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Michael Donoghue and Connie Kiernan inspired the film Eat the Peach. #

Eat The Peach

Director of the film Peter Ormrod covered a news item for RTE in the late 70s.

CONNIE KIERNAN and brother in law MICHAEL DONOGHUE spent 6 months and all their savings constructing their own Wall of Death in a rural back garden in County Longford.

 
Eat the Peach film set 03

Inspiration came from the Elvis Presley film Roustabout while a visit to Tommy Messham’s show at Funderland in Dublin gave them an insight to the dimensions and construction.

RTE’s news report did little for their dreams of sponsorship and fame.

The wall deteriorated and became spread far and wide after a storm.

Their story however entertained millions as a cinema box office hit.

The 1980ís saw Peter Ormrod developing this story into feature film material.

Tommy Messham Snr was engaged as consultant to the production company Strongbow and Charles Winter agreed to ride a reconstruction of Co.Longfords landmark, doubling for actor STEPHEN BRENNAN.

In 1985 the scene was set within 40sq miles of peat bog, a unique and striking location.

 
Filming on the set of Eat the Peach 05.

Dave Bickers motorcross champion, provided motorcycles and rigging also teaching the actors to ride.

Today Messham’s Wall of Death uses in their show, the very same 125 Honda saved from the ashes of the films wall.

Eat The Peach (1986) at IMDb.com

 
Eat the Peach poster.
Eat the Peach poster.
Eat the Peach video cover.
Eat the Peach video cover.
 
Stephen Brennan from the film Eat the Peach.
Stephen Brennan from the film Eat the Peach.
Filming on the set of Eat the Peach 01.
Filming on the set of Eat the Peach 01.
 
Eamon Morrissey on set, Eat the Peach.
Eamon Morrissey on set, Eat the Peach.
Filming on the set of Eat the Peach 02.
Filming on the set of Eat the Peach 02.
 
Having fun on set, Eat the Peach.
Having fun on set, Eat the Peach.
Crew, actors and stuntman Charles Winter, eat the peach film set.
Crew, actors and stuntman Charles Winter, eat the peach film set.
 
Filming on the set of Eat the Peach 03.
Filming on the set of Eat the Peach 03.
Filming on the set of Eat the Peach 04.
Filming on the set of Eat the Peach 04.
 
Charles Winter and Stephen Brennan on set for the film Eat the Peach.
Charles Winter and Stephen Brennan on set for the film Eat the Peach.
Filming on the set of Eat the Peach 06.
Filming on the set of Eat the Peach 06.
 
Eat the Peach film set 01
Eat the Peach film set 01
Eat the Peach film set 02
Eat the Peach film set 02
 
Trike on the set of the film Eat the Peach.
Trike on the set of the film Eat the Peach.
Charles Winter in costume on the set of Eat the Peach.
Charles Winter in costume on the set of Eat the Peach.