Sunday 18 March 2018

Singer Damien Dempsey to star in Dublin gangster film

Damien Dempsey
Damien Dempsey
Damien Dempsey
Damien Dempsey (left) and Oscar winning singer Glen Hansard sings to the crowd at the Right2Water anti water charges protest, outside Leinster House in Dublin. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

Rachel Lavin

Singer Damien Dempsey has been spotted on the set of new Irish crime film Cardboard Gangsters.

Shooting for the film is taking place in Darndale, north Dublin, where the famous Irish singer/songwriter was spotted wearing a leg cast in front of the cameras.

The musician, originally from Donaghmede, made his acting debut in 2011 with Between the Canals, a film by Mark O'Connor about three inner-city criminals struggling with a changing society.

The low-budget movie received high praise from critics, with one reviewer calling it "a rough-and-ready drama that's a cross between Mean Streets and La Haine".

Now, O'Connor is making a new film and he appears to have brought Dempsey with him.

Dempsey will join a cast of leading Irish men including Love/ Hate "cat killer" Barry Keoghan and actor Stephen Clinch, who starred in O'Connor's previous film, Stalker.

It has also been reported that Ultimate Fighting Championship champion Conor McGregor will make a fleeting appearance.


Cardboard Gangsters tells the story of a group of young gangsters who attempt to gain control of the illegal drugs trade in Dublin.

The film was written by Love/Hate actor John Connors (inset), who will also play a lead role in the movie, which is said to be heavily influenced by the hit drama.

Director Mark O'Connor has insisted that his film will not be sensationalistic with over-the-top violence.

Instead, O'Connor said it would be a realistic portrayal of gangland crime in Dublin's city centre.

However comedian and actor Eric Lalor, who will also play a role in the film, said it was "darker than Love/Hate - much more vicious and hard-hitting".

Cardboard Gangsters is being produced by Stalker films with backing from TV3 and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

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