Ardmore Film Studios in County Wicklow are officially opened by Seán Lemass.

Kevin O'Kelly reports on the official opening of Ardmore Studios just outside Bray in Wicklow. 

Ardmore Studios Ireland Limited is a joint enterprise between Louis Elliman and Emmet Dalton. Speaking at the official opening Louis Elliman comments, 

Opening a film studio is something very very new in this country and really we don't know how to open it, whether we should cut a ribbon, give somebody a key...


Seán Lemass, Minister for Industry and Commerce says that the event is of "national importance" and describes Ardmore as a very significant development for the Irish film industry. He outlines how the studio aims to employ Irish staff and to provide training in the complicated processes involved in the film industry. 

Construction work is still in progress on the site, and there are big plans ahead for the studio.

Visitors to Ardmore Studios on the opening day also get to see American director Fielder Cook at work during the filming of the drama 'Home is the Hero'. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 12 May 1958.  The presenter is John Ross. The reporter is Kevin O'Kelly.