Ireland, my wife says NO! Can u help?

Old Jan 30th, 2005, 06:35 PM
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Thanks Clifton! Did see that movie lots of times and never put 2 + 2 together. I have to watch it again
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Old Jan 31st, 2005, 05:35 AM
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travelinwifey,

I hear you! I sat through that entire movie the first time trying to figure out where this or that scene was filmed, thinking I'd see someplace I recognized... but I never did so *made* hubby sit through the end credits with me. He was as surprised as I and he's not only born and raised Irish but has visited the Isle of Man before!

Here's a question for all your film and Irish lovers out there... Where in Ireland was the movie "Widow's Peak" filmed? It only says "filmed on location in Ireland" but not exactly where. I think it's a couple of spots actually but I cannot recognize any of them. One of my favorite movies, too.

"Circle of Friends" is another great Irish movie and filmed in/near to one of my favorite towns, Inistioge, Co Kilkenny. Just love that place!

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Old Jan 31st, 2005, 06:42 AM
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Widows Peak was filmed mostly in County Wicklow - around Ballyknockan and Lackan mainly.
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Old Jan 31st, 2005, 07:29 AM
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Thanks so much, cailin. I suspected Kilkenny or Wicklow or possibly Dublin. Nice to know I wasn't too far off.

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Old Jan 31st, 2005, 08:11 AM
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Anyone know where War of the Buttons was filmed? I think the credits said West Cork, but I'd love to narrow that down. (This is a family favorite!)
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Old Jan 31st, 2005, 08:27 AM
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It was made in Union Hall according to one source I read. West Cork.
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Old Jan 31st, 2005, 01:18 PM
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War of the Buttons was actually filmed in Union Hall and Glandore. My wife and I actually drove across the long, one-lane bridge that connects them. The scenery in and around these two villages are well worth the drive, IMHO. We were there in June of 2000, on an afternoon 'get-away to recharge our sanity and ourselves' from my wife's parents (who were 83 and 75, at the time)! The trip was just what the Doctor ordered.

As to the original posting: Ireland is filled with ruins and castles and quaint, pastoral scenery, but so are any number of countries. What makes Ireland so enjoyable, so invigorating, so unique, and so life alteringly ESSENTIAL to my wife and I is the Irish people, good, not so good, and all. That is the one thing you can ONLY find in Ireland, and they are well worth the trip.
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Old Jan 31st, 2005, 01:50 PM
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My husband and I have travelled extensively over the last ten years. Ireland is the one place we still talk about and would go back tomorrow. We spent two weeks there and drove everywhere. The scenery was magnificent,the food sensational and the people the friendliest we have met. I still remember each B&B with our hosts doing that little bit extra. A pot of tea to the room on arrival,our bags being carried on shoulders to our room,serving us a delicous breakfast when we were only looking at a room and letting us choose our own room after a walking around a gorgeous B&B. The seafood and fish on the west coast was delicous. I think your wife will love Ireland if she goes with an open mind and you dont rush the trip. We would go again tomorrow.
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Old Feb 1st, 2005, 02:45 PM
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hi mike - there are some excellent postings here to convince your wife she would love ireland. i would suggest if you are coming to ireland to try and come in may or september as these are generally the best months weatherwise. for pics on donegal (which is really beautiful ) you can check our pics on welovedonegal.com weather permitting we will take more this weekend to add to them. i also have lots of hints and facts on ireland which she may like to read.

if you are hiring a car here i would pass on a suggestion by someone who travels here quite often (from the us). he says to book through autoeurope in america as they bulk book cars and so can obtain a better deal for you. also, if you have a gold or platinum mastercard or visa card you can save up to 25% of the cost of rental (which is taken up with cdw). you must get a letter from your card company to present when hiring here.

if you did intend to visit some nearby countries when you are here then easyjet go from belfast and now from cork too. you can check their website for prices easyjet.com - they are generally very cheap - and cheaper the longer in advance you book. belfast airport is quite small and only a three hour drive from donegal.

you should try do galway, mayo, sligo, donegal, and northern ireland - an alternative to the usual 'turn left at shannon' trips!

and sure if you take her here and she doesn't like it - you can always blame all the people on this thread!

try and stay in ashford castle for a night - your wife will love it. the food and wine are excellent and the grounds are quite lovely. they do specials from time to time and you can check their site ashord.ie for such specials.
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Hi, First go to BBCAmerica.com and order the first season of Ballykissangel. Then take your wife to Avoca where the series was filmed. After that, go to Glendolough. That was one of the most peaceful places we went. Then over to the Cliffs of Moher. That should take her breath away. Galway is a wonderful city. Northern Ireland is beautiful. The Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge was one of our favorite day trips. Dublin leaves a little to be desired. Maybe one day there and that's about it. Hope this helps. We were there in 2002.
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Old Feb 3rd, 2005, 01:31 AM
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Thank you for all the great responces!
I went to the library and took out a great book of pictures of Ireland. We were both very impressed of the beautifull pictures.
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Old Feb 3rd, 2005, 06:09 AM
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If your wife likes "Europe" because of the history read "How the Irish Saved Civilization" it is a fascinating book about early Irish and eventually early Christian history and then in western Ireland you can see many of the sites. If your wife likes "Europe" because of the cafe culture etc. enjoy the pubs and local music. When we visted Ireland I had a great book that a friend had given me about music in Ireland and the UK, but I am not remembering the title. I also liked "Ireland and the Irish" by Ardagh which has chapters by topic of what Ireland is today and how it got that way (education, television, international trade, other interesting contemporary topics). Another good book is "Trinity" by Leon Uris, a fictionalized account of the Irish revolution of early 1900's. We planned Ireland because we wanted Europe but we wanted "outdoors" and it ended up being so much more than we expected. Have fun convincing your wife!
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Old Feb 3rd, 2005, 10:32 AM
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Wow! There is really great information on this thread. Delaney, I never knew you could order English sitcoms from BBCAmerica- will do. Also awesome book suggestions Laurieann. Thanks.
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