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Fluent Dysphasia

Daniel O'Hara, 16 minutes, 2004

A clever spin on the difficulties Irish speakers can face in their own country, Fluent Dysphasia has the beer-swilling, pub-crawling Murph (Stephen Rea) suffer a head injury that leaves him capable of only speaking in Irish. Suddenly appearing terrifying to…

Kings

Tom Collins, 85 minutes, 2007

An eloquent drama about lives that dwindled away, Kings shifts between the Irish and English language as it sees five immigrants from the Connemara Gaeltacht confronted with the poverty of their lives in London when the sixth of their number,…

Lipservice

Paul Mercier, 18 minutes, 1998

The “oral Irish”, a compulsory state exam in the Irish language is satirised in this short from Paul Mercier. Sean McGinley plays the examiner who encounters the exam’s absurdities, as he tests students whose talent in the language ranges from…

Lomax in Éireann

Declan McGrath, 52 minutes, 2018

In 1951 American musicologist Alan Lomax travelled to Ireland and, guided by piper Séamus Ennis, began recording and collecting traditional Irish songs and music. Released as the album Ireland, and credited with the folk and traditional music revivals of the…

Mairéad Farrell: An Unfinished Conversation

Martina Durac, 52 minutes, 2014

This new documentary from Loopline Film investigates the life and death of Mairéad Farrell who in 1988 was shot dead by the SAS in Gibraltar along with two other unarmed members of the IRA. Due to her youth, her gender…

Men at Lunch (Lón sa Spéir)

Seán Ó Cualáin, 71 minutes, 2012

Amidst the Great Depression eleven New York workers sit on a girder and eat lunch in the famous ‘Lunch Atop A Skyscraper’ photograph which forms the subject of this documentary. Time is invested in authenticating the photograph and uncovering the…

Mise Éire

George Morrison, 88 minutes, 1959

Produced by the pioneering Irish language filmmakers Gael Linn, Mise Éire, draws almost exclusively on contemporaneous newspapers, newsreels and actuality footage from the early years of Ireland’s revolutionary period to present a history of that turbulence. The era under director…

Noel Hill: Aisling Ghéar

Paddy Hayes, 95 minutes, 2017

A searing portrait of one of Ireland’s most renowned traditional musicians, concertina player Noel Hill, as he recovers from a serious assault that left him a battered shadow of his former self. Noel Hill’s dream of a new life with…

Ó Chúil Aodha Go hÓileán Í (From Coolea to Iona)

Dónal Ó Céillachair, 53 minutes, 2014

A documentary tribute to a community in the West Cork Gaeltacht where men of all ages and from all walks of life gather every Sunday to sing with Cór Chúil Aodha. Founded by legendary Irish composer Seán Ó Riada and…

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