Blizzard of excitement around local Game of Thrones filming

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Blizzard of excitement around local Game of Thrones filming thumbnailFake snow covers some of the fields at Kinnahalla near Spelga.

NORMALLY a blanket of snow in South Down would see hundreds of fields covered in the chilly white snowflakes.

However, only one particular field was selected for the white stuff last week.

Winter did indeed come to the Mournes in October when a flurry of activity - and snow - was spotted near Kinnahalla outside Hilltown.

As our pictures show, men on horseback were at the scene as well as lorries, cranes and a host of structures set up for filming series seven of critically-acclaimed Game of Thrones.

Local areas have previously been used in the show, including Corbet film studios and Tollymore but the White Walkers remain elusive, perhaps using the snowy Hilltown site as a hideaway.

The arrival of the crew and potentially some of the programme's stars, generated a lot of interest in the area with Hilltown and Rathfriland residents taking a trip to Kinnahalla to see if they could spot their favourite characters.

Staff at the site remained tight-lipped about what was going on, making sure no crucial plot lines or scenes were revealed, nonetheless fans of the long-running show were determined to see what they could find out.

PSNI officers were also on location to make sure that nobody could access the snowy set while filming was taking place.

When The Outlook visited Kinnahalla Road last week the site remained covered in snow, however it seemed a thaw had come in as the snow was slowly but surely clearing up.

It is not known how pivotal the scenes recorded here will be when the new series airs.


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