The Irish Jobs


Michael Caine (left) and Noël Coward (right) in The Italian Job filmed in Kilmainham Gaol.

Ireland is ranked number 17 in the list of most filmed locations in the world, according to Go Compare. with 2,527 movies and TV shows filmed here.

But what parts of the country are the most filmed?

James writes:

As part of our research into the most-filmed locations on Earth, we discovered the most-filmed locations in Ireland…

1. Kilmainham Gaol (The Italian Job, The Escapist, The Whistle Blower)

2. Dublin Castle (Northanger Abbey, Barry Lyndon, Penny Dreadful)

3. Kilruddery House (P.S. I Love You, The Tudors, Angela’s Ashes)

4. Henrietta Street (Ripper Street, Foyle’s War)

5. The Sally Gap (The League of Gentlemen’s Apocalypse, Laws of Attraction, The Honeymooners)

6. Dublin Airport (Educating Rita, Love Rosie, Flight of the Doves)

7. St. Stephen’s Green (Michael Collins, Scarlett, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne)

8. Trinity College (Meet the Ancestors, Byzantium, Educating Rita)

9. Powerscourt Estate (Excalibur, Love Rosie, The Count of Monte Cristo)

10. Charleville Forest Castle (Becoming Jane, Northanger Abbey, Most Haunted)

The Most Filmed Countries (GoCompare)

28 thoughts on “The Irish Jobs

  1. Andrew

    I think, though I’m open to correction, that some scenes for In the Name of the Father were filmed in Kilmainham Gaol as well.
    In fact I know someone who worked on that film and recalled drinking pints with an ‘in character’ Daniel Day Lewis in The Royal Oak up the road. Unless he’s telling me porky pies.

    1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

      The Royal Oak is a nice pub. Good toasted sangers.
      Though it’s probably been well over a decade since I darkened its doors.

    2. david

      I remember drinking on the barge many years a drinking den on the canal just between ranelagh and leesonnstreet with none other than James cosmos who starred in braveheart filmed in wicklow
      My granny was Scottish and when I said how are you to him we talked
      The opening words were I remember when you were in the Sweeney playing the part of a Glaswegian copper
      He was amazed I knew that
      I said you said hochmagandey in the scene and I was watching the telly with my granny who went bright red
      The Scottish word refers to an act which is quite naughty hence the blush.
      He burst out laughing then he bought me a whiskey for that one and a great break of dawn was had by all

      1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

        I always wondered if they used the canal water to wash the dishes in that place.

  2. Neilo

    Jaysus, The Royal Oak. My feet appear in a scene from I Went Down that was filmed there. Is it still in trade, I wonder?

    1. Rob_G

      That’s such a good film, and I don’t believe it was ever released on dvd, which is a great pity.

      1. Peter Dempsey

        It’s on DVD – expensive enough as it’s been deleted – but available at a price

    2. Andrew

      It is still going alright Neilo. I go in from time to time. Opens at 5 everyday. You couldn’t swing a cat in it.
      A tad hipsterish it has got but not too bad.

      1. Neilo

        There weren’t many hipsters* in there during my time – they’d have been pulled across the counter by their Piccadilly weepers.

        *I don’t hold any brief against these urban pathfinder/early adapter/good beer lovin’ types, I just needed to get in a reference to comedy facial hair

  3. Mr. P.

    Kilruddery House (P.S. I Love You, The Tudors, Angela’s Ashes)
    + Far and Away
    + The Count of Monte Cristo
    + Becoming Jane
    + Ella Enchanted
    + Vikings
    + Into the Badlands S2
    + My left foot

  4. Matt Lucozade: The Only Reader of the Village

    What? No Skellig Michael for Star Bores? Smaller scale:

    Waltons for Once. Oh, right.
    Dun Laoghaire was popular (Michael Collins, etc),
    Dublin 8 (Synge Street, etc).
    Curracloe Strand and area for Saving Private Ryan
    ‘A fistful of Dynamite’ – Toner’s Pub

    Start a phantom thread on the Daniel Day one.

  5. dannyboy

    The Tudors has plenty of scenes in Powerscourt Estate as well.

    I would think that Royal Hospital Kilmainham should also be on this list…

  6. king Adolf von bratwurst

    there is a ruined house at the end of the count of Monte cristo. it looks like a sun-kissed French field. but it’s in tipp or laois. wexford stood in for elba at the start too.

  7. Mé Féin

    Most filmed locations in the world, maybe. Too bad the movies were so obscure. Were they made for British television?

  8. Papi

    Great Train Robbery in Kent station in Cork, all my sisters went down for a goo off Sean Connery.

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