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Country legend Brendan Bowyer's daughter in running for an Oscar nomination

'Dad would be proud'

Clodagh with her beloved dad Brendan

Eddie Rowley

Showband legend Brendan Bowyer's daughter Clodagh is celebrating after a short movie she produced and starred in is in the running for an Oscar nomination.

In an exclusive interview with the Sunday World, the LA-based actress told how her dad, who died last May in Las Vegas, would have been "so proud."

And Clodagh revealed that she and her mother, Stella, and siblings Brendan Jnr and Aisling, who live in America, plan to travel home to Ireland with The Hucklebuck singer's ashes and hold a memorial and burial service for him when restrictions are lifted.

One of Brendan's friends, Las Vegas casino owner Michael Gaughan, has offered the family the use of his private jet for the poignant trip.

Clodagh Bowyer

The Bowyer clan intend to honour the Irish music icon's wish to be buried in his native Co Waterford.

Speaking about the movie, called The Ferry, which is being considered for the short live action category at this year's Oscars, Clodagh told how it's a major boost for the flick.

"We first premiered it at the Galway Film Fleadh in 2019, but the LA premiere in April last year was cancelled due to the pandemic," she says.

"But now to be at this juncture [with the Oscars] is really gratifying."

The movie about the Mother and Baby Homes, which also stars Aoife Duffin (Moone Boy) and Deirdre Donnelly (Ballykissangel), is based around three women searching for the truth.

"It covers a lot of ground, from the perspectives of the mother, the child and the nuns," Clodagh says. "But it also asks the question, 'Where were the men?' There was no shame laid on them and no responsibility."

Clodagh told how her mum, Stella, is still coming to terms with the loss of her husband of 53 years. "There has just been an incredible outpouring of love and support for her since my dad passed," she says. "And she was so thrilled with all the media tributes to Dad in Ireland, and the RTE documentary.

"We thought we would have had Dad's memorial in Ireland sooner, but we hope to be there in Waterford as soon as it's safe.

"Dad wanted to be buried with his mum and dad there in Dunmore East. Michael Gaughan in Las Vegas offered his private jet to bring us all over. And we're looking forward to the time when we can do that and meet people and reminisce."

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