Sunday 19 January 2020

Actor Pádraic honoured with Film Society Fellowship

Pádraic Delaney (centre) with Elizabeth Whyte of Wexford Arts Centre and Stephen Eustace, chairman, Picture House Film Society
Pádraic Delaney (centre) with Elizabeth Whyte of Wexford Arts Centre and Stephen Eustace, chairman, Picture House Film Society

Maria Pepper

Adamstown actor Pádraic Delaney has been presented with the Dan O'Herlihy Fellowship from Wexford's Film Society, The Picture House.

The presentation was made in Wexford Arts Centre on the opening night of The Picture House 2019/20 season.

The prestigious accolade is presented annually to a person from the county who has distinguished themselves in the world of film.

Previous recipients include director Declan Lowney, production designers John Paul Kelly and Anna Rackard and for their screenwriting work, John Banville and Billy Roche, who was present on the night.

Recently, the society renamed their Followship award after the Oscar nominated Dan O'Herlihy, to mark the centenary of his birth in Wexford in 1919.

Pádraic Delaney got his big break back in 2006 when he landed one of the leading roles in Ken Loach's Palme d'Or winning film The Wind That Shakes the Barley.

Since then he has starred alongside Jeremy Irons in The Man Who Knew Infinity, played a young Sundance in the western Blackthorn while also featuring in major television productions such as The Tudors. More recently he has completed two seasons of Knightfall for the History Channel in the US.

In conversation with The Picture House Chairman Stephen Eustace after the presentation, Pádraic said he recently co-starred in a movie called Seacole, which was shot in Malta, Romania and London.

It tells the story of Mary Seacole, a Jamaican nurse who cared for wounded British soldiers during the Crimean War. Pádraic plays the part of William Russell, an Irish reporter with The Times, who was considered to have been one of the first modern war correspondents.

He said it has yet to be decided if a third season of Knightfall will go into production, but his contract has tied him to not taking any lead roles in the event of it getting the green light.

He credited his mother Sheelagh for giving him the acting bug. Sheelagh was involved in Enniscorthy Drama Group which led to him getting a non-speaking part in Big Maggie. The first Fellowship recipient Billy Roche was in attendance and Pádraic said that he would love to get a role in one of his plays sometime.

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