From iconic film scenes to gripping TV series, Ireland and its gorgeous landscapes have taken over our screens time and time again.
If you haven’t watched Game of Thrones
already - it’s a brilliant place to start, as Northern Ireland is Game of Thrones Territory. Home to rugged coastlines, breath-taking landscapes, caves and castles, Northern Ireland
was the perfect backdrop to bring the Seven Kingdoms to life… so get watching!
the new Hollywood? Maybe not quite yet but it has become a bit of a hot-spot for several successful TV shows, particularly crime-noir series such as The Fall, Line of Duty and season 3 of Marcella. Keep your eyes peeled to see if you can recognise any popular filming spots including the Cathedral Quarter, the Belfast docks and Belfast city centre – perfect for those thrilling chase scenes!
When it comes to epic scenery, nothing quite compares to the Wild Atlantic Way. The Cliffs of Moher in County Clare laid the scene for Harry and Dumbledore’s unforgettable confrontation in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Mix crashing Atlantic waves with dramatic cliffs and you’ve got a showstopper of a backdrop! The cliffs also starred in the fun-filled fairytale romp, The Princess Bride.
The Star Wars crew found the Wild Atlantic Way
an inspirational spot, too. In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you’ll spot Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill walking the magnificent cliffside of Skellig Michael in County Kerry. They returned to showcase more of County Kerry’s raw beauty on the Dingle Peninsula, as well as Donegal’s Malin Head for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Ireland proves that you really don’t need to travel far to find landscapes that are out of this world.
Some of our favourite binge-worthy TV series are also set on our island! Shot in Derry and Belfast is the hilarious comedy Derry Girls, which takes you through the life of teenage girls (and boy) during the 1990s. And how can we forget the sweet love story between Connell and Marianne in Normal People, which is set in Dublin city (with great shots of Trinity College) as well as County Sligo.
Do any of our Community members recall a TV series or film where Ireland’s landscape really drew your attention?