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Cork boy to tackle role of young Keane

AN 11-year-old boy has been selected for a dream major movie role playing a young Roy Keane.

Craig Keane Harrington from Ballincollig is over the moon after being selected to play the part of the Cork legend as a boy.

Speaking about being chosen to play the soccer star, Craig said: "It was really fun, I like the acting part and playing soccer."

Last January, the Irish Film Board announced that it was backing a movie called 'Rockmount', a short fictional film about a young boy named Roy hoping to become a professional player.

Auditions were held to find the perfect youth to play the feisty Cork man, with over 100 boys auditioning for the role.

In a statement, the movie-makers said: "We're delighted to announce that Craig Keane Harrington (no relation, but a lucky coincidence) has been cast in the role of Roy for the upcoming Irish Film Board Signatures short film Rockmount."


Director Dave Tynan described it as "the hardest thing I've ever cast".

"Craig just made it too hard not to pick him; he ticked every box," he said.

"All of our kids can play and act so we're in good shape. I'm delighted not only with Craig but all of our cast; every single speaking role is a Cork native and that's the right way to do it."

Craig's dad Chris told Cork's Red FM: "We really are delighted for Craig to be playing Roy Keane the legend."

A big Liverpool fan, Craig's favourite player is not the ex-Man United midfielder – but Reds striker Daniel Sturridge.

Shooting will take place in Cork, including at Rockmount Football Club, over the next couple of weeks and the film is set to premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh in July.