A Night for Irish Film and Television

The 2013 Irish Film and Television Awards. This past weekend, the Irish Film and Television Awards brought well-deserved recognition to many of Ireland’s top television programs and films, many of which are largely unknown outside of the island. The ceremony, held at Dublin’s Convention Center, was hosted by actor and director Simon Delaney. Its primetime broadcast on RTÉ 1 received record...

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Short Film, Coward, Dramatizes Northern Irish Soldiers’ Experience in WWI

Coward tells the story of two cousins from Northern Ireland who enlist in the British army during World War I. Directed by David Roddham, the film follows cousins Andrew and James through the trenches and No Man’s Land at Ypres in 1917. The set for the battlefield, including a 200 foot long trench, was meticulously reconstructed in over three acres of field land in Hertfordshire, England,...

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Surfer Garrett McNamara Rides 100 Ft. Wave to Break Own World Record

For nearly 10 years, extreme surfer Garrett McNamara has been on the hunt for the world’s biggest waves. Born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts in 1967, McNamara was leagues away from the sea. But after he relocated to Hawaii with his family in 1978, the sea became a driving force in McNamara’s life.  As a teenager, he entered and placed in the renowned Hawaiian Triple Crown series, and...

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Irish Folk Furniture – Delightful Animated Short Wins Sundance & Our Hearts

Irish Folk Furniture, a short  film by Tony Donoghue, has won the prize for Best Animation at the prestigious (not to mention cool) Sundance Film Festival in Utah. Over the course of eight utterly delightful minutes, Donoghue uses stop motion animation and interviews to explore the fate of folk furniture in his Tipperary parish of Terryglass Kilbarron. Sixteen items are refurbished by a skilled...

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Irish Family History Day – January 24

Irish Family History Day is Thursday, January 24. In partnership with The Gathering and the launch of more than 21 million birth, marriage, and death (BDM) certificates to the site, FindMyPast.com has declared Thursday, January 24 to be “Irish Family History Day.” It’s more than just a nominal accolade though, because this Thursday the site is opening their Ireland records to the public...

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