Movie shoots on the rise in Ireland

Don Cheadle and Brendan Gleeson stars of "The Guard" filmed in Ireland

Ireland is on the rise with the amount of films that have been produced in the country in the last five years.

According to The Sun, which cites figures from IHS Screen Digest, 31 films were made in Ireland in 2011, up from 12 in 2006.

The charge for productions being just over $6.5m (5m euros), the filming in Ireland brought in around $211m (160m euros).

This increase in filming shows no signs of letting up, as Irish native stars such as Chris O'Dowd, Michael Fassbender, and Colin Farrell return to star in Irish-based productions.

"The country was one of the first to introduce a tax credit system in the 1990s," says David Hancock of IHS, "which has been highly successful at attracting projects into the country and fostering production."

The IHS figures relate that there were four times more films made in England than Ireland in 2011, with ultimate billings from that rounding out to around $1.8 billion (1.4 billion euros) for 118 films.

Hollywood topped the charts with 817 films made to the tune of $9.2 billion (7 billion euros).

Most recent films shot in Ireland are The Guard with Brendan Gleeson, and Albert Nobbs with Glenn Close.