Ireland On Screen

Ireland on screen map: See all the famous filming locations that put Ireland on the big screen, from Dracula in Antrim to Braveheart in Meath.

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The diverse landscapes across Ireland have made it the ideal place to film a movie. Rom coms, period pieces, historical epics – the island caters for all types. See for real what you’ve seen on screen…

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

County Kerry

Not long ago, a galaxy far, far away came to Kerry... Portmagee, to be precise. Skellig Michael, already a UNESCO World Heritage Site, saw its visitors grow from ornithologists and archaeology buffs to Hollywood stars – including Irish actor, Domhnall Gleeson – when Star Wars came to town. 

The jewel of the Wild Atlantic Way, Skellig Michael remains almost unchanged since the 6th century, when ascetic monks carved hundreds of steps to the jagged summit and established a monastery. To say this island is otherworldly hardly does it justice; little wonder, then, that it became the site of one of the biggest movie-making phenomena in history.

2. Brooklyn

Counties Wexford, Wicklow and Dublin

Don't be fooled by the title: Brooklyn was partly filmed in Enniscorthy town, County Wexford, as well as Wicklow and Dublin. An adaptation of Colm Tóibín's novel of the same name, the film catapults the audience right back to 1950s Ireland – and has earned an Oscar nomination for its star, Irish actress Saoirse Ronan. In fact, the hall where the dance scenes were filmed was the very same one where Tóibín's father ran dances in the 1950s.

Curracloe and Ballinesker beaches, which also feature in the movie, were made famous in the 1990s blockbuster, Saving Private Ryan.

3. Dracula Untold

Counties Antrim and Down

Dracula-creator Bram Stoker was born in Ireland, so it seems appropriate that Dracula Untold was filmed here.

The origin movie uses atmospheric Northern Ireland locations like Tollymore Forest Park, Mount Stewart House and Strangford to create something epic.

The legend lives on.

4. Killing Bono

Counties Antrim and Down

Killing Bono, the tale of two brothers on their disastrous quest for rock stardom was filmed all over counties Antrim and Down.

From hotels (the Merchant) to harbours (Donaghadee), venues (Empire) to narrow side streets, it harnesses Northern Ireland’s musical heritage and cranks it right up.

5. The Shore

County Down

Belfast-born Ciaran Hinds and Ballycastle man Conleth Hill are best known as Mance and the Spider in the hit HBO series Game of Thrones.

But in the uplifting Oscar-winning short movie The Shore, the two are friends reunited in the sleepy and scenic seaside village of Killough.

6. Philomena

County Down

Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan star in this moving-but-humorous true story about a woman searching for her long lost son.

Recorded in part in Rostrevor and Killyleagh, County Down, Philomena is an honest insight into life in old Ireland.

8. Once

County Dublin

This Oscar-winning musical is quite the charmer.

And amazingly, it's not just the acting, the soundtrack and the love-story that sets it apart: it's also the locations.

Gorgeous Dublin settings such as Grafton Street, George's Street, Temple Bar, St Stephen’s Green and Killiney Hill mean that Once deserves to be watched more than – ahem – once.

10. Braveheart

Counties Meath, Wicklow, Dublin and Kildare

Braveheart might be Mel Gibson’s movie but Trim Castle is the star.

This Norman stronghold in County Meath is hard to miss with its crenelated towers, medieval keep and timeworn battlements.

On screen it doubles as the walled city of York.

11. Becoming Jane

Counties Offaly, Wicklow and Dublin

Ireland has class. So much so that our Georgian and Victorian architecture was used as a backdrop for this Jane Austen biopic. Dublin stood in as London, while the Gothic Charleville Castle in County Offaly and Kilruddery House in County Wicklow provided an extra dash of elegance.

12. P.S. I Love You

County Wicklow

This romantic drama is a bit like a love-letter to Ireland.

Featuring some of the most stunning locations on the east coast, the characters are smitten by the Wicklow Mountains, with their heather-flecked landscapes and humbling views. Us too.

14. Ryan's Daughter

Counties Kerry and Clare

From the opening shot high above the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry, this passionate Oscar-winning picture captures the drama and romance of Ireland’s west coast.

Slea Head and Dunmore Head are two personal standouts. Love on the rocks has never looked better.

15. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Counties Clare and Kerry

Know where to find a magical horcrux?

The Cliffs of Moher, apparently. This iconic natural attraction in County Clare is where wizard Harry and Dumbledore come searching for the soul of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Even a muggle can see the magic in this place.

17. Calvary

County Sligo

This movie has two leads: Brendan Gleeson and County Sligo.

The unspoiled landscapes, imposing mountains and churning Atlantic underpin the drama, and will stick with you long past the end credits.

That, and Gleeson’s phenomenal turn as a benevolent priest.

Eager to learn more about Ireland and movies? Take a closer look at the Connemara Film Trail.

18. Song of the Sea

County Meath

After the success of The Secret of Kells, Irish illustrator, author and director, Tomm Moore, is back with a new animated feature: Song of the Sea.

The Oscar nominated film tells the story of two children, Ben and Saoirse, whose father is struggling with the loss of his wife and the children's mother. From their lighthouse home on a tiny island, the two are thrust into magical adventure replete with magic flutes, friendly seals and a mystical coat.

In addition to the dreamy illustrations, listen for the haunting soundtrack, featuring arrangements by the Irish folk group, Kila and stunning vocals by the singer/songwriter, Lisa Hannigan, who also provides the voice for the character of Bronagh, Ben and Saoirse’s mother.

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