Culture Night – IFI Local Films for Local People

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Updated: August 16th, 2017


IFI Local Films for Local People

– Limerick Through A Lens


Belltable | Friday, Sept 22nd | 8pm 

Free event but booking is recommended to avoid disappointment

An colourful and varied programme of short films made in and about Limerick from IFI Irish Film Archive. The social and political history of limerick will be seen through documentary, newsreel and amateur footage in a programme that will include : The Invasion of Limerick (1922); Radharc’s films of vocations in Doon (1962) and Market Day in Abbeyfeale (1963); President Kennedy’s Visit (1963); Sybil Connolly’s Delightful Fashions in Adare (1957) and Society Balls and Farmers’ Protests in 1963.  The climax of the programme is a cine-concert with live music by fiddler Cli Donnellan who will accompany a selection of silent films by the late Earl Connolly and others.

The Irish Film Institute’s IFI Local Films for Local People programme which brings films out of the Dublin vaults of the Irish Film Archive and back to the communities who made them. The Irish Film Archive plays an essential role in preserving the national moving image collection, a collection that is the physical manifestation of the nation’s visual memory. The collection enshrines the sights and sounds of Ireland, of city and country of ordinary people and extraordinary people , in a range of films made from the turn of the last century to the present day.

The IFI’s Local Films for Local People project provides a window on these collections. Now in its fourth year the programme brings films of particular local interest to communities who have a direct connection with the people and places represented on screen.  The programmes create a rich tapestry of  a county’s history–  its social, agricultural, religious, political and leisure activities – often running over several decades.

The programmes are curated by expert staff and the film presentations invariably prompt a wave of public cataloguing and an unearthing of local knowledge that greatly enhances understanding of the material .  This new information Is logged onto the Archive’s database creates new routes to understanding the collections.

IFI celebrates the art of cinema and the community experience of cinema-going. IFI is pleased to work with regional venues to create this experience and to welcome audiences to gather and enjoy films as their makers intended  – in a darkened room with a group of like-minded film-lovers – with the screening followed by a get together and post-screening digestion of the material.


About the IFI: The Irish Film Institute is Ireland’s national cultural institution for film. It provides audiences throughout Ireland with access to the finest independent Irish and international cinema; it preserves and promotes Ireland’s moving image heritage through the IFI Irish Film Archive; and it provides opportunities for audiences of all ages and backgrounds to learn and critically engage with film.

About Local Films for Local People: The Local Films for Local People Project sees collections of local-interest films being brought back to the communities in which they were made. This annual programme, launched in 2014, will this year travel to Cavan, Wexford, Carlow, Limerick and Galway.

About the IFI Irish Film Archive: The IFI is custodian of Ireland’s unique moving image heritage. As the home of the national collection of moving image, the IFI Irish Film Archive is at the centre of this activity, comprising a collection of over 30,000 cans of film and 10,000 broadcast tapes documenting Ireland’s past and present from 1897 to the present day, chronicling the social, political and cultural development of modern Ireland. The mission of the IFI Irish Film Archive is to acquire, preserve and provide access to Ireland’s moving image collections and associated materials for the benefit of current and future generations.

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Fri 22 Sep