“A rich treasure trove of stunning archival footage of Galway through the years with musical accompaniment.”
The Irish Film Institute returns to the Fleadh with a whole new programme of sound and silent films about Galway from the IFI Irish Film Archive. Amateur films of holidays in the west of Ireland play alongside public information films featuring Dr. Noel Browne and the building of TB sanatoria in the 1950s; films from the National Museum of Ireland document domestic and agricultural crafts throughout the county in the 1960s; a Welsh crew investigates the scourge of emigration from Carna and other parts of the Gaeltacht; while The Story of Michael Flaherty celebrates the primitive life of a Connemara farmer in 1941. To Ireland by Air is a film from Scotland’s Moving Image Archive made by Scottish aviatrix Winnie Drinkwater in 1933, featuring an extended touch-down in Galway.
The silent films will be accompanied on fiddle by Dr. Deirdre Ní Chonghaile.