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Ar Dover Féin

In 1937, ten young men between the ages of 13 and 23 migrated from Achill Island, Co. Mayo to Kirkintilloch, near Glasgow to work in the potato fields. Tragically, the night of their arrival, they died in their sleep - of carbon monoxide poisoning, according to the official inquest. But was it accid...

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An Bóthar Fada

An Bóthar Fada looks at the mixed experiences of Irish emigrants in post-war Britain. Ironically, while emigrant remittances in the 1950's and 60's amounted to £25 and £50 million respectively, many of those living in Britain today dream of returning home to Ireland but cannot afford to....

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Amhairghín

Amhairghín sets out to cinematically revisit some of Ireland's major Irish-language poems. Poems in Irish are performed by Seamus Heaney, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Morna Regan, among others....

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Traveller

In 1965, photographer Alen MacWeeney embarked on a two-year project of photographing and recording the travellers of Dublin and Galway. Nearly thirty five years later, having carved out a successful career in commercial and fashion photography in New York, he returns to Ireland to find the traveller...

Locations:

  • Derry, Belfast, Dublin, London, New York
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Teenage Kicks

Punk pop band The Undertones exploded onto the music scene in the late 1970's, at a time when Derry was better known for the Troubles and unemployment. DJ John Peel makes his first visit to the Maiden City, and interviews the band who forged his 'favourite song of all time', Teenage Kicks. "an affec...

Locations:

  • Derry, Belfast, Dublin, London, New York
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If I Should Fall From Grace

A moving, highly personal portrait of a rock icon. Shane MacGowan tells of his early problems with drink and drugs and his subsequent breakdown, his discovery of punk and the voice he found through music. If I Should Fall From Grace includes interviews with Nick Cave and MacGowan's parents and girlf...

Locations:

  • London, Dublin, Galway, Tipperary
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The Work of Angels

The Work of Angels uses filmic means to explore the Book of Kells: the greatest Irish work to survive from the middle ages. This programme reveals in close-up photography and digital manipulation the imaginative achievement of the medieval artists and scribes....

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Talking to the Dead

Based on the book Talking to the Dead, by Pat Sheeran and Nina Witoszek, this film examines the role of death, the tradition of the funeral in Irish life and its continuing legacy today. Exploring the wake, the banshee and the now extinct art of caoining (keening), interviewees include Mary Holland,...

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Mad Dog Coll

Born in the Donegal Gaeltacht of Gweedore in 1908, Vincent Coll and his gangster entourage cut a swathe of terror through New York Society and its bootlegging underworld. His name was linked to some 20 murders in the last six months of his life when he died a violent death in 1932......

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Freedom Highway

More than any previous age, the twentieth century has been characterised by political uprisings - from the civil rights campaigns of African Americans to the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. This film documents the music associated with the great struggles and resistance movements of the twe...

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