The Irish Film Institute returns with a new programme of archival films made in and about Galway and its environs. The programme includes both amateur and professional footage, dating from the 1920s to the 1970s, and will cover such a broad range of people and places that you may well see yourself or someone you know on screen.
The silent films in the programme will be accompanied by Aran Island fiddler Deirdre Ní Chonghaile.
The programme will be composed of:
- Wonderful Western Islanders (1924). Recently rediscovered and restored – this is the earliest surviving film made on the Aran Islands
- Connemara’s Appeal (1925) documents the dire circumstances in which the people of Connemara found themselves following a bad winter and failed harvest
- A selection of newsreels from Gael Linn’s Amharc Éireann series (1959- 63) includes a Demonstration of Seine Net Fishing in Galway Bay (1959), a fundraising push from Galway to Dublin in a Barrel (1961)
- Return To The Island (1965) shows John Huston at home in St Clerans Manor House in Craughwell
- Jim Mulkerns’ An Gheilge Bheo (1975) follows a young girl as she fondly remembers her summer at Irish College in the Connemara Gaeltacht
- Inishmaan Another Day (1973), a film made by UK student Chris Rodmell recording life on the island.