Films Made in Ireland

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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

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.

The Wind That Shakes The Barley

The Wind That Shakes The Barley 2006 scenes filmed in West Cork

The Wind That Shakes the Barley film directed by Ken Loach. Having seen the cruel acts by the British Black and Tans and two brothers fight side by side until a truce is signed. But peace is short-lived and when one faction of the freedom-fighters accepts a treaty with the British that is regarded as unfair by the other faction, a civil war ensues, pitting Irishmen against Irishmen, brothers against brothers, based in early 20th century Ireland. Starring Cillian Murphy, Padraic Delaney, Liam Cunningham and Orla Fitzgerald. Some scenes filmed in Ballyvorney in Co Cork, Bandon, Coolea and Timoleague, West Cork, Ireland.

War Of The Buttons

War Of The Buttons 1994 scenes filmed in West Cork

War of The Buttons filmed in 1994 was directed by John Roberts was a film based on two separate childhood groups who engage in battles where they cut off the buttons, shoe-laces and underwear of their captured opponents. This is to get the boys in trouble with their parents. They go to battle in mass groups of dozens, throwing stones and cutting off their opponents buttons and all the scrapes that result, and loyalties in childhood. A light hearted film, with scenes filmed in Castletownsend. West Cork, Ireland. It starred Gregg Fitzgerald, Gerard Kearney and Eveanna Ryan.

The Irish RM

The Irish RM 1983-1985 scenes filmed in Kildare & Wicklow

The Irish RM was is a film about the English Major Sinclair Yeates when he comes to work as the Irish Resident Magistrate and he finds that the justice system needs tempering somewhat to suit the local needs - and that not everything is as straight-forward as it appears on the surface. A light hearted film, showing the Irish life long ago, and all the interesting, quirky characters he meets along the way. The Irish RM is played by Peter Bowles, Flurry Knox by Bryan Murray, Slipper by Niall Toibin, and Mrs Cadogan by Anna Manahan. Scenes of the film were filmed in Kildare & Wicklow.


Ondine 2009 scenes filmed in Castletownbere Beara Peninsula County Cork

The film Ondine is the story of an Irish fisherman from an Irish fishing town who discovers a woman in his fishing net who he believes to be a mermaid, a modern day fairytale. Ondine was directed by Neil Jordan and the lead part was played by Colin Farrell and Ondine was played by Alicja Bachleda and the priest is played by Stephen Rea.


Excalibur 1981 scenes filmed in County Kerry

Excalibur film directed by John Boorman with scenes filmed in County Kerry in Ireland. All the intrigue of King Arthur is brought to the screen. Uthur Pendragon is given the mystical sword Excalibur by the wizard Merlyn. At his death Uthur buries the sword into a stone, and the next man that can pull it out will be King of England. Years later Arthur, Uthur's bastard son draws Excalibur and becomes King. Guided by Merlyn, Arthur marries Guenivere and gathers the Knights of the Round Table. Arthur's evil half-sister Morgana sires a son with him, who may prove his downfall. Starring in Excalibur were Helen Mirren, Gabriel Byrne, Patrick Stewart, Liam Neeson, Nigel Terry, Nicholas Clay, and Corin Redgrave.

Ryan's Daughter Movie

Ryan's Daughter 1970-1971 scenes filmed in Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry

Ryan's Daughter where the set village of "Kirrary" was built just for the film and dismantled afterwards - shops, schoolhouse, church, pub, post office, etc. 200 workmen built it all using slate and 20,000 tons of granite from a dozen local quarries; anything less substantial wouldn't have stood up to the Atlantic gales of the beautiful Dingle Peninsula. Many buildings had fitted interiors, ceilings, lighting, plumbing and even working fireplaces and chimneys. The story of a newly wedded young girl falling in love with a young English officer having married an older man in the local school headmaster. Directed by David Lean the Headmaster was played by Robert Mitchum, Michael by John Mills and Rosy by Sarah Miles.

The Commitments

The Commitments 1991 scenes filmed in County Wicklow

The Commitments directed by Alan Parker which is based around Jimmy Rabbitte's (played by Robert Arkins) attempt to bring soul music to the people of Dublin and the incidents that happen along the way. Light hearted funny film with excellent music. Starring Colm Meaney, Robert Arkins, Michael Aherne, Angeline Ball, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Dave Finnegan, Bronagh Gallagher, Felim Gormley, Glen Hansard, Dick Massey, Johnny Murphy, Kenneth McCluskey, Andrew Strong, Andrea Corr and Anne Kent. The Commitments film is highly entertaining with great music.

The Nephew

The Nephew 1998 scenes filmed in Ireland

The Nephew was a film directed by Eugene Brady which stared Pierce Brosnan, Niall Toibin, Sinead Cusack, Luke Griffin, Phelim Drew, Donal McCann, Aonghus Og McAnally, Hill Harper and Aislin McGuckin. Film set in Ireland, where a girl went to America never to be heard of again until her son returns to Ireland searching for his only remaining family on the death of his mother. Old conflicts are brought to the surface once again, Piece Brosnan plays a strong part as does Hill Harper in this film The Nephew.

Other well know Films set or part filmed in Ireland are
The Quiet Man
Playboy Of The Western World
Agnes Brown
Circle of Friends
Dancing at Lughnasa with Meryl Streep
My Left Foot with Daniel Day Lewis
Darby O'Gill and the Little People
Flight of the Doves
The Field
Finian's Rainbow
The Matchmaker
My Leftfoot
Far & Away
P.S. I Love You
Reign of Fire
King Arthur one scene filmed at Irelands largest waterfall at Powerscourt Falls.
Braveheart with Mel Gibson playing William Wallace filmed in County Wicklow
Saving Private Ryan which was filmed on Curracloe beach in County Wexford
Educating Rita, filmed at Belfield Campus, University College Dublin


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