'The View from the Hill'
Blog by Tommy Dover
BBC 'Line of Duty' actor filming at Wicklow port in 2006 (Posted: Saturday 20th April 2017)
In early 2006, Wicklow port was used to shoot scenes for the movie ‘True North’. The drama revolves around Scottish fishermen, who resort to smuggling a group of Chinese immigrants into the UK from Belgium. The film starred Scottish actorsPeter Mullan,Gary Lewis, Martin Compston andSteven Robertson.
The photo shows Martin Compston on the deck of the trawler as it motors into the port, which would be Oostende in the movie. A camera crew were filming him from the South Quay. Filming also took place at other locations including Dublin and Dun Laoghaire ports.
Martin Compston is currently starring in the excellent BBC series Line of Duty, in which he plays anti-corruption officer DS Steve Arnott.
Awards For Two Wicklow events (Posted: Monday 6th February 2017)
Two major events on the Wicklow Coast have received awards, In January it was announced that Wicklow Sailing Club was named 2017 Mitsubishi Motors Club of the Year , it recognises the club's achievement in bringing a significant international yacht race to Wicklow every two years. The 2016 Race in June had one of the largest entries , since the bi-yearly race began in 1980 and many course records were broken. The next Volvo Round Ireland Yacht Race will take place on Saturday June 30th 2018. A date for your diary.
The other event was the Bray Airshow, the group of dedicated organisers recieved an Irish Tourism Industry award for best special event. The two-day air display took place last July with almost 100,000 visitors coming to see the Red Arrows, Frecce Tricolori, the Breitling Wingwalkers and more on the seafront.
l have been to all Bray Airshows since they began in the noughties, they started off small but over the years it has built into a huge free event, that is on par with any airshow in Europe today and its on our own doorstep. Something l never ever thought we would see after the fantastic Salthill Airshows (also free!) came to an end. Congradulations to the organisers of both events, the awards are well deserved and long may they continue.
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