Ray Lawlor

Mayo writer hits the jackpot with second series of Obituary

Hard work has paid off once again for Castlebar writer Ray Lawlor.

A second series of his highly acclaimed dark comedy Obituary has been commissioned.

Filming is to get underway later in the year on the further series of the six-part show which aired on RTÉ last year.

The first series earned widespread national and international acclaim.

It is now available on streaming platforms Netflix and Hulu.

As with the original series, all filming of the second series will be completed in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal.

Set in the fictional town of Kilraven, Obituary relates the story of newspaper obituarist Elvira Clancy.

When her paper falls on difficult times Elvira - played by renowned Irish actor Siobhan Cullen - gets paid per obituary that she writes.

However, with deaths dwindling, Elvira hits on a zany method of boosting her income.

She sets about murdering local residents, hiking her wages.

Apart from Siobhan Cullen, Obituary parades a raft of Irish acting talent including Michael Smiley and Ronan Raftery.

Ray Lawlor credits his hometown, Castlebar, and its ‘characters’ with inspiring much of the dialogue for his comedy creation.

Obituary is being made in association with Screen Ireland, Coimisiún na Meán and The Wrap Fund