Fircroft Animal Action

Fircroft Dog Training Kennels has, for over thirty years, been sourcing, handling and training a wide variety of animals for Film, Television, Commercials and Photographic shoots.Mary Owens, K.C.A.I. Training Directort and  Rita Moloney  co-ordinator for all required animal action.


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Animal Farm - TNT/Hallmark’s award winning film. In Nov 98 the canine star ‘Jessie’ is played by Mary’s collie ‘Spice’. The film features nine other Fircroft dogs. This was a fascinating and challenging film to work on – with over 150 creatures – fur and feather all working together. - "To Spice, Rita and Mary – Brilliant – one more please!" John Stephenson, Director.  

"It was a great pleasure to work with you both. I hope we do it again, all my love" Mike Brewster, Director of Photography.

"To Rita, Mary & Spice with thanks and gratitude" Greg Smith, Producer - Animal Farm Dublin 1998.

Many of our dogs came to us from rescue situations and with t.l.c. and training we have developed their personalities. Apart from their talents as canine actors they remain first and foremost our pets.

SOME OF OUR OLD FAVOURITES - Some of our great canine stars of the past – now sadly passed on: 

SPICE – Mary’s tri-colour border collie – best known for her work as "Jessie", the canine heroine in Hallmark's production of George Orwell’s Animal Farm 1998. Spice started her career as a puppy on RTE afternoon show 'Live At Three'. Together with our collie Jack they featured for the entire season of 1995/96. A very special companion and a very talented dog, Spice featured in many films and commercials.

MURPHY– Rita’s smooth coated black and white Border Collie – well known as the studio dog on GERRY RYAN'S TV SHOW  "RYANSTOWN". Murphy’s great personality and quirky face made him a very popular dog with casts and crews throughout his long career in films and commercials. Murphy worked with stars Daniel Craig, Gabriel Byrne, Jared Leto,Dave Kelly & Milo O'Shea to name just a few.

ZAFFLE– Rita’s Working Trials Champion–Best known for her work as Paddy Clarke’s dog 'Snaffle' in RTE’s "Fair City". Rescued from cat and dogs home at five weeks old Zaffle was a brilliant little dog. Talented and entertaining she was in great demand for Film and TV.

Celtie – our Irish Wolfhound - best known for her role as companion to Ned Beatty who played the part of singer Joseph Locke in ‘Hear my Song’ . Celtie was a true gentle giant, loved people, loved to learn and loved her many acting roles over the years.

Leto – Mary's Triple Champion Collie featured in many Movies and TV commercials.

Jess - Mary's tri-coloured Collie & IKC Working Dog Excellent. Jess had a very sunny disposition – She appeared in many movies & commercials.

Boy – Our Wolfhound – featured with Daniel Craig and Greta Satchi in Love & Rage. We borrowed 'Boy' for the film, had him for three months and fell in love with and kept him. Boy had a number of films and commercials to his credit. His last appearance was with a tiny Yorkshire terrier playing the parts of 'Terms & Conditions' in AIB advert.




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