MEI Cultural Spotlight #14 Ireland in Hollywood

May 09, 2016

The beauty of Ireland has always featured prominently in Hollywood and blockbuster movies. Beautiful scenic countryside’s, stunning views make stunning additions to any scene in movies. Some examples of current filming that has taken place and in some cases ongoing around Ireland are

Game of Thrones

The forests, mountains and moorlands around Northern Ireland transformed into the scenic backdrops for Game of Thrones most memorable moments. It was here that Sansa and Littlefinger journeyed to the Eyrie, Jorah and Tyrion set sail on the Summer Sea together, and Jaime and Bronn came ashore on Dorne.

Aside from the fantasy landscapes, Northern Ireland’s packed with another prolific requirement for Game of Thrones – its abundance of castles. Dating back to Norman and medieval times, these structures catapult you right into Westeros and have seen a Lannister lion’s share of bloodshed.

Remember Theon pre-Reek? Arriving at Pyke to seek an alliance with Balon? That Iron Island port he docked at is actually a far calmer Ballintoy Harbour in County Antrim. Still used by local fishermen and boatmen, it was here Theon was baptised as his sister Yara looked on. The little harbour is a spear’s throw from the iconic Giant’s Causeway, a natural wonder on the Causeway Coastal Route

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Star Wars

Portmagee is a pretty village, synonymous with the type of delights you’ll find along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. But it’s not where you’d expect to find one of the world’s biggest film production crews. In 2014, though, drawn by the mystical beauty of Skellig Michael, Star Wars: The Force Awakens came to town…

Check out more information on Star Wars in Skellig

 

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