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THE GALWAY Film Fleadh returns from Tuesday July 5 to Sunday 10 and film fans are in store for a feast of new Irish cinema, feature documentaries, short films, Oscar winners, and movies from Korea, Argentina, India, Germany, and Japan.
As Honey Bunny, she brandished a gun in a Lo s Angeles LA diner and warned that if any customer moved she would “execute every m************ last one of you!” That was Pulp Fiction and the actress was Amanda Plummer.
Terrible punishments awaited young transgressors in the Ireland of the 1950s. If a boy mitched from school he could end up in Letterfrack, the notorious so called industrial school, run by the Christian Brothers. It was a type of borstal, where, for almost a century, troubled boys were brutally chastened and subdued. Its grim, grey buildings still stand today, and if you pass them on a wet Connemara day, you wonder about the boys who were sent there from cities and towns around Ireland. Despite its change of usage to one of the foremost craft training centres in the country, it still looks a sad place to me. But back in the 50s and 60s its name struck terror in the hearts of most boys and youths. I remember seeing a boy handcuffed to a policeman sitting on the Dublin train. Word was whispered around the carriage that the boy was from Letterfrack. We all stared at him as if the poor fellow was an alien.