that appear here are taken from information posted to the
Fermanagh mail list during 2000. The extracts appear as
originally posted, some with full references, some with vague
recollections. The original poster's contact email address is
included. Where questions have been asked, the replies have been
included following the query.
From the films listed in the
extracts, Bud Flanagan has drawn up a total list:
1. The Quiet Man
2. My Left Foot
3. Darby O'Gill & the Little People
4. Shake Hands With The Devil
5. The Legend of Rowan Nash
6. The Long Gray Line
7. The Crying Game
8. Ryan's Daughter
9. Run of the Country
10. The Playboys
11. Another Man's Son
12. The Last September
13. Far and Away
14. Ireland or Bust (1932)
15. Doughboys in Ireland (1943)
16. All for Old Ireland (1915)
17, Castle Ghosts of Ireland (1996)
18. Denny from Ire;and (1918)
19. Fantasy on Ireland
20. A Bit of Oulde Ireland (1910)
21. The Spirit of Ireland (1965) by Sean O'Casey
22. Ireland, A Nation (1914)
23. The Field
24. Fighting Prince of Donegal
25. The Commitments
26. Walking Ned Divine
27. Dancing at Lughnasa
28. The Devil's Own
29. Angela's Ashes
30. The Irish that's in Us (1940)
31. The Nephew
32. The Mammy
I cannot remember the name of the film I am thinking of but it started in
Ireland and the family came to Australia and it was the story of settlement
and pioneering the Kimberley district of Western Australia. I am pretty
sure it was the Durack family who were one of the great cattle families who
pioneered this country. Mary Durack wrote "Kings in Grass Castles" and the
movie was most likely based on this. Someone else may know the title.
The Duracks pioneered from Central Queensland taking their cattle across to the
Ord River in North Western Australia 1883. It was about the gold rush at
Hall's Creek as well. I wish I could remember the title but they lost their
land in Ireland because they couldn't pay the money to the Bristish
landlords I think. Heather firstname.lastname@example.org
The Quiet Man. need
the location in Ireland (for it's scenery) Braveheart. near
Shanon airport (for it's display of clothing and type of
Darby O'Gill & The LIttle
People (Irish Mythology )
Need help; James Cagney
played the part of a college professor and was the doctor for the
IRA. Also included Glyness Johns made in the 1940's, Need the
Who was the actor in "My
Left Foot" ? Played the part of an Indian in his next movie.
The film 'The Quiet Man' was shot in Cong, in Co. Mayo, I have
visited the town and the building the pub was in is a wee shop now
which sells all sorts of things. I bought 6 postcards which
were black and white stills of the film and framed them when I got
back home to Bangor, Co. Down.
One of the postcards has John
Wayne swinging Maureen O'Hara around, I think it was probably the
day of the wedding and another of them is a group photo of John
Wayne, Victor McLaglen, Barry Fitzgerald etc....
I also visited Ashford Castle and
walked down the road where on their wedding day they went down in
a horse and carriage - it was brilliant.
In the town of Neale a short
distance from Cong, the man who was John Wayne's double for the
film owns a Hotel and we were talking to him and he was telling us
lots of things about the making of the film and there were
pictures all over the place of him and the actors.
In answer to your other question
Daniel Day Lewis played the lead in 'My Left Foot' Brenda
Fricker was his Mother.
He also played Hawkeye in the
Last of the Mohicans.
Hope this helps, I'm not sure of
the other ones.
PS Did you know that 'Saving
Private Ryan' was shot on location in the South of Ireland, at
least the beach scenes were.
All the Best
Bangor Co. Down
James Cagney in Shake Hands With The Devil (1959) - (very, very
The movie was 'The Crying Game' and starred Forest Whitaker as the
army officer and the Irish actor Stephen Rea.
Braveheart was filmed at Castle
Trim in Co Meath.
They probably filmed the movie
"Braveheart" all over the area of Ireland. I do know
they were somewhere around Shannon. As my daughter and I were
sitting on the plane waiting for take off (from the Shannon
airport) when the Steward who was in front of us..was over heard
to say...as he pointed out of the window.."this is where Mel
Gibson and his film crew shot some of the movie
"Braveheart." It was a most beautiful and picturesque
area. I could see myself running through the tall emerald green
grass. I was told that Scotland had too much rain (everyday) and
there was alot of mud etc. Thus making it most difficult for the
filming and the horses were slipping and sliding all over the
place. Most of the extras in the movie were
(supposedly)mostly Irish. It's one of my all time favorites. Now
if only they'd do a follow up.
"This is My Father", 1999, is about a Chicago high
school teacher (James Caan) who decides to go to Ireland - with
his sulky teenage nephew along - to find out who his father was.
At the B&B they stay at, an old Traveler woman (Moira Deady)
tells all about the courtship between Kieran O'Day (Aidan Quinn)
and Fionna Flynn (Moya Farrelly) in 1939.
There's a website at http://www.spe.sony.com/classics/thisismyfather/index.html
Fionna talks about taking Kieran to Galway, which should imply
it's nearby, but the movie was filmed in Counties Dublin, Wicklow,
Offaly, and Kildare.
Sterling Heights Michigan USA
We might try
which is an online database of movies. For titles it brought
up this list
Ireland or Bust (1932)
Doughboys in Ireland (1943)
All for Old Ireland (1915)
Castle Ghosts of Ireland (1996)
Denny From Ireland (1918)
Fantasy on Ireland (????)
Jennifer Ireland Story, The (1996) (TV)
Bit of Oulde Ireland, A (1910)
Sean O'Casey: The Spirit of Ireland (1965)
Van Morrison in Ireland (1980)
Ireland, a Nation (1914)
Other searches might yield more
movies of interest.
I have three video here that no one mentions.
1. Michael Collins starring Liam Neeson. A great movie about
the Irish struggles in the 1920s and the end of the war.
2. The Crying Game which is kind of moody and is set in
Northern Ireland. It's about the I.R.A. Where is was
filmed, I'm not sure, but it's set in County Armagh.
3. Touring Ireland which is a Questar Home Video
Presentation. It shows Dublin, The Ring of Kerry, Killarney
National Park, the Rose of Tralee, Cork, Wexford, Galway,
Connemara, The Aran Islands, Donegal and Sligo. It's only 65
minutes long but it's a nice quick tour of Ireland and I didn't
have to leave home!!
Here's another one: Ryan's Daughter (1970) starred David
Lean and Robert Mitchum. The scenery is fantastic.
Another GREAT movie about the
Irish: Waking Ned Devine--it's fairly new......
R Wright WRIGHTX2@prodigy.net
Another couple of Irish films
which are great.
starring Richard Harris and John Hurt and I think Tom Berenger.
This was shot in a place called Leenane, I have also visited here
and the local pub is where all the action took place and there are
stills all around the walls.
one called 'Da' starring Martin Sheen about a son coming from
America to attend his Father's funeral.
IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER: Based
on a true story, Daniel Day-Lewis and John Lynch. Based on a true
story, film details British overzealousness in prosecuting an IRA
bombing in the 1970s.
OF THE BUTTONS: This remake of a classic 1962 film
introduces audiences to the children of two towns who fight
amongst themselves, but eventually learn to grow to help each
BOXER: Drama from
Jim Sheridan and Daniel Day-Lewis, the Irish director and British
star (respectively) The story focuses a promising boxer who
had been imprisoned at age 18 for associating with IRA terrorists.
MOTHER'S SON: Terry George, the co-writer of In the Name of
the Father, wrote and directed this 1996 drama based on actual
events from 1981, when Irish Republican Army prisoners in
Belfast's Maze Prison staged a hunger strike to protest against
British prime minister Margaret Thatcher's political policies. Led
by IRA prisoner Bobby Sands, the hunger strike eventually lead to
the deaths of 10 prisoners
AND AWAY: Starring: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, etc. Director: Ron
HEAR MY SONG
INTO THE WEST
Hi from Oz. This brought
all the movie buffs out of the closet! Two more that haven't been
mentioned yet - "The Devils Own" and 'The
just returned from viewing a "film" in Wagga
Wagga - our nearest LDS centre! Have recorded a
few Fermanagh families from 1851 census abstracts from it and
will share with the list tomorrow.
A very recent movie but set in
the late 1950's is "Agnes Browne" starring Angelica
Huston. It is a film taken from the novel "The Mammy" by
Brendan O'Carroll. Very funny and moving.