60 mins, Ireland, B+W, Silent film with intertitles

This film screened on Saturday 18th March 2017.

The IFI Irish Film Archive in association with the Saint Patrick’s Festival presents a programme of short silent films about St Patrick himself and about the annual festivities that honour him. The programme highlight is edited highlights from In the Days of Saint Patrick / Aimsir Phádraig (1920), an ambitious silent-era feature film, made in Killester and elsewhere in North County Dublin, which reconstructs the life of Saint Patrick and is replete with miracles, snakes, slave markets and an exciting chariot race.

This remarkable historical picture is the outcome of Irish minds, hands and hearts, and presents the life of our patron saint with studied truth.  It is a wonder picture for children.” – The Irish Times, March 1920.

The programme will be accompanied by the enchanting melodies of Cormac de Barra, harpist, and Éamonn de Barra, percussion, whistle and flute player.

See also our free Archive at Lunchtime screenings throughout March.

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