My Beamish Boy

The much-loved two hundred year old brewery in Cork, Ireland, shut its gates forever in March 2009. As they reminisce, the ex-workers must come to terms with their grief at its closure. Suffused with bittersweet memories and wry affection, these are the stories of the famous Beamish and Crawford Brewery. All things must end, but the human spirit persists.

The film received the Made in Cork award for Best Short Film at the Corona Cork Film Festival 2009, and was broadcast on Irish national TV in June 2010.

Jack Callanan / Johnny McCarthy / Pat Bourke / David Creedon / Liam Huggins / Dick Duff / Kevin O' Donovan / Larry O' Neill / Rhona O' Leary / Ann Murray / Jim Cox / Kevin White

Music composed by Irene Buckley

My Lovely Smiling Beamish Boy
Written by John Spillane
Performed by John Spillane, Cormac McCarthy, Hugh McCarthy, Johnny McCarthy,
Produced by Johnny McCarthy
Courtesy of EMI Ireland Ltd
Copyright IMRO/MCPS John Spillane 2009

“The Last Cooper” photographs courtesy of David Creedon

Special thanks to Christy O' Keeffe / An Spailpín Fánac / Ed Hinchy / John Sheehan Photography / Murray Ó Laoire Architects / Cork Film Centre

Supported by Cork City Council

Produced by Pat Comerford

Directed and edited by Mike Hannon


  • Cork Culture Night
  • Broadcast on RTÉ One,
  • Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival
  • Chicago Irish Film Festival
  • Project Award, Cork City Council Arts Office
  • Made in Cork Award for Best Short Film, Corona Cork Film Festival 2009