The Young Offenders spotted filming in Cork's English Market

The Young Offenders spotted filming in Cork's English Market
Fishmonger Pat O'Connell with the Young Offenders.

The hit Cork TV show, The Young Offenders, were filming their second season in the English Market last night.

Alex Murphy who plays Conor MacSweeney and Chris Walley who plays Jock O'Keeffe were spotted in behind K O'Connell Fish Merchants' counter.

Pat O'Connell, a Cork fishmonger made famous for making the Queen laugh, has appeared in the show along with other traders in the market.

He told The Echo that he really enjoys filming the comedy, which is a joint production between RTÉ2 and BBC Three.

"We were filming just last night. They're amazing, the show is such a great thing for Cork," he said.

"It just goes to show you that dreams do come true, the lads are so talented so they deserve all the success."

Mr O'Connell said at this stage, he and the other traders aren't nervous about filming. "They're really relaxed so there's no pressure. We are just having a bit of a laugh, we are all from Cork as well, there's no stress. If we get it wrong they can just film it again."

When asked about what's going to happen in the highly-anticipated second season, the fishmonger says he is sworn to secrecy. "I wouldn't have a clue! All I know is that Cork is going to look amazing."

Queen Elizabeth II meeting fishmonger Pat O'Connell at The English Market in Cork City on her State Visit to Ireland. Photo credit: Maxwells/PA Wire
Queen Elizabeth II meeting fishmonger Pat O'Connell at The English Market in Cork City on her State Visit to Ireland. Photo credit: Maxwells/PA Wire

Mr O'Connell says The Young Offenders' success has been great for Cork. "It's a good news story, when you think what the lads started out with, and now they are winning awards left, right and centre."

When asked if he has a favorite character, the witty merchant pauses to think for a while, then laughs and says "the fishmonger isn't too bad!"

"They're all fantastic [characters]. It's great for the city, it's great for the English Market."

While there's no release date yet, it is believed the second season of The Young Offenders will air later on this year.

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