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Moby Dick

Moby Dick 1956
Scenes filmed in Youghal County Cork

Moby Dick the film, in 1956, Youghal in Co. Cork was the setting for John Huston’s film adaptation of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick starring Gregory Peck. You can view some film memorabilia and pictures from the set in the Moby Dick pub in the town centre. This classic story by Herman Melville revolves around Captain Ahab and his obsession with a huge whale, Moby Dick. The whale caused the loss of Ahab's leg years before, leaving Ahab to stomp the boards of his ship on a peg leg. Ahab is so crazed by his desire to kill the whale, that he is prepared to sacrifice everything, including his life, the lives of his crew members, and even his ship to find and destroy his nemesis, Moby Dick.

Michael Collins 1996
Scenes filmed in Dublin

Michael Collins the film was directed by Neil Jordan in 1996, this great film tells the story of Michael Collins (known as "the big fellow") from Clonakilty, Co Cork who helped set up the Irish Free State movement. After the Easter Week rebellion of 1916, and the defeat of Irish rebels by superior British forces, Collins wanted an Irish Free State. By 1921 the British are willing to negotiate and Sinn Fein President Eamon de Valera sends a reluctant Collins to London to negotiate a settlement. When Collins returns with a compromise of a divided Ireland and an Irish Free State, not a Republic, he is vilified by de Valera and repudiated by lifelong friend Harry Boland after Boland learns that his girlfriend Kitty Kiernan is in love with Collins, not him. Collins is now faced with civil war as he struggles against those who insist on complete freedom for all of Ireland. Michael Collins was played by Liam Neeson, Eamon de Valera was played by Alan Rickman, Harry Boland by Aidan Quinn and Kitty Kiernan by Julia Roberts. Some scenes from Michael Collins film were set in Broadstone, County Dublin, Ireland.

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