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MLA’s 'Ulster Hollywood' dream

The Executive has been called on to capitalise on the filming of television blockbuster Game Of Thrones by turning north Antrim into “Ulster’s Hollywood”.

Ulster Unionist MLA Robin Swann issued the call as the latest series of the hit TV drama, which is filmed in Northern Ireland, airs on satellite television.

It was recently announced that the next series is also to be filmed here.

Many prominent parts of the massive production are filmed in north Antrim locations such as Ballintoy and Armoy.

Mr Swann, who sits on the Stormont culture committee, said: “Now is the opportunity to boost north Antrim so I would urge the Arts Minister (Caral Ni Chuilin) and the Executive to seize the initiative.

“The first episode of series two finished with the main characters travelling through the ‘dark hedges’ of Armoy, and in the second episode, Ballintoy harbour featured heavily as a location. It promises to play a main part throughout this latest series.”

The North Antrim MLA said he was privileged to visit the set during filming of the last series.

“The Executive has missed the opportunity by failing to include the screen industries as a specific target in the Programme for Government,” he added.

Belfast Telegraph