Councillor Rory O’Connor has written to Minister for Tourism Catherine Martin urging her to explore the creation of a new film museum in Bray.
Wicklow is fast becoming Ireland’s home to filmmaking. Notable big-budget TV shows and movies have been filmed in the county, including Disenchanted, Vikings, Braveheart and PS I Love You. It was recently announced an international consortium which bought Ardmore and Troy production studios is to build a €300m film and TV campus in Greystones. The 670,000 square feet of studio space will contribute to the creation of 1,500 jobs, with 450 construction staff to be employed during the building phase.
Councillor Rory O’Connor said “Bray, which is currently Ireland’s ninth-largest town, has no full-time museum and that needs to change. We need to make the most of what’s happening in the county. The Bray Central development is making good progress and I believe we should be looking at ways to enhance its draw for visitors. This can be done by using vacant buildings near the location of Bray Central and putting a Film Museum there. This will bring a whole new life to the main street with visitors from all around the world coming to see the museum and boosting business for all. I’ve written to the Minister for Tourism Catherine Martin with this suggestion. I think Wicklow is on the cusp of turning into one of Europe’s top destinations for films, and with that the creation of thousands of jobs.”