Hollywood movies

Hollywood movies shot in Ireland

Ireland has become a popular location for film productions thanks to its breathtaking scenery.

The highly anticipated Disney movie Disenchanted is currently filming in Enniskerry, County Wicklow, and Hollywood stars Patrick Dempsey and Amy Adams have moved here for the summer.

We’ve rounded up other movies that have been shot across the country, and some might surprise you!


Brave Heart

Mel Gibson starred, directed and produced this iconic 1995 film about Scotland’s fight for freedom.

Ironically, it was mostly shot in Ireland, with scenes depicting London actually filmed at Bective Abbey in 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.

king arthur

Kiera Knightley and Clive Owen starred in the 2004 film, which was appropriate given their strong Irish roots.

The entire film was shot in Ireland, with interior scenes shot at Ardmore Studios in Co. Wicklow.

Hadrian’s Wall in the film is at Ballymore Eustace in County Kildare, and other scenes have been filmed in neighboring estates like Powerscourt and Luggala.


The 2005 version of Everyone’s Favorite Dog Story was shot in stunning locations such as the Wicklow Mountains, Killruddery House in Bray and Dublin.

Filming took place over 7 weeks in Ireland with the crew calling for mountainous landscapes such as the Magillycuddy Reeks.

There was a huge push at the time to attract movie studios to shoot in Ireland by offering tax incentives, and Lassie accepted the offer!

Leap year

Amy Adams’ first film in Ireland dates back to 2010, where she starred alongside Matthew Goode.

In the film, Amy’s character travels to Dublin to propose to her boyfriend on February 29 – a leap day.

The film was shot in Wicklow, Dublin, Mayo, Waterford and Galway, including locations such as the Aran Islands, Connemara, Temple Bar, Georgian Dublin, Wicklow National Park and Olaf Street.

Ps i love you

PS I Love You is a beautiful romance with questionable Irish overtones.

Starring Gerald Butler and Hilary Swank, the film tells the story of a woman mourning the death of her late husband and to her surprise, she begins to receive letters from him.

The film was shot in Ireland for around ten days, including locations such as Whelan’s Pub in Dublin and Blessington Lakes, Lacken, Wicklow Mountains and The Sally Gap in County Wicklow.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

For a scene from the movie Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry and Dumbledore are seen battling evil on a spectacular cliff.

These cliffs are one of the most visited places in all of Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare.

Shortly after this shot, the couple stand on a boulder that happens to be Lemon Rock in County Kerry – which is part of the Skelligs.

Marley and I

Marley & Me is a touching story about the special bond between a family and their dog.

The film’s newlyweds John and Jenny Grogan (Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston) travel to Ireland’s west coast on their honeymoon.

These scenes were filmed in several locations across the country, including. Inagh Valley, Lough Na Fooey, Glebe Stone Circle and Ballymagibbon Cairn near Cong.

Star wars

In The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, Ireland was a prime filming location.

Scenes from both Star Wars films were filmed on the Skellig Islands off the west coast.

The iconic Millenium Falcon spacecraft was built on Malin Head for The Last Jedi.

The Loop Head Lighthouse, caves and mine shafts dotted around the Mizen Head, Brow Head and Sybil Head area were also used in the making of popular films.

Wild mountain thyme

Emily Blunt and Jamie Dornan made headlines last year following the release of the Wild Mountain Thyme trailer, when fans criticized their Irish “leprechaun” overtones.

Emily stars as Rosemary Muldoon in the romantic comedy, who falls in love with Jamie’s character Anthony Reilly before they get caught up in a row over the farmland.

The film was shot in Crossmolina, County Mayo.