Tell us about your career?
I started in Young Irish Filmakers in Kilkenny when I was still in St. Kierans secondary school. After I attended Ballyfermot college in Dublin to study classical animation, a group of friends from the course joined us in YIFM where we began working on our first feature and founded Cartoon Saloon. That was 20 years ago and now we have two studios – Cartoon Saloon and our joint venture with Mercury Filmworks of Canada, Light House studios. Between both studios we have almost 300 employees and the animation community has blossomed in Kilkenny. I am currently co-directing my third animated feature Wolf Walkers which is set in Kilkenny and inspired by local history and legends. It will be distributed worldwide by Apple.
What are the benefits of living in Ireland South East?
It’s a very friendly and artistic area, with beautiful scenery, historic buildings and a cosy intimate community.