Caolan Moore met his dramatic demise in last night’s explosive episode of Kin, where he was shot dead in a Dublin pub.
The gripping instalment of the gangland RTE drama kicked off with Jamie Kinsella’s funeral.
The plot of the controversial crime series centres around the fallout from the death of Jamie, portrayed by Cian Fitzsimons.
The son of Jimmy and Amanda, played by Emmet Scanlan and Claire Dunne, was shot dead by Caolan in episode one outside a gym.
Last night Jamie’s grieving parents got their revenge, despite being warned by gang boss Frank Kinsella – played by Aidan Gillen – not to seek vengeance.
The episode starts on the morning of Jamie’s funeral.
The shots show the Kinsellas lower one of their youngest into the ground – one final act of grace before war begins.
It’s dark when brothers Michael and Jimmy arrive at the pub where Caolan and his mates drink.
Michael enters and heads straight for Caolan. He draws his gun and fires, killing him instantly.
As Michael tries to escape his vision goes blurry and everything turns black.
Realising he’s suffering a seizure, he staggers out to find Jimmy, and the two escape.
Lloyd Cooney played Caolan, an upstart dealer for rival leader Eamon Cunningham (Ciaran Hinds).
Lloyd caught up with the Irish Mirror to reveal the method behind his scenes – the first ones he filmed.
Dubliner Lloyd, 25, said: “With Covid and masks a lot of the pub shooting scene was improvised.
“Caolan is there in the scene, he’s holding court and sprouting some garbage and then Michael shoots me.
“It was tricky to do the scene, we’d agreed on the fact, we wanted him to be a rabbit in the headlights type of thing.
“He’s sitting there one minute chatting to his friends and then there’s almost that realisation, there’s a man pointing a gun at me.
“It’s probably the last thing he sees.”
He revealed the actors filmed the bar scenes in Frank Ryan’s in Smithfield on Coke Lane.
Lloyd quipped: “It was great to be in a pub, we shot that in the height of lockdown last November. So we were asking for cheeky pints when the cameras weren’t rolling. I knew going into it, I was going to be killed, it wasn’t like I was reading the script going, oh no I get killed.
“Signing up to this I knew Caolan would get killed quickly, I was attracted to the role and how pivotal it is to the story of the series.”
As a theatre star Lloyd said working with his hero Hinds was a pinch-me moment. He added: “I was doing cartwheels in the gaff when I heard I was doing a scene with Ciaran Hinds who plays gang boss, Eamonn Cunningham.
“He’s a big hero of mine. I work predominantly in theatre, so Ciaran is somebody who does both.
“When I knew I had a scene with him, I knew this is going to be amazing. He was so nice and so f***ing scary too when the cameras were on.
“I think that’s something, more than anything I can take from this experience is working with Ciaran and everyone else.”
Lloyd had previously starred with veteran Gillen on the RTE series Charlie. He explained: “We had similar scenes in both where we don’t really talk.
“There’s a scene in Charlie where myself and John Connors were the two skivvies for Charlie, going around giving brown envelopes to all the dirty politicians.
“We had a bit where he drove by in his car and gave me a bit of a nod.
“It was nice to see him, Aidan is the king of TV really.”
Lloyd also revealed that following in Love/Hate actor Barry Keoghan’s career footsteps is the dream.
He said: “Yeah Barry is amazing, he’s such an inspiration.
“He’s in the biggest productions in the world right now. Every performance he keeps coming out showing a different side to him.”
Hailing from the flats in Henrietta Street in the north inner city, Lloyd said people assume he knows gangsters.
But he said growing up in an area where some people may choose a life of crime, helps his character portrayal.
He added: “There’s obviously a lot you can kind of grab from in terms of where I grew up.
“Obviously there’s a lot of positivity as well. I always find the link between where I’m from and anything to do with crime and stuff I try to avoid a bit, it’s something I’ve always tried to stay clear from, growing up.
“It always seems to be like when someone finds out where you’re from and you say, flats in the inner city, the next question is, ‘Do you know any gangsters.”
But Lloyd insists Kin does not glorify crime.
He said: “It’s not glamorising violence. Personally when I’ve watched shows like this I’ve never thought that’s something I’d like to get involved in.
“I think you’d have to have some kind of lacking to watch these shows and think it’s something you’d like to pursue.
“It always ends in bloodshed or incarceration.
“Even the lives they live albeit short, they’re walking away completely paranoid off their heads.
“They’re almost waiting for it to come, I don’t understand people who watch these shows and think I’d love a career in drug dealing.”
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