Dundalk-based film-maker producing a film about priest who set up famous orphanage

Film-maker Alan Farrell is producing a film with model and presenter Alison Canavan about a priest who set up a world famous orphanage in Thailand

Film-maker Alan Farrell is producing a film with model and presenter Alison Canavan about a priest who set up a world famous orphanage in Thailand

The Redemptorist priest from the United States set up the orphanage after was asked to help at the local church, St Nikolaus Church, Pattaya in Thailand.

The idea developed after a young Thai woman approached Fr Brennan and asked if he could take care of her baby, as she had married a man who was not the father of the baby, and he wanted nothing to do with the child.

“The baby was taken in and as the word got around about Fr Ray’s generosity and caring, more young children were brought to him and that was the beginning,” said Alan.

“Most of the children presented to Fr Ray were the offspring of Thai women and US servicemen who were stationed at the US military base at Sattahip during the Vietnam War.”

He added: “Alison and myself will spend the month filming, then its onto post production. We aim to be finished by the end of the year.

“I feel blessed to be able to make the film about the orphanage and to share the story and create awareness about the work that has gone on and continues.”

Meanwhile, Alan is also working on a new online music TV show that will feature all of the bands at this year’s Fortstock Festival - Ryan Sheridan, Aslan, and the 4 of Us.