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Irish Film Board has growing ambition for its industry after 2016 Oscars

Irish Film Board has growing ambition for its industry after 2016 Oscars

In 1910, director Sidney Olcott filmed a silent 12-minute romance in the wheat fields and stone cottages of Ireland's County Cork for the New York-based studio Kalem Co. Olcott's "The Lad From Old Ireland" — which played especially well to the growing number of Irish immigrants in the U.S. at the time — is one of the first known examples of an American studio shooting a movie in a foreign location.

More than a century later, thanks to generous tax breaks, picturesque locations and abundant English-speaking crews, Ireland is still a popular destination for American studios — the country's remote Skellig islands supplied the dramatic location for one of the...

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