The rural Irish landscape often has this effect on visitors, especially from Hollywood. A splash of sea, forty shades of green, the white homestead, the priestly collar, the village pub. Before you know it Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman are dressed in peasant rags, playing out a torrid love affair in ridiculous accents even the deaf would recognize as Scottish. If you ask me, Hollywood's version of Ireland is always ridiculous. If the John Wayne of The Quiet Man came back from America tomorrow, he'd be selling mobile phones in Dublin for a living and settling his arguments over women with a flick knife.
But trust me, the view from Creeslough really was like a film set.