The scenery of Sligo and locations in Dublin are being seen by viewers across Britain and the US this week, in the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel Normal People, which has begun airing on the BBC and on Hulu.
Tourism Ireland, in conjunction with production company Element Pictures, has created a short, behind-the-scenes film using footage shot during filming for Normal People, in which director Lenny Abrahamson, producer Catherine Magee and actress Daisy Edgar-Jones (Marianne) describe and praise the special locations chosen for filming.
In the behind-the-scenes film, director Lenny Abrahamson praises Ireland, saying: “It felt wonderful to be bringing such an amazing novel to life in the country where I’m from and in the landscapes which I love and know so well, both urban and rural.”
Speaking about Sligo, Daisy Edgar-Jones, who plays Marianne, said: “One of my favourite places to film would probably have been Sligo. It was just the most jaw-dropping entrance to any place I’ve ever experienced. When you see Ben Bulben in the distance, it’s just immense.”
The film will be shared with Tourism Ireland’s fans and followers on social platforms in Britain, the US and Canada.
Filming for the 12-part TV series took place in Ireland last year on Streedagh Beach, at Ben Bulben, and in Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo. The Dublin scenes were filmed in a number of locations including bars, cafés and streets, with much of the drama unfolding in Trinity College Dublin, where the characters Marianne and Connell, played by Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal, go to university.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “We are extremely grateful to Element Pictures for their generosity in agreeing to make this behind-the-scenes film with us. It allows us to keep the beauty of Ireland to the fore and to showcase our authentic home-grown talent. While we may not be able to travel just now, this film will inspire people for their future visit.”