June and early July also saw 8 days of shooting on Strike Films’ 1916 documentary ‘Children of the Revolution’, Joe Duffy’s exploration of the stories of the children who were killed during the Easter Rising.
The shoot went really smoothly- so thanks to a fantastic crew- Gerry Hoban, Richard Kendrick, Stephen McDowell and Thomas Reynolds- with honourable mentions to our drama unit- Lisa Kelly (AD), Denise Watson (Make- up), Saileóg O’Halloran (Wardrobe), Mark Holland (Jack of all trades and a master of a fair few) and last but not least our wonderful actors Dermot Ward, Shane Casey and the children at Take 2 Casting.
The shoot took us all across central Dublin and highlights included filming on a Dublin Bus- including going through a bus wash!- and filming from the bell tower of St Mary’s Church Haddington Road.
But all our locations and the wider team have been fantastic and it would be remiss not to mention them;
Nicola Morris at Timeline Research and Hugh Comerford; Carole Donohue and Dublin Bus; Colin Hession and L Mulligans the Grocer, Stoneybatter; Mark Keane and Fr Mathew Hall; Garvan and Sinéad at Auntie Nellies Sweet Shoppe, Temple Bar; Fr Fachtna McCarthy and Alexis at St Mary’s Church Haddington Road; Karen Forester and Kiki’s Booteekie at 103 Haddington Road; Ailbhe Roche and all the staff at the Irish Whiskey Museum; Gerry Donoghue and the OPW at St Stephen’s Green; PJ Murphy at Sweny’s Pharmacy; Dennis Prior, Louise Nugent and Tommy at St Patrick Dun’s Hospital; Selwyn Hess at Fumbally Square; Paul O'Brien; Conor Dodd and Glasnevin Cemetery; Charles Duggan and Dublin City Council’s Henrietta Street Tenement; Genevieve at The Casting Couch.
We were also incredibly privileged that relatives of two of the children who died agreed to appear onscreen- so thank you Richard Veale & Terence O’Neill.
However this production wouldn’t exist but for the dogged determination of Joe Duffy (@talktojoe1850) that the nation remember these long forgotten children- and the patience of his wife June who has supported him as he took on this research almost single handed- and as we took over her kitchen for a weekend. There is still a day’s filming left on the project, so watch this space.
One half of the Road To Rio team had a momentous month as Darragh Bambrick finally did the decent thing and wed his long time and long suffering girlfriend Erin Thomas- it was a lovely day- and also meant that he took a break from working for at least two days…
Some sad news now though, Road To Rio team (@RTERoadToRio) is splitting up… but only because there are two events happening at the same time. Darragh Bambrick headed to Estonia today hoping to capture Sarah Lavin (@sarahlavin_) winning a medal at the European U23 Athletics Championships. While tomorrow a new member of the team- Dan O’Connor is travelling with yours truly to film Matthew McGovern and Ryan Seaton (@Irish49er) competing in the 49er European Championships in Porto. In other news congratulations to Fiona Doyle (@Fionamdoyle) who booked her place at the 2016 Rio Games as well as breaking the Irish national record for the 100m breaststroke… again. Well- deserved success from one of the toughest athletes we have filmed with.
Another person to watch out for this weekend is Martyn Irvine (@Martyn_Irvine) competing at the National Track Cycling Championships at the Sundrive Velodrome, Dublin 12. That is all for now- but check back in next month when China, Germany and the UK will all be on the horizon.