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Fair City star persuaded actor pals to help him make movie during lockdown

“For me, what everyone was going through and the pain and anguish of lockdown and what everyone was suffering from being away from their family and not knowing what was around the corner."
Fair City star Adam Weafer

Fair City star Adam Weafer

Eugene Masterson

FAIR City star Adam Weafer has revealed he persuaded several of his actor friends during one of the lockdowns to help him get his first film off the ground.

Adam, who plays teacher Cian Howley in the hit soap, now hopes to get funding to bring his project to the big screen.

“Me personally, I suffer a bit like with anxiety and stuff, so I can’t sit still,” he explains.

“My sister actually just made me start to write.

“So, I started writing a feature film and I got it done and I’m getting funding for it and I’m going to make a film.

“For me, what everyone was going through and the pain and anguish of lockdown and what everyone was suffering from being away from their family and not knowing what was around the corner.

“I think the best way I dealt with it was to stay really busy. It wasn’t so much writing a film to get it made. I think I just enjoyed the process where hours can just pass and you’re like ‘Jesus, I had a really productive day there’.

“I’m not sure, it could have been crap, I could have wrote complete garbage today, but it was productive.

Adam Weafet plays Cian in Fair City

Adam Weafet plays Cian in Fair City

“So that’s something I definitely learned was keep mentally healthy. Like going running and I started running a lot around Dun Laoghaire and going swimming with my friends and writing and kind of staying healthy. It’s just been horrible for everyone, in every walk of life.

The film is called Forever Young.

“ I have a massive family in Ringsend and it’s about a young musician growing up in Ringsend and with his family, and all the hardship and his brother coming out of jail, and all that sort of stuff.

“So, I shot a short film with Peter Coonan (‘Fran The Man’ from Love/Hate) and Denise McCormack (Bridget Kiely in Red Rock) and people like that, and Maria, who’s Dearbhla (in Fair City) , she plays a character in it.

“I only filmed the trailer, and then you go and production teams and stuff. The script is there, and the trailer is made.

“It’s a really exciting project. I definitely enjoy other facets in this thing of directing and writing.”

Adam (31) grew up in the Cabinteely area of south Dublin.

“All my family are from Ringsend, so I’ve like over 100 Weafers in Ringsend alone,” he notes.

“We haven’t quite figure out where the name Weafer comes from comes from.

“There is a Thomas Weafer, there is a plaque on O’Connell street, and he was with Michael Collins. They spelt it with a ‘v’ and it kills us, because we spell it with a ‘f’. “

Fair City viewers recently saw a shocked Dearbhla Molloy discover that it was her boyfriend Cian who posted photos of the vegan-owning café owner dressed in a fur coat online.

“I think he is definitely calculating; I think he is definitely devious,” he smirks.

“ I think there is a lot more to him than people seem. And then when you see a knee-jerk reaction like that that he would kind of do something kind of as vicious as that, even though he does everything to try and fix, but it still goes to show that he has this kind of ego about him.”


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