10 Films and TV shows you’ll never guess were filmed in Ireland…

Ireland has provided the setting for some Hollywood movies, some of which you probably had no idea that they were filmed in Ireland. Here is a list of the Top 10 films filmed in Ireland that you probably didn’t know.

1.THE ITALIAN JOB

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“You’re not supposed to blow the bloody doors off!” You may think this British classic was perhaps only filmed in England or Italy. However, all of the jail scenes were actually filmed in the very historic Kilmainham Gaol, in Dublin where the leaders of the 1916 rising were executed.

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Kilmainham Gaol

2.STARRED UP
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Ireland seems to have fantastic locations for prison film due to the amount of unused sites around the country. This prison thriller was based in former prisons on the Crumlin road in Belfast and the Maze in Lisburn. Both jails were frequently used to lock up prisoners of war over the troubles, including the hunger strikers.

3. DRACUA UNTOLD

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Dracula Untold director Gary Shore has raved about how Northern Ireland was a “perfect” location for the big-budget flick.

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Divis Mountain

The iconic Giant’s Causeway (Co.Antrim) and Divis Mountain (Belfast) are among the spots, which make for a dramatic backdrop for this gruesome horror.

4.PS. I LOVE YOU
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It seems quite unusual that so many thrillers/horrors are filmed in Ireland and not enough romances. P.S I love you does just that when a surprise trip to Ireland shows the film’s characters trekking along the beautiful Wicklow Mountains. There are also scenes set in Wexford Street, Dublin and the beautiful village of Lacken.

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5. BRAVEHEART
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A very ironic matter indeed but this film of William Wallace and ‘Scottish Independence’ relied on the beautiful scenery of Ireland for many of the films shots. Scenes depicting London were actually shot at Bective Abbey, County Meath. The Battle of Stirling Bridge was filmed on the Curragh Plains, County Kildare and the scenes set in York were filmed at Trim Castle, County Meath- very Scottish indeed.

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Trim Castle, Co. Meath

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