Cinema classics filmed in Ireland
FILM tourism has become a new buzzword but its concept is nothing new – just ask the people of Dingle or Cong in Co Mayo, who are still reaping the rewards of an association with a major production. Here are some of the best known film locations that will for ever be associated with the films they staged.
The Quiet Man – Cong, Co Mayo
John Ford's 1951 classic starring John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara and Barry Fitzgerald, above, was set in the west of Ireland with filming centred in the village on the Mayo-Galway border.
Ryan's Daughter – The Dingle Peninsula
The arrival of David Lean and his star-studded crew to west Kerry heralded the start of the Dingle Peninsula as a major tourist spot. Ryan's Daughter which was released in 1970, showcased the beauty of the area.
Braveheart – The Curragh, Co Kildare, and the Wicklow Mountains
Although set in Scotland, director Mel Gibson chose the lush meadowlands of The Curragh for his 1995 film. One of the main locations used in Wicklow was Kippure Holiday Village near the Sally Gap.
Saving Private Ryan – Curraloe Beach, Co Wexford
Steven Spielberg moved filming for his 1997 war epic starring Tom Hanks, above, to the Co Wexford coast where he recreated the Normandy Landings.