Action All the Way in Garden

By Deshmukh, Anita | Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England), February 28, 1999 | Go to article overview

Action All the Way in Garden


Deshmukh, Anita, Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)


VISIT County Wicklow and you could be forgiven for thinking you've walked into a film or television set.

The so-called Garden of Ireland is becoming ever more popular among directors and producers with film successes such as Far and Away, Michael Collins, and Excalibur and television series such as Ballykissangel.

The Spice Girls even chose the town of Rathdrum to record a video and further exposure is to come with The Nephew, starring the current James Bond, Pierce Brosnan, being filmed there.

Of course, being handily situated next door to Dublin is a major advantage.

As you fly in to the capital's airport you can see two of Wicklow's most famous mountains to the south - the Greater and Lesser Sugar Loafs. They are an attractive shade of purple and you can spot them in the background of Quigley's golf course in Ballykissangel.

Wicklow includes everything of tourist appeal from long, sandy beaches to stunning mountain scenery.

The granite high ground can be green and friendly or dramatically steep and bare, scraped by ice long ago.

In between, lakes, rivers, sparkling trout streams and green valleys fill dramatic glens. It is scenery that inspired poets like Thomas Moore who is particularly remembered for his poem to the meeting of the waters - the two rivers, the Avonmore and Avonbeg - in the Vale of Avoca, where a tree stands to his memory.

The real tree died long ago of course but the locals always find replacements so as not to upset visitors' photo opportunities.

Downstream is the town of Avoca where Ballykissangel is filmed. It is as you see it on screen with the bridge - new because Hurricane Charlie several years back destroyed the old one - and the main street with the shops, pub, and church.

Glendalough, though, is top of the "must see" list for the county. …

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