Huntington Castle in Clonegal, County Carlow, Ireland was the setting for some of the scenes in the Stanley Kubrick film ‘Barry Lyndon’. The film which tells the story of an 18th century Irish adventurer was the winner of four Oscars at the Academy Awards in 1976. Based on the 1844 novel ‘The Luck of Barry Lyndon’ by William Makepeace Thackeray, the film stars Ryan O’Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee, and Hardy Krüger
Huntington Castle, also known as Clonegal Castle, is located in the picturesque village of Clonegal in the south of County Carlow. Located in the foothills of the Blackstairs Mountains the area is often referred to as the Switzerland of Ireland. The castle which dates back to the 1400’s is now a private house. It is open to public for guided tours throughout the months of June, July, August and September.
Stanley Kubrick was born in New York City on July 26th 1928. Though interested in literature he did not do well at school and was later reported to have said that nothing about school interested him. He was taught to play chess by his father. He became a skilled player and chess played an important part in the making of his films. Apart from Barry Lyndon, Kubrick made 10 feature films. Many of his films were influential and he came to be highly regarded as a director.
Barry Lyndon, directed by Stanley Kubrick and filmed on location in Clonegal Castle, Carlow was released in the year 1975 On This Day.
Huntington Castle, Clonegal, County Carlow.
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