Million Dollar Pigeons

Fri 08 July / Town Hall Theatre / 15:30

2022 / Ireland / 92 min / Documentary

When you think of legendary international racing events like the Tour de France and the Boston Marathon, does pigeon racing also come to mind?
Fitzgerald’s guide into this competitive racing world is Ireland-based pigeon fancier John O’Brien. A father of two, he has 60 pigeons, including race winner “Big Balls”, that he routinely trains. Citing a vision that appeared to him while hallucinating as confirmation that he was meant to be in the sport, O’Brien has a big dream he wants to achieve.
“The pigeon fanciers are all spirited, flesh-and-blood characters, and the choice of O’Brien, a likeable man who is not afraid to dream, as the emotional anchor was the right move.” — CINEUROPA

Flying under the radar are a group of pigeon masters from the US, Thailand, China and South Africa, competing in one of the most lucrative bird races on the planet. Each event is stranger and more exciting than the last. When scandal taints the crown-jewel event, the community is rocked and the future of the sport is up in the air.

Irish Premiere

Followed by Q&A with director Gavin Fitzgerald.

Director: Gavin Fitzgerald
Producers: Samantha Corr, Andrew Freedman & Ken Wardrop

Principal funder