The spotlight will once again return to Boyle next month when the film crew, cast and all associations of Moone Boy return to Boyle for the filming of series two.
Shooting for the second series started on Monday in Dublin and Ardmore Studios, but week 6 and 7 of the shoot will see the cameras rolling back into the town they only left in January.
Chris O’Dowd had promised the Leitrim Observer in January that if another series of Moone Boy was commissioned they would return for “twice as long” and he has stuck to the promise with the filming to stay for over two weeks this time. All of the main characters will be the second series with a few “well known” guests also popping up.
If you missed the chance last time around, the Leitrim Observer can reveal that more local extras will be required for the filming. Chris told the paper that they will be filming a St Patrick’s Day parade through Boyle for the series, so there will be plenty of opportunities for locals to get a few seconds of fame.
Although details of the first two episodes shown at the premiere last weekend are embargoed until closer to the airing date, we can tell you that there is no mistaking this is a “Boyle Show” as O’Dowd exclaimed on stage.
From the opening credits of the show you are assured this is Boyle, it doesn’t just hint at the location - it screams it!
The value of this amount of exposure cannot be overstated, as well as the small boost to local revenue that a film crew and cast staying locally for two weeks brings. The spotlight on the town to English viewers can only raise the tourism profile of Boyle and of the entire region.
“The depiction of the town had to be truthful and we tried to avoid anything that was twee. If it doesn’t look pretty, that’s deliberate. It’s not meant to be a picture postcard; it’s how I remember it. I do believe there is a responsibility on people who leave a place and start doing okay that they bring some of it home, without being too wordy or precious about it, it just makes sense,” O’Dowd told the paper.
Despite the obvious expense of bringing a Dublin based crew and cast down to Boyle for two weeks, but the on location shoot was essential to O’Dowd and other actors noted his determination to bring as much of the show as possible to his hometown. Chris said Boyle had given them such a good welcome first time around that when the conversation came up this time “there was no argument.”
Moone Boy follows the antics of the youngest member of the Moone family, 11 year old Martin Moone (David Rawle). It’s 1989 and Martin has a unique perspective on life aided by an imaginary friend, Sean Murphy, played by Chris O’Dowd. Martin’s imagination comes into play both in his childish drawings, which come alive through animation, and in the ridiculous schemes he comes up with, against Sean’s better judgement.
With Sean’s help, Martin negotiates life as the youngest in a chaotic, scatter-brained family helmed by Debra (Deirdre O’Kane) and Liam (Peter McDonald). Simon Delaney, Maeve Higgins, and Ruth McCabe also appear in the show.
A date for the start of the show on Sky 1 will be released shortly, as well as details for the filming schedules in Boyle next month.