Ti­na­hely lo­ca­tion for US sit­com

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - FRONT PAGE - By DEB­O­RAH COLE­MAN

THE vil­lage of Ti­na­hely is set to be the shin­ing star in a pop­u­lar Amer­i­can sit­com as scenes are filmed there to­day, Wed­nes­day.

The south Wick­low com­mu­nity will wel­come a tele­vi­sion crew which is film­ing the lat­est se­ries of pop­u­lar com­edy show ‘Younger’ star­ring Hi­lary Duff. The episode will fea­ture a pub scene to be shot in O’Con­nor’s and it is un­der­stood that the premises shop front will re­tain its real name as will the vil­lage.

It is hoped that by hav­ing the name Ti­na­hely used in the show that there could be some tourism gains to be made in the fu­ture. O’Con­nor’s pro­pri­etor Orla Ka­vanagh said that lo­cals are look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing their US guests.

THE quiet South Wick­low vil­lage of Ti­na­hely will be trans­formed into a Hol­ly­wood set to­day as a US tele­vi­sion crew films scenes from a hit Amer­i­can sit­com.

The crew will be film­ing the se­ries four fi­nale of Younger - a com­edy star­ring well known US ac­tor and for­mer Dis­ney star Hi­lary Duff.

Cre­ated by Dar­ren Star, the show tells the story of a forty-some­thing di­vorcee who pre­tends to be in her twen­ties in or­der to se­cure her dream job.

Tony Award win­ner Sut­ton Foster plays the lead role and the cast also fea­tures Debi Mazer and Molly Bernard.

While most de­tails about the project are be­ing kept un­der wraps, it has been con­firmed that a pub scene will be filmed in O’Con­nors bar in Ti­na­hely.

The pub is run by Orla and Dar­ren Ka­vanagh and the cou­ple are de­lighted that the O’Con­nor’s name will be used in film­ing.

‘We don’t know what ex­act plans they have for the premises but we do know that they will be keep­ing O’Con­nor’s which are de­lighted about. We just know that in the pro­gramme

some of the char­ac­ters are at an Ir­ish wed­ding. Some of the scenes will be filmed in Dublin and then the ru­ral ones will be done down here in Ti­na­hely,’ said Orla.

‘It was Ti­na­hely as a vil­lage that at­tracted the film crew to start with. They will be us­ing some other premises and have al­ready put up a few dif­fer­ent signs,’ she added.

It is un­der­stood that the pro-

duc­ers were keen to change the name from Ti­na­hely to some­thing more typ­i­cally Ir­ish, to ap­peal to the Amer­i­can au­di­ence but it was even­tu­ally agreed that the vil­lage will re­tain its name for the pro­gramme.

‘It will be called Ti­na­hely in the show which is bril­liant so when it is on TV peo­ple will recog­nise the name and it might even at­tract vis­i­tors in the fu­ture,’ Orla said.

The orig­i­nal film­ing date was pen­cilled in for yes­ter­day, Tues­day, but a late change to the sched­ule saw the Ti­na­hely shoot pushed back a day.

‘It’s no trou­ble for us. We will now just be closed on Wed­nes­day in­stead of Tues­day and when we re­open we will be sell­ing drinks for €3.50 as a thank you to all our lo­cals for their un­der­stand­ing while we were closed.’

Dar­ren Ka­vanagh (fifth from left) with some lo­cal cus­tomers and vis­i­tors from the US out­side O’Con­nors in Ti­na­hely.

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