A "Game of Thrones" Moment in Northern Ireland
Truth be told, we were looking for Coney Island, the one in County Down, immortalized in song by Van Morrison, when we stumbled into William Mulhall's gallery shop (because he had a life-size painted figure of Van in the window) in the picturesque fishing village of Ardglass. A portrait painter by trade (Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Seamus Heaney, and a Led Zeppelin poster), Mulhall was recruited as an extra (a Dothraki), as were his sons, for the first season of "Game of Thrones," which was filmed in part in the region. The Mulhall's dogs played the roles of the Direwolf pups, Grey Wind and Summer. A generous host and storyteller, Mulhall showed us "Games" memorabilia, including swords, a throne, and his photo scrapbook, as well as his original paintings, and introduced us to his son ... and the dogs.
By Derk Richardson, AFAR Staff
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