Wicklow County Council has offered congratulations to the producers of the hugely popular TV series “Vikings” (Series 4) on winning Best Drama category in the Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) 2017.
“Vikings” also picked up an IFTA for Hair and Make-Up.
The production of “Vikings” from Ashford Studios has been a significant local employer and is a real showcase of the talented crew working on the series as well as the wide variety of County Wicklow locations that have been used during filming.
This is not the first award picked up by the “Vikings” which is produced by Morgan O’Sullivan and James Flynn of World 2000 for the History Channel in the USA.
Adding to the first award on the night, multi-award winning Heads of Hair and Make-Up Department on ‘Vikings’, Dee Corcoran and Tom McInerney, were also awarded an IFTA for the Hair and Make-Up.
Producer Mr Morgan O’Sullivan commented: “I’m delighted to accept this award which is a great recognition of the fantastic work achieved by the team of on average 700 people who work each week on this production which runs over 10 months each year. A production such as ‘Vikings’ which is now in its fifth year signals the employment potential that these productions create locally”.
Mr O’Sullivan went on to say that “County Wicklow has been the ideal location for ‘Vikings’ as the team were able to use the wide variety of local locations as a base to replicate Scandinavia through CGI (Computer Generated Imagery)”.
Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, Cllr Pat Fitzgerald, commended this great achievement by the cast, crew and all those associated with “Vikings” and noted the significant contribution to the local economy through employment, provision of goods and services and through tourism.
“Vikings has served to bring our beautiful and varied landscape and scenery into the homes of millions of viewers worldwide, and we are immensely proud of their achievement at the IFTAs”, he said.
Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council, Mr Bryan Doyle, wished continued international success and support to the next series of “Vikings” – currently in production - from all in Wicklow County Council.