Night lights at Malin Head in Co Donegal

The producers of Star Wars have confirmed they are returning to Ireland this year to shoot scenes for the next film in the blockbuster series at locat(...)

 Chris O’Dowd, Irish Film Board chief executive James Hickey and Colin Farrell at the IDA reception in Los Angeles aheaf of the Academy Awards. Photograph: Michael Kovac/Getty Images

Irish talent is arriving in Los Angeles for an Oscar ceremony that will welcome an unprecedented number of domestic nominees. Two Irish films, Lenn(...)

From left, Paddy Breathnach, director of Viva and I Went Down; Rebecca Daly, director of Mammal; James Hickey, chief executive of the Irish Film Board; and Ed Guiney of Element Pictures. Photographs: Alan Betson, Getty Images

What’s going with Irish cinema? Two Irish films – Lenny Abrahamson’s Room and John Crowley’s Brooklyn – have picked up nominations for best picture a(...)

Lenny Abrahamson’s Room is one of Ireland’s big success stories

With seven Irish nominees hopeful of Oscar glory this Sunday, it’s a time of unprecedented success for Irish filmmakers. Where did it all go right, an(...)

 Saoirse Ronan in ‘Brooklyn’, John Crowley’s film adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s novel. Photograph: Kerry Brown/Mongrel Media

Irish film and television has come of age this year with a number of critical and box office success stories, Irish Film Board chief executive James H(...)

The Irish have been outperforming throughout this year’s awards season, with Lenny Abrahamson’s Room and John Crowley’s Brooklyn catching the eye. Photograph: Reuters

Paddy Breathnach’s Viva has made it on to the penultimate Oscar shortlist for the best foreign language feature film. The Academy of Motion Picture (...)

James Hickey CEO Irish Film Board Photo: David Sleator

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland should allocate some funding to the development of television and film projects, rather than simply their prod(...)

Ireland’s first TV and technology summit is taking place in Dublin tomorrow. The event will highlight new digital platforms disrupting the televisi(...)

Crew members boarding the LÉ Samuel Beckett. The Government did not charge Disney Lucasfilm for use of the vessel during filming of the new Star Wars movie on Skellig Michael.    File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Government did not charge Disney Lucasfilm for use of a Naval Service ship and Air Corps helicopter last year when scenes from the latest Star (...)

Skellig Michael.  Star Wars filming may return to the Skelligs this year, following last summer’s controversial use of the Unesco world heritage site. Photograph: David Sleator

Star Wars may return to Skellig Michael this autumn, following last summer’s controversial use of the Unesco world heritage site as a film set. The (...)