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Young Annagh actor stars in Calm With Horses

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*Kiljan Moroney with Barry Keoghan

Many sectors of the arts are clouded by uncertainty as a result of COVID-19, cinema closures have impacted on the releases of new films including one starring a young Clare actor.

Released in cinemas in mid-March, Calm With Horses has been available to view on a range of VOD platforms since the end of April. Barry Keoghan, David Wilmot, Ned Dennehy, Niamh Algar and Cosmo Jarvis are among the cast for the crime drama which also includes Michael Fassbender as an Executive Producer.

Ennis’ Simone Kirby stars as June while five year old Kiljan Moroney from Annagh is identified as a rising star in the film. Moroney plays the role of Jack who is the son of the Jarvis and Algar’s characters.

Jack has autism and the five year old’s equine therapy sessions inspired the film’s title. A student at Annagh NS, the role is hoped to be the start of a special career for Kiljan. He had been lined up for several auditions in the wake of the film, however many projects have been put on ice as a result of COVID-19.

Parts of Calm With Horses were also shot in Kilkee adding to the Clare connections to the film. Critics have noted that there is a “West Country Western” feel to the drama which is Nick Rowland’s first feature.

Kiljan Moroney with Michael Fassbender. Aidan Gillen is in the background.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, and A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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