New film preservation centre to be built at NUI Maynooth

The history of the movies in Ireland will be preserved at a new Film Archive Preservation and Research Centre in NUI Maynooth.

The history of the movies in Ireland will be preserved at a new Film Archive Preservation and Research Centre in NUI Maynooth.

Plans for the centre, which will be built and run by the North Kildare university, in partnership with the Irish Film Institute, were announced by Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan, TD, and film director Neil Jordan yesterday, April 4.

The centre will help both preserve and expand access to Ireland’s unique film archive collection. Funding for the centre will come from the Department, the Irish Film Board and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

Professor Philip Nolan, President of NUI Maynooth, said, “It is a privilege for NUI Maynooth to be involved in the IFI Research and Preservation Centre. The IFI Irish Film Archive offers us unique insights into our culture, history and place in the world, and is a rich source for scholars and educators. We look forward to a long partnership between IFI and NUI Maynooth.”

The centre will ensure the safety of Ireland’s film archives for the future, but will also facilitate research into ways in which digital technology can improve their accessibility by a mass audience.

Ireland’s film archives are in the custody of the IFI. The collection spans over 100 years.