Looking Behind ‘Conversations’  

Ireland is wowing viewers in the UK, USA and at home with the new TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel Conversations with Friends, which is airing on BBC Three in Britain and on the online streaming platform Hulu in the United States.

Following the global success of the hit TV adaptation of Rooney’s novel Normal People in 2020, Tourism Ireland worked again with production company Element Pictures to create a short behind-the-scenes film for Conversations with Friends – in which director Lenny Abrahamson and actors Joe Alwyn (Nick), Jemima Kirke (Melissa) and Alison Oliver (Frances) describe and praise the special locations chosen for filming.

The film is being shared with Tourism Ireland’s millions of fans and followers on social media around the world to highlight Dublin, Ireland and our stunning scenery and to remind people that the series was shot on location here.

Filming for the highly anticipated 12-part TV series took place here last year. The Dublin scenes were filmed in a number of real-life locations, including bars, cafés and streets, with much of the drama unfolding in Trinity College Dublin, where the characters Frances and Bobbi, played by Alison Oliver and Sasha Lane, go to university. Standing in for Dublin, filming also took place in Belfast at the Lyric Theatre, Stranmillis University College and Campbell College, as well as at the Sweet Afton gastro pub, the Canteen coffee shop on Ormeau Road and the No Alibis bookshop.

Siobhan McManamy, Acting Chief Executive of Tourism Ireland, said: "We are grateful to Element Pictures for their generosity in agreeing to make this behind-the-scenes film with us. The fact that ‘Conversations with Friends’ was set and filmed here is a fantastic coup for tourism. Following the success of ‘Normal People’, this highly anticipated 12-part TV series is a great way to bring Ireland to the attention of viewers in two of our most important markets, Britain and the United States."