Private Project

The Burning at Ballymanny

Ireland 1921. The British forces and Irish Republican Army
engaged in a vicious war; declare a truce. In Kildare, the IRA
carried out one final operation on Ballymanny House before the declaration. Changing the lives of the Doran family forever.

  • Brian McCarthy
  • Brian McCarthy
  • Tom Noone
  • Brian McCarthy
    After the Bell Rings (2023)
  • Tom Noone
  • Brian McCarthy
    Key Cast
    We Were There (Short, 2023), This House is Elsinore (Feature, 2023), A Passing Place (Feature, 2023), Solitary Here (Short 2022), The Mark of Cain (Short, 2022)
  • Brian Lyons
    Key Cast
  • Molly Noone
    Key Cast
    "Julia Doran"
  • Tom Noone
    Key Cast
    "William Doran"
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    Drama, Historical
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 24, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    2,780 EUR
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Director Biography - Brian McCarthy

Brian is a 28-year-old Actor/Filmmaker from Cork Ireland, now living in Kildare. Training as a Primary Teacher, Brian left the profession to enroll in the Bow Street Academy for Screen Acting Full-Time Programme in 2020. Since graduating, he has been involved in numerous short films and features both in front and behind the camera. His credits include 'Tom' in 'A Passing Place' and 'Hamlet' in 'This House is Elsinore.' Along with some of his fellow Bow Street Alumni, he founded ByMinute Productions. The company has produced two films this year; 'After the Bell Rings' under the Actor as Creator Scheme, and 'The Burning at Ballymanny;' his directorial debut. Brian also likes to write and is a regular contributor to The Drama League of Ireland Magazine. He is currently writing numerous future feature and short film projects.

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Director Statement

'The Burning at Ballymanny' written by Tom Noone and Brian McCarthy, is supported by the Kildare County Council as part of its Decade of Commemorations 2013-2023. It is also supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport, and Media. The story is inspired by the true life event of the burning of Ballymanny House and the Doran family. It focuses on the story of Julia Doran. It tells of her harrowing experience of the night and the true-to-life implications. The film also focuses on ‘Con;’ a fictional IRA character which serves as the insight into the incident and the society of post-truce Ireland. The film is dedicated to the memory of Bridget and John Doran.