Northern Ireland

Public artwork to celebrate Oscar-winning An Irish Goodbye proposed for Belfast

Seamus O'Hara and James Martin in An Irish Goodbye.
Seamus O'Hara and James Martin in An Irish Goodbye.

PLANS are being discussed for a piece of public art in Belfast to celebrate Oscar-winning short film An Irish Goodbye.

Belfast City Council has proposed a report on creating a piece based on the film, which was directed by east Belfast's Ross White and Gloucester's Tom Berkeley, and which won an Academy Award in March.

The film, which stars Belfast actor James Martin and Cushendun's Seamus O’Hara, is set on a rural Northern Irish farm and tells the story of two brothers fulfilling the wishes of their late mother.

The short has also won gongs at the Baftas and Irish Film and Television Academy Awards (Iftas).

At this week's Belfast City Council meeting, former Sinn Féin mayor Tian Black said: “I want to thank all the members for recognising the massive significance that ‘An Irish Goodbye’ has had for our city. The short film did the treble – it won the Bafta, the Ifta and of course the Oscar.

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“It shone a light on all the brilliant talent in this beautiful place and on our own lovely unique humour. Amongst its cast and producers there is such a greatness, and I think it is fair that Belfast honours them with a piece of art."

Meanwhile, next week sees the screening of a TV show on the film's star, James Martin.

The UTV programme, titled Being James Martin, looks into the life of the 33-year-old, following his career to date from his beginnings with a local drama group for young people with learning difficulties.

Members of the An Irish Goodbye team also share their stories of the actor and how the part was written for him.