Braveheart 1995
Films made in Ireland

The 1995 film Braveheart was directed by and starred Mel Gibson. It was based on a screenplay by Randall Wallace and co-starred Sophie Marceau and Patrick McGoohan as well as Brendan Gleeson. It tells a version of the story of the thirteenth century Scottish Knight Sir William Wallace and his struggle against King Edward I of England in the first Scottish War of Independence. The story is set in Scotland and England but much of the filming actually took place in locations in Ireland as well as Ardmore Studios.

Youtube clip from Braveheart, the Battle of Stirling scene, filmed on the Curragh, Co. Kildare.

For the battle of Stirling Bridge, fought in 1297, the Curragh in Co. Kildare was used. The sixteenth century Dunshoghly Castle in Co. Fingal took the place of Edinburgh Castle. Bective Abbey in Co. Meath was a stand-in for Medieval London. Trim castle was used as a stand-in for both York and London. Other outdoor locations included Kippure Estate and the Sally Gap in Co. Wicklow.

Ironically the Curragh of Kildare was the site of another forgotten Medieval battle fought between Richard Marshall, Lord of Leinster and Earl Marshall of England who was in rebellion against the father of Edward II, King Henry III, and the King's supporters: Walter de Lacy, Lord of Meath, Hugh de Lacy, Earl of Ulster and Maurice FitzGerald Lord of Offaly. In the course of the battle the Earl Marshall was defeated and captured and died of his wounds a few days later.

Dunshoghly Castle, Co. Fingal played the role of Edinburgh castle in the film Braveheart.

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