GALWAY is an excellent location for a TV series. It is both urban and rural. It has the photogenic landscape of busy small streets, dark alleys, modern office buildings and dusty old pubs. Yet take a small drive and within minutes you arrive at John Ford´s Quiet Man landscapes of rugged Conamara hills and lakes.
To Jack Taylor, born locally, very few living in the place seem to be actually from Galway. It seems a point on the map as far as one can go from mainland Europe, England and Dublin. A place to where people seem to gravitate when there is nowhere else to go. Galway today is the place for those hippies, artists, bohemians, runaways and outlaws who can run no further and feel it is time to, if not confront the pursuing ghosts of the past, at least give them the chance to catch up.
The stories of Jack Taylor mark out this literal and metaphoric “out west”, somewhere struggling to burst forth from its parochial past. The Church is tainted by unthinkable sex scandals. The political class exists to grease the wheels of the wealthy. The town of Jack Taylor´s youth has been entirely transformed, Jack would not say for the better, by European and transatlantic money, into some lurid version of the developers´ paradise where ordinary people can´t afford to live anymore. The way to rise is to know when to turn a blind eye; the way to prosper is to know when to accept a brown envelope. A place where maintenance of the status quo is the currency of the day.
Reoccurring interior locations like the Crane Bar (Jack‘s local pub and ‚office‘), Mrs Baileys B+B (Jack‘s home) and the Garda Station (including interrogations rooms, cells and
offices) as well a hospital ward, have been built into a studio space in Bremen where 30% of each film is shot.