Ireland's Eye: What's going on in the old sod this week
A look at news from around Ireland
Great Game for Armagh
GOSFORD Castle will feature heavily in the third series of the hit HBO show Game of Thrones. Filming at the castle and the surrounding forest started last week and continued well into the weekend.
But only a few lucky members of the public were able to catch a glimpse of the cast as a blanket of security descended upon the immediate area. Dozens of lorries took up car parks throughout Gosford, while numerous cameras have been placed on and around the castle.
This isn't the first time that Gosford has featured in Game of Thrones following a brief appearance in season two. As well as that, staging was set up in the picturesque gardens while scenes were also shot deep within the forest.
The return of Game of Thrones has been greeted with plenty of excitement from local fans of the show. Fans have traveled from across Northern Ireland in a bid to catch a glimpse of the action. But a veil of secrecy has been placed on everyone involved in the show, from lead actors, extras and production staff.
While little secret has been made that the show is mainly based in Northern Ireland, the exact whereabouts of filming has remained a tight-lipped secret. But what is known is that, given filming has been continuing for almost a week, the Armagh landmark is set to play a key role in season three of the show
The pilot program and the first two series of Game of Thrones attracted funding of £6 million from Invest NI, but that money has been shown to have brought in £40 million to the Northern Irish economy. And another £3.2 million of public money will go towards the series currently being filmed.
Exposed Man Fined
A MAN who was lying on the street with his genitals exposed as children played in the area has been fined £200.
Kevin Joseph Grint, of Harty Court, pleaded guilty to indecent behavior on July 13.
Derry Magistrate’s Court heard police were called to the Ballymagroarty street at around 6 p.m. because the 54-year-old had been lying in the street with his trousers around his ankles and his “genitals clearly exposed.” The court was told there were children in the area at the time and their “mothers removed them as quickly as possible.”
Another neighbor got Grint back into his home, and when police arrived it was clear he was drunk. When asked about the incident he told police that his “belt wasn’t working and my trousers fell down.”
A defense solicitor told the court her client was going to another house in the street to get a loan of a belt when he tripped and his trousers fell down.
She said it was “not a deliberate attempt to go out and behave in an indecent manner” or to offend anyone.
The solicitor added that Grint was “highly embarrassed” for the “dreadful incident” and “accepts it shouldn’t have happened.”
Fining Grint £200, District Judge Barney McElholm also imposed an offender levy of £15.
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