The Man Who
Wanted to Fly

A New York Film Premiere

The Irish Repertory Theatre presents a free virtual film premiere of The Man Who Wanted to Fly with three opportunities to watch the film on Tuesday, May 25th and Wednesday, May 26th.

Directed by Frank Shouldice

Produced by Trisha Canning & Cormac Hargaden of Loosehorse Productions

The Man Who Wanted to Fly tells the irresistible story of 80-something bachelor farmer Bobby Coote from Cavan who has had a lifelong dream to fly a plane. Enlisting the help of his neighbor Seán, the two set out to build their own field of dreams, cutting out a runway in Seán’s farm and even building a hangar in this small rural community. Bobby will get no encouragement from his brother Ernie, another octogenarian in the Coote family home. Ernie thinks the whole thing is daft, but Bobby is determined to take to the skies if it’s the last thing he does.

Capturing the wonder of one man’s dreams The Man Who Wanted to Fly is a unique journey into a disappearing border hinterland and is sure to delight audiences all over the world.

Following acclaimed festival screenings at the Galway Film Fleadh, Guth Gafa, and winner of the Audience Award at the IFI Documentary Film Festival, The Man Who Wanted to Fly landed in cinemas across Ireland in March of 2019. To date, the film has won 11 awards internationally including the Best Feature Documentary at the Barnes Film Festival, London, and Alvsbyn Film Festival, Sweden. 

Advance registration is required. 

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