Monday 21 October 2019

Out-of-work Irish speakers get a chance to clean up on soaps

Caroline Crawford

THEY took planes, trains and automobiles to the wilds of Connemara in the hopes of seeing their dreams of an acting career come to fruition.

Michelle Lehane (24), from Kanturk, Co Cork, was among close to 40 out-of-work Irish speakers who travelled to the Co Galway gaeltacht to see if they had what it takes to make on the small screen.

"It just sounded like a great opportunity," she said. "I flew into Shannon last night from London, rented a car and drove up to Galway," said Michelle.

Fionnuala Flaherty (23), from Inis Mor on the Aran Islands, was a little closer to home. Having already appeared as an extra on 'Ros na Run' twice, she hopes to make the position permanent.

"I've always wanted to act but there weren't many opportunities out on Aran growing up," she said.

The group were put through their paces by 'Ros na Run' series producer Coilin O Scolai.

"This is fantastic for us because you are constantly looking for new talents. I was worried that we weren't reaching the talent out there," he said.

The event was funded by Greasan na Mean as part of its skillnet courses.

The 37 hopefuls will now be put on a database and will get the opportunity to act on the drama 'Sceal' and as extras on 'Ros na Run'. Ten will be invited back for a two-day masterclass later in the month.

Irish Independent

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