The Irish Animation Industry

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The Irish animation industry has experienced massive growth in recent years. According to Screen Ireland, the film and television development agency, Irish animation demonstrated an increase in production in 2021 of 27% after a decade of rapid growth that culminated in a phenomenal surge in 2019, where the sector quadrupled in size.

Ireland is home to a community of animation studios both established and up and coming. Known studios like Cartoon Saloon, renowned for their Oscar nominated films “Wolfwalkers” and “Song of the Sea”; Brown Bag Films with their “Doc McStuffins” series; and Monster Entertainment, makers of the hit show “Vampirina” are just a few examples. These studios consistently deliver high quality content that captivates audiences globally.

Employment within the animation sector in Ireland has grown rapidly and Animation Ireland reported that there are now over 2000 full time employees working across 40+ studios – and this number is projected to increase in the future. Irish animators, artists and storytellers are recognized for their innovation, technical skills and passion for their art.

Irish animation studios not only create their own content but also collaborate with major international partners. Studios worldwide team up with talent to co produce and enhance animation projects. This exchange of ideas and expertise solidifies Ireland’s position in the animation industry.

The Irish government actively supports the animation field through funding programs, tax incentives and infrastructure enhancements. This backing creates a nurturing environment for studios and creators to innovate and compete at a level.

The future of animation is shiny! With a growing pool of talent, ongoing government support and a dedication to excellence, Ireland is set to retain its status as a leading force, in the animation arena. From captivating feature films to engaging TV series, Irish animation is set to continue captivating audiences


Animation courses are provided by various colleges and schools across Ireland. Explore’s list here.

Animation is a craft. This skill has had a hand (literally) in creating some of the most iconic images of the past century. From newspapers to cinema and television, animation has proven to be more than just a force in popular culture, but an art form too. Visit and see what full-time and part-time animation courses are available near you.

Steven Galvin

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