Film and video production in the west of Ireland


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'Inis Airc, Bás Oileáin'
(Inishark, Death of an Island)
TG4, 52 mins, 2007

The story of the last years of life on Inishark island off the coast of Co. Galway, and the final evacuation of its remaining 26 inhabitants in October, 1960. The fim has screened at various festivals throughout the world and featured on the Irish studies programs at Notre Dame, Boston and Lourdes universities in the USA. Winner of a Galway County Arts Award in 2008.

''A beautiful and lovingly crafted film.''
Stranger Than Fiction documentary festival, Dublin 2008

''Kieran Concannon's moving account of the last days of Inishark is delicately and deftly assembled...''
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'Oíche Chaillte an tSeanchaí'
(The Lost Night of the Storyteller)
TG4/BAI, 38 mins, 2016

The story of Oidhche Sheanchais (A Night of Storytelling), the first talkie film ever made in the Irish language. Believed lost for decades, a print was discovered in Harvard University in 2013 and restored by the Harvard Film Archive. Robert Flaherty directed the 11 minute short in 1934 while completing his classic Man of Aran. It shows Inis Mór seanchaí, Seainín Tom Ó Dioráin telling a fireside story to fellow islanders – the actual cast of Man of Aran. Though shot in a London studio rather than an Aran cottage, it is the only film record of the living seanchaí tradition, made when that ancient art was on its deathbed.

In this film about a film, cinema historians, folklorists and islanders reflect on the making of
Oidhche Sheanchais and its value today. Exclusive excerpts from the rediscovered Flaherty film are featured.

'Saol John Riley'
(The Life Of John Riley)
TG4, 26 mins, 2011

'Ireland's exile. America's traitor. Mexico's hero!'

Shot in Connemara and Mexico, Kieran Concannon's half-hour documentary sees Charlie O'Brien, a singer-songwriter from Kerry, go on the trail of John Riley, the elusive Connemara emigrant soldier who led the San Patricio Battalion of Mexico's army in the 1846-48 Mexican-American War.

''A wonderful piece of work and it goes a long way to preserve an important piece of history.''
Dr. Michael Hogan, author 'The Irish Soldiers Of Mexico'

'Céad Bliain den Chonnacht Tribune'
(100 years of the Connacht Tribune)
TG4, 52 mins, 2009

Documentary looking back at a century of local news reporting by one of Ireland's most successful provincial papers, on the occasion of its centenary. The program reflects on some of the high profile and also lesser known stories told within its archives.
'Island Air'
In association with Onarock Productions / Galway Film Centre ID Films, 2009

Documentary celebrating the culture of traditional music and song on Inishbofin island. C-Board Films took the role of mentor and editor to the makers of the film, Onarock Productions, a group of local film/video and music enthusiasts.

Produced under the ID Films initiative of the Galway Film Centre. Broadcast on TG4, Christmas 2010.