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Games Thrones second series massive cash boost for Northern Ireland

The epic series Game of Thrones boasts a stellar cast including Sean Bean and Emilia Clarke
The epic series Game of Thrones boasts a stellar cast including Sean Bean and Emilia Clarke
Emilia Clarke plays the exiled teenage Princess Daenerys Targaryen
The title 'Game of Thrones' is from the first novel in the series.
Actor Emilia Clarke speaks during the 'Game of Thrones' panel at the HBO portion of the 2011 Winter TCA press tour
Sean Bean is on the cast of new HBO series Game Of Thrones
Sean Bean playing Eddard Stark in the HBO production of Game of Thrones, which created 800 jobs in Northern Ireland
Mark Addy says Game Of Thrones is not for kids

American studio giant HBO has confirmed it will be returning to Belfast to shoot the second series of popular medieval drama Game Of Thrones.

Executives in Los Angeles confirmed the decision to film another season in the Paint Hall studios in the city's docklands and at other locations across Northern Ireland.

The launch of the fantasy action series starring Sean Bean has proved popular with HBO viewers in America and on Sky Atlantic in the UK.

The production, which is based on the best-selling books of George RR Martin, provided a significant economic boost to the local arts scene and sustained hundreds of on-set jobs.

Filming on the second series is due to begin at the end of July.

Stormont First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness welcomed the fresh commitment from HBO.

"The return of HBO to Northern Ireland is a huge endorsement of our local creative industries," said Mr Robinson.

"HBO's first visit to Belfast in 2009 was a tremendous boost for the city and for Northern Ireland's economy as a whole."

Mr McGuinness said: "HBO's commitment to return to Belfast will lead to the creation of more jobs and generate considerable income for our local economy.

"We are determined to place the creative industries at the very heart of our efforts to grow the local economy and we will continue to do all that we can to convince companies such as HBO that this is the place to come."

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