The rugged west of Ireland plays a starring role in The Banshees of Inishereen

The rugged west of Ireland plays a starring role in The Banshees of Inishereen

Ireland, County of Mayo, County of Galway
The stunning west of Ireland stars in the new film, providing a dramatic backdrop for the darkly comedic tale.

The stunning west of Ireland stars in the new film, providing a dramatic backdrop for the darkly comedic tale.

The Banshee of Inishereen from Searchlight Pictures is the latest film from Oscar and BAFTA Award-winning director Martin McDonagh.

Starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, the film is set on the fictional island of Inisherin in 1923, during the Irish Civil War. The story follows longtime friends Padraic (Farrell) and Colm (Gleeson), who find themselves at an impasse when Colm unexpectedly ends their friendship.

Filmed primarily on the island of Achill and Inis Mór on the Wild Atlantic Way, the drama of the story is heightened by the breathtaking scenery of Ireland's west coast.

Achill Island in County Mayo is a picturesque landscape with the highest sea cliffs in Ireland and five Blue Flag beaches. These include stunning Kym Bay, which was recently named the best wild swimming spot in the UK and Ireland.

Kim Beach is featured on the film's official poster and also features the filming location of some key scenes.

Inis Mór is the largest of the three Aran Islands off the coast of County Galway. The Irish-speaking islands were once described by playwright J.M. Synge as "the last outpost of ancient Europe".

The islands are known for their distinctive landscape with flat expanses of limestone intersected by miles of dry stone walls, often seen in The Banshee of Inisherin.

Inis Mór is also home to more than 50 monuments of Christian, pre-Christian and Celtic mythological heritage, including the 3,000-year-old fort of Dún Aonghasa (Dún Aengus) and the extensive ruins of an eighth-century monastery called Na Seaht dTempail (Seven Churches).

The Banshee of Inishereen is the first feature film McDonagh has shot and directed in Ireland, and he chose a landscape close to where his parents live in County Galway, familiar to him from visits as a child.

The film premiered to great acclaim at the Venice Film Festival in September, with McDonagh winning Best Screenplay and Farrell winning Best Actor. It will be released in wide release on October 21.

Source: ireland.com

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