‘Ó Dhúthaigh Mhúscraí’ le Dónal Ó Céilleachair

Preas-ráiteas / Press release (30.01.2017)


‘Ó Dhuthaigh Mhúscraí’,

by film maker, Dónal Ó Céilleachair

Screening on Sat 11th February at 3:30

Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne, Co Chorcaí



The Mhúscraí Gaeltacht of West County Cork has a legendary reputation for its traditional music and for its poets. But amongst the community there is a flourishing and growing number of artists.This new documentary focuses on some of these artists including: Tadhg McSweeney (Painter); Helen Ní Chuill (Ceramist); Gearóid Ó Duinnín (Musician & Painter); Helene Willems-Bogels (Inter-disciplinary Artist); Meredith Flandreau (Potter); and Peadar Ó Riada (Composer & sometimes Painter). The importance of the Mhúscraí Gaeltacht; its landscape, its rich cultural heritage and unique local dialect provides an inspiring and nourishing home base for each of the artists. The artists’ life journeys – and their work in an engaging diversity of media – provide resonating parallel narratives in this colourful multi-facteted exploration of the artistic process and its deep connection with the land of its inspiration. The film features excerpts from the poetry of Seán Ó Riordáin; originally from the area and one of the most revered Irish language poets of the twentieth century. Seán Ó Riordáin’s poetry is brought to life in an inspired recording by renowned Cork poet Liam Ó Muirthile, and the film features translations by some our finest living poets including Gabriel Rosenstock, Celia De Fréine, Colm Breathnach, Peter Sirr, Paddy Bushe and Theo Dorgan courtesy of Cló Iar-Chonnachta. The film also largely features music from, and inspired by, the area including works by Peadar Ó Riada, Triúr, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Buille, Slow Moving Clouds, Fiona Kelleher and Gearóid Ó Duinnín. The film takes its title from the name of the first exhibition of Ealaíontóirí Mhúscraí; a group of artists from the area who exhibit their work together at an annual exhibition held at the vibrant local arts centre Ionad Cultúrtha. The screening will be followed by a Q+A with the film’s director Dónal Ó Céilleachair and the artists presented in the film.

Director: Dónal Ó Céilleachair
Producer(s): Dónal Ó Céilleachair     Country: Ireland
Language(s): Irish, English
Colour: Colour
Duration: 78 minutes

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