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Welcome to ICC Digital.

On this page we'll share with you some of the best Irish cultural content available.

We will also have more content on our YouTube channel and on our Facebook page so take a look at all of our platforms.

Check back every few days to see what's new.


Abbey Theatre’s ‘Dear Ireland’ – Part Two

Today ICC Digital brings you Part Two of 'Dear Ireland' from Dublin’s Abbey Theatre.  This epic task of bringing 50 Irish writers and 50 Irish actors to entertain us in the global crisis is a phenomenal undertaking. You can dip in and out of this feast of Irish theatre at your leisure and discover nuggets like the wonderful piece by Edna O'Brien, performed by one of Ireland's most prolific actors Stanley Townsend.  Volume 1 is still available to watch below and on the ICC's Facebook page. Thanks to The Abbey Theatre Dublin, for permission to share this.

Mini concert from Brendan Power

Today ICC Digital are delighted to bring you an extraordinary mini - concert from the UK based Kiwi harmonica player and composer Brendan Power, who is acclaimed as one of the most creative, skilled & versatile harmonica players in the world. A top session musician, Brendan has performed with Van Morrison, Sting, Altan, and Ray Charles. An expert player of Irish traditional music, he won the ‘All Ireland’ title for best Harmonica player (1993), he played a three year stint as a soloist in the hit show’ Riverdance’ and in 2012 alongside the brilliant Tim Edey, they won ‘Best Duo’ in the ‘BBC Folk Awards’. Many of you will have seen Brendan and Tim raise the rafters when they played live at the ICC last year.

In this riveting concert from his studio in Canterbury, you will see how Brendan breaks new boundaries in Irish music, using a variety of harmonicas and an iPad. We see Brendan experimenting on a number of traditional tunes that include ‘Andersons Reel’ on the midi-organ, ‘King Of The Fairies’ on the midi harmonica, captivating versions of ‘The Morning Dew’ and ‘The Banshee’ and finishes up with an awesome interpretation of ‘The Parting Glass’, played on a Chinese style harmonica which he designed.

Brendan says farewell to us as he cycles through Canterbury’s country roads to the accompaniment of ‘The Golden Castle’ with Anne-Marie
O‘Farrell on Harp.

Thank you Brendan for this very special concert. Enjoy and if you wish to know more about Brendan’s music and his custom harmonicas, his website is www.brendan-power.com

Comedy Corner: Maureen Sullivan – ‘Lockdown – The Tour’

Today it's time for a laugh in our Comedy Corner. ICC Digital brings you a real treat from one of our great friends of the ICC, Maureen Sullivan. Just before Covid-19 she began a new venture in Stand-Up Comedy, so especially for you she will perform the first in her series of comedy sketches, ‘Lockdown - The Tour’. Her unique brand of sardonic wit is very special and bodes well for her new career.

Maureen Sullivan is Scottish, of Irish descent. She has been living in London for 40 years. Maureen has performed in two plays written by Ros Scanlon, namely, 'Lovin Daniel' and 'Wash House Stories' and more recently she appeared in the film, 'The Knitting Ring'. After moving to London, Maureen trained as a Drama and Movement therapist at Central School of Speech and Drama and later studied Creative Writing at Birkbeck College, University of London. Last year, she studied Stand-Up Comedy at City Academy.

Greetings and a poem from Donal Cox

Our friend Irish Actor and Writer Donal Cox brings you a beautiful rendition of a W.B. Yeats poem from his beautiful green studio. Many of you will have seen Donal perform his one man show ‘The Fifth Province’ at the ICC and some of you will have seen him appear in London’s West End’s award winning production of ‘The Ferryman’.

Today we have a special audio interview from the legendary Finbar Furey. Finbar is without doubt one of the most powerful singers, pipers, multi-instrumentalists, and musical composers Ireland has ever produced. Finbar was the driving force behind the legendary Irish band 'The Fureys’ and has toured major concert halls throughout the world.

In this interview courtesy of Irish Radio.org the broadcaster Gerry Byrne interviews Finbar about the many profound influences in his life like the songs of Woody Guthrie, touring with the Clancy Brothers and meeting Bob Dylan. Finbar is a great friend of the ICC and has played at the venue many times and we do hope that he will play our stage again in the future. Photograph by Ruth Medjber.

Looking On

This week’s film from The Loopline Collection is ‘Looking On’.

Summer, Dublin, 1982: A collective of community activists resist the housing and urban redevelopment of the north inner-city.

This largely observational documentary charts the Looking On Festival through theatre, U2 musical performances and off-the-cuff interviews with Joe Duffy, Peter Sheridan, a young Tony Gregory, Pat Kenny and Thom ‘The Diceman’ McGinty. The gatekeepers of the community are introduced, resisting the might of the encroaching developers: families of street traders fight market closures; activist Mick Rafferty voices concern about Dublin Corporation; and Christy Flood, the last occupant of the Gardiner Street tenements, fights to retain his homestead. Locals look on as the tenements are demolished and the city transforms around them.

Sé Merry Doyle offers a vital study over a definitive period in Dublin’s history, asking us to question the function of a city and the vital role of communities. Looking On was the first film Sé Merry Doyle directed, which foregrounds these issues as do Alive Alive O – A Requiem for Dublin and Essie’s Last Stand.

Watch the film here

Thank you to Loopline Film and the Irish Film Institute.

Monday 18th May: coming up this week on ICC Digital

Check out our video for news about this week's programme!

Over the past six weeks ICC Digital brought you a photograph each week from Irish Photographer Seamus McGarry. Today in our Artists' Corner we bring you the whole gallery of photographs for you to enjoy.

Next week our Artists' Corner will feature another photographer, Franco Chen, who has had a long association with the ICC and has photographed many of the centre's events, bands and artists since the ICC was first established in 1995.

Our thanks to Seamus McGarry for allowing ICC Digital to exhibit his photographs.

ICC Digital is proud to share with you the Abbey Theatre Dublin’s mammoth undertaking ‘Dear Ireland’ that features 50 actors and writers responding to the current crisis we are going through. Over the next four weeks we will bring you all 50 of these wonderful monologues, which you can dip in and out of at your leisure. This week we are sharing the first 11 pieces, which include scripts written by Edna O Brien, Frank McGuinness and Enda Walsh. Thanks to the Abbey Theatre for permission to screen these.

Shay Healy at Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre

ICC Digital brings you a very special concert featuring an all star cast who performed at Dublin's Gaiety Theatre to honour the great Shay Healy, who as well as writing the Eurovision winning song ‘What’s another Year’ is also a gifted ballad singer and TV host. Shay joins his hosts and shrugs off the painful fact that he is suffering from Parkinson’s Disease. Artists like Johnny Logan, Finbar Furey, Aengus McNally, Don Mescall, Lisa Lambe all appear to show their respect and admiration for one of Ireland’s most loved artists. We would like to thank the Producer Gerry McColgan for the permission to share this wonderful occasion.

Greetings and a mini concert from Alan Burke

Alan Burke, the gifted singer songwriter and former frontman for the band ‘Afterhours’, brings viewers of ICC Digital greetings and a mini-concert from his home in Dublin. Born in London of Irish parents, Alan has a huge repertoire of traditional, Gaelic, contemporary and self-penned songs. Known for his unique and powerful voice, Alan has recorded two highly praised solo albums, ‘On The Other Hand (1998) and ‘Tip Of The Tongue’ (2003). A brilliant live performer, Alan also played with the bands ‘At First Light’ and ‘The Rambling Boys’. Over the years he’s performed many concerts at the ICC and was due to play on St Patrick’s day but his appearance had to be postponed due to the lockdown. However when you watch this mini concert, you’ll see just why audiences love Alan’s voice, his guitar playing and also the banter and warmth he brings to audiences. We look forward to seeing Alan play the ICC later in the year.

Paddy Cole reads a poem for ICC Digital

Ireland’s legendary musician Paddy Cole, frontman for the Capitol Showband and The Big Eight, reads a self-penned poem from his home in Ireland.

Artists’ Corner

Our sixth and final photograph from Seamus McGarry to be featured in our Artists' Corner is 'Taking the Boat'.

Seamus says: "This shot presented itself as me and my wife Annette were returning from Ireland in the mid 60s. When I saw the two people boarding The Hibernia it occurred to me that they represented two eras of emigration: the 1940s and 1960s."

Essie’s Last Stand

This week’s film from The Loopline Collection is ‘Essie’s Last Stand’. It’s Dublin, 1999, and 76 year old Essie Keeling, her dog Georgie and her neighbour Karl Byrne are fighting eviction by property developers.
This timely, inspiring story of determination and resistance offers a crucial lens through which to view the beginnings of Dublin’s housing crisis. Despite her age and ill health, the lovable Essie is a force to be reckoned with. She refuses an offer of one thousand pounds from a speculator when asked to make way for the demolition and redevelopment of her home into luxury apartments. Gathering a mass of supporters, including Richard Boyd Barrett and Nell McCafferty, Essie and Karl make a stand that captures the public’s imagination and wins the heart of the audience.

Watch the film here

Thank you to Loopline Film and the Irish Film Institute.

Hidden Drummers of Iran: Exploring Iran through Music

In association with Irish Film London we are screening 'Hidden Drummers of Iran' - a documentary following Irish percussionist Ruairi Glasheen and his journey to Iran to uncover the ancient drumming tradition of tonbak playing. The film presents a new perspective on this widely misunderstood nation through the lives of incredible young musicians bringing new life to an age-old musical tradition.

Owen O’Neill reads two poems

Many of you will have seen Irish actor, writer and comedian Owen O'Neill performing his award-winning one-man shows at the ICC before they go on to the Edinburgh Festival. Today he brings viewers of ICC Digital a greeting from his home in South West London.

We look forward to seeing Owen performing again at the ICC in the not too distant future.

Copies of Owen O'Neill's poetry books LICKING THE MATCHBOX and VOLCANO DANCING can be purchased from www.thirstybooks.com

A message for ICC Digital from Maighread and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill

Irish traditional singers Maighread and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill bring viewers of ICC Digital a message of encouragement and hope during these uncertain times.

The sisters belong to a renowned singing family originally from the Donegal Gaeltacht. The unique style of traditional singing was handed down to them through generations of the Ó Domhnaill family. They are held in such high regard that they have recorded an album with Dónal Lunny and they also combined their talents with two other Donegal women, Moya Brennan (of Clannad) and Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (of Altan) to record another album.

Maighread and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill's live performances are unforgettable heart-rending events. They were due to play the ICC, but as this has been temporarily postponed they're singing for you from their garden in Dublin, sharing a beautiful rendition of the song ‘No Come Again’. Lovely voices, and the box playing by Maighread is delightful.

Artists’ Corner

Our fifth photograph from Seamus McGarry to be featured in our Artists' Corner is 'Afternoon tea'.

Seamus says: "As this couple were leaving the café at Lahinch County Clare, I noticed that at the same time as the gentleman was putting on his coat he had to prevent the woman from stepping on to the road in front of an oncoming vehicle, and I got the shot."

James Henry Foley: Sculptor of the Empire

ICC Digital are pleased to present ‘James Henry Foley: Sculptor of the Empire' from The Loopline Collection, courtesy of the Irish Film Archive.
There are strange things done from twelve to one / In the Hollow at Phaynix Park, / There's maidens mobbed and gentlemen robbed / In the bushes after dark; / But the strangest of all within human recall / Concerns the statue of Gough, / 'twas a terrible fact, and a most wicked act, / For his bollix they tried to blow off! / 'Neath the horse's big pr**k a dynamite stick / Some gallant "hayro" did place, / For the cause of our land, with a match in his hand / Bravely the foe he did face; / Then without showing fear - and standing well clear - / He expected to blow up the pair / But he nearly went crackers, all he got was the knackers / And he made the poor stallion a mare!

The Ballad of Gough by Vincent Caprani tells the story of how a statue of Field Marshall Gough was blown up by Republicans in 1957. The monument, however, was a superb piece of art, rated as one of the best equestrian statues in the world, but also a symbol of a hated imperial past. Ironically, both the subject and the sculptor were Irish. Gough, born in Limerick, made his career as a British Army officer. The sculptor was John Henry Foley (1818-1874), best known for the Daniel O'Connell monument on Dublin's O'Connell Street.

Foley became the foremost sculptor of the British Empire, with prominent works in colonies around the world, including his native Ireland. His portrayal of Queen Victoria’s beloved Prince Albert is the centrepiece of the Albert Memorial in London and his Daniel O’Connell Monument dominates Dublin’s main thoroughfare.  The trio of Grattan, Goldsmith and Burke remain outside Trinity College, Dublin, likewise the Father Matthew monument in Cork. No other sculptor in Ireland has so many works on display.

Watch the film here

Thank you to Loopline Film and the Irish Film Institute.

Online Facebook Concert by Cormac Begley

We are delighted to bring you this special concert from our great supporter, Culture Ireland, of the incredibly skilled concertina player, Cormac Begley, performing from his picturesque home in Dingle.

Cormac Begley is a bass, baritone, treble and piccolo concertina player from a West-Kerry musical family. He plays in a number of projects including: duets with Rushad Eggleston (cellist), Clíodhna Ní Bheaglaoich (fiddle, viola and sean nós dancer), Liam O Connor (fiddle), Caoimhín O Raghallaigh (hardanger d’amore) and Liam Ó Maonlaí (singer and multi-instrumentalist); a trio entitled ‘Concertina’ (with Noel Hill and Jack Talty); and with the band Ré. He is the founder of Airt and the award winning Tunes in the Church live concert series in Galway and Dublin.

His debut solo album, released in May 2017, has received critical acclaim amassing seven 5-star reviews to date (e.g., ★★★★★ in Irish Times, Folking and Irish Echo). Cormac was nominated for Instrumentalist of the Year at the inaugral RTE Folk Awards 2018 and his debut album was nominated for Irish Times Album of the Year.

Watch the video here

Eavan Boland – Imprint: Writer in Profile

Today, Thursday April 30th, is Ireland's Poetry Day. In memory of the poet Eavan Boland, who died on Monday, we bring you this film from The Loopline Collection.

Eavan is interviewed here by Theo Dorgan, recorded in 2000 for Loopline's book programme 'Imprint'. In this episode, Dorgan and Boland delve into her self-consciousness about being Irish and her response to hostility as a female writer in an Irish male-dominated tradition. She explores how she drew inspiration from the experience of motherhood and an emerging Irish women’s movement, as well as the poetry of Robert Lowell, Adrienne Rich and Sylvia Plath.

Watch the film here

Poetry Reading by Veronica Quilligan

The award winning Irish actress Veronica Quilligan brings viewers of ICC Digital a warm and comforting greeting from her home in West London and reads four beautiful poems for us: ‘Child Burial’ by Paula Meehan, ‘Affinity’ by George Russell, ‘Death Of An Irish Woman’ by Michael Hartnett and ‘Heirloom’ by Anne Hartigan. Veronica’s powerful reading makes us sit back and reflect and also smile in these  unusual times.

Greetings and some tunes from Rick Epping

The legendary harmonica, jaw harp, concertina, banjo player and singer Rick Epping brings viewers of ICC Digital a special greeting from his beautiful home in Ireland.

Originally from California, Rick came over to Ireland with his wife Sandi and his friends Thom and Kathy Moore in 1974. Already masters of ‘American old time’, they wanted to steep themselves in Irish traditional music. They formed the band ‘Pumpkinhead’, which quickly attracted a huge following, winning the Fifth Letterkenny International Folk Festival.

Rick was the ‘1975 All Ireland Harmonica Champion’. Throughout his career he has played with artists such as Andy Irvine, Frankie Gavin and Christy Moore. He is currently a member of The Unwanted’ along with Cathy Jordan and Seamie O Dowd, (both from Dervish.) The Unwanted were due to play the ICC soon, but the concert has been postponed, however when you watch Rick’s beautiful performance here, you will feel like you’re in the room with him. Rick brings you some of his favourite songs and plays you some mighty tunes on his banjo, concertina and harmonica. This little concert includes the foot-tapping song ‘Who Broke The Lock On The Hen House Door!’  Heart-warming stuff!! Enjoy.

Artists’ Corner

Our fourth photograph from Seamus McGarry to go up in ICC Digital's Artists' Corner is 'Wild Geese'.

Seamus says: "On my usual walk around Fairlands Valley Lake in Stevenage this flock of Canada geese flew by within a few yards of the tow path. I saw them approaching so I was ready to shoot when they passed our position. I photographed wild geese flying into the lake over several years, this picture is the only successful outcome."

James Gandon: A Life

ICC Digital are pleased to present Sé Merry Doyle’s classic documentary ‘James Gandon: A Life’ from The Loopline Collection, courtesy of the Irish Film Archive.
On the night of 26 April 1781, a gout-ridden, middle-aged Englishman boards a Packet Boat in Liverpool bound for Dublin. His arrival is shrouded in secrecy and he is immediately spirited away to the home of one of Ireland's most powerful men. There he is kept in virtual seclusion to ensure no one discovers the purpose of his visit, as if it becomes known it will almost certainly provoke riots.
Who is this threat to Dublin's civil order: a spy, a political agitator, a fugitive from justice? In fact it is James Gandon, an obscure London architect who has just been commissioned by a small cadre of Anglo-Irish aristocrats and Protestant Powerbrokers to build a new Custom House for Dublin - the biggest and most controversial project of the day.
The film features other Gandon buildings like the Four Courts, bombed during the civil war, Emo Court donated to the nation by its last owner Choumley Deering Harrison and a rare interview with former Taoiseach of Ireland, Charles J Haughey in his Gandon mansion, Abbeville.
In this unique and important film, we see the first ever examination of the turbulent life and times of the architect James Gandon from today's perspective. The Custom House catapulted Gandon to fame as Ireland's finest architect and plunged him into the heart of a British colony on the brink of rebellion.
'James Gandon: A Life' is a film that illustrates in sweeping tones the influence and fall of the Protestant Nation's dreams for Ireland.
Review: "Having hooked you as neatly as a thriller with Gandon's cloak and dagger arrival in Dublin the film tracks back in time to his beginnings in London... We discover a man of relatively humble origins whose precocious drawing skills win him an apprenticeship to the celebrated architect William Chambers." - The Sunday Times

Watch the film here

Thank you to Loopline Film and the Irish Film Institute.

Lúnasa in concert at the Irish Cultural Centre in 2003

Sit back and enjoy this awesome concert from Lúnasa.

Lúnasa are one of Ireland's great Supergroups who play sell-out gigs all over the globe. They have often played at the ICC. This concert took place in the former ICC building in 2003 and we are certain you'll agree that it was a night of stunning Irish music. This line up of Lúnasa features Kevin Crawford on whistles and flutes, Donogh Hennessy on guitar, Sean Smyth on fiddle, Cillian Vallely on uilleann pipes and Trevor Hutchinson on bass.

Thanks to Phil Hardy for filming this concert and for giving ICC Digital permission to screen.

Adrian Dunbar reads a poem by Seamus Heaney

Adrian Dunbar, actor and patron of the Irish Cultural Centre, reads a poem by Seamus Heaney.

Artists’ Corner

Our third photograph from Seamus McGarry to go up in ICC Digital's Artist's Corner is 'Keel Beach, Achill Ireland'.
"I took this photograph about six years ago, on a very brief visit to Achill Island, County Mayo. Keel is about three miles long, a sandy beach with white sand and pure clear water, surrounded by the most magnificent mountains and breathtaking scenery. Keel Beach was for sure one of the most beautiful places I have been to in Ireland". Seamus McGarry

Patrick Scott: Golden Boy

Patrick Scott is considered to be the Godfather of Irish modern art.

Sé Merry Doyle’s documentary ‘Golden Boy’ tells of Scott’s extraordinary life. The film begins at the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery who honoured Pat with a major retrospective of his life’s work.

The film features his great friend Seamus Heaney and the art critic Bruce Arnold. From his studio in Baggot Street Pat unveils his extraordinary life as an artist. There is a wonderful music score by Kieran Kennedy. The other stars to feature are his best friends, his cats!

Watch the film here

Thank you to Loopline Film and the Irish Film Institute.

Sit back and enjoy this awesome concert from 'Michael McGoldrick and Friends'.
The concert took place in the former ICC building in 2004 and as you will see it totally raised the rafters.
It features one of Ireland's greatest musicians, Manchester born Michael McGoldrick, who is renowned as one of the most exciting live players you are ever likely to find. Joining him here is his friend and fellow Mancunian, the awesome Irish fiddle player Dezi Donnelly, also the brilliant guitarist and box player Tim Edey and the gifted young box player Damien Mullane. The support act for the night is the young tin whistle player Hayley Dolan.
Thanks to Phil Hardy for filming this concert and thanks to all of the musicians for giving ICC Digital permission to screen.

A reading by Glenn Patterson

Author Glenn Patterson reads from his new book 'Where are we now?' in the hope of joining us at the ICC in the Autumn for his rescheduled event.

'Where Are We Now?' is a novel about lost love, growing older and the realities of life in a society still haunted by decades of violence. It is moving and funny, topical and sharp, a life-affirming story of a life not yet over.

Copies of the book can be purchased online.

A message from Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh

Altan's Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh sends this heart-warming message to the viewers of ICC Digital and to all of the Irish community in London.

Artists’ Corner

'Passers By' by Seamus McGarry

'On my one and only visit to Bally Bunion in the early 60s I was fortunate to have snapped what I thought were two interesting photographs. 'In My Father's Time', which you saw last week, and this photograph, 'Passers By'. I first spotted the nun walking alone in the distance along the pathway. I changed the lens to a 300m Zoom. As I was waiting to get closer the man walked into the shot from the left. My intention at that point was to get a photograph of a conversation between the two. As it happened I hit the shutter early which was lucky as the pair completely ignored one another as they passed by.' Seamus McGarry

ICC Digital is delighted to present this beautiful film from the award winning director Vanessa Gildea.

'A marvellous short film that captures memories like a silken web. Moving and simple. A great calling card for Vanessa Gildea.'
Jim Sheridan, Jury member, Sky Road Film Festival.

The Abandoning: Director's statement

With this project I was interested in exploring what is left behind in a building or a home when the people who inhabited the place have long abandoned it. Initially this film was inspired by Paddy Jordan’s pinhole photography and the ghostly quality that he created in this work. People appear as silhouettes or shadows, we created a dream-like landscape, an alternative reality of our experience of events. Ultimately, with this pinhole work, we captured an essence and a feeling – like a whisper from the past. But the idea for the film had been gestating for a long time before I even saw a pinhole image. The idea or concept of the film was borne out of a desire to explore what memory is, combined with wanting to return in some way to the house of my childhood in Donegal, and in doing so to honour my father and grandparents.

I have, for a long time, been intrigued by the portrayal of memory in storytelling (aren’t we all?), and more specifically visual storytelling. It is a fiendishly difficult thing to capture; memory and memories are so specific to a person, so subjective they are even hard to hold in one’s mind and they combine feeling, colour and sounds rather than clear and detailed images. It is this notion of trying to catch a memory that formed the basis for making The Abandoning.

My intention was to creatively explore a building that has an enormous personal significance for me, looking back at what took place there and using that as inspiration to film the space in an imaginative, non-linear and multi-layered way. The film however only comes to life, I feel, when combined with the beautiful and complex sound design by Philippe Faujas and the stunning original music by Irene Buckley. Collaboration was the key and I embarked on a wonderful collaboration with production designer Tara Doyle to realise the interior of the house, I designed the rooms from memory,  picking the colours and tones and Tara made it all real, adding her own instinctive touches, she made the house of my past come alive. From very early on in the project Tara just understood the emotion of what I was trying to communicate and from that moment working with her was a joy.

Through the making of this film I re-visit my ghosts and memories of a wondrous and magical time in my life, through a house that now represents something more akin to loss and the ineluctable separation between childhood dreaming and adult reality.

Directed by Vanessa Gildea

Produced by Sé Merry Doyle

Featuring Pema Ní Mhaonlaí Agogue


'Best Short Film'
Sky Road Short Film Festival 2014

Special Mention

IndieCork Film Festival 2014

Highly Commended

Belfast Film Festival 2015

Kathleen Lynn - The Rebel Doctor


This week's film from The Loopline Collection is 'Kathleen Lynn -The Rebel Doctor'. Lynn was so greatly affected by the poverty and disease among the poor in the west of Ireland that, at 16, she decided to become a doctor and was a member of the executive committee of the Irish Women's Suffragette Movement.

Alongside Constance Markievicz, Lynn supported the workers during the 1913 lock-out and worked in the soup kitchens in Liberty Hall. She was the Chief Medical Officer in the Irish Citizen Army during the 1916 Rising. She described herself as 'a Red Cross doctor and a belligerent' when she was arrested.

After putting enormous work into fighting the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic she opened Saint Ultan's Children's Hospital. At the time the child mortality rate was higher than anywhere else in Europe. Lynn's work with Dublin's inner-city poor had convinced her of the need for a hospital to provide medical and educational facilities for impoverished mothers and infants. In time the little hospital became a beacon for the poor.

When the scourge of TB swept the land, Lynn joined forces with Dorothy Stopford Price in bringing in a new vaccine that was working well in Sweden. Saint Ultan's became the main TB Eradication Centre. There is a major campaign to have Saint James's Hospital named in her honour.

Watch the film here

Thank you to Loopline Film and the Irish Film Institute.

The Loopline Collection Information and Preview with Director Sé Merry Doyle

Prolific and esteemed documentary filmmaker Sé Merry Doyle tells us about his Loopline film collection and gives us a preview of tomorrow's feature documentary "Kathleen Lynn - The Rebel Doctor."

Online Facebook Concert by Daoíri Farrell







We're happy to share this lovely performance by Daoiri Farrell. Daoiri is a great musician who has appeared at The ICC three times since we reopened. He is one of the Artistic Friends of the ICC. Check out his concert here.

A poetry reading by Frank Grimes

Frank Grimes reads three poems for ICC Digital:

The Municipal Gallery - WB Yeats
Pig - Anonymous
A Pint of Plain - Jem Casey

Alive Alive O – A Requiem for Dublin

Alive Alive O

'Alive Alive O', directed by Sé Merry Doyle, chronicles the heroes and the ever-changing heart of Dublin over a seven-year period.

This invaluable record of vanished communities also depicts a city fighting to retain its soul in the midst of boom-time redevelopment.

A young U2 play a benefit concert on Sheriff Street and the maverick politician Tony Gregory fights the closure of Moore Street market and Dubliners.

Watch the film here

Thank you to Loopline Film and the Irish Film Institute.

Artists’ Corner

Seamus McGarry Ballybunion
'In My Father's Time' by Seamus McGarry
Seamus McGarry is known for the tremendous work he has done in supporting the Irish Community in Britain. However, few people know about his genius behind the camera. When he got married to his wife Annette in 1962 they chose San Sebastian in Spain for their honeymoon. Seamus bought a new camera to record their time away but when he got home he found to his shock and horror that the film was all black. He promptly joined a local camera club and learned the technique of taking good photographs. Seamus has a wonderful archive of images of Ireland that we will share with you over the coming weeks. Our first photograph from Seamus was taken as he passed strangers on a bench in Ballybunion. (Notes by Sé Merry Doyle).

Cyprus Avenue by David Ireland

This film of Cyprus Avenue combines recordings of the renowned stage production by playwright David Ireland with footage shot on location in Belfast. It was first broadcast on Sunday 15 September 2019 on BBC Four.

The award-winning Cyprus Avenue was originally coproduced by the Royal Court Theatre, London and Abbey Theatre, Dublin before touring to The MAC in Belfast and the Public Theater in New York.

Full cast include Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo, Chris Corrigan, Andrea Irvine, Amy Molloy and Stephen Rea.

Watch the film here

The film adaptation was commissioned by The Space and produced for BBC Four by the Royal Court Theatre. It was Executive Produced by Lucy Davies, Jane Featherstone, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson.

Thank you: Abbey Theatre and Royal Court Theatre.

Content warning: Cyprus Avenue contains strong language, discussion of sectarian themes and scenes of extreme violence that some viewers may find disturbing. For this reason, we advise you that this film carries an 18+ rating.

Patrick Kavanagh - No Man's Fool

Kavanagh No Man's Fool

Launching The Irish Cultural Centre's new online content channel ICC Digital is the award-winning film 'Patrick Kavanagh - No Man's Fool' from The Loopline Collection.

Directed by Sé Merry Doyle, 'No Man's Fool' was voted Best Documentary by the Boston Film Festival and features John Montague, TP McKenna, Leland Bardwell, James Liddy, Eiléan Ní Chuileanaín and Macdara Woods. Kavanagh's poems are read by Gerard McSorley with music by Ger Kiely.

Watch the film here

During the upcoming weeks The Irish Cultural Centre will be bringing you more films from The Loopline Collection and using multiple platforms such as YouTube to share content new and old.  Enjoy and share!!

Thank you to Loopline Film and the Irish Film Institute.

Our Centre Manager William Foote is delighted to introduce our new digital programme:

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