Hit film shows Killarney at its best

Producer/director Damian O’Callaghan

A FEATURE film shot exclusively in Killarney has won the top award at the fourth annual Wexford Film Festival.

Tradition, produced and directed by Damian O’Callaghan of OC Productions, wowed the judges to such an extent that it was awarded the coveted Best Film accolade.

The fast-paced courtroom drama is laced with humour and it features breathtaking footage from in and around Killarney.

It tells the story of Seamus Moynihan, a middle-aged judge who lives in a small village, who finds himself presiding over an intricate case based around a refereeing decision made during an All-Ireland Club Championship game.

The lead character is portrayed by Ballykissangel star Paul Ronan – father of Oscar nominated actress Saoirse Ronan – and Tradition also features veteran Irish actor Pascal Scott and the late Brendan Grace along with broadcasting stars Micheál Ó Muírcheartaigh and Marty Morrissey.

The modern family comedy drama features several scenes filmed in Killarney Courthouse while many of the local tourist hotspots – including Ladies’ View and Ross Castle – also featured. Some scenes were filmed in JM Reidy’s pub on Main Street, Murphy’s Bar and Cronin’s Restaurant on College Street

Delighted with the win in Wexford, Damian said: “Tradition really shows Killarney at its best. It features some spectacular scenery and it presents the town and its attractions in the best possible light.”

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