A Galway documentary on a controversial life and mind

Alan Gilsenan directed film on leading Irish psychiatrist to be screened at The Eye

Controversial Irish psychiatrist Ivor Browne.

Controversial Irish psychiatrist Ivor Browne.

TOMMY TIERNAN and Mary Coughlan both feature in a new, Galway produced, documentary, Meetings With Ivor, about the life and work of leading Irish psychiatrist Ivor Browne, which will be screened at The Eye Cinema.

The film opens at The Eye in Wellpark on Friday February 10, while Alan Gilsenan will attend a special screening on Monday 13, followed by a Q&A, conducted by NUI Galway film lecturer and author, Tony Treacy.

Meetings with Ivor Trailer 27 Jan 17 from Tomas Hardiman on Vimeo.

Produced by Galway-based Parzival Productions, Meetings With Ivor is an 81-minute film, featuring contributions from comedian Tommy Tiernan, playwright Tom Murphy, singer Mary Coughlan, Prof Brendan Kelly, author Sebastian Barry, and journalist Nell McCafferty. The soundtrack was composed by Ivor Browne's son, Ronan, who is based in An Spidéal.

Born in Dublin, Ivor Browne worked in Oxford, London, Harvard, and Dublin, after his initial studies at the Royal College of Surgeons. He became professor of psychiatry at UCD and chief psychiatrist of the Eastern Health Board. His opposition to orthodox psychiatry made him a vital and controversial figure in Irish public life until his retirement in the mid-1990s. He conceived and was director of the Irish Foundation for Human Development.

Tickets are on sale for all screenings (daily at 7.15pm ) from www.eyecinema.ie or 091 - 780078.

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