Puckoon

Date: 2002
Director: Terence Ryan
Production Company: Bórd Scannán na hÉireann, Distinguished Features, Insight Ventures Limited

Stars: Sean Hughes, Elliott Gould, Daragh O'Malley, John Lynch, Griff Rhys Jone, Nickolas Grace, B.J. Hogg, David Kelly, Milo O'Shea, Freddie Jones, Richard Attenborough
Location(s): County Antrim, County Down, County Monaghan

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Due to the incompetence of the Boundary Commission a new border passes directly through the village of Puckoon.

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Screen captures by Phil Wilkinson

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Several and a half metric miles north east of Sligo, split by a cascading stream, lies Puckoon . . . home to Dan Madigan (Sean Hughes).

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Not far from Dan's condemned home, the village of Puckoon basks in the heat of a fine summers day.

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Saffron coloured in the bleach early sky, the sun blistered down, cracking walls and curling the brims of the old men's winter-damp hats; warm-hum biddies circulated air in their nethers, flapping their skirts and easing their drawers. Much filming took place at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum on Bangor Road in Holywood, County Down.

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Joyous voiced children fought for turns at the iron pump, their giggling white bodies splashing in the cool water from its maternal maw.

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Outside his crumbling old turf cutters cottage, Dan breaks the fourth wall to complain about his legs to the film's Director, Richard Attenborough.

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Spurred on by his ferocious wife, Dan cycles away from the previous scene to find work.

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With his legs disobeying him, Dan loses control of his bike and creates havoc as he speeds through the men from the Boundary Commission.

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Rafferty (B.J. Hogg) looks down at Dan Madigan as the ground breaks his fall when he is thrown from his bike after riding over the roots of a tree.

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Dan continues his journey and eventually arrives at the church.

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Sporting the neck and shoulders of a rugby player, Father Patrick Rudden (Daragh O'Malley) asks what brings Dan so far from his dear bed,

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The 3rd Battalion, Protestant Scout Troop march through the village on their way to the Ulster Scout Jamboree.

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The Scouts approach the Georgian façade of Brent Lodge, where the Boundary Commission are meeting to discuss the new border between Ulster and the Irish Free State. This is Ballywalter Park on the outskirts of Ballywalter near Newtownards in County Down.

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A three hour late train brings Colonel Stokes' platoon from Belfast. Downpatrick Railway Station on Market Street in Downpatrick, County Down. The station is operated by the heritage Downpatrick & County Down Railway.

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The new border causes problems in the graveyard, the pub and in the villager's back yards.

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Soon after the deceased Sean Doonan has his passport picture taken inside, Seamus Ford (Conor Mullen) and Lenny Braddick (Frankie McCafferty) arrive at Reuben Croucher's funeral parlour to purchase a coffin.

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Lenny recovers from being hit over the head with a vase after frightening Mrs. Croucher when he appears from inside a coffin.

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As they wheel a coffin containing Dan Madigan through the grounds of Brent Lodge, Lenny and Seamus come across the Scouts camped in front of huge mansion. Ballywalter Park near Newtownards, County Down.

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Outside Brent Lodge, Chief Inspector Tomelty (Joe McGann) shakes hands with Sir John Meredith (Freddie Jones) as Ulsterman Alex Walker (Richard Ridings) looks on. Ballywalter Park in County Down.

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The unhinged Madam Grinns (Aine Ni Mhuiri) chases Dan Madigan through Brent Lodge.