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Filmography
  • Tarrac! (in post-production)
    TBD — Feature Film
  • Red Election
    2021 — TV Series 2 × — 45 mins
  • The South Westerlies
    2020 — TV Series 3 × — 48 mins
  • Dad
    2019 — TV Movie
  • Drop Dead Weird
    2019 — TV Series 23 × — 23 mins
  • Counsel
    2019 — TV Movie — 58 mins
  • The Flag
    2016 — Feature Film — 84 mins
  • The Truth Commissioner
    2016 — Feature Film — 94 mins
  • 6 Degrees
    2014 — TV Series 5 × — 30 mins
  • Scup
    2013-2014 — TV Series 14 × — 25 mins
  • Three Wise Women
    2010 — TV Movie — 88 mins
  • Pure Mule- The Last Weekend
    2009 — TV Series 2 × — 52 mins
  • Eden
    2008 — Feature Film — 83 mins
  • The Running Mate
    2007 — TV Mini-Series 4 × — 52 mins
  • The Clinic
    2005 — TV Series 2 × — 52 mins
  • Pure Mule
    2005 — TV Mini-Series 3 × — 52 mins
  • Any Time Now
    2002 — TV Series 2 × — 60 mins
  • On Home Ground
    2001 — TV Series 2 × — 52 mins
  • Making Ends Meet
    1999 — Feature Film — 52 mins
  • Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog
    1999 — TV Series 3 × — 30 mins
  • Soap
    1998 — TV Series — 22 mins
  • Quando
    1997 — Short Film — 26 mins
  • Sunny's Deliverance
    1993 — Short Film — 22 mins
  • Big Swinger
    1989 — Short Film — 15 mins
Awards
  • 2014 — Nominee
    IFTA — Best Irish Language Programme. Scup
  • 2009 — Nominee
    IFTA — Best Director (TV). Pure Mule- The Last Weekend
  • 2008 — Nominee
    IFTA — Best Director (Feature Film). Eden
  • 2008 — Nominee
    Marrakech Film Festival — Golden Star. Eden
  • 2008 — Official Selection
    Tribeca Film Festival — Narrative Competition. Eden
  • 2008 — Winner
    Boston Irish Film Festival — Best Feature Film. Eden
  • 2007 — Nominee
    IFTA — Best Director (TV). The Running Mate
  • 2007 — Winner
    IFTA — Best Drama (TV). The Running Mate
  • 2005 — Winner
    IFTA — Best Director (TV). Pure Mule
  • 1997 — Winner
    Cork Film Festival — Audience Award for Best Short Film. Quando
  • 1994 — Winner
    Worldfest Houston — Bronze Award, Short FIlm. Sunny's Deliverance
  • 1989 — Winner
    Galway Film Fleadh — Best Short. Big Swinger
  • 1990 — Nominee
    Celtic Film and Television Festival — Best Short Drama. Big Swinger
  • 2016 — Nominee
    Celtic Media Festival — Best Single Drama. The Truth Commissioner
  • 2008 — Nominee
    Film by the Sea International Film Festival — Film and Literature Award . Eden

Declan is a graduate of Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design (Dublin), and UCLA Extension (Los Angeles), where he studied film and television. His early short films won several awards and played at numerous festivals worldwide. They include BIG SWINGER (1989) winner Best Short at the Galway Film Fleadh, Best Short at the Fuji Film Awards (UK), SUNNYS DELIVERANCE (1992) Bronze Award Worldfest Houston and QUANDO (1997) Audience award for Best Short at the Cork Film Festival. Both BIG SWINGER and SUNNYS DELIVERANCE received a theatrical release as support in Ireland, the UK and the USA.

He founded Paradox Pictures with Producer Liam O’Neill in 1990. The company produced numerous short films, documentaries and several feature films including; SEPARATION ANXIETY (1996), PETES METEOR (1998) and HOW HARRY BECAME A TREE (2001). Declan left Paradox in 2003 to concentrate on his Directing career.

His television work includes some of the top rated show on Irish TV. ANY TIME NOW (BBC/RTE 2002), PURE MULE (RTE 2005), THE CLINIC (RTE 2004-­‐2006), THE RUNNING MATE (TG4 2007). He has been nominated for an IFTA for Best Director on 4 occasions and won in 2005 for his direction of the critically acclaimed ratings hit PURE MULE. The Irish Times wrote PURE MULE had “spectacularly raised the bar for Irish television drama” while THE RUNNING MATE was described as “Truly marvelous…A political drama with balls”

His film, EDEN, was the closing film at the 2008 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival and has since been shown at over 40 film festivals worldwide. It was selected to screen in competition at the Tribeca Film Festival where lead actress Eileen Walsh was awarded the Best Actress Award. The film was released theatrically in the US in late 2008 to critical acclaim. The New York Times described it as“Exquisitely tuned to the terrors of approaching middle age” and was a New York Times “critics pick”.

In 2009 Declan directed PURE MULE – THE LAST WEEKEND, a two part special revisiting the characters from the original series five years on. The show was nominated for seven IFTA awards, including Best Director. In 2010 he directed the TV movie THREE WISE WOMEN for RHI Entertainment and Parallel Films starring Amy Huberman, Fionnula Flanagan and Hugh O’Connor. He has recently completed series two of the IFTA nominated drama SCÚP written by Colin Bateman for BBC/NI and TG4. He is currently shooting the final series of 6 Degrees for BBC/NI. He is attached to direct the feature films ANGLO REPUBLIC for Treasure Entertainment and THE TRUTH COMMISSIONER for Big Fish Films and Samson Films.

He is a member of the European Film Academy, Directors UK and is on the board of the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland (SDGI).