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Seán Breathnach, 95 minutes, 2020

When his over-cosseting parents pass away reclusive John Cunliffe is suddenly propelled into manhood at the ripe old age of twenty-six. After inheriting mountain land that obstructs a lucrative wind-farm development, John is forced to navigate the choppy waters of…


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,…

Legends from the Mists

Peadar Mac Donnacha
Keelin Kennedy, 5 minutes, 2020

The story of how Cnoc Mordaáin was formed. According to local legend there was a giant who terrorised the local people. A hero ‘Ciarain’ sailed across the water to save the people from the giant and in doing so, turned…


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…

Murdair Mhám Trasna

Colm Bairéad, 2018

A feature length docu-drama centered on an infamous event in Irish history, the brutal slaying in 1882 of a family of five in the remote village of Mám Trasna in the west of Ireland. A swift and severe response from…

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