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Wicklow Film Commission launches 'Wicklow Film Trails'
16 Dec 2002 :
Three film trails link the stunning locations that have been used for films, television series and pop videos.
The Wicklow Film Commission has launched a new trail and accompanying brochure 'The Wicklow Film Trails'. The new services was launched at Ardmore Studios on December 4th jointly by the Chairman of Bray Town Council, Councillor John Byrne, and the Chairman of Wicklow County Council, Councillor Vincent Blake.

Three film trails have been developed which loop through County Wicklow linking the stunning locations that have been used for films, television series and pop videos.

The Braveheart Drive starts in Hollywood, skirts along the Blessington Lakes, linking Ballyknockan, Lacken of Widow's Peak fame, and Manor Kilbride from where it heads over the Sally Gap into Laragh and finishes in Hollywood. Around the Sally Gap many scenes for Braveheart were filmed. Hollywood claims a historic link to Hollywood in LA but it has certainly been used for some of the greatest Irish films, like Michael Collins, This is my Father and Dancing at Lughnasa. The Braveheart Drive also comes over the Wicklow Gap, recently shown at its most grim and scorched in the dragon film Reign of Fire.

The Excalibur Drive starts in Roundwood and takes in Lough Tay, the backdrop of Excalibur and Into the West before heading towards Powerscourt Estate, recently shown in some stunning night scenes in The Count of Monte Cristo. Enniskerry also stars in many commercials and films such as December and Yesterday's Children.

Next is Bray, where Ardmore Studios has played host to such classics as The Snapper, My Left Foot and the film that's just wrapped here called Ella Enchanted. Going passed Greystones and Kilcoole of Glenroe fame the trail loops back through Newtownmountkennedy to Roundwood.

The Michael Collins starts in Wicklow Town, where the some of the court scenes for the new Pierce Brosnan film Evelyn were filmed in Wicklow Courthouse. From there the route heads out to Rathdrum, made famous by such films as A Love Divided, Durango and Michael Collins, on to Avoca, former home of Ballykissangel. Next on the route is Arklow where some scenes for Angela's Ashes were shot, Redcross and past Brittas Bay, immortalised as Elba in The Count of Monte Cristo back toward Wicklow.

The Wicklow Film Trails were funded by the National Millennium Committee, Wicklow County Council, Bray Town Council and Wicklow Rural Partnership through Leader II. In his speech the County Manager Eddie Sheehy, thanked all the partners and sponsors for the support.

The Wicklow Film Trails maximise the potential of attracting film-related tourism to the county. According to Bord Failte statistics 14 % of American visitors quoted films as an important source of information when they decided on their holiday destination. Hopefully the wicklow gap will see some tourists looking for dragons after the release of Reign of Fire earlier this summer.

The Three film location trails aim to attract additional tourists to all areas in the county and also to provide visitors with another incentive to stay an extra night in the county. Chairman of Wicklow County Council, Councillor Vincent Blake said, 'From 'Ballykissangel' to 'Braveheart', movie fans from around the world are making the locations where films were shot, some of the top tourism destinations in Ireland. And this project will offer them even more. The Braveheart, Michael Collins and Excalibur Drives are the first of their kind in Ireland and it is fitting that the county that welcomes so many film makers and stars each year should also show the way in how to promote this unique heritage.'

The brochure called 'Film Action in County Wicklow' will be distributed through all tourist offices, hotels and visitor attractions in the county. It will also be distributed through Dublin Airport and the ferry ports in Dun Laoghaire and Rosslare and copies will be send to Bord Failte offices abroad.

If you wish to obtain a copy please ring The Wicklow Film Commission, Tel: 0404 20257, email: wfc@eircom.net.

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