Ireland's first school of animation is a joint venture between the American owned company Sullivan Bluth and Ballyfermot Senior College.

The school was officially opened by Minister Brian Lenihan and is funded by the Department of Education through the European Social Fund. 

Seventy five students have enrolled in the first year of the course where they will concentrate on drawing skills alongside an introduction to classical animation. After two years, students will be awarded an internationally recognised certificate.

Brian Lenihan was joined at the opening by the character Feifel, star of the film 'An American Tail' which was completed in Ireland at the Sullivan Bluth Studios. Sullivan Bluth moved from Hollywood to Ireland in 1985. The Dublin studio now employs 360 people, of which 250 are Irish. 

Don Bluth believes that the new animation college in Ballyfermot will provide a much needed pool of artists and animators for the studios to employ.

It takes about twenty two months and several hundred people to produce a classically animated feature.

The new recruits to the new school of animation are confident that Dublin will become the animation capital of Europe.

Student Carol O'Mara believes that once trained, the talent should be kept in Ireland. 

For Jerome Morrissey, Principal of Ballyfermot Senior College, what is required is artistic talent. 

An RTÉ News reports on 16 October 1989. The reporter is Teresa Mannion.