Angela Lansbury has a particular love for Ireland. Her mother, actress Moyna Macgill, was born in Belfast. Whereas Angela was raised in London and then moved to the US at the beginning of the second world war, she moved to Ireland later in life. In 1970, she and her husband moved their kids from Los Angeles to a town in County Cork. After moving back to the US in the 1980s and filming several seasons of Murder, She Wrote, the couple once again purchased land in County Cork and built a vacation home there in 1991.
Angela’s love of Ireland comes through in the many Murder, She Wrote episodes that were set there. As today is St. Patrick’s day, I thought it would be nice to highlight those episodes for those of you who want to watch them and get into the Irish spirit.
Episodes set in Ireland
“The Wind Around the Tower” Season 9 Episode 4
While being visitors at an estate in Ireland, Jessica and her friend are convinced that their host’s demise is not from natural causes. This episode is set in County Galway, which makes it the only Irish Murder, She Wrote episode not sent in County Cork.
“A Killing in Cork” Season 10 Episode 7
While visiting Ireland, Jessica searches for clues when a widowed friend’s son is suspected of killing an American relative.
“Another Killing in Cork” Season 11 Episode 20
While Jessica is enjoying her stay at a fishing lodge in Ireland, she finds out the owner is beset by a consortium that wants to buy his land for a strip mine.
“Nan’s Ghost” Season 12 Episode 6 & 7 (it’s a two-parter)
A haunted spirit and antique smugglers are just a few challenges Jessica faces on her Irish vacation.
Murder, She Wrote: The Celtic Riddle (2003 TV Movie)
Jessica Fletcher travels to Ireland, where she becomes involved in a clue-driven hunt for secret treasure.
Episodes featuring Irish characters
“To the Last Will I Grapple With Thee” Season 8 Episode 17
Jessica tackles the mystery of a man who apparently migrated from Ireland to New York for the sole purpose of taking revenge on an old friend of hers, but is killed himself. Features the character of Sean Cullane/Culhane who also appeared in “The Wind Around the Tower”.