If you are a fan of Irish cinema, you might have seen the 1992 film ‘Into the West’, a magical tale of two young traveller brothers and their white horse Tír na nÓg. The film, written by Jim Sheridan and directed by Mike Newell, stars Gabriel Byrne, Ellen Barkin, Colm Meaney and David Kelly. It is a story of adventure, family, culture and identity, set against the backdrop of modern Ireland.

The film begins in Dublin, where the brothers Tito and Ossie live with their father Papa Reilly in a high-rise flat in Ballymun. Their grandfather Ward arrives with a horse he found on the beach, and gives it to the boys as a gift. They name the horse Tír na nÓg, after the mythical land of eternal youth in Irish folklore. The horse brings joy and wonder to their lives, but also attracts trouble from the authorities and a greedy horse dealer.

The boys manage to rescue the horse from the dealer, and ride it across Ireland to the west coast, pursued by the police and the media. Along the way, they encounter various challenges and dangers, but also discover their roots and heritage as travellers. 

The film was shot in various locations in Ireland, mainly in Dublin, Wicklow and Galway. Some of the most memorable scenes were filmed in the picturesque village of Roundstone in Connemara, which provided a stunning backdrop for the film. Roundstone is a popular tourist destination, known for its scenic harbour, sandy beaches, traditional pubs and craft shops. It is also home to some of Ireland’s finest musicians and artists.

Into the West is a film that celebrates Irish culture and history, while also exploring themes of poverty, discrimination, loss and hope. It is a film that appeals to both children and adults, with its mix of realism and fantasy, humour and drama, action and emotion. It is a classic of Irish cinema.


Roundstone (Various Scenes)



Rugged, Raw and Beautiful

July 8, 2023

Great film – Ireland ways and all and not sanitised for the A medicaments market is those easily offended. Rugged, beautiful and raw – The Land and the people. Reminds me of my many travels across Ireland before the hoards tourists descended. A magical tale.


Gritty realistic I know the area in Dublin

December 9, 2022

Lovely film