Uisce Beatha

Set in 1912, ‘Uisce Beatha’ (Gaelic for Whiskey or Water Of Life) is the true story of Tom, a young Irish man who leaves his home in rural Ireland to cross the ocean on the ill-fated ‘Titanic’. But a night of celebration beforehand results in a twist that will affect Tom’s fate drastically….

Filmed on location in County Cork

This film was researched, written, cast, shot and edited in exactly one month, with a total budget of less than 300 euros.

Directed, Shot and Edited by Shaun O’ Connor

Written by Tadhg Hickey
Produced by Aideen Wylde

Tadhg Hickey, Jack Healy, Martin Purcell and David Cooney

Awards & Nominations

  • WINNER: Filmmakers’ Choice, DC Shorts Festival 2013
  • WINNER: ‘Made In Cork’ — Cork Film Festival 2012
  • WINNER: 3rd Place Audience Prize: Chicago Irish Film Festival 2013
  • NOMINATED: Best Drama — Healdsburg International Film Festival 2012
  • NOMINATED: Best Short Film / Best Director — Lewiston-Auburn Film Festival 2013
  • NOMINATED: Best Short Film — Julien Dubuque International Film Festival 2014


  • Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2014
  • Helsinki Film Festival 2014
  • Raindance Film Festival 2013
  • Boston Film Festival 2012
  • San Francisco Irish Film Festival 2012
  • Fastnet Short Film Festival 2013
  • Waterford Film Festival 2013
  • Ford ‘8 Minutes’ competition
  • Dare Media Underground Short Film Festival 2012
  • Underground Cinema Film Festival 2012
  • Detours en Cinecourt 2012
  • RTE Shortscreen 2014