Made in Ireland Movie Map is an exciting new interactive online map detailing the key beauty spots, backdrops, beaches, castles and buildings used in the many Irish-made films and television programmes (Available: http://madeinireland.irishfilmboard.ie/)
Combining photographs, movie clips and Google Maps, it is an innovative way for visitors to immerse themselves in Ireland.
The Emerald Isle’s spectacular landscape, impressive city architecture and picture-postcard villages have made it a magnet for movie makers.
The country’s appeal stretches back many decades to classics such as The Quiet Man, made in 1952 and filmed on location in the village of Cong, County Mayo, where a replica of Pat Cohan’s Bar now screens the entire movie on a daily basis.
Ireland was the setting for the Mel Gibson blockbuster Braveheart.
It was filmed at a number of locations including Dublin’s 15th-century Dunsoghly Castle, used to recreate Edinburgh Castle.
The 11th-century Trim Castle in County Meath doubled for the walled city of York in Braveheart, and the famous Curragh of Kildare, epicentre of horseracing in Ireland, was the setting for the Battle of Stirling Bridge.
The madeinireland website currently gives location trails for 20 films.
Fans can follow a Dublin city walking trail exploring locations from the Oscar-nominated romance Once and from Michael Collins, Educating Rita and In America.
By car, visitors can follow a love stories trail (Once, Becoming Jane, Ryan’s Daughter and The Quiet Man) and a war movies trail (Michael Collins, Braveheart, King Arthur and Saving Private Ryan).
A period location trail covering Educating Rita, Far and Away, Cracks, The Count of Monte Cristo and The Tudors is also possible.
The Irish-Canadian production of The Tudors made extensive use of Dublin city, featuring major sights such as Dublin Castle, Kilmainham Jail, Phoenix Park, Killruddery House and Gardens, Christchurch Cathedral and Swords Castle.
The beautiful Powerscourt Estate in County Wicklow was also employed in this major TV series made for premium cable television channel Showtime.
Another trail takes visitors down the island’s beautiful eastern coastline before crossing to the brooding west coast, along the way passing location spots such as the famous Cliffs of Moher and Inch Strand, which featured in Ryans’ Daughter.
Ireland has a growing reputation as an ideal location for movie-makers, who find it offers a range of landscapes, moods and authentic historical settings all within easy reach, as well as a well-developed and supportive film industry.