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A lone furze bush (above) fightsfor survival following the blaze last month (top) which ravaged Curracloe Beach, a stand-in for Omaha Beach during the the D-Day scenes in Saving Private Ryan (second pic).


Curracloe Beach. County Wexford.

Eamonn Farrell writes:

A large section of the sand dunes on the famed Curracloe Beach in County Wexford, still bear the scars of the fire which swept through them on the 22nd of July, during the height of Ireland’s Summer heatwave.

It is believed the fire started from a disposable BBQ. Today the blackened ash, shining from a weekend of badly needed rain to help ease the current drought, causes the landscape to resemble a scene from a post-apocalyptic movie, rather than the war movie it is most famous for Saving Private Ryan

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Evan Puschak marvels anew at the intense Omaha Beach opening scene in Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, filmed at Curracloe Strand in Wexford.

Many of the famously long shots were filmed from the intimate perspective of a battlefield cameraman, a decision inspired by actual WWII battle footage and John Ford’s The Battle of Midway, which used scenes where actual explosions on set made the camera skip.