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OVER THE MOONE: Actors Chris O’Dowd and David Rawle

OVER THE MOONE: Actors Chris O’Dowd and David Rawle

OVER THE MOONE: Actors Chris O’Dowd and David Rawle

THE company behind the latest series of Sky's hit TV show Moone Boy received a €2.7m cash injection last year, new filings from the Companies Office show.

Last year, Sky greenlit the third series of the show developed by Irish comedian Chris O'Dowd, following the success of the first series.

The second series hadn't even aired when Sky signed off on a third run of the programme.

The show snapped up a prestigious international Emmy award for comedy in the US last November.

Moone Boy is co-produced by comedian Steve Coogan's Babycow firm. He has also appeared in the show, in which Mr O'Dowd plays Sean, the imaginary friend of 12-year-old Martin Moone, played by David Rawle.

The programme is set in a town in rural Ireland and is filmed at various locations in Boyle, Co Roscommon. Interiors have been shot at Ardmore Studios, Co Wicklow.

The third series – which has six episodes – began filming last autumn. Mr O'Dowd also said he had written a part specifically for legendary Limerick-born broadcaster Terry Wogan.

New company records for Moone Boy Series 3 show the firm received a €2.72m cash injection from Dublin-based Messina Investments last June.

Messina's shareholder is another firm, Dublin-based Fenbrook Holdings. The shareholders of Fenbrook are Robert and Ann Ball of Dublin, as well as Albert and Catherine Farrell, also of Dublin.

Company records show that Moone Boy Ltd – the company behind the first series – received a total of €3.6m in funding, from both Messina Investments and Harbour Entertainment. Moone Boy Series 2 received €2.8m from Canco Nominees and €1.9m from a firm called Grand Pictures.

Sunday Indo Business