In November 2021, Seanie Barron: Only in Askeaton from director Michael Holly was presented at the 66th Cork International Film Festival. The film subsequently went on to win the festival’s Audience Award for short film and was long listed for the 94th Academy Awards (Oscars 2022).
The film tells the story of Seanie Barron, who has been making walking sticks in a workshop at the back of his house in Askeaton for decades. We see him roam fields, lanes, bogs and tracks, always looking for a promising branch to shape. His creations often appear flamboyantly eccentric, yet all are made with an intuitive practical understanding of nature and the Irish countryside.
"I would like to say a huge thank you to Michele Horrigan and Sean Lynch of Askeaton Contemporary Arts who commissioned and produced this short film as part of a series named Only in Askeaton about artists and creatives who have been a part of their annual artists residency programme. Also a huge thank you to the legend that is Seanie Barron, and the wonderful audience of the Cork International Film Festival", said Director Michael Holly.