Galway film wins best documentary at Irish Film Festival London

Aodh Ó Coileáin's Cumar – A Galway Rhapsody scoops top prize

Aodh O'Coileain, chairman of An Taibhdhearc. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy

Aodh O'Coileain, chairman of An Taibhdhearc. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy

A locally made film, Cumar – A Galway Rhapsody, by Aodh Ó Coileáin of An Taibhdhearc and NUI Galway, has won the Best Documentary Award at the 2019 Irish Film Festival London.

The award was presented on Tuesday night. Receiving the award at the Irish Embassy in London, Mr Ó Coileáin said: “It is of particular significance to be selected for this award in London, a city so central to Irish artistic endeavour. In the years following the Second World War, many of our musicians and artists came here to make a living. Druid’s performance of The Playboy of the Western World in 1985 was a milestone in Irish theatre. Many Galway International Arts Festival shows have transferred here."

Cumar – A Galway Rhapsody examines the influence of Galway city and Connemara on seven artists of varied fields - musician/composer Máirtín O’Connor; poet/playwright Rita Ann Higgins; novelist Mike McCormack; Noeline Kavanagh, artistic director of Macnas; singer songwriter, Róisín Seoighe; visual artist, Pádraic Reaney; and comedian, Tommy Tiernan. The film is scored by Galway composer Jake Morgan while the band Galway Street Club make a guest appearance.

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