Dubs' welcome Matt
The show goes on for Damon as movie shoot continues despite capital lockdown
THIS is the huge movie site in Co. Wicklow where Matt Damon has been given permission to continue filming - despite currently residing in locked-down Dublin.
Matt is holed up in a Georgian mansion in Killiney in south Dublin, but he and some 200 actors and crew have been told they can resume working on The Last Duel at the site near Ashford.
A Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht spokesperson told the Sunday World that "under level 3 you should stay in your county (or other defined geographical area) apart from work, education and other essential purposes, if appropriate".
However, it is believed the crew have been told they can continue to travel for filming purposes, as it qualifies as 'work' under the Government regulations.
Matt (49) has donned full period costume for the movie and also has to ride a horse around the set at Nun's Cross, which has been transformed into a medieval castle.
He and the crew will spend another week in Co. Wicklow, before moving on to Cahir, Co. Tipperary.
The actor teamed up with his old Good Will Hunting buddy Ben Affleck in Ireland for filming here, but we can reveal Ben flew back to the US last Tuesday.
We understand that The Town actor stayed in a mansion in the Druid's Glen area of Co. Wicklow.
Anyone in the Dalkey/Killiney area hoping to catch Matt out with his famous SuperValu bag shopping or visiting cafes like he did early in the year, may be in for a disappointment as insiders say he has to be kept in isolation during filming due to Covid safety measures.
His co-star Jodie Comer is staying at a mansion on Sorrento Road in Dalkey and the Killing Eve star posted pictures of her sunbathing on the nearby beach before she started filming on set.
Director Ridley Scott (82) is also staying in Dublin, but when he's transported by limousine to the location usually moves around in a buggy on the set.
The Sunday World recently revealed that Matt moved into the stunning Victorian mansion Mount Eagle on Vico Road in Killiney - at a cost of nearly €15,000 a week.
He had previously stayed in another mansion in nearby Dalkey.
His new pad is a three-storey seafront villa which was built around 1840 on a stunning private site overlooking Killiney Bay and is considered to be one of Dublin's finest homes, boasting seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms
It is owned by businessman Alistair Tidey - a son of once kidnapped supermarket boss Don Tidey - who bought it in 1997 for €3.8 million (£3m) in an off-market deal.
Tidey is currently believed to be living in the Caribbean and the property is being letted out by an agency.
Previous owners included bookmaker-turned-property-investor Joe Donnelly, who squirrelled away a few acres of its gardens to develop an ultra-modern private art gallery.
Matt's new film The Last Duel is based on Erick Jagger's book of the same title, is set in medieval France and focuses on a dispute between a knight and a squire.
The screenplay was written by Damon, Affleck and Nicole Holofcener.
Pictures that emerged this week of Matt on location were actually taken the previous week at Ardmore studios in Co. Wicklow. Shooting is also due to take part in Co. Meath.
It recently emerged that a crew of about 200 is being housed in the exclusive K Club resort in Co. Kildare in preparation for shooting the movie.
Damon and Affleck famously won an Oscar for Best Screenplay for Good Will Hunting.
He has since set the screen alight in Saving Private Ryan, The Talented Mr Ripley, The Departed and as Jason Bourne in the Bourne franchise.
Massachusetts born and raised, Matt married Argentinian actress Luciana Bozan Barossa in 2005, having first met her in 2003 in Miami while filming Stuck On You.
He has three daughters with Luciana, ranging in aged from seven to 13, as well as a 20-year-old stepdaughter with Luciana from a previous relationship she had.
Matt has been an occasional visitor to Ireland and has expressed a dream of owning a home on the west coast.
"How awesome would that be," he raved. "Watching the Atlantic crashing over the Irish cliffs, the rain coming down, the grey skies. I love the weather."