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IRISH FILM ARCHIVE: ROONEY

Director: George Pollock

UK • 1958 • BLACK & WHITE • 88 min


Rooney is the fondly-remembered comedy classic which follows the trials and tribulations of Dustbin-man and hurler James Ignatius Rooney (John Gregson) from his digs in the O’Flynn household in Rathmines to the heady heights of Croke Park where he joins the Dublin team (wearing black and amber and played here by the 1957 Kilkenny Hurlers!) for the All Ireland Final. Gregson is joined by a top-notch supporting cast which includes Barry Fitzgerald, Marie Kean, Jackie MacGowan and Noel Purcell. Directed by George Pollock and adapted by Patrick Kirwan from the Catherine Cookson novel, Rooney is guaranteed to enchant and entertain.
Plus:
THREE KISSES
Director – Justin Herman
Three Kisses, is an Oscar–nominated short, a Paramount Topper, produced by Justin Herman. It tells the fictional story of a promising young hurler from the village of Ballykilly, County Cork, who is invited to play against County Clare in the City of Cork Hurling Championship. He does so, meets Jim Barry, the real-life manager of the Cork Hurling team, and also finds romance.
1955 • approx 10 min

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