Classic Movie: Gorgo
Gorgo is a 1961 monster movie set off the coast of Ireland.
It features buried treasure, Volcanic eruptions, angry Mammy monsters, and suspicious locals who insist on speaking in this strange tongue they call Gaelic...
Gorgo opens with divers diving for treasure from a salvage vessel off the coast of Ireland. A vessel captained by a character called 'Joe Ryan' – played by the English actor Bill Travers, later famous as one of the leads in Born Free, and his first mate 'Sam' (American actor William Sylvester, probably best known for playing Dr. Heywood Floyd in 2001: A Space Odyssey).
They're diving near the fictional 'Nara' Island ('Nara' being Aran spelled backwards) when they witness these deep-sea, volcanic eruptions, which damage their vessel and forces them to dock on Nara Island (where they encounter suspicious, Irish-speaking, locals and an even more suspicious harbour master, called McCartin – who's afraid they might be after the viking ship full of loot he's discovered offshore).
So, that night, while a group of locals are out in currachs on a shark hunt, this Godzilla-like creature, Gorgo (brought to the surface from its deep-sea world by the volcanic eruptions) emerges from the waters and starts stomping off towards Nara island. Joe and Sam later manage to capture it and 2 palaeontologists arrive from Dublin and tell them to bring the creature back to Dublin for detailed study. But they ignore this order and set sail for London, where Gorgo is to go on public display in a circus in Battersea Park (with Joe and Sam handsomely rewarded for their troubles).
Gorgo is the classic movie choice of John Byrne....