Irish green screen 13 of the most famous movie and TV scenes filmed in Ireland
Directors line up to shoot blockbusters in stunning locations around Ireland
Tipperary has been abuzz this week at the sight of Hollywood stars Matt Damon and Adam Driver descending on Cahir Castle.
Lucky locals came out in their droves to welcome the actors, who were joined by Killing Eve beauty Jodie Comer, when they arrived at the historic site on Monday to continue filming The Last Duel.
The cast and crew previously spent time shooting scenes for the Ridley Scott directed flick in Co Wicklow and will soon go to Co Meath to wrap up filming.
Ben Affleck was in Ardmore studios near Bray, Co Wicklow early last month for his scenes and has flown back to America.
The blockbuster is due for release in 2021 and is actually set in medieval France.
This will not be the first time fans across the globe will see a film or TV show that's set in another country, or even in space, using fabulous Irish scenery or our historic locations.
Two of the most recent Star Wars films have used scenes filmed in Kerry, Donegal and Clare.
The Force Awakens (Episode VII) was the first of the final films in the saga to introduce us to Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) living on a remote island, which was the visually stunning Skellig Michael off the coast of Kerry.
Director JJ Abrams picked the island, which is known for its dramatic, jagged landscape and ancient monastic site, for the closing scenes of Episode VII where the audience is reintroduced to Luke. Filming of those scenes took place in 2014.
Shooting took place again in 2016 for Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi (Episode VIII), with Daisy Ridley joining Mark Hamill in Ireland. Mark enjoyed himself here so much he was pictured posing with locals in a pub in Portmagee to pull pints of Guinness.
The budget for The Last Jedi was around $300m, but it took in $1.3 billion when it was released in 2017.
Mel Gibson's first major blockbuster in which he acted, directed and produced was Braveheart, the historical epic which tells the story of legendary Scottish hero William Wallace and his rebellion against the English army.
It had been planned film the movie in Scotland but Gibson and his team decided at the last minute to switch to Ireland, and all of the exterior scenes were shot in locations such as the Curragh in Kildare, Trim Castle and Bective Abbey in Co Meath in 1994.
More than 1,500 men from the Irish Defence Forces were recruited as extras for Braveheart's army and when the film was released in 1995 it went on to win Best Picture, Best Director and three other Oscars, as well as grossing over $210m having cost $53m.
GAME OF THRONES
A large chunk of HBO's juggernaut TV series was filmed in beautiful locations in Northern Ireland.
Belfast is home to Titanic Studios where many of the interior scenes were filmed, and it is only a stone's throw away from other locations including The Dark Hedges, The King's Road, Winterfell, The Wall and Dragonstone.
SAVING PRIVATE RYAN
Another major film in which Irish Army personnel were called on to be extras was Saving Private Ryan. This time 2,500 people were used, all on Ballinesker Beach in Co Wexford.
This beautiful stretch of sand in the sunny south east was transformed into a hellish war zone scene for the 20 minute long opening of the film, which depicts the D-Day landings on Omaha Beach.
Tom Hanks and the rest of the cast and crew filmed there for two months in 1997 and the entire production cost over €70m, but took in over €500m.
The film went on to win five Oscars, including a Best Director award for Spielberg.
If you're a fan of the boy wizard, you'll definitely remember a certain scene in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, film number six of eight.
Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) are battling with evil on a dramatic cliff face - and those cliffs are one of the most visited places in all of Ireland; the Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare.
Shortly after that swooping shot, the pair are standing on a rock. This rock is not anywhere close to the Cliffs of Moher - it's called Lemon Rock and it's in Co Kerry and part of the Skelligs.
The movie was filmed in 2007, released in 2009 and went on to make over $930m, having cost $250m to make.
A childhood favourite for many is the story of Lassie, the runaway dog.
Having had many incarnations since the original novel was published in 1938, in 2004 a 21st century remake starring Peter O'Toole, Samantha Morton and Peter Dinklage descended on Ireland.
Filming took place over seven weeks in Ireland and with the plot calling for mountainous scenery the Magillycuddy Reeks, the highest mountain range in Ireland, was the obvious choice - yet another win for Kerry. Other scenes were shot in Scotland and the Isle of Man.
This Irish version made $6.5m at the box office.
Another film with many incarnations over the years, but it's the 2004 feature starring Kiera Knightley and Clive Owen that has strong Irish links.
In fact the entire film was shot over here - interior scenes were filmed in Co Wicklow's Ardmore Studios, Ballymore Eustace in Co Kildare served as Hadrian's Wall and other scenes were filmed in nearby estates like Powerscourt and Luggala.
In total, 300 swords, 700 spears and 350 axes were used over the course of the film's production. The film cost $120m and took in over $200m.
THE ITALIAN JOB
The classic 1969 British caper film starring Michael Caine, Noel Coward and Benny Hill, despite being quintessentially British, was filmed in part on Irish (and, of course, Italian) shores.
The scenes when Michael Caine's character has landed himself behind bars were all filmed in Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin.
Unfortunately, none of the spectacular driving stunts took place over here. It made over $62m at the box office.
THE PRINCESS BRIDE
The Cliffs of Moher didn't just make it into one childhood favourite - they feature in the 1987 cult fantasy classic The Princess Bride too. In the film, however, the Cliffs are called the 'Cliffs of Insanity', and the main characters race across the cliff face in a key climactic scene. In reality, it was all the work of a single stuntman who was suspended 200 feet in the air.
Among the cast were Cary Elwes, Robin Wright and Peter Falk. It had a budget of $16m and took in over $30m.
Director John Boorman wanted to film one of the Lord of the Rings trilogy films in Ireland but when funding ran dry he turned his hand to the legend of King Arthur and made Excalibur.
Released in 1981, it was shot in various locations around the country; one epic battle scene took place at Cahir Castle in Tipperary and Powerscourt Waterfall and the surrounding woodlands in Co Wicklow made several appearances. The film launched the careers of Liam Neeson, Patrick Stewart, Gabriel Byrne and Ciaran Hinds, and another success for Irish tourism. It cost $11m to make and took in $35m.
THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY
Heuston Station in Dublin stood in for 'London Bridge Station' in the film based on the first great train robbery from the 19th century in England, with railway scenes filmed in other parts of Ireland.
Sean Connery starred in the 1978 movie and while in Ireland visited the old Sunday World offices in our former home in Terenure, south Dublin. The film cost $7m and made $13m.
The Tudors was filmed entirely in Ardmore Studios and nearby countryside in Co Wicklow for its four season run from 2007-2010. It told the story of the reign of Henry VIII, played impeccably by Irishman Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and starred Irish talent including Maria Doyle Kennedy, Peter O'Toole and Sarah Bolger.
The Vikings enjoyed six seasons of filming in Co Wicklow from 2012 and again starred Jonathan Rhys Meyers, as well as Travis Fimmel, Gabriel Byrne and Ray Stevenson.
A sequel series, Vikings: Valhalla is currently being filmed for Netflix, also in Co Wicklow.