Famous Movie Locations in Ireland

From "Braveheart" to "Moby Dick"

The Cliffs of Moher Were Used As 'The Cliffs of Insanity' In "The Princess Bride"
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Movie locations in Ireland are extremely common. Tax incentives and stunning landscapes have made Ireland the go-to place for many producers. 

Ireland has also a tradition of film production. Many major movies were filmed here, with the Emerald Isle doubling as anything from Roman Britain to post-apocalyptic Northern England. And Dublin standing in for London, Boston, and even Berlin! Here are some of the places you might have seen in movies:

County Antrim

  • Giant's Causeway and Causeway Coast
    • "Hellboy II - The Golden Army"
    • Jackie Chan's "The Medallion" 

County Carlow

  • Huntingdon Castle
    • "Barry Lyndon" - A Kubrick location in Ireland.

County Cavan

  • Redhills
    • "The Playboys"

County Clare

  • The Cliffs of Moher
    • "Hear My Song" - Landscape shots were used in this movie.
    • "The Princess Bride" - The cliffs of Moher featured as the "Cliffs of Insanity", and that was before they even had the high prices.

County Cork

  • Castletownsend
    • "War of the Buttons" - Several street scenes were filmed here.
  • Cork City
    • "Angela's Ashes" - Yes, the Limerick epic was partially filmed in Cork!
  • Union Hall
    • "War of the Buttons"
  • Youghal
    • "Moby Dick" (John Huston, 1956) - Standing in as New Bedford, Massachusetts.

County Dublin

  • Ballymun
    • "Into the West" - The grim suburb provided the fitting background to this tale of youthful dreams and schemes.
  • Dublin (Just a selection from the many productions in the city, many filmed in Georgian Dublin)
    • "The Commitments"
    • "The General"
    • Jackie Chan's "The Medallion"- Scenes in Dublin Castle were enlivened by a chase through an (in reality non-existent) café in the courtyard.
    • "Michael Collins"
    • "My Boy Jack"
    • "Penny Dreadful" (TV drama)
    • "Ripper Street" (TV drama)
    • "The Snapper"
    • "Tara Road" - Standing in for New York at times, a Dublin tour bus (with right-hand drive) was even clad in NYC markings.
    • "The Tudors" (TV drama)
    • "The Van"
    • "Veronica Guerin"
  • Howth Harbour
    • "Pater Brown"
  • Kilmainham Gaol
    • "The Italian Job" - Noel Coward's "home away from home" in the original movie.
  • Smithfield Market
    • "The Spy Who Came in From the Cold" - Standing in for Berlin with a replica of Checkpoint Charlie.
  • Temple Bar
    • "Far and Away" - representing Boston.
  • Trinity College
    • "Educating Rita" - As a "typical English university" nonetheless.

    County Galway

    • Aran Islands
      • "Man of Aran" - the 1934 "documentary" has some unhistorical, staged scenes while purporting to be a truthful portrait of island life. 
      • "Father Ted" - the aerial view of "Craggy Island" at the start of every episode of the hysterical clerical sitcom was actually a bit of the Aran Islands.
    • Galway City
      • "Black Narcissus" (1947)
      • "Jack Taylor" (TV drama)
      • "The Guard"
      • "The Mackintosh Man"
    • Leenane
      • "The Field"
    • Roundstone
      • "The Matchmaker"

    County Kerry

    • Derrynane
      • "Excalibur" - Some scenes were shot here.
    • Dún Chaoin or Dunquin
      • "Far and Away" - Used in some outdoor shots.
      • "Ryan's Daughter" - The village in the film was, however, only a purpose-built set.

    County Kildare

    • Leixlip
      • "The Blue Max" - The planes were flown by pilots of the Irish Air Corps.
    • Newbridge
      • "Cal"

    County Kilkenny

    • Inishoge
      • "Circle of Friends"

    County Limerick

    • Dromore Castle
      • "High Spirits" - The castle is featured as the fictional "Castle Plunkett".
    • Limerick City
      • "Angela's Ashes"

    County Louth

    • Clogherhead
      • "The Devil's Own"

    County Mayo

    • Cong
      • "The Quiet Man" - The saga of the boxer and the flame-haired Irishwoman was filmed in and around Cong. The tourism trade still dines out on that.

    County Meath

    • Bettystown
      • "The Crying Game" - The carnival scene was filmed in this seaside location just north of Dublin.
    • Navan
      • "Omagh" - The movie was filmed in the town center of Navan, parts of which look remarkably like Omagh.
    • Trim
      • "Braveheart" - Trim Castle stands in for Carlisle.
      • "Captain Lightfoot"

    County Monaghan

    • Clones
      • "The Butcher Boy" - The town can be recognized in several background scenes.

    County Tipperary

    • Cahir Castle
      • "Barry Lyndon" - Stanley Kubrick used the castle in his innovative epic.
      • "Excalibur" - The opening scenes with King Uther Pendragon were filmed here.
    • Rock of Cashel
      • "Excalibur"

    County Wexford

    • Curracloe Beach
      • "Saving Private Ryan" - Actors and the Irish Army starred as invasion forces on D-Day, storming the beaches at Curracloe, which are similar to the Normandy beaches.

    County Wicklow

    • Avoca
      • "Ballykissangel" - The hugely successful BBC TV series, portraying Irish (or rather Oirish) life was filmed in Avoca.
      • "Give my Head Peace" - A stroke of genius: in one episode of this satirical sitcom on Irish sectarianism (yes, you read that right) a bunch of Orangemen march through Ballykissangel.
    • Bray
      • "My Left Foot" - Scenes of the movie were shot in the seaside resort just south of Dublin.
    • Kilpedder
      • "The Blue Max" - The planes were flown by pilots of the Irish Air Corps.
    • Kilruddery House
      • "Far and Away
      • "My Left Foot"
    • Powerscourt Estate
      • "Henry V" - Representing Agincourt in Laurence Olivier's 1944 movie version.
    • Wicklow Mountains
      • "Braveheart"
      • "Excalibur"
      • "Into the West"
      • "King Arthur" - A stretch of Hadrian's Wall was built for this movie.
      • "Lassie" (2005)
      • "Michael Collins" - The Wicklows are standing in for Cork.
      • "Reign of Fire" - The post-apocalyptic ruins were erected as a stage set only.
      • "Vikings" - The Blessington Lakes see some raiding by longboats.
      • "Zardoz"