Shooting has begun on a new RTÉ feature-length drama based on the Edna O’Brien novel 'Wild Decembers', which has been adapted for the screen by the author herself.

The novel is a story of land and love set in a rural community in contemporary County Clare which tells the story of Michael Bugler (Matt Ryan), a man who inherits his uncle's dilapidated mountainside farm in County Clare.

His arrival re-ignites a centuries-old feud over land with his neighbour Joseph Brennan (Owen McDonnell) which even Bugler's love for Joseph's young sister Breege (Lara Belmont) cannot heal.

O'Brien is one of Ireland's best known literary authors and this will be her first TV adaptation since a version of 'The Country Girls' that was made in 1984.

Owen McDonnell (Single Handed, Conspiracy of Silence), Matt Ryan (Collision, The Tudors) and Lara Belmont (The War Zone, Henry VIII) have been signed up to star in the drama and they will be joined by a fantastic supporting cast of Irish actors from stage and screen including Sean McGinley, Hugh O’Connor, Jane Brennan and Pauline Cadell.

'Wild Decembers' began shooting in Bray, County Wicklow, in mid-November.

Jane Gogan, Commissioning Editor, RTÉ TV Drama said 'Wild Decembers' was "an exciting proposition for viewers".

She said, "I’m honoured to bring the work of one of Ireland’s greatest writers to RTÉ’s audiences. Edna O'Brien's television adaptation of her own novel is a powerful piece of work that brings something quite exceptional to Irish drama.

“The impressive calibre of cast and crew makes this an exciting proposition for our viewers. At the heart of great drama is a great writer and RTÉ is privileged to have dramas by both Edna O’Brien and Frank Deasy currently in production to appear in our schedule in the coming year."