Archives Services

IFI Irish Film Archive

Access and Opening Hours:
Moving Image Collectionsviewing
Monday – Friday:  10.30am–1.00pm, 2.15pm–5.30pm
Tiernan MacBride Library & Special Collections reading room
Mon & Thur, 2.00pm–5.30pm;
Tue & Wed 10.30am–1.00pm, 2.00pm–5.30pm;
(Wed. late opening until 7.00pm by appointment)
Fri, Closed.
Visitors and enquiries welcome. An appointment is necessary in order to access the Special collections and for viewing but not for access to the library during opening hours. The Library can also be visited outside opening hours by appointment. Booking should be made with IFI Irish Film Archive staff by phone or email at least 48 hours in advance. Archive staff must be informed of cancellations at least 24 hours in advance of appointment. Information relating to film, tape, stills, posters and library holdings held on computer database. Archive staff facilitate public enquiries relating to content of any aspect of collections. Access to collections may be restricted owing to depositor stipulations or preservation concerns. Tiernan MacBride Library accessible for reference purposes only, but all materials may be photocopied. Use and access charges apply. There is wheelchair access to the library which has viewing facilities for certain moving image formats. Please check with the Archive staff regarding the formats.
Exhibition Room: Not Applicable
Services Provided: Original film material is not available to be viewed by researchers, but in the case of most titles the Archive will hold a reference copy on DVD or tape. Digitisation of material is undertaken on a case- by -case basis on consultation with the Access Manager. Photocopying, document scanning and stills reproduction services are also available.
Primary Collections:The IFI Irish Film Archive is a specialist archive which holds the national moving image collection. It collects moving image material made in or about Ireland, or by Irish people abroad. It also acquires and preserves documents relating to the history of Irish moving image production, both professional and amateur. Its collections are extensive and aim to reflect all aspects of indigenous moving image production from 1897 to the present day.
The Archive holds a large reference collection of Irish films which are accessible to researchers via the Archive's on-site viewing facilities, bookings must be made in advance. The paper collections are available for consultation in the Tiernan MacBride Library, which can accommodate up to 8 researchers. The Tiernan MacBride Library houses a collection of nearly 3,000 books on Irish and international film, as well as film-related periodicals, and is open to the public without appointment. Film viewing and the use of paper collections are by appointment only, and both members of the public and researchers can access the Archive collections, preservation and copyright considerations allowing. Collections held:
The moving Image Collection incorporates fiction, features, public information films, amateur material, documentary, newsreel, experimental film and animation. The oldest film held is the Lumiere Brothers' 1897 footage of Dublin. The Archive also preserves recent indigenous film production which is acquired from via agreements with the Irish Film Board and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. Over the last 20 years major collections have been acquired from a variety sources. Donors include a number of Government Departments, Gael-Linn, the National Museum of Ireland, Bord Failte and filmmakers including John Boorman and Neil Jordan. The moving image collection exists on a number of different formats and covers a wide variety of genres. 
The Special Collections provide contextual information on the history of Irish film. The collection includes books, journals, stills, scripts, screenplays, posters, correspondence, media clippings, storyboards, and even an Oscar. Notable donations include papers from the Irish directors Neil Jordan and Pat Murphy, the producer Lord Killanin, set designer Josie MacAvin and the Horgan Picture Theatre, Co. Cork.
More information can be found on the IFI website
Kasandra O’Connell, Head of Archive. For general queries E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Raelene Casey, Digital Collections and Access Manager. For moving image queries Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fiona Rigney, Library and Special Collections Manager. For image, Library and document queries. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


  • Enquires to: The Archivist
  • Name: Irish Film Institute
  • Street: 6 Eustace Street
  • City: Dublin 2
  • County: Dublin
  • Country: Ireland


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