High 25 film and TV places to go to in Eire – From Father Ted to Sport of Thrones

Honest Head, Northern Eire. Picture: WalkNi.com

The darkish hedges in Co Antrim

The Area was shot in Galway and Mayo.

Bridge over the River Nore, Inistioge, Co Kilkenny, Eire

Powerscourt, Co Wicklow. Picture: Chris Hill / Fáilte Eire

The Winterfell Pageant

Audley’s Fort, Fort Ward. A key Sport of Thrones location in Eire. Image by Bernie Brown

Sport of Thrones being filmed in Northern Eire.

Ballykissangel. The BBC sequence aired from 1995.

Jennifer Aniston with Joe Joyce of Joyce Nation Sheepdogs (joycecountrysheepdogs.com)

Glen Hansard in John Carney’s As soon as

A person walks alongside the Darkish Hedges. Picture by Charles McQuillan/Getty Photos)

Plaque of John Wayne, on the well-known Quiet Man Bridge, by Lough Boffin in Connemara.

MV Plassey, Inis Oírr; Picture: Fáilte Eire

Coomeenole, Dingle peninsula, Co. Kerry.

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Pól Ó Conghaile pays a go to to ‘Craggy Island Parochial Home’, well-known to Father Ted followers

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High 25 film and TV places to go to in Eire – From Father Ted to Sport of Thrones


Fancy taking your lightsaber on a visit to Skellig Michael? What a couple of cup of tea at Father Ted’s home, or an archery lesson at Winterfell?


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Fancy taking your lightsaber on a visit to Skellig Michael? What a couple of cup of tea at Father Ted’s home, or an archery lesson at Winterfell?

Star Wars and Sport of Thrones have given Eire an unprecedented stint within the TV and film highlight… however they’re simply the opening reel.

Films and TV reveals are an enormous driver of journey – inspiring as much as 35laptop of tourists of their alternative of vacation spot, in line with Tourism Eire.

It helps then, that Eire has such a wealthy repository of places to supply and go to – from classics like The Quiet Man and Ryan’s Daughter to extra trendy hits like Derry Ladies, Line of Obligation and, erm… Leap Yr.

This is our choose of one of the best TV and film places in Eire you could truly go to… tell us what you suppose!

1. Skellig Michael (Star Wars)

The place: The Skelligs, Co Kerry

The place else? Skellig Michael was already iconic. When the Millennium Falcon swooped in over the Atlantic on its strategy to Ahch-To in Star Wars: The Drive Awakens (2015), nonetheless, we knew Eire was in for some dazzling large display screen publicity.

Star Wars: The Final Jedi (2017) amped it up one other degree, with lengthy scenes filmed not simply on the Skelligs, however Malin Head in Co Donegal and on the Dingle Peninsula. Followers taking lightsabers and Jedi cloaks to Skellig Michael is simply the beginning of it… a ‘Could the Fourth Be With You’ competition is now an annual occasion.

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2. The Darkish Hedges (Sport of Thrones)


A person walks alongside the Darkish Hedges. Picture by Charles McQuillan/Getty Photos)

The place: Ballymoney, Co. Antrim

They could have appeared in Sport of Thrones for all of some seconds – when a cart carrying Arya Stark and pals trundles down the King’s Street in Sequence 2 – however these swirling beech bushes have develop into Northern Eire’s most iconic filming location.

The atmospheric avenue was first planted by the Stuart household of Gracehill Home within the 18th century, however they might scarcely have imagined how dramatically these branches would twist and switch within the ensuing centuries. The skinny tunnel of bushes has highlighted the issues of display screen tourism too, with visitors turning into an growing challenge as GoT grew into the largest TV present on the planet.

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three. Cong (The Quiet Man)

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Plaque of John Wayne, on the well-known Quiet Man Bridge, by Lough Boffin in Connemara.

The place: Cong, Co Mayo

The Quiet what, now? Millennials may very well be forgiven for questioning how this dinosaur makes any record of one of the best film places in Eire. However John Ford’s traditional, first launched in 1952, is without doubt one of the most influential display screen tourism hits of all time – and boy, has it stood the take a look at of time. The film itself has dated (cringely so, it may very well be mentioned, on this #MeToo second), however the places appear as robust a draw as ever – from Ashford Fort, the place John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara stayed, to the ‘Quiet Man Bridge’ at Lough Boffin and a museum and excursions within the city itself.

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four. Curracloe Seashore (Saving Personal Ryan)


A scene from Saving Personal Ryan which was filmed at Curracloe.

The place: Curracloe & Ballinesker, Co Wexford

You did not know Curracloe was the placement for the opening D-Day touchdown scenes in Steven Spielberg’s World Struggle II epic? You are not from Wexford, then.

The scenes concerned members of the Reserve Defence Drive, stunts, explosions and extra in depicting one of many bloodiest battles in historical past, and one in every of cinema’s most memorable opening acts. Curracloe was voted Eire’s Favorite Seashore in our Reader Journey Awards 2019.

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5. Kilmainham Gaol (Within the Title of the Father)


Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin. Picture: Deposit

The place: Kilmainham, Dublin

Within the Title of the Father (1993) was director Jim Sheridan’s tackle the story of the Guildford 4 – 4 males falsely convicted of the 1974 Guildford pub bombings. Lots of the jail scenes have been filmed at this historic location, but it surely’s not simply Daniel Day Lewis and Co who’ve breathed new life into the creepy outdated interiors. Kilmainham has additionally featured in The Italian Job (1969), Michael Collins (1996) and The Wind that Shakes the Barley (see beneath, 2006), amongst others. It closed its doorways as a jail in 1924, however is one in every of Dublin’s prime customer sights at the moment.

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6. Lough Tay (Vikings)


Lough Tay, Co Wicklow

The place: Close to Roundwood, Co Wicklow

Take a look at it! How is that this beautiful lake not in star each single film filmed in Eire? The Wicklow surprise does characteristic in a number of, nonetheless – thanks each to its attractiveness and helpful location near Dublin and Ardmore Studios.

Vikings (since 2013) is the newest, although this was additionally a setting for Leap Yr (2010), Turning into Jane (2007) with Anne Hathaway and a well-known scene in John Boorman’s Excalibur (1981), when the legendary sword is lastly grasped by the rhinestone-encrusted hand of the Girl of the Lake.

Wicklow, as soon as dubbed “the Hollywood of Europe” by Jane Seymour, is house to oodles of well-known film and TV places, starting from Michael Collins (1996, with a pivotal scene within the sq. at Rathdrum) to Dancing at Lughnasa (1998) and Camelot (1967). Powerscourt (see beneath) and Killruddery Home (The Tudors, Camelot, Far and Away and My Left Foot, amongst others) are two of the highest large home film places in Eire. See the county’s sequence of movie drives right here.

7. The Burren (Father Ted)

The place: Co Clare

It is difficult to decide on only one location from Father Ted, but when we have been pressed, the parochial home itself must be it. Glanquin Farmhouse is house to the McCormack household and – go on, go on – you’ll be able to guide tea and treats there from €10pp (advance bookings solely, fathertedshouse.com). Different nice places in West Clare embrace the Very Darkish Caves (Aillwee Caves), the Holy Stone of Clonrichart (The Burren) and additional afield, Inis Oírr, which doubles as Craggy Island within the opening title sequence. It is laborious to consider the present aired simply 25 episodes, from 1995-1998.

eight. Coumeenole (Ryan’s Daughter)

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Coomeenole, Dingle peninsula, Co. Kerry.

The place: Slea Head, Co Kerry

“It was one of the best authorities we ever had,” an area woman as soon as informed me. “It put Dingle on the map.” It was Ryan’s Daughter (1970), an old-school epic as richly related to County Kerry as The Quiet Man is with Connemara. David Lean’s traditional was a game-changing manufacturing for the West of Eire, showcasing the Atlantic surroundings round Dingle and Dunquin to dramatic impact – and successful Freddie Younger an Oscar for cinematography. Extra talked about than watched nowadays, the film pits a triangular love story starring Robert Mitchum and Sarah Miles in opposition to the backdrop of 1916. One other key location is the breathtaking Inch seaside.

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9. Derry Metropolis (Derry Ladies)


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“I needed to be a person however my ma would not let me.”

Is Derry Ladies this era’s Father Ted? Viewer reception has been rapturous, essential response a bit extra tempered, however one factor’s for positive – Lisa McGee’s irreverent sitcom has completed one thing that may have appeared unattainable within the 1990s: acquired individuals speaking in regards to the metropolis for a constructive cause.

You will recognise a number of places, together with the 400-year-old Metropolis Partitions and Derry’s notorious murals, now joined by a large depiction of the women themselves on Badger’s Bar on Orchard Road. Curiously, a number of Belfast places – like St Mary’s College and Hunterhouse School – are used within the sequence too.

10. The Cliffs of Moher (The Princess Bride)

The place: Liscannor, Co Clare

Eire’s hero picture? The Cliffs of Moher have appeared in quite a few motion pictures, together with Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), Leap Yr (2010), Into the West (1992) and Hear My Track (1991). Our favorite has acquired to be their position because the Cliffs of Madness in Rob Reiner’s meta-fairytale fantasy. A short however sensible cameo. Go away them out? Inconceivable!

11. Connemara (The Guard)


Brendan Gleeson in The Guard

The place: Bearna, Spiddal et al, Co Galway

Brendon Gleeson’s masterpiece? Followers of Calvary (filmed in Sligo) may argue the purpose, however we love this depiction of an unorthodox garda and his misadventures all through Galway and Connemara. Distant places heighten the sense of surreality confronted by Don Cheadle’s FBI agent when he arrives to analyze, and you may additionally recognise a saucy cameo for Galway’s g Resort.

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Jennifer Aniston with Joe Joyce of Joyce Nation Sheepdogs (joycecountrysheepdogs.com)

Connemara, unsurprisingly, has been the placement for a lot of film shoots through the years, starting from The Quiet Man (1952) to The Purple Taxi (1977), The Area (1990, see beneath), Black 47 (2018), TG4’s Ros na Rún (after all), in addition to Marley And Me (2008), the place Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston’s antics included getting caught behind a flock of sheep at Lough Nafooey.

“She was so all the way down to earth. She simply chatted away with everybody. She was nice with the canine and sheep,” Joe Joyce of joycecountysheepdogs.ie (pictured above with Aniston) as soon as informed The Irish Impartial.

12. Silver Strand (The Depend of Monte Cristo)

The place: Co Wicklow

A private favorite. When the clouds clear, blue breaks by way of and sunshine spills over the cove, Co. Wicklow’s Silver Strand might make the duvet of Condé Nast Traveller. This can be a non-public seaside, which you pay to entry by way of a tenting park on the R750 south of Wicklow city – but it surely’s value it. Descending the steep steps in the direction of the cove, you may discover caramel sands, electrical inexperienced water and splashes of ivy, grass and honeysuckle tumbling down the cliffs. Amazingly, Silver Strand doubled because the Cote d’Azur within the Depend of Monte Cristo (2002, above).

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13. Fort Ward (Sport of Thrones)

The place: Fort Ward, Co Down

As we publish, some 26 Sport of Thrones filming places are accessible to the general public in Northern Eire. They vary from Ballintoy Harbour (the Iron Islands) to Dragonstone (Honest Head and Downhill Demesne), the Darkish Hedges (above) and past.

Fort Ward is among the many finest recognized, not simply due to its position as house to the Starks at Winterfell (in its historic farmyard) however its evolution as a vacationer attraction. As we speak, you’ll be able to take a tour of the property, gown up in costume and even shoot arrows on the Winterfell Archery Raneg (gameofthrones-winterfelltours.com).

“Now, the variety of guests coming to see the real-life Winterfell has peaked at greater than 2,500 a month,” says Jacqui Hen, Customer Expertise Supervisor on the fort.

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14. Dublin (Sing Road)

The place: Synge St (and others), Dublin

It isn’t simply Synge Road CBS that surprises on this traditional dose of 1980s nostalgia (2016). You will recognise Coliemore Harbour, Dalkey Island, Frederick Road North and extra. Dublin, after all, has been the placement for numerous motion pictures through the years, from Ulysses (1967) and John Huston’s The Lifeless (1987) to The Commitments (1991), My Left Foot (1989), Intermission (2003) and Adam and Paul (2004). And that is not even beginning on the opening credit to Honest Metropolis…

15. Sligo (Waveriders)

The place: Mullaghmore, Co Sligo (and others)

This 2008 documentary, directed by Joel Conroy, marked the arrival of Irish large wave browsing on the worldwide scene… “a chilly paradise”, as Kelly Slater places it. A number of years earlier than the ‘Wild Atlantic Manner’ idea was born, scenes filmed at Mullaghmore, Co Sligo in addition to the Cliffs of Moher, Antrim and Donegal (to not point out Hawaii), deliver the mighty ocean proper up into your face, aided by some impressed manufacturing decisions (16mm cameras, Cillian Murphy’s narration, or songs like The Undertones’ Teenage Kicks). Surf classes are available for guests in Strandhill, Enniscrone and Bundoran… although Mullaghmore is finest left to the professionals.

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16. Enniscorthy (Brooklyn)

The place: Enniscorthy, Co Wexford

Film units will be misleading. Do you know Rick’s Bar in Casablanca, for instance, was filmed completely in a California studio? Not so Enniscorthy, which starred because the childhood house of Saoirse Ronan’s character on this adaptation of Colm Toibín’s novel. St Aidan’s Cathedral, John Road, Court docket Road, The Folly and Mrs Kelly’s Store have been among the many places, and there is a Brooklyn and 1950s exhibition on the film at Enniscorthy Fort. Heritage Excursions Wexford (heritagetourswexford.ie) additionally does a Brooklyn Film Tour, taking in Curracloe seaside (above).

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17. Powerscourt (The Tudors)

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Powerscourt, Co Wicklow. Picture: Chris Hill / Fáilte Eire

The place: Powerscourt, Co Wicklow

This Wicklow surprise might have a listing of its personal. Over 25 motion pictures or TV reveals have filmed at Powerscourt Home and Gardens, starting from Laurence Oliver’s Henry V (1944) to Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon (1975) and Ella Enchanted (2004). The Tudors, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, filmed there on many events throughout its 2007-2010 run. The much less mentioned about Far and Away (1992), the higher although.

18. Inistioge (Circle of Mates)

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Bridge over the River Nore, Inistioge, Co Kilkenny, Eire

The place: Inistioge, Co Kilkenny

Kilkenny’s Cartoon Saloon are spreading modern-day music magic across the county, however fingers up who remembers the film model of Meave Binchy’s Circle of Mates (1995)? A youthful Chris O’Donnell and Minnie Driver headed the forged, however can all of us agree that the vivid little village of Inistioge, with it is jaw-dropping 10-arch bridge, stole the present? Widow’s Peak (1994) and The Secret Scripture (2016) additionally featured places on the attractive banks of the River Nore.

19. Trim Fort (Braveheart)

The place: Trim, Co Meath

Eire’s largest Anglo-Norman fort was a key location in Mel Gibson’s 1995 tackle Scots hero William Wallace. A dressed-up Trim Fort doubles as York, and a number of other different Irish places have been used within the shoot, which little doubt aggravated as many Scots as Gibson’s liberal perspective to historic accuracy. They embrace the Curragh in Co Kildare, and Wicklow’s Sally Hole and Kippure Property.

20. Leenane & Westport (The Area)


The Area was shot in Galway and Mayo.

The place: Mayo & Connemara

“He is discovered the lesson of the land.” After which some.

It might be set in Kerry, however most of Jim Sheridan’s unfastened adaptation of this well-known John B Keane play (1990) was shot round Mayo, Connemara and Leenane in Co Galway. ‘The Area’ itself is about 8km outdoors the city on the highway to Westport, on the foot of the Partry Mountains – whereas pub scenes have been shot in Gaynor’s Bar.

Richard Harris, Tom Berenger, John Harm and a younger Seán Bean star, with the ambush scene shot simply north of Leenane village at Aasleagh Falls.

21. Avoca (Ballykissangel)


Ballykissangel. The BBC sequence aired from 1995.

The place: Avoca, Co Wicklow

The phrase ‘Ballykissangel’ could draw clean seems to be from anybody born this century – and certainly, the phrase ‘Avoca’ is these days extra more likely to encourage ideas of giant muffins and pretty-but-pricey homeware and garments. However there was a time (particularly, 1995-2001) when each lay on the centre of the TV universe.

Again then, in a world earlier than Netflix and binge-watching, this BBC sequence following the adventures of an English priest (Stephen Tompkinson) and native woman Assumpta (Dervla Kirwan) received followers all around the world, and boosted tourism no finish on this tiny city. And sure, it contains a frighteningly younger Colin Farrell, too.

Whereas we’re within the neighbourhood… bear in mind Glenroe? RTE’s much-loved drama stretched from 1983 to 2001, with a base in Kilcoole.

22. Killiney Hill, Dublin (As soon as)


Glen Hansard in John Carney’s As soon as

The busking on Grafton Road. That two-hander in Walton’s that noticed Falling Slowly emerge as a bona fide hit. Or the second when Marketa Irglova’s character declares her love on Killiney Hill (above)… John Carney’s low-budget romance (2007) received hearts all around the world, to not point out an Oscar and an look on The Simpsons, thanks largely to its soundtrack, the disarming performances of the 2 central characters, and an air of unforced intimacy.

Film places in Dublin, after all, might make a listing unto themselves. Consider Educating Rita (1983) or Ek Tha Tiger (above, 2012) in Trinity School, productions from Nora (2000) to Penny Dreadful (2015-2019) utilizing the decaying Georgian glamour of Henrietta Road, or movie variations of Roddy Doyle’s The Commitments (1991), The Snapper (1993) and The Van (1996).

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23. West Cork (The Wind That Shakes The Barley)


Intense: In The Wind That Shakes The Barley

The place: Ballyvourney, Co Cork

A Palme d’Or winner at Cannes, Ken Loach’s Struggle of Independence drama (2006) was loosely primarily based upon the historical past of Tom Barry and the third (West) Cork Brigade of the IRA – who killed a platoon of British Auxiliaries at Kilmichael in 1920. A lot of the film – together with a recreation of the the ambush – was shot 20km northwest in Ballyvourney. Struggle of the Buttons (1994) is one other well-known West Cork manufacturing, whereas Loach’s Jimmy’s Corridor (2014) was shot in North Leitrim.

24. Youghal (Moby Dick)


Gregory Peck, as Captain Ahab throughout the taking pictures of ‘Moby Dick’, on location at Youghal, County Cork, Eire. (Picture by Hulton Archive/Getty Photos)

The place: Youghal, Co Cork

“Name me Ishmael!” It is among the finest known-opening traces in American literature, and for a short interval within the mid-1950s, it was that approach in Youghal, too.

John Huston shot his spic starring Gregory Peck (above) right here, with the East Cork city doubling for Bedford, New England, circa 1841. Talking of whales, this southern part of the Irish coast, from Wexford and Waterford to West Cork, is prime cetacean-spotting territory to this very day.

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25. Belfast (Line of Obligation)


Line Of Obligation (BBC/PA)

After Bodyguard (2018), TV author and producer Jed Mercurio can do no mistaken – although long-time followers of Line of Obligation (2012-) may very well be forgiven for saying ‘informed ya so’. This is a traditional trendy UK police drama – full of gray areas and sophisticated characters – however do you know it is largely shot in Belfast?

Recognisable landmarks vary throughout the sequence from BT Tower to the Telegraph Constructing, St Anne’s Cathedral, in addition to a number of native bars and – effectively sure, grim parking heaps and again streets. Watch it now on Netflix.

Extra film leads

Travelling the west coast? Take a look at the Atlantic Movie Path.

Seeking to movie in Eire? See Display Eire.

GoT fan? Listed below are Northern Eire’s Sport of Thrones actions.

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