Music

Irish Music in all its forms has been a vibrant presence on the Irish screen and is celebrated here in a dynamic range of films. Dramas featuring contemporary music such as Once sit alongside profiles of Ireland’s great musical figures and documentaries exploring the popularity and impact of traditional Irish music and dance in Ireland and further afield.

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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 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…

Art Will Save the World

Niall McCann, 70 minutes, 2012

Niall McCann’s energetic first feature Art Will Save the World celebrates forgotten singer-songwriter, novelist and artist, Luke Haines. Haines, one of the founding members of “The Auteurs”, is often described as one of the great English contemporary songwriters, a man…

Ballymun Lullaby

Frank Berry, 72minutes, 2011

Music teacher Ron Cooney has been working in the Republic of Ireland's only high-rise housing estate for fifteen years. During this time he has seen the area undergo a dramatic transformation, including the demolition of six of its seven tower…

Broken Song

Claire Dix, 66 minutes, 2013

GI, Costello and Willa Lee are street poets, hip-hop artists, rappers and song-writers from Dublin’s often-deprived suburbs. Through their words they have found a way to diffuse their frustration with the chaos that surrounds them and to inspire others to…

The Commitments

Alan Parker, 118 minutes, 1991

Voted the best Irish film ever made in a poll sponsored by Jameson Whiskey in 2005, The Commitment’s charts the unlikely journey of Dublin soul band ‘The Commitments’. Ambitious Jimmy Rabbitte (Robert Arkins) takes control of his friend’s struggling wedding…

Dambé: The Mali Project

Dearbhla Glynn, 93 minutes, 2008

Living out a dream, Irish musicians Paddy Keenan and Liam Ó’Maonlaí travel across Mali on a musical roadtrip, soaking themselves in local traditions en route to the famous Festival au désert. On a slow-paced journey the pair take the opportunity…

Flea Ceoil

Louis Marcus, 23 minutes, 1967

A tribute to the ‘Fleadh’ – a traditional Irish music festival – Louis Marcus’ film was made in the town of Kilrush in Co. Clare in 1967, at the peak of the 1960s resurgence of Ireland’s musical traditions. This intimately…

Frank

Lenny Abrahamson, 95 minutes, 2014

Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) fancies himself as a musician, though his pitiful efforts at song writing don’t suggest a stadium tour is on the cards for him anytime soon, his limited talent unlikely to provide an escape from the day job…
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