29th Galway Film Fleadh 11th – 16th July 2017

Poc na nGael (Puck of the Irish)

Sun 16 July / Cinemobile / 14:15 / All Ages
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“Ger Loughnane leads a spirited examination of Irish immigrants’ profound influence on the development of Canadian hockey.”

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Irish Premiere

Hurling legend Ger Loughnane reveals the fascinating Irish links to the Canadian obsession that is ice hockey. Early Irish immigrants created the sport, a game born from hurling, and a sport dear to Ger’s heart. He discovers how hurling evolved into hockey. The sport the Irish created also helped to establish them in Canadian society. The Famine Irish started with nothing but success on the ice rink and lead to success in business, employment, politics, etc. The Irish became an integral part of the rapidly growing country. Across the land, Irish teams and players were revered for their skill and tenacity on the ice. The Irish were essential to developing the game that quickly swept the new nation of Canada. Without the Irish influence, Canada would not have the game it loves and enjoys so much today.

The director and writer will attend

Director Éamonn Ó Cualáin
Cast Ger Loughnane, Brendan Shanahan & Geraldine Heaney
Script Sam Kingston, Niall Murphy & Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin
Producers Éamonn Ó Cualáin & Sam Kingston

Year 2017
Country Canada & Ireland
Duration 50min

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