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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…

The Pipe

Risteard O'Domhnaill, 83 minutes, 2010

Local opposition to a gas pipeline in the West of Ireland is already seen to have caused the imprisonment of five activists when this documentary account of the ongoing battle between Shell Oil and a County Mayo community picks up…

Poitín

Bob Quinn, 65 minutes, 1978

Bob Quinn’s firebrand response to pastoral visions of rural Ireland, this grim depiction of rural living generated outrage when it first appeared in 1979. The story concerns two layabouts, Labhrás (Donal McCann) and Sleamhnan (Niall Tóibín), and the poitín-brewer Micíl…

Rotha Mor An Saoil (Hard Road To Klondike)

Desmond Bell, 55 minutes, 1999

Developed from the autobiography of Michael MacGowan, an emigrant labourer of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, Hard Road to Klondike is the retelling of a life of punishing work done at the limits of survival. Voiceovers drawn from…

Rúbaí

Louise Ní Fhiannachta, 12 minutes, 2013

Modern Ireland is the theme of this Irish language short that deals with one girl’s refusal to make her Holy Communion. Committed atheism is Rúbaí’s (Doireann Ní Fhoighil) reason for refusal, a decision that scandalises the adults in her life.…

Saoirse?

George Morrison, 90 minutes, 1959

George Morrison’s sequel to Mise Éire, his acclaimed account of Irish history focussing on the lead up to the 1916 Rising and the the War of Independence, Saoirse? deals with the events of that war and its aftermath. The film…

Slán Leis an gCeol

Cathal Ó Cuaig, 52 minutes, 2019

A lyrical portrait of a brilliant yet tormented artist, Slán leis an gCeol (Farewell to Music) explores the complexities of a talented and philosophical man. Tony MacMahon, one of Ireland’s most remarkable traditional musicians, was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s and…

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