The Dubs in the Rare Auld Times

Director: Brian O'Flaherty

2004| Colour| 140 mins| Ireland

In the winter of 1973, the Dublin Gaelic football team played Kilkenny in a national league game. Such wa s the lack of popularity of the team that they only played in front of twelve people and a dog. The following September that team miraculously watched by 72 thousand people in the All Ireland final, when they beat Galway. How did this happen? Colm Meaney the star of ‘ The Snapper’ and ‘The Van’ asks this question of those Dublin footballing legends team of the 1970’s, Kevin Heffernan, Paddy Cullen and Tony Hanahoe.
Through interviews and archive footage we are brought on a nostalgic trip back to the 1970’s, a time of political unrest and of right wing repressive legislation. The city was gripped by violence and carnage with the Dublin bombings of early 1974. Later on that summer the Dub’s and Kevin Heffernan restored pride to the capital by capturing their first All Ireland in 11 years.

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