Author Joseph O’Connor is probably as well known these days for his radio diary on RTE’s Drivetime programme  but the prolific scribbler is on the verge of a major movie deal, according to a report in The Sunday Times.

It appears O’Connor’s best-selling novel Star of the Sea is being adapted by the makers of Intermission, a hit movie that featured Colin Farrell being hung out to dry in a telephone kiosk for his infidelities.

The book follows a group of passengers on a famine ship bound for America in 1847.

The project has already received funding from the Irish Film Board and will join a stable of would-be projects about to be filmed here.

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