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Local Producers bring Hollywood ‘Pirate’ to Film at Troy Studios



Pirates of the Caribbean actor MacKenzie Crook, currently filming a pilot for an exciting new TV drama at Troy Studios. McKenzie Crook, Dr Pat Daly, Chief Executive, Limerick City and County Council, Paul C. Ryan, Regional Film Manager, Film in Limerick, Rachael Power, Crew Academy Manager, Film in Limerick. 

Dark Day Pictures are currently filming a pilot for an exciting new TV drama at Troy Studios featuring a Pirates of the Caribbean actor

Pirates of the Caribbean actor
Rachael Power, Crew Academy Manager, Film in Limerick, Stephen Hall, Producer, Paul C. Ryan, Regional Film Manager, Film in Limerick, Dr Pat Daly, Chief Executive, Limerick City and County Council, McKenzie Crook, Justin Partridge, Executive Producer, Jennifer Griffin, Executive Producer Pic. Brian Arthur

Local producers Stephen Hall, Mike Jones and their company Dark Day Pictures are currently filming a pilot for an exciting new TV drama at Troy Studios and on location throughout the Mid-West.

The Wayfinders, starring MacKenzie Crook (The Office, Pirates of the Caribbean), is directed by Glen Winter (Smallville, Arrow, The Flash) and is produced by Limerick’s Dark Day Pictures (Mike Jones & Stephen Hall) with Camera 40.

Working with a majority local crew and with support from Film in Limerick through Innovate Limerick, the production has filmed at Troy Studios and Pery Square in Limerick and throughout the region including at Knappogue Castle and Cratloe Woods in Clare, in Cahir Castle and beside The Rock of Cashel in Tipperary.  


Battle scenes shot near to the Rock of Cashel last week drew hundreds of onlookers in bright sunshine, to witness explosions and spectacle with actors in medieval costumes and on horses staging a siege on a castle.

Local producer Stephen Hall said, “We are thrilled to be filming in the region and to have the support of the local councils, the OPW and the local towns and people to realise this ambitious and exciting production. It’s incredible to be able to tell stories regionally and utilise the unique and dramatic scenery we have available to us in the Mid-West.

“Being a Limerick man myself, it’s especially satisfying for Dark Day Pictures to bring a production like this to our home turf. The Mid-West has immense talent and we are excited to bring more productions like this and more local jobs in film and TV to the area in the future.”

According to Film in Limerick’s Regional Film Manager, Paul C. Ryan, “The production have had a fantastic experience filming throughout the Mid-West at some of our most iconic locations and the crew and producers have done an amazing job with numerous action and battle scenes filmed on location as well as at Troy Studios. It is especially satisfying to see the number of locally-based crew working on The Wayfinders and all the placements and trainees who have come through Film in Limerick and our Film and TV Crew Academy, run with Screen Ireland.”

The filming of The Wayfinders, follows a surge in TV and film production in the Mid-West in recent times, which has included Hidden Assets, The Gates, the upcoming Blackshore TV series and upcoming features, Woken, Double-Blind and God’s Spy. 

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.