Merlin Founders John Boorman and Kieran Corrigan launch The Irish Film School

By merlinfilms at September 4th, 2018
Categories: News

Broadcaster Marian Finucane in interview with John Boorman & Kieran CorriganBroadcaster Marian Finucane in interview with John Boorman & Kieran Corrigan

Industry Event

Irish Film School held its business launch on Tuesday 4th September at The Lir Academy in central Dublin. The launch was attended by film and television industry professionals, directors, producers, educators as well as press, family and friends.

Lessons from a life in film

The event kicked off with lunch and refreshments in the foyer. This was followed by a filmed interview with the founders, hosted by broadcaster Marian Finucane and with Q&A from the audience in Studio. The interview, which will shortly be available to view online, was peppered with anecdotes of movie legends Orson Welles, Neil Jordan and Alfred Hitchcock, as well as practical tips for filmmakers today.

Speaking movingly of the highs and lows of movie making, Boorman said he had been “doing film for 60 years, and film has always been in crisis. It goes on because there’s such a desire to make great films. Film will always go on.”

A unique learning environment

The film school, founded to help launch the careers of a new wave of filmmakers whilst also nurturing those involved in the industry already, is open to Irish and international students. Offering small classes taught by world-class instructors, students at The Irish Film School can enjoy one of the most intimate learning experiences around.

New Irish film studio

Speaking to Vincent Wall on Newstalk on Friday 7th September, Irish Film School founder Kieran Corrigan outlined how his proposed 135,000 sq ft film studio in Ashbourne, County Meath, will prove a modern and useful addition to the film industry in Ireland. Located close to Dublin Airport and with five sound stages, offices and post-production facilities, the studio was recently granted full planning permission.

On the subject of attracting major international players to Ireland; Corrigan spoke about the importance of extending national film production incentives, offering a choice of great locations and facilities and developing the VFX and animation facilities in Ireland. Corrigan stressed the symbiotic nature of the studio and film school businesses, which will offer students practical experience and access to industry players in a studio facility in future.

You can listen back to Kieran talking to Vincent Wall on Newstalk recently about the studio and our courses.

The Lir Academy

The Lir Academy of Dramatic Art
The Irish Film School is delighted to be running filmmaking courses this autumn at The Lir Academy, Dublin. Established in 2011 to satisfy needs within the theatre, TV and film industries, The Lir Academy is Ireland’s National Academy of Dramatic Art. It is part of Trinity College Dublin and is associated with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London. Its wide range of facilities include:
  • Flexible black box studios
  • Three rehearsal rooms
  • Dance/movement studio
  • Wood and metal workshop
  • Scenic art studio
  • Design studio
  • Wardrobe room
  • Range of flexible teaching spaces

Press Coverage


You can listen back to Garret Daly talking about our courses on his Movie News show on Lyric FM.


Reports on the launch can be found in the following publications:

The Times

The Irish Times


Hot Press

Book now

The Irish Film School will deliver 3 film and media courses this Autumn in Dublin and London at its sister school The London Film Institute:


  1. Filmmaking with John Boorman & guests: Monday October 22nd – Friday 26th 2018
  2. Business of Film with Kieran Corrigan & guests: Friday October 26nd 2018
  3. VFX with Academy Award winning VFX House DNEG: Saturday October 27th 2018


  1. Filmmaking with John Boorman & guests: Monday November 26th – Friday 30th 2018
  2. VFX with Academy Award winning VFX House DNEG: Saturday December 1st 2018
  3. Business of Film with Kieran Corrigan & guests: Monday December 3rd 2018

Enrolments are now being accepted for courses in Dublin and London in 2018 and 2019. To reserve your space please book here.