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Our Summer 2022 Creative Arts Residency Awardees #2 – Andie McCaffrey Byrne

As part of our Creative Arts Residency programme, we have three amazing artists working in The Tara Building this Summer. We’ve awarded free memberships to these artists to use as they wish, working on their own projects without the pressures of studio rents. This is part of our wider goal to support creativity, community, and social impact projects in Ireland.

We’re so excited to introduce Andie McCaffrey Byrne and her amazing work. Andie is a screenwriter and actress who has been working in film and TV for over 15 years. Frustrated by the lack of accurate representation of people from working-class backgrounds in the Irish film industry, she has written her own feature film. Rally, a film about the joyriding epidemic in Tallaght in the 90s, has been awarded funding and Andie is working on the script from The Tara Building as we speak. It’s all about youth and community, and we can’t wait to see it!

We had a quick chat with Andie to find out how she’s doing, and to get some advice for any fellow creatives out there who may need a little help.


Hey Andie, can you tell us a little bit about your practice?

I am an actress and screenwriter. I’ve worked on over 21 films, numerous ad campaigns & four tv series. I recently set up my own production company Shine Bright Productions in order to create more roles for women in film, including myself. 

Why do you do what you do?

It’s the only thing that makes me feel like time stands still being in a creative flow. Plus it’s such great fun discovering a character and getting to do things that you would never do in real life. It truly lights me up! 

How are you using your time at Tara?
I am writing my new feature film Rally and using the time and space to be inspired and write alongside like-minded people. I’ve found since I started in The Tara Building I have space for my ideas to flow, and I’m now writing 3 new films. 
If you could give one piece of cheesy life advice to fellow art-makers, what would it be?
Don’t be afraid to do your own thing.
Break the rules or make up your own.
Ask people for help. Most people are lovely and will do what they can.
Live your life. I spent a lot of time waiting for doors to open, and then I realised I can build my own.
Get to know yourself. Authenticity in its truest form is like a magnet and people feel it.
Trust your vibes & shine bright. 

Check out more of Andie’s work via her Instagram @andiemcb.

A film poster for a movie called Sparkle, featuring Andie McCaffrey. It features official selections from the 2022 Catalyst International Film Festival and the 33rd Galway Film Fleadh.

At The Tara Building, we run an Impact programme that offers workspace, event space, and community to those working in the arts, social impact, and sustainability.

If you’re working on a project that might benefit from our support, check out our residency opportunities for more information.