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ALIVE, ALIVE O — A REQUIEM FOR DUBLIN

Director: SE MERRY DOYLE

Ireland • 2001 • Colour • Digital Betacam • 52 min


In honour of the late Tony Gregory, the Irish Film Archive is screening two films by Se Merry Doyle that feature the man’s social and political role in the life of North Dublin.
Alive, Alive O looks at Dublin street traders, a group whose greatest champion was Tony Gregory. It chronicles how an extraordinary culture becomes increasingly overshadowed by the scourge of heroin and the closing of market places. There is some captivating footage of the maverick Gregory around the time he went to jail in support of the Moore Street traders.

Se Merry Doyle’s first film, Looking On is a documentary about the festival of the same name which was held in Dublin’s north inner city in 1982. This colourful event took place against the backdrop of the exodus of city dwellers to the suburbs and the consequent demolition of hundreds of tenement dwellings. Gregory is seen standing amongst the rubble of half-demolished houses, decrying the vandalism.
Ireland • 1983 • Colour • Digital Betacam • 39 min

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