Irish Film Institute -IFI Documentary Festival: MILLION DOLLAR PIGEONS


Director: Gavin Fitzgerald

92 mins, Ireland, 2022, Digital

Pigeon racing is now a multi-million dollar industry, attracting high-stakes competitors from all around the globe. Pigeon fanciers register their prize racers, box them up and dispatch them to faraway places to compete in a series of lucrative races, but corruption lurks in the wings. Affluent owners from the US, China and elsewhere enter as many birds as their hearts desire while the lads in the pigeon club in Clondalkin, faced with the hefty entry fees, send just a carefully-chosen few.

This handsome documentary from Venom Films invites us into an unknown world where tensions simmer between old-time purists and the new breed whose eyes are fixed firmly on the big prize.

Notes by Sunniva O’Flynn

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Gavin Fitzgerald and pigeon fancier John O’Brien.

Screening as part of the IFI Documentary Festival 2022, September 21st to 25th.

Book Tickets

Saturday 24th