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Fir Bolg


6 part comedy drama 

A hilarious if troubled story of a vintage traditional music group who have a history but little future.  


Parental Rating: PG

After deciding to go back on the road, the band start to rehearse their back catalogue, but shady figures from their past begin to crawl out of the woodwork. Guest starring Caroline Morahan, Marty Mo

First Shown: 12 Oct

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A new 6 part comedy drama series that tells the hilarious if troubled story of a vintage traditional music group who have a history but little future. Although their paths often crossed in the years since their acrimonious breakup, the members rarely spoke to one another.

However, that all changes on the day of a funeral when the band reluctantly agree to get back together for a one-off gig. As preparations for the gig get underway, the Fir Bolg find themselves dragged into more gigs and more controversy as skeletons begin to fall out of the closet. In the absence of their founding member and leading light, the road to a happy reunion is far from smooth.  This is Spinal Tap, trad-style as we follow the Fir Bolg’s attempts to recapture a moment in time amid bitter breakups and sweet reconciliations.  There is harmony but also discord and more than a few bum notes.

Featuring a superb cast that includes Seán McGinley, Don Wycherley, Aonghus McAnally, Peadar Cox, Máirtín Jaimsie and Caroline Morahan – the series also features some of the leading figures in the world of Irish music, acting and comedy in cameo appearances. Among those featuring in cameo roles are Patrick Bergin, Liam Cunningham, Stephen Rea, Amy Huberman, Paddy Moloney, Ryan Tubridy, Brendan Grace and Conal Gallen.

 The series features 12 new Fir Bolg songs composed by Hothouse Flower Fiachna Ó Braonáin, who also acts as musical director for the series.

Directed by Tom Sullivan, written by Brian Reddin who also produced for Dearg Films alongside John Brady.

The series was part-funded by the BAI Sound & Vision Funding Scheme and by the Section 481 tax-supports provided by the Irish Government.

Produced by Dearg Films

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