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Irish Destiny

Director: George Dewhurst

Ireland| 1926. Silent. Black and white. 73 minutes.


Screened with live orchestral accompaniment to tremendous public and critical acclaim in the National Concert Hall earlier this year, Irish Destiny is the most significant film made in Ireland in the silent period. Its release in 1926 coincided with the 10th anniversary of the Easter Rising. A love story played against the backdrop of the War of Independence, it ingeniously incorporates newsreel footage of the Black and Tans and the burning of Cork within the dramatised narrative. For decades believed lost, the Irish Film Archive has now restored Irish Destiny—including the painstakingly hand-tinted sequences—to its original glory, with Micheal O Suilleabhain’s recently-recorded score.

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