Since news broke back in March that Ashford Studios had secured the new History channel series Vikings, Ardmore studio has gone through many changes. The future existence of the studios has been put in some doubt; managing director Kevin Moriarty has made way for the appointment of Siún Ní Raghallaigh, there have been a number of job losses, and the closure of the restaurant.
Today, work colleagues and a film crew assembled at the Ardmore bar to pay tribute to Michael Mc Neive who after 40 years of service was retiring. Michael was head of security and most likely the first point of contact for people arriving at Ardmore Studios. Michael was a mind of information on Ardmore, he had an amazing ability to match producers, actors, and former staff with a particular film and what year it was made. He has been a great ambassador for Ardmore and dealt with crisis’s with certain calmness at the same time you sensed he was evaluating every tiny detail given was been evaluated , however he did not suffer fools gladly.
Over the years I enjoyed many great conversations in the security office with Michael and his unique delivery, about films their stars and crews that passed through Ardmore, and how to “fix” Ardmore. He saw many ups and downs at Ardmore including 5 gate closures. Today he received kind words from Siún Ní Raghallaigh managing director of Ardmore who made reference to his wealth of knowledge on Ardmore back catalog of films Siún suggested that he put it all down in a book and presented him with a recorder to assist him in quest.
His presence will be missed and I wish Michael health and happiness on his retirement and look forward to reading that book with great interest.
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