Cahir Castle, which has stood proudly for over 700 years on its rocky island above the River Suir and is run by the Office of Public Works (OPW), has won the European Film Commissions Network (EUFCN) Location Award 2021. Ireland as the filming location for The Green Knight, Cahir Castle won by public vote against four other shortlisted European filming locations in Norway (Dune), Spain (The Crown), Croatia (Murina) and in Germany (The Queen’s Gambit). The award was announced during the Berlinale European Film Market on Tuesday evening (15.02.2022).
One of Ireland’s largest and best-preserved historic castles, Cahir Castle has captured the imagination of many filmmakers over the past few decades. In David Lowery’s 2021 film – a fantasy retelling of the famous medieval tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight – the 13th-century fortress appears as the Camelot of Arthurian legend, a role it has previously played in film Excalibur from 1981.
Receiving the trophy at Cahir Castle on Tuesday, the Minister of State responsible for the Office of Public Works (OPW), Patrick O’Donovan, TD, said: “I am delighted and would like to thank everyone here in Ireland and abroad who answered our call and voted for Cahir Castle to win the EUFCN Location Award 2021. Winning this award is deserved recognition for one of Ireland’s magnificent sites as well as the OPW’s dedicated team of heritage and conservation experts committed to restoring, preserving and promoting Ireland’s cultural heritage for present and future generations. The OPW looks after 780 of Ireland’s most iconic heritage sites. As part of its mission, it is proud to offer access to its sites to filmmakers around the world, working closely with film crews to maintain the highest standards of security, integrity and reliability. ‘authenticity.
Welcoming the announcement of the Cahir Castle award, Rosemary Collier, Assistant Secretary and Head of Heritage Services and Capital Works Delivery at OPW, said, “The Office of Public Works and the community are delighted that the Château de Cahir has won the prestigious European Film Location Awards. This year. Anyone who has visited it will easily see how its impressive ramparts rising above the River Suir make it a dream location for internationally acclaimed fantasy films such as The Green Knight last year or Excalibur. We are privileged to care for and preserve Cahir Castle and look forward to welcoming many viewers near and far who have seen it on screen at this iconic Irish heritage site.
Eleanor Morrissey, OPW Site Manager at Cahir Castle, added: “All of us who work at Cahir Castle are immensely honored and proud of this fantastic achievement which recognizes how special Cahir Castle is not only in Ireland but in Europe. Working on location while filming The Green Knight was a wonderful experience, allowing us to see the courtyards dressed for filming, recreating the look and feel of what they might have been in centuries past. The craftsmanship of medieval masons provided a wonderfully authentic backdrop for this tale of honour, bravery and courage, but Cahir Castle’s own history is no less fascinating and really comes to life in our guided tours. and our multilingual audiovisual show.
Senator Garret Ahearn said: “Winning the European Films Committee Network Locations Award is a massive achievement for Cahir Castle. It is a major statement from the film industry that Cahir Castle opens the way as a place of beauty.”
“Cahir faced such stiff competition from Berlin, Croatia, Malage and Norway, so for Cahir Castle to win this award is a testament to all of the townspeople. I would like to congratulate Eleanor Morriseey and all those who worked so hard to support and promote Cahir Castle and of course everyone who voted for Cahir Castle.”
We are coming out of two very difficult years and tourism plays a vital role in the local economy of Cahir and its surroundings. This award will be an added bonus, along with St Declan’s Way and the Suir BluyWay, to attract visitors to this area. I look forward to seeing the benefits of this over the next few months as large numbers of tourists return to Cahir,” Senator Garret Ahearn concluded.