This amateur documentary about the beautiful surroundings of Lough Corrib and the Cong River in Connemara is one of Desmond Egan’s finest films.At the junction of the Cong River with Lough Corrib, stands Ashford Castle, now a luxurious hotel but formerly the residence of the Ardilaun family.
Framed by the stunning surroundings of Connemara, the film also features the superb Kylemore Abbey. It was built in 1867 as a family home for the family of Mitchell Henry, a wealthy doctor from London. In 1920 the Abbey became a Benedictine monastery run by Nuns who had fled Belgium in World War I. The Benedictine community restored its now famous walled garden to its former glory and is today one of Ireland’s most popular attractions.
Desmond Egan was a skilled amateur filmmaker with a background in professional production. A wine merchant by trade, he lived with his wife and 4 daughters in Glenageary Co. Dublin. His collection of silent, colour films includes home movies, short dramas and documentaries on a range of subjects.
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With kind permission of Shirley Cullen.