Hollywood stars gather on Achill Island as two international films are shot


Hollywood has arrived en masse on Achill Island in County Mayo as two international films are currently filming there.

Renowned Irish actors Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell are on the island to film Oscar-winning writer and director Martin McDonagh’s latest film, The Inisherin Banshees.

Other well-known names involved in the film include Dunkirk star Barry Keoghan and Kerry Condon who starred in the 2019 film Dreamland.

The Inisherin Banshees tell the story of a pair of longtime friends on a remote Irish island, who find themselves at a delicate point in their relationship when one of them no longer wants to be friends.

A joint Irish and Finnish film production, My Sailor, My Love is also filmed in locations around the island, directed by Finnish director Klaus Haro and starring Scottish actor James Cosmo.

Former sea captain

The film centers on a former ship captain who returns to his hometown to rest for the rest of his life. He is in love with his girlfriend from high school, but the bitterness of his adult children is the cause.

After spending so many years at sea, they would like the father to be there for them. The children take their father to a retirement home to get him out of the house. The old couple can only meet in secret.

Many islanders are chosen as extras in both films.

Chris McCarthy, director of Achill Tourism, said the filming on the island of Co Mayo was a huge “blow in the arm” for Achill as the majority of accommodation has been booked.

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We are delighted that they have chosen Achill as their location and that they live with us in our community.

“The majority of accommodation in Achill has been booked for the next four to five weeks, which is another season for 2021 in the tourism industry. It’s absolutely fantastic for the island’s hosts and a huge punch in the arm at the end of two years of Covid, ”said Mr McCarthy.

“We are delighted that they have chosen Achill as their location and that they live with us in our community. We hope they have a good time and that everything goes well during the filming. There’s a lot of excitement here and it’s good to see a number of locals getting extra roles. I hope there will be more movies coming in the future, ”he said.

Filming for The Banshees of Inisherin is expected to continue until next month.


Darcy J. Skinner

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