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Okay, so, Hollywood has never lost any sleep over Wicklow’s box-office assaults, but there is joy to be found in seeing the world you live in up there on the big screen.

And come Saturday 14th, you’ll get to see some of the rarest, and earliest, examples of Lights! Cameras! Avoca! with the arrival of the Irish Film Archives’ Down Wicklow Way at the Mermaid.

Part of a strand that tours local films for local people, these screenings pull together the lost and the nearly-forgotten early shorts and shoots in one particular county. And when it comes to Wicklow, there are some humdingers – including, no less, the big-screen debut of Hollywood hellfire cat Maureen O’Hara, in the recently-restored 1934 drama Some Say Chance.

Also on offer is 1949’s Rush Hour, a ‘scout-filled caper‘ shot in Bray, and 1937’s The Legend Of The Lough. Which was shot in Newtownmountkennedy’s sewage works. We think.

You can find out more about the tour here, and book your €12 ticket on the Mermaid site right about here. And go check out Hollywood Goes To Greystones here.

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