In the Land of Saints and Sinners: When Natural Landscape is the Ideal Filming Location

Updated On: September 16, 2023

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Are all sins truly forgivable? Is there hope for those who spent their lives relishing one of life’s ultimate sins, murder? In a biblical shell, In the Land of Saints and Sinners has everything to do with faith and redemption. When a tired soul, weighted down by the unlimited number of lives it took, seeks retribution, ghosts come haunting for vengeance.

In the Land of Saints and Sinners brings us a new view of an interesting and breath-stealing action and crime film, where we learn that you can’t simply bury some sins and move on. We trace the filming locations of this new thrilling film around Ireland and share some of the wondrous locations around the island where the filming crew enjoyed meeting the locals as well. 

What Is In the Land of Saints and Sinners About?

In a remote Irish village, a tired soul seeks solitude after years of reaping lives. Finbar, played by Liam Neeson, wishes to leave his old life behind and learn to appreciate and love the mundane style of life. However, his newly found peace comes to an end when a fierce and bloody vengeance between three terrorists lands at his doorstep. What will Finbar do? And how will he react to the disturbance of his end-of-life wish?

We can only begin to imagine what the film brings, and if you doubt that the storyline sounds familiar, we assure you that the writers and the acting crew have more surprises for all of us. Remember, we know nothing about the rest of the film’s storyline or events, but it is one of the most anticipated movies of 2023’s September.

When Is In the Land of Saints and Sinners Coming Out?

In the Land of Saints and Sinners was released on 6 September 2023.

Who Are the Stars in this New Action-Drama Film?

Let’s get to know the stellar cast of In the Land of Saints and Sinners.

Liam Neeson

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You might know him as Bryan Mills, who rushes to save his loved ones as they suffer the perils of his job in the security field; you might know him as Qui-Gon Jinn if you love the Star Wars franchise; or you might even remember him as Ducard from the Batman franchise. Whichever roles you remember Irish the Ballymena-native actor Liam Neeson for, he has excelled in every role he assumed. We loved him as a patriot in Michael Collins, as a die-hard criminal who sends a shrill down our spines in Widows, a recovering widower in Love Actually and the mighty Qui-Gon Jinn, the Jedi Master in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

Ciarán Hinds

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Not far away from where Neeson belongs is where Irish actor Ciarán Hinds was born. Once, Ciarán intended to become a lawyer, but instead, he followed his mother’s footsteps, and we couldn’t be more thankful. We’ve enjoyed his brilliant roles in The Woman in Black, Last Days in the Desert, Hitman: Agent 47, The Rite and his portrayal of Aberforth Dumbledore in the last Harry Potter film. Hinds loves to use his voice in film, whether for dubbing or acting, such as his roles in the Frozen duology, The Tale of Dispereaux and Captain Morten and the Spider Queen.

Colm Meaney

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Irish actor Colm Meaney’s artistic journey began in 1973, and he’s been going stead-fast since then. Having assumed more than 130 roles in various genres, he was nominated for and won awards from several prestigious institutions, such as the Golden Globes, the Tiburon International Film Festival and the Irish Film and Television Awards. His repertoire includes roles in The Serpent Queen, Parked, Law Abiding Citizen and The Damned United.

Sarah Greene

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You’ve seen her in Bad Sisters, Dublin Murders, Penny Dreadful and the heartfelt drama film Rosie. Sarah Greene, from Cork, is a multi-award-winning Irish actress who is successfully building her acting career. With multiple award wins and nominations from the Irish Film and Television Awards and the Irish Film Festival in London, Greene’s repertoire, with nearly 30 works of art, is a reflection of her acting skills.

Jack Gleeson

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No one can forget the arrogant, self-absorbed, neurotic and truly mad king Joffrey Baratheon from history’s most successful TV show, Game of Thrones. Jack Gleeson’s excellence in playing Joffrey made us loathe him, which is an indication that he played his role with exquisite perfection. If you’re interested in seeing Jack in other, less mad roles, you can see him as Rory in Rebecca Boyfriend and as Dara, an orphan in All Good Children.

The star-filled film doesn’t stop there; it brings us Oscar nominee Kerry Condon for her amazing role in The Banshees of Inisherin and the multi-talented stars Conor MacNeill and Desmond Eastwood, whose roles in Derry Girls were definitely well received. The Northman‘s and Dungeons and Dragons‘ latest franchise, Honor Among Thieves, Seamus O’Hara, will also appear alongside Neeson and Hinds.

Where was In the Land of Saints and Sinners Filmed?

The main background of the film is a small Irish village, and we get many exciting scenes there, such as a competitive football match and several scenes in the pub. The filming crew used Dublin and County Donegal to film, and they visited numerous towns around County Donegal for a great part of the film. We are certain we’ll witness the mastery of the entire film crew in bringing In the Land of Saints and Sinners to life.

Dublin: The Town of the Ford and the Hurdle

Are you ready for an Irish jig? Land in Dublin and follow our guide through the land of leprechauns and Gaelic deities. The Irish capital has been inhabited since the 7th century by the Gaels, from whom the Vikings successfully took the land and established the Kingdom of Dublin in the 9th century. In the following centuries, the city’s power and territory continued to grow until it became one of the continent’s largest cities.

As the city continued its growth and prosperity, its power in fending off foreign attacks increased and developed several local trades as well. Several of today’s landmarks and districts date back to the 18th century and are of Georgian architectural style, such as Henrietta Street and Parliament House. The city went through several years of office-building construction and was able to rebound after the Great Recession. Today, Dublin is a cultural, artistic, economic and political hub that attracts millions of overseas visitors; Ireland Tourism Statistics show the city hosted more than 6 million visitors before the pandemic, and the hospitality industry has been trying to recover since.

To explore the fun and enjoyable things to do in Dublin in just one article is not enough. The city is full of wondrous landmarks to visit, such as the Dublin Castle, Christ Church Cathedral, the Irish Immigration Museum, the city’s famous Writers’ Museum, Mansion House and Leinster House. Dive into the Viking world in the city’s Dublinia Viking Museum and trace the origins of the Irish city in the Little Museum of Dublin. One of the best ways to visit many of the city’s landmarks is the Hop On and Off Dublin Bus tour, which we’ve brought you in detail along with our recommendations of the best hotels to stay in the city.

County Donegal: The Isle’s Surfing Capital

County Donegal has many international nicknames, such as Ireland’s Surfing Capital, Tír Chonaill, the Forgotten County and County of Gaels. Donegal is increasingly added to the filming locations’ list of many world-renowned films and TV shows, such as Derry Girls, The Northman, The Last Jedi episode of the Star Wars franchise and, most recently, the fateful Irish love story, Four Letters of Love. The In the Land of Saints and Sinners visited these charming locations around County Donegal.


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Once chosen as the best village to live in, the Irish village of Ardara is a historical tweed and knitwear village. In the 1870s, locals spun and hand-dyed tweed and wool in their homes before they used them to make garments. The village today still makes and sells some of the best quality tweeds in the world, and along with its magnificent blue beaches and amazing architecture, Ardara is a charming village to visit.

Ardara hosts two entertaining festivals every year: in April and May, you have the Cup of Tae Festival, and in July, you can attend the Ardara Bluegrass Festival. Some of the county’s best beaches and hiking trails are a few minutes’ drive from Ardara. You can visit Portnoo Beach in Narin for a wonderful leisurely time. The calm waves are ideal for swimming, and the golden sand is perfect for relaxation and building sand castles.

Drive through the Glengesh Pass nearby on your way to Glencolmcille, and stop along the way to breathe in the natural beauty of the pass around you and take memorable photos. If the luck of the Irish is on your side and the tide is low, we recommend visiting Maghera Beach and Caves, which are amazing to explore but dangerous to swim in.


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Glengesh Pass will take you from Ardara to Glencolmcille in the County Donegal’s southwest. This district on the Atlantic coast boasts some of the best surfing beaches in the county and bore several names throughout its history until it reached its current name in the 1530s. Glencolmcille, or Gleann Cholm Cille, combines natural scenery, religious buildings and cultural and artistic history.

In Glencolmcille, you will find one of the island’s best institutes for teaching the Irish language, the Oideas Gael. The district’s historical landmarks, such as the Court Cairns or Court Tombs, are nearly 5,000 years old and are a famous pilgrimage site. There’s a small historic church and ringfort dedicated to St Kevin of Glendalough. The charming coastal district hosted the casts of several famous films before, such as the romantic drama 1992 film The Railway Station Man.

You can choose to spend a day on the nearby golden beach of Malin Beg, which gives you fantastic views of Rathlin O’Brine Island, in addition to magnificent turquoise crashing waves, or you can visit Glencolmcille’s cliffs as they stand south of one of Europe’s highest cliffs, Slieve League. If you’re feeling adventurous, choose one of the looped walks in town, which allows you to explore the village, a bit of the oceanic views and the Murlin River. You can step back in time and visit the district’s Folk Village for a look back at how life was in this Irish village from the 18th century onward.


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Another Irish village the cast of In the Land of Saints and Sinners visited is Kilcar. Home to amazing beaches, rugged landscapes, breathtaking countryside and authentic Irish music, Kilcar stands close to the famous Slieve League cliffs as well. The village joins the aforementioned ones in having a history rich in handmade tweed manufacturing, with the county’s main hand-weaving facility located in its centre. Moreover, you can find an organic seaweed cosmetics line and exquisite knitted pieces to satisfy your taste.

In Kilcar, you can visit the local church, The Chapel, on Main Street, which overlooks the village in a spectacular view. Buy your selected tweed products from Studio Donegal, the village’s venue, for their handmade tweed masterpieces. You will find more about the village’s and Donegal’s history in the local Áislann Chill Chartha, the village’s cultural centre, which also includes a library, a small theatre and a fitness centre. Take a short ride from Kilcar to the nearby Muckross Head to enjoy the peninsula’s beautiful coastal views.


Take the R263 Road from Kilcar to reach the amazing coastal town of Killybegs. The island’s largest fishing port is a reflection of Irish culture, fishing history and music scene. Famous for its fishing port and fish freezing and processing industries, Killybegs once produced some of the largest carpets in the world. The local carpet factory, which closed in 2003 and is now a heritage museum, held the world’s largest loom. On this loom, locals weaved the carpets that lined the Dublin Castle, The Vatican and the Buckingham Palace.

If you visit Killybegs, like the cast of In the Land of Saints and Sinners, you can enjoy the town’s cultural and musical scene by joining the annual Street Festival. Visit the Maritime and Heritage Centre for a full review of the town’s history of fishing and carpet-making, and you can even try your hand at making a few knots with the locals still making carpets on a smaller scale. Head to Fintra Beach on the town’s outskirts for a relaxing time with the family on its golden sand.

Around the selected towns that In the Land of Saints and Sinners cast chose, there are more spellbinding towns and cities that will capture your soul and make you feel you’re home. We can’t wait to watch the film to enjoy the beautiful backdrop of the adrenaline-spiking events.

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