We wondered what people around the world wanted to know about Ireland. Below are some of the most common ‘Where in Ireland’ questions that are searched by Google everyday.
…is Vikings filmed?
The popular drama about the Nordic race of the 8th century onwards is produced at Ashford Studios, in County Wicklow. Most of the outdoor scenes in the show are filmed in the Wicklow countryside.
…was Leap Year filmed?
Leap Year, the romantic comedy starring Amy Adams and Matthew Goode was filmed in a variety of places across Ireland. Counties Kildare and Galway were the locations for much of the film, with the climax being shot in Dublin.
…are the Cliffs of Moher?
They are on the far west coast of Ireland, in the Burren in County Clare. The views that can be seen from the Cliffs have rightly made them one of the country’s major tourist attractions. Nearly one million people visit the cliffs every year. There is a state of the art visitor’s centre built into a hill that sits just next to the cliffs. There are also daily boat tours so the cliffs can be viewed from the sea.
…is my family from?
Obviously there is no one correct answer for this. It depends on how far back you need to go. A look through our Irish names section will give a good guide to where and how your family name originated in Ireland. For details on your specific family tree, you would need to visit specialist historical records websites.
Dublin is on the east coast of Ireland. It is just a short ferry ride (about two and a half hours – 121km/75 miles) to Holyhead, on the north-west coast of Wales. Dublin was built on the coast because historically it was an important area for Ireland, with many trade ships travelling back and forth to Britain. It is now amongst the most vibrant and multi-cultured cities in Europe, and attracts millions of tourists each year.
County Limerick is located towards the south-west of Ireland. It is bordered by Counties Clare, Tipperary, Cork and Kerry. The city of Limerick has a population of nearly 100,000, and there a further 100,000 living in the surrounding towns and villages.
…was Undeniable filmed?
Undeniable was a television drama about a woman pursuing the man she believed responsible for her mother’s death. It was filmed in Wicklow and Dublin. It was first broadcast in Ireland and Britain in April 2014 and received mixed reviews.
…is the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge?
It is on the north coast of Country Antrim and links the mainland to the island of Carrick-a-Rede. The bridge was originally built for fishermen to easily move between the two islands, but has now become a big attraction for thrill-seeking visitors to the country.
…is Michael Fassbender from?
The Hollywood star was born in Germany to a German father and a Northern Irish mother. When Fassbender was two, his parents moved to County Kerry and that is where he was raised. He moved to London when he was 19 to pursue a career in acting. Fassbender speaks German fluently after spending many summer holidays there during his childhood.
Glasgow is not in Ireland, it is the largest city in Scotland.
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