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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…

Song of Granite

Pat Collins, 104 minutes, 2017

Acclaimed filmmaker Pat Collins (Silence) presents the life story of legendary sean nós singer Joe Heaney (Seosamh Ó hÉanaí). The film celebrates the genius of the musician while painting an unflinching portrait of a deeply enigmatic and complex man. Born in Connemara in…

Song of the Sea

Tomm Moore, 90 minutes, 2014

Ben (David Rawle) lives in a lighthouse with his father (Brendan Gleeson) and mother (Lisa Hannigan) who enchants him with tales of selkies who transform from seals into humans. His happiness is disrupted when she passes away in childbirth leaving…

Splanc!

Pat Collins
Oonagh Kearney
Megs Morley
Tom Flanagan
Dónal Ó Céilleachair
Tadhg O'Sullivan
Feargal Ward
Adrian Duncan
Sharon Whooley, 50 minutes, 2016

A programme of seven of the short films commissioned by the Arts Council and TG4, in association with the Galway Film Centre, for Splanc! 2016. This is a special edition of the Irish-language documentary scheme in which film artists provide their creative responses…

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