Limerick actor hopes to become ‘household name’

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

A LIMERICK lad is taking his first steps in the world of acting, after winning a role in TV3’s new high-profile drama, Deception.

A LIMERICK lad is taking his first steps in the world of acting, after winning a role in TV3’s new high-profile drama, Deception.

Jack Harney, 13, from Raheen, plays the role of Rory, the young son of Andrew and Aoife Stacey.

Jack features in the series alongside local actress Cora Fenton - and he hopes to eventually become a “household name”.

The series - rumoured to have cost over €1m - revolves around six families living in a formerly exclusive estate in the Galway suburbs.

Each has been caught in the chill-winds of the recession.

Although Jack is now living in Galway - he moved there with parents Oonagh and Brian, brother Jason and sister Cliodhna at a young age - he returns to Raheen each weekend to visit extended family.

It was through an acting group called Trading Faces, run by Clare Power, he won an audition for Deception.

He admits when he got the part, he was “shocked”, as he did not think anything would come of the try-out.

No stranger to auditions, Jack got to the final three for comedy Moone Boy, where he enjoyed a read-through with front-man Chris O’Dowd.

Filming for Deception took place in June and July last summer: “It was all knew to me. It was really exciting, but I did not really know what to expect,” he said.

He added it was “weird” watching himself back on screen, when the series premiered.

“I sounded so much different on camera then I thought,” he laughed.

As for the future, Jack says he is now doing “his dream job”. “It is great fun, and I want to be a household name,” he smiled.