Short film, PADDY, which was shot in County Clare is currently screening at film festivals all around the world with a record screening of seven festivals in the month of March 2021.


Winning the Best Irish Short Film at Catalyst International Film Festival was a delight for the whole team. 

The jury commented:

"Paddy is a brilliant portrayal of the social alienation of 1st generation Irish in 70’s London and how the young found a new identity through the birth and rage of punk music. Cleverly told with a great script and terrific actors, the design details, music, cinematography and direction made this a really compelling watch and ultimately a sure winner."

Currently screening at the prestigious Female Eye Film Festival ​in Toronto, the team will also announce upcoming screenings of the film in May and June 2021.

Patrick, a young Londoner growing up in the 1970’s, questions his identity. Living with his widowed mother and younger sister he’s trying to honour his late Father’s memory by learning Irish music, but he discovers another music.


One that speaks for him, one that’s being created by people like him – first generation Irish. A generation that’s English but seen as Irish. A lesson that Patrick learns in a brutal fashion but emerges from with a clear idea who he is.

Open castings were held in Ennis for the young actor roles in the film. Shooting was primarily in Ennis and Shannon.


This Creative Ireland and Clare County Council funded project brought young trainee participants together to work on set shadowing industry heads of department in a scheme that allowed trainee participants to explore film making skills in a practical environment.

Directed by Róisín Kearney

Produced by Maeve McGrath and Keith Bogue 

Written by Sinéad Collopy.



Cian Hughes

Maeve McGrath

Kiri Flaherty

Kevin Kiely Jnr

Chris Rowley


Aidan Corrigan

Aaran Donoghue 

Mitch Nevin 

Alex Higgins 

Dylan Collins

Jessica Krystof 

Ilona Krystofova 

Noel Barry

Michael Hickey

Conor Clohessy 

Maggie Naramore



Director of Photography: Shane Serrano

1st AC - Alfie Hollingsworth

             - Leon Forristal

1st AD: Sarah Lally

Editing/Sound Mix/VFX: Philip Shanahan. 

Script Supervisor: Eleanor McSherry

Sound: Alex O'Brien

Colourist/Online Editor: John Talbot

Sound Mix: Paul Rowland


Original Score: Joseph Conlon

Music Written and Performed by Michael Hickey


Costume: Aisling Wallace Byrne

Make Up and Hair: Adeline Geoghegan - Doughty

Publicity: Heather Mackey PR

Insurance: The Insurance Shop



Jessica Krystof, Ilona Krystofva, Philip Dunne, Radek Rovensky,

Dawid Mikula, Matthew (Max) O’Sullivan, Rachel McEvoy, Angelo Heart, David O’Brien.


This film was funded by Creative Ireland, Creative Ireland Clare and Clare County Council.


Special Thanks to: 

Monica Spencer, Bernie O’Grady, Dolores Meaney, Ann Maloney, Maloneys Shop and Bar, Glór Theatre, Eadaoin Shanahan, Paul Shinnors, Dave O’Reilly.

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