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Monday 24 September 2018

North Wexford is set for the silver screen in 'Lion's Share'

Aisling O'Neill.
Aisling O'Neill.
Richard Lister.

Fintan Lambe

North Wexford served as the main shooting location for a short film which will shown on the big screen in Movies@Gorey next week.

'The Lion's Share' also features the talents of many Gorey actors including Aisling O'Neill, better known as Carol in Fair City; Liz Lloyd who appeared in The Tudors and Fair City; and Coolgreany Drama Group stalwart Richard Lister.

The enchanting film was directed and written by Owen O'Gorman, and is based on the true events in Dublin Zoo during the Easter Rising.

Aisling O'Neill said she was very happy to be part of the film, and was delighted that her son Christopher also has a cameo role. 'I worked with Owen before when he produced and directed a show written by Thomas Clare from Coolgreany,' she said. 'He asked me to get involved, and there were a lot of actors involved that I would have worked with over the years.'

'They filmed a lot of it at Richard Lister's house, and there some beautiful scenery in it,' she added. 'It's going to be lovely to see Gorey in it. Local people will really get a kick out of it.'

Among the prime locations used were Gorey Little Theatre, Knockbawn House, Coolgreany, and Kia Ora Mini Farm. The cast and crew were said to be overwhelmed by the great support from Denis Howell of Gorey Little Theatre; Pádraig and Maura O'Donohoe of Kia Ora; Bryan Hughes of Londis, Ballymoney; Paul Royston of Home Restaurant, Courtown; Thomas Clare and many local people during the making of the film.

Also in the cast are IFTA winning actor Brendan Conroy and Frank Melia, along with a whole host of furry four legged stars from Kia Ora Animal Farm and Richard Lister's stables.

The storyline follows a team of zoo keepers who must overcome personal conflicts to save the animals during the revolution of 1916, and keep alive a 'rising' Hollywood star. Likened to an Irish 'Cinema Paradiso', it has won the hearts of cinema audiences across Europe, picking up awards and nominations in London and Barcelona.

A special screening to raise funds for St Aidan's Day Care Centre and Pethelpers.ie, will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 16, in Gorey Cinema. Tickets are €10. Many cast members and crew will be in attendance.

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