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Nora

Pat Murphy, 102 minutes, 2000

Continuing her work of investigating received history from a feminist perspective, director Pat Murphy here peels apart the mythologies surrounding famed writer James Joyce (Ewan McGregor) and gives a voice to his wife Nora Barnacle (Susan Lynch). Committed to this…

Pitch and Putt with Joyce and Beckett

Donald Clarke, 3 minutes, 2001

The writing styles of two of Ireland’s great writers, James Joyce and Samuel Beckett, are parodied here in this sharp comedy sketch which sees the pair struggling to complete a hole in a round of golf.

Plough and the Stars

John Ford, 73 mins, 1936

In the spring of 1916, hostility towards the British is brewing on the streets of Dublin. Nora Clitheroe (Barbara Stanwyk) tries in vain to keep her husband Jack (Preston Foster) from joining the rebel forces for fear he will die…

The Sea

Stephen Brown, 86 minutes, 2013

Art historian Max Morden seeks solace in a quiet seaside resort where he spent summers as a child. Taking up residence in a once familiar boarding house, prone to increasingly heavy drinking and avoiding working on a book he claims…

Seamus Heaney and the music of what happens

Adam Low, 88 minutes, 2019

Six years after his unexpected death in 2013, Seamus Heaney’s wife Marie and their three children talk intimately about their family life and read the poems he wrote for them. His surviving brothers remember their childhood and the shared experiences…

Shem the Penman Sings Again

Padraig Trehy, 80 minutes, 2015

A new exploration of the actual and much-fabled friendship between Joyce and Irish tenor, John McCormack. McCormack inspires the character of Shaun the Post in Joyce’s famously ‘unreadable’ final novel Finnegans Wake, in which Joyce portrayed himself as Shaun’s lowly…

The Snapper

Stephen Frears, 91 minutes, 1993

Heart-warming and universal, The Snapper sees a family come together to face the challenges of an unplanned pregnancy. Twenty years old and single, Sharon Curley (Tina Kellegher) finds herself stunning her family, including father Dessie (Colm Meaney) with the news…

Ulys

Tim Booth, 6 minutes, 1997

Boldly attempting to sum up in a few short minutes James Joyce’s famously complex, Ulysses, Ulys celebrates Dublin’s most renowned novelist. Slipping between narratives – Joyce bemoans the difficulty of writing whilst a publican recounts the novel’s events– but the…

Ulysses

Joseph Strick, 120 minutes, 1967

American director Joseph Strick’s Academy-Award-nominated take on James Joyce’s Ulysses is unquestionably the most faithful screen adaptation of the revered and illustrious novel. The plot, such as it is, is iconic; Leopold Bloom (Milo O’Shea) goes about his daily business…

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