By Dan Walsh
A 600-page planning application from Tara Studios for a new film and television studio to be located at Borleagh Manor, Gorey, will be lodged with Wexford County Council this week.
Tara Studios aims to become one of the largest studio facilities in Ireland encompassing seven sound stages and related production facilities.
Located near the village of Kilanerin, Borleagh Manor is an early-19th century mansion associated with the Quin family for 250 years and in 1964 was purchased by British-born film and television actor Richard Greene, who played Shakespeare and other classic parts, but gained everlasting popularity for playing the title role in the television series, Robin Hood.
Greene established a successful stud farm at Borleagh and sold the house and estate in 1972.
Borleagh Manor sits in a private woodland in 160 acres close to the M11, is ideally located and the development will create skilled, technical, and professional jobs that will benefit the community.
The project is the vision of Ivan Dunleavy, a former chief executive of Pinewood Studios Group, one of Europe’s biggest film studio companies, and media finance expert John Gleeson.
This is a significant potential employment creator in the area as well as a major addition to the business and creative landscape of North Wexford.
Senator Malcolm Byrne told WexfordLocal.com; “I’ve been happy to work with the team to bring the project to this stage and there has been extensive pre-planning discussion with Wexford County Council before this application will be lodged. This will be transformative for the local but also national creative economy and I am strongly supportive of this application.”