Clare's Involvement in the Making of the film Henry V in Wicklow, 1943

Henry V, with Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh

In our publication Land & People, 2014, we told the story of Jack McNamara taking part in the making of the film, Henry V with Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, in Wicklow in 1943. We have since discovered that Barney Lynch of Lissane and his cousin Pat Lynch of Latoon were also involved. Also involved were Denis Hayes of Limerick, father of Seamus Hayes of Aonach an Chláir, with his brothers Jim and Paddy. Kevin Burke of Ballycar was another horseman who took his horse to Wicklow to join in the battle scenes in the film. So quite a contingent from Clare. The men and their horses earned £1 a day and shooting of the film took about six weeks.

Extract from Land and People below
Barney Lynch back right, Kevin Burke in middle of front row, Paddy Lynch first left at back, Jack McNamara in centre back with shield.
Barney Lynch Jn.
Jack McNamara riding to Avoca to make film King Henry
Nora McNamara
Jim Hayes, Denis Hayes, Paddy Hayes
Seamus Hayes
Battle scene in Wicklow
Seamus Hayes
Paddy Lynch of Latoon
Barney Lynch Jn.
Denis Hayes on centre horse
Seamus Hayes
Denis Hayes on horse
Seamus Hayes
Laurence Olivier letter to Jack McNamara
Ennis Museum
Laurence Olivier letter to Denis Hayes
Seamus Hayes
Jack McNamara and his horse Moll
Nora McNamara


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