There are a host of films shot and filmed in Dublin – The Commitments, Sing Street and Once to name a few – but there is something very special about a major Hollywood production coming to city and sprinkles its stardust on the capital.
The latest film to bring the glitz and glamor of Tinseltown to the Dublin Disney’s Beautiful Town is Disney’s Disenchanted, the sequel to the hit 2007 film Enchanted, which made Amy Adams a star.
They have a few Irish locations including Dublin’s RDS, which last week was being transformed for filming. In honor of this illustrious occasion.
Let’s face it, there hasn’t been this much excitement since Matt Damon brandished his SuperValu bag after his dip in the sea at Dalkey.
We’ve rounded up some of the most iconic Dublin places to present on the big screen.
This legend Dublin monument has featured in many movies and tv shows including 2012 Byzantium Michael Collins from 1996, Circle of Friends from 1995 and The Great Train Robbery from 1978.
He was also featured prominently in the hit TV show Normal People of 2020. However, the movie most people probably associate with it is 1983’s Educating Rita where he dubbed for the English University that the titular character assists.
Trinity’s academic rival UCD also gets a glimpse as their Belfield campus was used for the characters’ summer school.
One of Dublin The best and most historic tourist attractions in (seriously, if you’ve never been there, make it your business – you won’t regret it!) is another place that’s been featured in plenty of movies.
These include 1962’s The Quare Fellow, 1965’s The Face of Fu Manchu and 1993’s In the Name Of The Father, but perhaps the most iconic film ever shot there was 1969’s The Italian Job.
The location was more out of necessity than design. One of the characters, Bridger, was supposed to be in prison and he was played by Noël Coward.
However, the legendary artist Coward was a tax exile and could not film in Brittany.
In 1994, nearly every male patron of the downtown Brussels rock bar was funding the weekend session by appearing as an extra in Mel Gibson’s Oscar-winning epic Braveheart, which was filmed in Ireland.
Most people know the places around the Curragh but this was actually Dunslogly Castle, which is two miles north of Finglas, which doubled during Edinburgh Chateau in the movie.
Although significantly smaller than the real castle, movie magic made it work.
The Guinness Warehouse
If Far and Away has taught us anything, it’s that Tom Cruise isn’t a big fan of authenticity, which he more than proved with his creepy accent.
So it’s no surprise that he didn’t use the actual locations featured in the film and instead chose similar locations.
This explains how Market Lane, just behind the Guinness Storehouse, found itself dubbing for the “New World” in scenes where Joseph and Shannon originally arrive in town.
There’s no denying that the exterior of Heuston Station is an impressive sight, which is probably what attracted director Stephen Soderbergh when he was shooting his film Haywire in Ireland .
The film had an all-star cast including Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum, Antonio Banderas and Michael Douglas.
However, in terms of iconic status, Haywire doesn’t have a patch on another movement that used the station, 1978’s The Great Train Robbery.
It replaced London Bridge station in the film based on the first great train robbery of the 19th century in England .