The Holy Hijacker

On 2nd May, 1981 fifty-five year old ex-Trappist monk Laurence James Downey boarded Aer Lingus flight EI 164 from Dublin to London. Five minutes out of Heathrow Downey went to the toilet, doused himself in petrol before going to the cockpit with a cigarette lighter in hand. He hijacked the plane whi...


The Gamble

A man, a woman, a voyage of discovery and the dream of a champion greyhound. Two ordinary lives, one extraordinary story....


The Famine Ship

In the summer of 1997, the largest bronze sculpture ever executed in Ireland was unveiled in Murrisk at the foot of Croagh Patrick, Co. Mayo by President Mary Robinson. The Famine Ship is the work of John Behan, one of Ireland's most celebrated and respected sculptors, and the film gives the viewer ...


My Great Grandmother was a Boxer

There are many myths surrounding the story of Dublin born world boxing champion Polly Burns. Investigated through the eyes of Polly's great grand-daughter, the film brings to life the puzzling and extraordinary story of how Polly Burns rebelled against all the social conventions of her time, how she...



Home is a visual portrait of homelessness in Dublin - examining what it feels like to be displaced, not to have that private space called home....



In the summer of 1997, Eamonn and Deirdre, two Irish teachers, student radicals in the early 80's, took up a long-standing invitation from an old journalist friend to leave surburban Dublin for the Mexican jungle to live with the Mayan Indian community, established on land occupied after the uprisin...


Beyond My Shore

Star of the West is a Galway hooker, a traditional timber built gaff-rigged sailing craft from the West of Ireland. Beyond My Shore traces the story of the Galway hooker through the eyes of 30 year old boat builder and fisherman Michael McDonagh, as he and six other crew members set sail on an 850 m...


Alive Alive O

With the collapse of traditional industry, more than 120,000 of the original inhabitants of Dublin have been dispersed to outlying suburbs over the past 30 years. This film looks at those who remain in the markets area of Dublin to create a picture of a city struggling to survive. It is about people...


A Vertical Man

A re-evaluation of the great composer and musician, Seán Ó'Riada, of whom the poet Thomas Kinsella said: "It is not often that a single person, however gifted, can alter the character of a nation's culture. Ó Riada managed to do this..." This film tells the story of Ó Riada's life and work, usi...

Main Cast:

  • Barry McGovern

The Invisible World

Irish spiritual healer, Tony Hogan, explores the role of spirituality in medicine and alternative forms of healing through interviews and dramatic reconstruction....

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