Bar. Post production benefits from the tax credit even if physical production does not take place in the country. For instance, Screen Scene provided much of the VFX for Game of Thrones, despite the series not being shot in Ireland.
Visas & Work Permits
Although Ireland is not a Schengen Area country, visiting crews travelling on US passports can enter Ireland visa-free for stays of up to 90 days and work permits are not required.
Transport & Accommodation
Transportation Infrastructure. Main roads are up to international standards. Several international and budget airlines service flights to Ireland.
Accommodation. Contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Dublin and other parts of Ireland. For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.
Safety. Ireland is a very safe place for foreign productions to visit. See here for up to date travel advice.
Down Time. Enjoy a pint of Guiness and the warm Irish hospitality in one of Ireland’s many cozy pubs.
Projects. For an example of TV commercials, stills campaigns, online content, corporate videos, virtual reality 360 content, feature films, TV series and documentaries shot in Ireland, please see below:
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