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Reign returns to Mayo


Terrance Coombs, who plays Sebastian in ‘Reign’, has been tweeting about his love for the filming location, Ashford Castle.
?Terrance Coombs, who plays Sebastian in ‘Reign’, has been tweeting about his love for the filming location, Ashford Castle.

‘Reign’ returns to Mayo for more filming

Ciara Galvin
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THE cast and crew of period drama ‘Reign’, returned to Cong recently to continue filming the first series of the show. The cast and crew once again returned to the picturesque Ashford Castle for two weeks of filming.
The cast and crew, totalling over 100 people, were shooting in Cong for the past week and finished up last Friday, August 30. The recent good weather had allowed filming to go on until 9pm most days.
‘Reign’ tells the story of a youthful Mary Queen of Scots and her arranged marriage with the Prince of France. The pilot show will debut on October 17 in the US, where no doubt, some Mayo emigrants will recognise the Ashford Castle location, as well as Cong Abbey and the shores of Lough Corrib. Filming also took place on Achill, where it is said that a beach closure in the area caused some disruption.
Well-known Cong man Ray McHugh, who has been in contact with members of the crew, told The Mayo News it was a ‘big boost for the local economy’.
“They were using warehouses in the area for storage, and the GAA pitch was the base for costumes, hair and makeup. The pitch was also used for helicopter landings when they were shooting aerial views,” he explained.
Torrance Coombs, who plays Sebastian, one of the main characters in the period drama, has been tweeting pictures of the views around Cong, expressing his appreciation for the location. Late week, he tweeted a picture saying “Another [picture] from Ashford Castle. Because it’s so beautiful it doesn’t even look real. #Reign”.
Cast and crew stayed in Lisloughrey Lodge and local B&Bs and mingled with locals, taking in the music that was on offer in local public houses.
Indoor scenes for the next instalment of the story of Mary Queen of Scots is taking place in Canada.
A date for the Irish TV debut of ‘Reign’ has yet to be announced.