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Irish soap takes on imports.

Byline: By MIRROR REPORTER

A NEW Irish language soap aimed at teenagers will hit the screens in November.

The 13-episode comedy drama Aifric will compete with top US shows when it is broadcast on TG4.

Newcomer Cliona Ni Chiosain plays the title role of Aifric who has just moved to a new town in the west of Ireland.

The 14-year-old wants nothing more than to fit in but her unconventional family, including a hippie mum and a rocker dad, make this difficult.

Filmed at Concorde studios in Inverin, Co Galway, the series has proved to be a major boost to the local economy, employing more than 100 crew and a cast of up to 150 actors.

On a visit to the set Arts Minister John O'Donoghue noted that increased funding to the film and TV sectors in the last two years had had a real impact.

He said: "Ireland has brought home an Oscar and the Palme d'Or from the Cannes Film Festival in the last six months.

"There is no doubt that this industry is delivering major economic and cultural return to Ireland."

More than 1,500 teenage hopefuls auditioned for parts in the soap last year.

Those chosen later went on a three-week intensive training course in the Telegael studios in Spiddal, Co Galway.

Irish Mirror Comment: P6
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