By: Clementine Kirby
Published: Sun, October 11, 2009
EVERYONE in the little town of Dingle in Co Kerry, Ireland, remembers the heady days and boisterous nights when Hollywood took over their lives for the filming of Ryan’s Daughter.
Forty years after Ryan s Daughter the house Robert Mitchum rented is revisited Forty years after Ryan’s Daughter the house Robert Mitchum rented is revisited 
Dingle, a rural backwater when David Lean chose it as his setting for Ryan’s Daughter in 1969, still boasts the pubs and bars and beauty that brought that film crew to it.
The deep impression left by Robert Mitchum, Sarah Miles and Sir John Mills, Leo McKern and Trevor Howard is still there to see with locals ever keen to point out the cliff edge where Christopher Jones nearly drove his Ferrari to his death, the site of the crumbling school house and the bluebell wood where Miles’s Rosy and Jones’s Major Doryan trotted to their lovers’ tryst. If you hunt hard enough out on the fields at the westerly point overlooking the Blasket Islands you will also discover the cobbled streets of Lean’s fictional village of Kirrary….