New Irish feature film ‘King of Travellers’ opens April 19th

King of the Travellers confirms Irish cinema release date for April 19. The announcement comes from new Irish film distributor Wildcard Distribution.

The film received its world premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh and is directed by Mark O’Connor, who made the critically acclaimed Irish feature film Between The Canals – released March 11th on DVD. King of the Travellers stars Peter Coonan (‘Love/Hate’), Michael Collins (Man About Dog), newcomer John Connors, and non-actors from the travelling community. The film features music from singer/songwriter Damien Dempsey. Exclusive YouTube clip available on

King of the Travellers follows John Paul Moorehouse (John Connors) on his destructive quest to uncover the truth about the killer of his father 12 years ago. John Paul’s desire for revenge is swayed as he falls for Winnie Power, the daughter of the man he suspects killed his father. John Paul must now battle between his consuming passion for justice versus his desire to be with the woman he loves.

Mark O’Connor, director of King of the Travellers commented “We made a film which I hope is entertaining for audiences, as well as being of cultural importance to the traveller community. It was a big risk casting traveller non-actors in the film, but I felt it was necessary to give the film real authenticity. It’s very exciting to be able to showcase the film to the Irish public in cinemas.”

Patrick O’Neill, CEO of Wildcard Distribution commented, “King of the Travellers is a fast-paced exciting look into the Irish traveller community and showcases Irish film at its best. Mark is a fantastic talent and we can’t wait to bring this film to Irish audiences.”

The exciting opening scene from King of the Travellers featuring a traveller sulky (horse and cart) race on the streets of Dublin is released online today. The film was produced with the support of TV3, The Irish Film Board / Bord Scannán na hÉireann, and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

Wildcard Distributionare working in partnership with UK distributor Metrodome on the release of the film. Upcoming films from Wildcard Distribution include Lance Daly’s Life’s a Breeze starring Pat Shortt and Fionnuala Flanagan, and the documentary feature film featuring Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, The Swell Season.