Movies that were shot in Ireland

Ireland is a country known for its breathtaking landscapes and lovely cities. Of course, this information does not go unnoticed by the film industry when it comes to shooting their films in these wonderful and memorable places. Places that can be visited and admired more closely. 

So, if you had planned to travel to this country to see its landscapes, here we bring you a list of 12 films that decided to stage their stories in the wonderful places and cities of Ireland.

Star Wars: the force awakens (2014) and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

Starting with one of the most successful franchises of sci-fi, in both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, director George Lucas used the landscapes of Ireland to stage various scenes from the Star Wars movies. For The Force Awakens, scenes were shot on Skellig Michael just off the west coast of Ireland in County Kerry. And for The Last Jedi, some scenes took place in the locations of Malin Head in County Donegal, Loop Head in County Clare, Brow Head in County Cork, and Sybil Head and Dunmore Head on the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry. 

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County Donegal 

Harry potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

For just one scene, the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare appear to show viewers a new obstacle that Harry Potter and Professor Dubledore will have to face to take down Lord Voldemort in the sixth instalment of the Harry Potter franchise. Despite appearing only once throughout the film, this place manages to intimidate both our protagonists and the audience itself because of the violent and intimidating waves crashing around them. 

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Cliffs of Moher, County Clare

P.S I love you (2007) 

This romantic drama starring Gerard Butler and Hillary Swank tells us the story of a woman who, through some letters she received following the death of her husband, travels through the most impressive and emotionally charged places chosen by her husband. Ireland, the husband’s birthplace, is the country that features most in the film, with places as impressive and memorable as the Blessington lakes, the Ballysmuttan Bridge, Whelan’s Bar (Dublin), Sally Gap in County Wicklow and Kilruddery House (Bray). 

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Sally Gap, County Wicklow

Sing street (2016)

In the city of Dublin in the 1980s, the protagonist of Sing Street undergoes a drastic change in his life that will lead him to become part of a rock group, whose main stage would become the streets of the Irish capital. This touching movie showcases the beauty of Dublin’s urban parks and avenues, and it also features the beautiful seaside towns of Dalkey and Dun Laoghaire.

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City of Dublin 

Brooklyn (2015) 

This romantic drama based in the 1950s tells the story of the young Irish woman Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), who decides to leave Ireland and travel to New York. The movie was set primarily in the United States, but it was also filmed in the Counties of Wicklow and Wexford (more specifically in Enniscorthy) and Dublin as well. 

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County Wicklow

The Lobster (2015)

Set in a dystopian near future, this film tells an unconventional love story, where finding a romantic partner is a matter of life and death. Director Yorgos Lanthimos chose several Irish locations for the shoot, such as Dublin and other places in and around County Kerry, including Sneem, Dromore Woods and Kenmare. 

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City of Dublin 

Braveheart (1995) 

Despite being a film that tells the story of a Scottish character, Braveheart used the Irish locations of Counties Meath, Dublin, Kildare, and Wicklow to shoot the scenes of its most famous battles. Trim Castle, The Church of St Nicholas, The Curragh Plains or Dunsoghly Castle were the most relevant places that the shooting of this classic war movie took place. 

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County Wicklow

Barry Lyndon (1975)

Barry Lyndon is a historical adventure drama film written and directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on William Makepeace Thackeray’s novel “The Luck of Barry Lyndon”. It tells the story of the ambitious and unscrupulous young Irishman, Barry Lyndon, who emigrated because of a family feud. From then on he leads a wandering life full of adventures. The 1975 movie was shot in England, Scotland, Ireland, and Germany, and the filming locations from Ireland included Carton House, Cahir Castle, Huntington Castle, and Dublin Castle.

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Dublin Castle

We have always lived in the castle (2018) 

For lovers of horror movies, Ireland has also lent its most chilling places to “We have always lived in the castle”, the 2018 film about a family that tries to ward off the evil that surrounds them through rituals and talismans. The most notable filming locations are the Wicklow mountains and the towns of Bray and Enniskerry in County Wicklow. 

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Wicklow Mountains

Love, Rosie (2014)

This 2014 romantic film is about two best friends whose lives are separated by a series of unforeseen events. The film takes a tour of each place where our protagonists lived, both as teenagers and as adults. The most remarkable places in Ireland were The Tara Hall Hotel, Howth, Bray (Bré) and Dublin. 

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Lighthouse in Howth

The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)

This movie is about two brothers that, against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence, fight a guerrilla war against British forces. It was shot in various towns within County Cork, including Ballyvourney and Timoleague. Also, some filming took place in Bandon, North Main Street in Cork, Ballyvourney, Coolea and the Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin. 

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Baltimore, County Cork 

The F word (2013)

This romantic comedy follows a young man and woman who meet and decide to be “friends” because she has a boyfriend. The film is mostly shot in Toronto, however, the six months that the protagonist decides to spend away from home, he does so in Ireland, more specifically in Dublin, a city that will serve as the setting for a series of relevant events for the protagonists. 

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Trinity College, Dublin

If Ireland is a country that has always caught your attention and you are also a movie lover, now you can visit the places that brought it to the big screen. And even if you have never considered travelling here, you can live the experience through these films.

Miriam Font
Miriam Font

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