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CLARE SA SPÉIR

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Feeling underappreciated by her children and her egocentric husband, Clare decides to do something for herself to break the monotony of everyday domestic life. Inspired by a world record attempt, she takes to the back garden and decides to live in the treehouse for 32 days. After the initial shock and anger, her family slowly […]

VOYAGE TO RECOVERY (Turas Téarnaimh)

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A young man (Joe Lynch) contracts tuberculosis to the dismay of his wife (Joan O’Hara) and to the shame of her aunt (Marie Keane). He recovers following a long spell convalescing in a Tuberculosis sanatorium. A public information film infused with tension and humour directed by actor/playwright Gerard Healy, this dramatized film looks at the […]

SAFE CYCLING

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Cycling through a city can be a stressful experience. This public information film, produced by the National Film Institute (now IFI) for the Department of Local Government  and directed by filmmaker (later archivist) Liam O Laoghaire (aka O’Leary), advises on the best cycling practice around busy Dublin streets. This public safety film from 1949 was […]

THE SILENT ART

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This documentary, marking the directorial debut of Academy-Award nominated filmmaker Louis Marcus, is a luminous portrait of renowned Cork sculptor, Seamus Murphy (RHA). This first film-making endeavour by Louis Marcus is modest in scope but serves as an invaluable record of his friend, sculptor Seamus Murphy (affectionately known as Stone Mad), and his work in […]

MOONMEN

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Made by renowned and prolific director of dramas and documentaries, Kieran Hickey, this film shows members of the Half Moon Swimming Club braving the grim winter seas at Dublin’s South Wall in the winter of 1964/65. This was Hickey’s first film and provides the viewer an opportunity to eavesdrop on a moment in time. It […]

FAITHFUL DEPARTED

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This poetic short film uses Robert French photographs from the William Lawrence Collection held in the National Library, to illustrate the Dublin of 1904 which served as a backdrop to James Joyce’s Ulysses. Directed by renowned drama and documentary maker Kieran Hickey in 1968, the film traces Joyce’s childhood and adolescence, and his meeting with […]

CLUBS ARE TRUMPS

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This short film was made to promote the activities of the Our Lady of Good Counsel Boys Club in Thomas Street, Dublin. In the 1950s Father McGrath, a Dublin-based Augustinian Priest, ran this Boys’ social club in a working class area of Dublin’s inner city. He decided that the production of a short film outlining […]

ONCE UPON A TRAM

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Take a nostalgic trip along the beautiful Dublin coast, escaping the hustle and bustle of the city while enjoying the clatter and clang of the old Howth tram. This gentle film, directed by John Sarsfield and James Maguire and narrated by Cyril Cusack, records one of the last journeys of the Howth Tram, as it […]

JACK OF ALL MAIDS

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Renowned Abbey actor Jack MacGowran, investigates Irish courtship rituals from a male perspective in this slice of 1952 whimsy. A series of humorous vignettes showcase the talents of this extraordinary character actor, best known for his theatre work with Samuel Beckett and also known for his film work including a role in the classic horror […]

CLERYS ADVERT 1932

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Take a step back in time and experience what it was like to shop inside Clerys of O’Connell street in Dublin in the early 1930s. This charming advertisement was shot in 1932, just 10 years after the rebuilding of Clerys, which had been destroyed in the 1916 rising. With a bird’s eye view of the […]

TELECOM EIREANN ANTI-VANDALISM ADVERT

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Back in the 1980s long before smart phones were dreamt of and when many houses didn’t have a landline, phone boxes containing payphones were a feature of the rural and urban landscape. In this public information film a youth is in the act of vandalizing a payphone before he is confronted by a gang of […]

THE IRISH RIVIERA

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This early example of a State Sponsored promotional film was made in 1936 and showcases the sunny south coast of Ireland and everything it has to offer to a first-time visitor to Ireland. Made by the Irish Tourist Association, the film briefly visits Cork City showing that from the busy shopping centre of Patrick’s Street, […]