ITV Holding: Where was the Irish drama filmed and is Duneen a real town ?

The new ITV drama, Holding, is Irish through-and-through with the story adapted from Graham Norton’s best-selling novel, a cast full of Irish acting legends and all the filming is done on location in West Cork.

While the village all the action is based in on-screen, Duneen, is fictional, the locations used were authentic Irish villages.

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The four-part series was filmed in the summer of 2021 and our colleagues over at the CorkBeo website were helpfully on location at the time.

Scenes were filmed in and around the Drimoleague and the Skibbereen areas and cast plenty of locals as extras.

A former pub turned art gallery in the centre of Drimoleague was converted into a typical West Cork bar for the show.

The colourful Corner Gallery still has an original pub interior so was perfect for adapting into a local watering hole for the show.

Conleth Hill on location in Holding

The town recently had a makeover with colourful buildings spruced up in recent years.

Filming also took place in Castletownshend, a waterside village which was built-up around a small 17th-century castle built by Richard Townsend.

The four-parter is directed by comedian and actress, Kathy Burke and stars Game of Thrones’ Lord Varys, Olivier award-winning actor, Conleth Hill as local police officer, Sergeant PJ Collins, a gentle mountain of a man, who hides from people and fills his days with comfort food and half-hearted police work.

Holding starts on Monday, March 14 at 9pm ITV, and ITV HUB.

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