It has emerged the Oscar winning director of film classic The Deer Hunter, considered making a film in Kerry.
Michael Cimino, who passed away last weekend, travelled to Kerry with film executives in the early 1980s to survey locations.
The Deer Hunter won five Oscars and starred Robert de Niro, Christopher Walken and Meryl Streep but Cimino suffered commercial setback afterwards with ‘Heaven’s Gate’.
He is said to have considered Kerry to make a film based on Morgan Llywelyn’s book ‘Lion of Ireland’ – the story of Brian Boru.
Pádraig Hartnett was a porter in Killarney’s Great Southern Hotel at the time; he recalls Cimino’s visit and says Inch Beach in West Kerry was scouted for a major battle scene: