Ireland’s reel battle

It looked like Ireland had become an extension of Hollywood back in the mid-1990s.

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Ian Kehoe

20th January, 2007

It looked like Ireland had become an extension of Hollywood back in the mid-1990s.

Enticed by lucrative tax breaks and the country’s scenery, heavy hitters from Hollywood descended on the country to film their blockbusters.

Steven Spielberg pitched camp in Wexford to shoot scenes from Saving Private Ryan, while Mel Gibson chose to film Braveheart, a story of Scottish independence, in Co Kildare.

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