FILM | Ireland on Screen – ‘Alive Alive O – A Requiem for Dublin’

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28th April



A Celebration Of The Films of One of Irelands Leading Documentary Film-Makers, Sé Merry Doyle.

Sé Merry Doyle has directed some of the most successful documentaries films to come out of Ireland. His gems include ‘Alive Alive O – A Requiem To Dublin’, which that charts the demise of Dublin’s street traders and the erosion of it’s inner city communities. The internationally acclaimed ‘John Ford – Dreaming the Quiet Man’ featuring Martin Scorsese, Maureen O’Hara and Gabriel Byrne, it gives a powerful insight into John Ford’s twenty year obsession to make his most personal movie. ‘Patrick Kavanagh, No Man’s Fool’, is a most moving and powerful tribute to Irelands great poet. Sé Merry Doyle established his company Loopline Films in 1982 with the mission to create films that have creative storytelling at their core and that will stand the test of time! In 2017 this proved to be the case, as in recognition of the cultural importance of his films, The Irish Film Archive decided to archive and restore his vast catalogue.


A Screening of ‘Alive Alive O – A Requiem for Dublin’

Sé Merry Doyle’s ‘Alive Alive O – A Requiem For Dublin,’ chronicles Dublin Street Traders whose Patron Saint was ‘Molly Molone’ who gave us the famous street call ‘Cockles and Mussels, Alive Alive O’. Through the spirit of ‘Molly Molone’ the film demonstrates how an extraordinary culture has become increasingly fragile, with the closing of marketplaces and a city that has sold its soul. Shot in stages over many years, the documentary contains rare archive footage which captures the demolition of Dublin’s tenement houses which were immortalized in the plays of Sean O Casey. There are poignant scenes of Dublin’s female street traders, ( The Mollies,) being harassed off the streets by police and we witness the last days of Dublin’s market trading.

In this powerful and moving award winning film ,the poems of Paula Meehan, the songs of Dublin Street Singer, Frank Harte, old photographs and film clips are all gelled so beautifully together’ – The Sunday Times

‘Alive Alive O – A Requiem For Dublin’ was premiered at the Cork Film Festival in 2001 and went onto win awards at The Galway Film Fleadh, The Bilbao Film Festival – Spain and The Berlin Ethno Film Festival in Germany. In 2009 the film represented Ireland at The Doc Europa Festival in Portugal. Duration 90mins

‘Alive Alive O will be preceded by a screening of the Short Film – ‘LOOKING ON’

‘LOOKING ON’ was made in 1982 and was Sé Merry Doyle’s first film. The film was made against the background of the demolition of the Dublin tenements that were the setting for many of Sean O’Casey’s plays. As people were being dispersed to new suburbs outside the city a group of people decided to protest and organised a summer long festival to celebrate their culture. The film features rare footage of the demolition of Gardiner Street and Summerhill. A young Tony Gregory stands among the ruins talking about his plans for new housing. A young U2 perform from the roof of the community hall in Sheriff Street. Sé revisited this topic for his 1997 film ‘Alive Alive O – A requiem for Dublin’ Duration 35 Minutes

The film Director Sé Merry Doyle will do a Q&A following this screening

 You can watch the trailer here.


STARTS | 7.00pm

VENUE | The Irish Cultural Centre, 5 Black’s Road, Hammersmith, W6 9DT


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28th April
12:00 am
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The Irish Cultural Centre
5 Black's Road
Hammersmith, W6 9DT United Kingdom