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Hollywood stars start filming on Achill

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WHEN COLIN MET COLIN  Well-known film buff Colin Grealis from Ballycroy met film star Colin Farrell for a chat in Achill over the weekend, outside Barrett's XL in Keel. Farrell is on the island filming for upcoming blockbuster, The Banshees of Inisherin.

Anton McNulty

HOLLYWOOD arrived last week en masse to Achill with two international films currently being filmed on the island.
Oscar-winning writer and director Martin McDonagh is currently filming his latest film ‘The The Banshees of Inisherin’ on Achill Island, with leading Irish actors Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell among the star-studded cast.
At the same time, ‘My Sailor, My Love’ a joint Irish/Finnish film production directed by Finnish director Klaus Haro and starring Scottish actor James Cosmo, is also being filmed at locations around Achill.
The presence of so many Hollywood stars has created quite a stir around the island with many islanders getting roles as extras in both films.
Chris McCarthy, the Manager at Achill Tourism, said that the filming of the two films on Achill has been a ‘huge shot in the arm’ to the tourism sector on the island, with nearly all accommodation booked out.
“The majority of the accommodation in Achill has been booked up for the next four to five weeks, which is another season for 2021 in the tourism business. It is absolutely fantastic for the accommodation providers on the island and a massive shot in the arm coming at the end of the two years of Covid,” he said.

New pub
Sets have been popping up around the island with a new pub along the Atlantic Drive built for The Banshees of Inisherin while the majority of ‘My Sailor, My Love’ is being filmed at Currane House.
The Banshees of Inisherin tells the story of a pair of lifelong friends on a remote Irish island who find themselves at an awkward time in their relationship when one of them no longer wants to be friends.
‘My Sailor My Love’ stars Scottish actor John Cosmo, whose credits includes starring roles in Braveheart, Trainspotting and Game of Thrones, and tells the story of a old sea captain who returns to his home town and finds love again with his long gone high school sweetheart.
Mr McCarthy said that the people of Achill were delighted to welcome the production teams to Achill and hope they enjoy their stay.
“We are delighted that they choose Achill as a location and they are living among us in our community. We hope they have a good time and everything goes well during the filming.  There is great excitement here and its good to see a number of locals getting roles as extras. Hopefully there will be more movies to come in the future,” he said.