Donegal actor Sean McGinley was in Glenveagh Castle and National Park on Friday for the launch of the new Donegal Film Office website.

Despite the weather, the launch was well attended with industry professionals from across the country. There were also representatives from Donegal County Council, local media and those who had contributed photographs and other content to the website.

Mr McGinley outlined the purpose of the website, to act as a one stop shop for information on everything about making a film in the county. This included information on locations, catering, transport and cast and crew availability.

“Useful information for a film crew,” he said. “But we think that the thing that sets Donegal Film Office website apart is the raw material. The landscape and the built heritage and all the beautiful images on the website, from Malin Head to historic Ballyshannon, from Glenveagh to Errigal, from the Grianan of Aileach down to Lough Derg, all of these beautiful images are the point of first contact for a lot of people. We hope that once we get their attention they will come here and engage with the things that have grown from this landscape and are inseparable from the landscape – our language and literature, our music, our food and drink and above all our warm, generous can-do people. All these elements are the DNA of our county and make it full of people that are happy in their own skin, happy where they live. They treat people who come here not as tourists but as welcome visitors.”

Mr McGinley said this heritage carried with it a duty of care and responsibility of where to build, what to build, where and what not to build; where to preserve and restore; where mistakes had been made and what was done well.

He congratulated Donegal Film Office manager Aideen Doherty for her commitment and success in driving Donegal as a film destination.

Ms Doherty then outlined the structure of the website and thanked everyone who had contributed, including the many photographers whose work showcased a wide range of locations in Donegal.

Cathaoirleach of Donegal, Cllr John Campbell also spoke to those gathered, welcoming all guests and commending everyone involved for their achievements. As snow fell gently on the lake and the castle grounds, Cllr Campbell pointed out that even in winter Glenveagh was absolutely beautiful, a sentiment shared wholeheartedly by everyone present.

Donegal Film Office website is now live and can be viewed at www.donegalfilmoffice.ie

Pictured: Sean McGinley with Donegal Film Office manager Aideen Doherty ©Siobhán McNamara
Click on 'View Gallery' below the main picture for more photographs from the launch

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