This year, the Fleadh takes to the road with a programme of films from the IFI Irish Film Archive, celebrating the life and legacy of Yeats’ great friend and co-founder of Ireland’s national theatre, Augusta Lady Gregory. The films will be presented in Thoor Ballylee, the tower she found for Yeats and his new wife, George, and where he and his family spent many summers. Close by is Coole Park where, under Lady Gregory’s steadfast and welcoming spirit, poets, playwrights, painters and artists from every background – Yeats, Shaw, Synge, Hyde, O’Casey – created a renaissance of Irish literary, artistic and political thinking and action.
The range of Lady Gregory’s talents was considerable: co-founder of the Abbey Theatre, translator, folklorist, theatre producer and Yeats’ collaborator. She was also an important, resolutely experimental dramatist in her own right.
The programme of short films will include: Coole Park and Ballyee, The Workhouse Ward and Cradle of Genius. The programme will be introduced by Sunniva O’Flynn, Head of Irish Film Programming, IFI, and by Lelia Doolan, Yeats Thoor Ballylee board member and former Artistic Director of the Abbey Theatre. There will be time afterwards for discussion and tea.