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Documentary: Hidden Treasures – Gathering In

The ICC is delighted to bring you the next episode of Hidden Treasures ‘GATHERING IN’ from the highly acclaimed four-part documentary series examining the history of Irish folklife. It explores a range of trades, crafts and traditions widely practised in rural Ireland from the 1850s to the 1950s

Each episode reveals the self-sufficiency of rural Irish householders and crafts people and shows how they used everyday natural materials to make objects for practical use in their daily lives. 

The series combines restored old 16mm archive, (produced by the National Museum of Ireland from the 1950s to the 1970s), with contemporary recordings of traditional rural crafts and rituals.  

In this episode, ‘Gathering In’you will see communities participating in a range of rural activities such as harvesting, hay-making and turf-cutting. It includes an astounding sequence of a traditional performance by a group of Strawboys at a wedding in County Mayo. The appearance of these revellers disguised in straw costume and wearing conical straw hats is believed to bring luck, wealth and health to the newlyweds.

Made in 1998 Hidden Treasures was Directed by Anne O’Leary. Executive Producer Sé Merry Doyle. Music composed by KILA. The series was produced by Loopline Films and is part of the Loopline Collection, housed at Irish Film Institute, Dublin.

The previous episode of Hidden Treasures, ‘Living In The Landscape’ is still available to view on ICC Digital!

The film is available to view here.