Pints flowed and good times passed on Achill Island last night as locals celebrated the historic streak of Oscar nominations for the Banshees of Inisherin.
here are equally hilarious scenes on Inis Mór, where many of the film’s iconic scenes were shot.
Chris McCarthy, manager of Achill Tourism, said the whole community was overjoyed.
“We were emotionally attached to this movie for so many reasons. We are very excited and excited for the cast and crew,” he said.
“We haven’t won anything yet, but it looks like we’ve won something and when you come from Mayo you win wherever you can. Nine nominations is great. Today is a day we will never forget. And it’s great for Achill.”
He expected a large number of visitors to the island after the unprecedented success of the film.
“All is well, and all is positive, but we have to care and appreciate where we live.
“All I can say is that if visitors come in and treat it with the same respect as Martin McDonagh and his work do, then we have absolutely nothing to worry about.”
Aine McLaughlin, of Aran Island Ferries, said the company has reaped many benefits from the film.
“We saw the American passenger in our office asking which island Inisherin’s Banshees was filmed and then bought tickets to Inis Mór.
“It’s only January, and we’ve already seen the tangible benefits the film will bring to the island.”
Mick Lynch, owner of Lynotts Pub in Achill, which recently won best pub in Connacht, said he was especially excited for Brendan Gleeson, who frequented Lynotts during filming.
Video of the day
“It was a great day for Achill. One of the best. I feel they will win something.
“Colin Farrell doesn’t drink so we don’t see him, but Gleeson and Pat Shortt are here often. We love seeing them come, they fit right in.
“They are also welcome back here to celebrate.”
And the pub has another slightly macabre connection to the Oscars’ most beloved movie. The infamous scissors that Brendan Gleeson’s character used to cut off his finger belonged to Mick.
They are safely displayed behind the counter.
However, Mick has no intention of turning them into tourist attractions. “They work. They can really cut your finger off,” he said.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/movie-news/it-feels-like-we-have-already-won-achill-island-and-inis-mor-celebrate-banshees-of-inisherin-nominations-42311806.html ‘It feels like we’ve won’ – Achill Island and Inis Mór celebrate Banshees of Inisherin nomination