Irish Language

The Irish language, which for much of the twentieth century was in decline and spoken only in isolated Gaeltacht areas, has in recent decades enjoyed a modest renaissance. This growth in popularity and proficiency in the language is due in part to educational initiatives and to the range of programmes designed to promote the use of the language in film and television. Here you will find short and feature films, most made with funding from the Irish Film Board/ Bord Scannán na hÉireann and Irish-language broadcaster TG4, which will allow audiences to experience the Irish language in full voice. NB – all films presented with English language titles unless otherwise noted.

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1916 Centenary Archive Shorts Programme 1

Various, 64 minutes, 1966

This Most Gallant Gentleman  A record of the return in 1965 of the exhumed body of Roger Casement, executed in London in 1916; the lying-in-state;  funeral procession and burial attended by Taoiseach Sean Lemass and other dignitaries. He was a…

Aisling Gheal

Dónal Ó Céilleachair, 79 minutes, 2013

Sean-nós singing is one of the most precious aspects of Irish traditional music and the Sean-nós singer is the living embodiment of a tradition that stretches far into Irish history. Aisling Gheal is a project run by a team of…

An Díog is Faide

Hugh Farley, 14 minutes, 2004

A dramatic short about Sonnie Murphy, an impoverished man from Co Clare, and the 1932 Olympics. Though a talented athlete, Sonnie(Stephen D’Arcy), has to contend with  poverty, the disapproval of his family and the searing heat of Los Angeles as…

An Rinceoir

Elaine Gallagher, 4 minutes, 2011

An Irish language short, An Rinceoir consists primarily of the Irish dancing performed by Ania (Vitalija Bondareva). With Ania mistaken identified by the Irish speaking community as Áine, An Rinceoir portrays the meeting of Irish and foreign cultures in a…

Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoire (Lament for Arthur Leary)

Bob Quinn, 57 minutes, 1975

Following in the footsteps of James Joyce and Flann O’Brien, Bob Quinn blended postmodern scepticism of official narratives with visions of Irish history in this film. Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoire begins as the story of a group of unruly players…

Croi Trodach

Des Kilbane, 56 minutes, 2013

Croi Trodach (A Fighting Heart) is the epic story of Johnny Kilbane (1889 – 1957), poet, politician and the longest reigning World Featherweight Champion of all time. It’s a rags-to-riches story which begins on Achill Island, from where his ancestors…

Cúilín Dualach

Nora Twomey, 12 minutes, 2004

One of the multi-award winning Cartoon Saloon’s earliest animated shorts, Cúilín Dualach brings us into the world of a young boy born with his head on backwards. The wider world is predictably shocked by Cúilín Dualach; he is shunned, mocked,…

El Toro

Tomás Seoighe, 14 minutes, 2012

This Irish language short looks to traditional Spanish culture as it tells a winning story of a boy finding solace in an unexpected place. Unable to connect with father (Peadar Cox), lonely schoolboy Cian (Domhnall Ó Braonáin) discovers comfort in…

Fluent Dysphasia

Daniel O'Hara, 16 minutes, 2004

A clever spin on the difficulties Irish speakers can face in their own county, Fluent Dysphasia has the beer-swilling, pub-crawling Murph (Stephen Rea) suffer a head injury that leaves him capable of only speaking in Irish. Suddenly appearing terrifying to…
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