Production has just wrapped on The Funeral Path, a short black comedy set in County Waterford in 1825. The film is a recipient of the 2021 Screenwriter and Producer Grant from Waterford City and County Council.

Shooting took place over seven days at a range of stunning locations throughout Waterford City and County, including Blenheim, Bunmahon and the Mahon Falls. The production united some of the best local and national talent, including Seán T. Ó Meallaigh in the lead role of Gar Deasy, and up-and-coming Waterford actor Lucy Power as his daughter, Méabh.

Based on historical fact, the film is set in the Nire Valley, at a time when the area did not have its own cemetery and the deceased had to be carried across the mountain to the nearest church. It tells the story of a reclusive widower who must embark on this arduous two-day journey, with the corpse of a notorious highwayman in tow.

The Funeral Path is a Black Bird Films production, in association with Dream Boat and Waterford Film Centre. It is written and directed by Steve O Connell.

Photographs by Myles Shelly.

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