|Agencies & Permissions|
Whether you are shooting a short film or a big budget feature, there are certain permissions and clearances required. We have compiled a list of contacts and some basic advice covering these areas. If you are looking to get clearance for closing a road or shooting in a National Park, the following information should point you in the right direction.
Garda Contact Information
Galway City Council
Galway County Council
Film Galway Partnership
Galway is divided into seven districts and if you wish to request a Garda presence during filming you must submit a written application to the Superintendent in charge of the relevant district. You will be requesting Gardaí to be engaged in duty of a non-public nature and there is a fee for this service. It is advisable to make contact as early as possible in the planning process and to cc the Garda Chief Superintendent at the below address as a matter of protocol. The following contacts list all the districts in Galway.
If you wish to film in Galway in a public space you will need permission. Galway is divided into two regions each of which is governed by separate Local Authorities, Galway City Council and Galway County Council.
Galway City Council
There is no fee for the Temporary Closing of a Road, however, if the application is successful, an administrative fee may be charged to cover the cost of advertising the public notices relating to the road closure. If the application is successful, the applicant must ensure that the Ambulance, Fire Services and the Gardai are notified of the closure.
Áras an Contae
Tel: + 353 91 509 000
If you wish to film in a public space in Galway county you should contact the Corporate and Cultural Affairs Unit in Galway County Council on + 353 91 509 310. Phone lines are open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. This office will liaise with the Area Engineer in the location you require and assist you. Public spaces include beaches, areas of recreation and public amenity, graveyards, etc and there is a fee of €65 per location.
It is advisable to contact the council about one month in advance of the shoot to give them time to liaise on your behalf with the area engineer in the desired location to ensure that everything is in order. As with all dealings with public agencies it is essential to have of your insurance details in order.
If you require a temporary road closure in Galway county please see the details in the Temporary Road Closure Explanatory Memorandum which includes information on Timescale ( a minimum of 8 weeks is required for requesting closure), Insurance, Fee, Expenses, Traffic Management, etc. A notice of intention must be published at least two weeks prior to the closure, in one or more newspapers circulating in the area and the Superintendent of the Gardai in the area must be notified in writing. The notice must describe the road, state the period of closure, the reason for closure, describe the alternative routes, and allow for objections to be made within a specified period of not less than three days from the date of publication of the notice. The Council must consider any objections or representations before an Order is made to close the road. The notice of decision must be published at least seven days prior to the closure and the Garda Superintendent notified in writing.
Also included here is the form for Application for Temporary Road Closure. For all queries in relation to roads please contact The Roads & Transportation Unit in Galway County Council on + 3353 91 509 309 or email email@example.com.
The Film Galway Partnership is a group of organisations based in Galway city and county who work together to encourage, market, support and facilitate Film and Television production in Galway. It is spearheaded by Galway Film Centre in cooperation with Galway County Council and Galway City Council and aims to encourage, support and facilitate Film and Television production in Galway.
The Partnership has been endorsed by both the Galway County and City Development Boards and is made up of all of the key agencies who can support incoming productions. Included in the Partnership are The Irish Film Board / Bord Scannán na hÉireann, Galway County Council, Galway City Council, An Gárda Siochána, Galway Chamber of Commerce, Galway Airport, Fáilte Ireland, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Enterprise Ireland, Galway City & County Enterprise Board, Galway Film Centre, Galway Harbour Company, Coillte, National Parks & Widlife Service, and the Office of Public Works, National Monuments Section.
Through the collective resources of the core organisations the Partnership aims to:
The Office of Public Works (OPW)
The Office of Public Works (OPW) has responsibility for the day-to-day running of all National Monuments, Historic Properties, Parks, Public Gardens and Inland Waterways. There are a number of sites of national importance in Galway including Athenry Abbey, Augnanure Castle, Connemara National Park, Coole Park, Dun Aonghasa and Portumna Castle & Gardens. For further information on these sites, including contact information, please visit www.heritageireland.ie/en/West
Main Contact: Fionnuala Parnell, Assistant Director, Heritage Services Tel : 01 647 6914 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Parks & Wildlife Service
There are a number of areas in Galway County that come under the control of The National Parks & Wildlife Service, including National Parks, Protected Sites, (including Special Areas of Conservation and Special Protection Areas) and Nature Reserves. For details find out more on www.npws.ie/en All licensing applications should be made to John Maguire, contact details listed below.
Main Contact: John Maguire, Higher Execuitve Officer, Licensing Section, Species Protection Unit Tel : 042 9748 703 Email : email@example.com
Much of Ireland’s woodland areas are owned and managed by Coillte, a commercial company which owns over one million acres of land, most of which is forested. For information on these forests contact Coillte, Oranmore Centre, Oranmore, Co. Galway.
Main Contact: Tony Clarke, District Manager Tel : 086 2532 300 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Galway City Harbour
Galway City Harbour is managed by the Galway Harbour Company and the Harbour Master is Captain Brian Sheridan, Harbour Office, New Docks, Galway.
Full List of Film Galway Partnership Contacts:
The Western Fisheries RegionThe Western Fisheries Region comprises all the inland river systems throughout County Galway. They can be contacted through The Western Fisheries Board, The Weir Lodge, Earl’s Island, Galway, on +353 (0)91 563118. For further information visit www.wrfb.ie or email www.wrfb.ie