Irish Film Archive Celebrates 125 years of GAA

| January 15, 2009

Rooney kicks off a series of GAA On Film screenings from the Irish Film Archive at the IFI to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the association and will be introduced by Nicky Brennan, President of the GAA. The Irish Film Institute has had a long and happy association with the GAA, most notably that the National Film Institute (as the IFI was then known) filmed the All-Ireland Finals from 1948 through to 1968.

Rooney (1958) is a comedy classic which follows the trials and tribulations of dustbin-man and hurler James Ignatius Rooney (John Gregson) from his digs in the O’Flynn household in Rathmines to the heady heights of Croke Park where he joins the Dublin team (wearing black and amber and played here by the 1947 Kilkenny hurlers) for the All-Ireland Final. Based on the Catherine Cookson novel, Rooney, and directed by George Pollock, this enchanting and entertaining adaptation features a top-notch supporting cast including Barry Fitzgerald, Maire Kean, Jack MacGowran and Noel Purcell.

Shown alongside the main feature will be Three Kisses (1955), an Oscar®-nominated short from the same era about a promising young hurler from the village of Ballykilly, County Cork who makes it big. American collector Paul Balbirnie donated both of these rare prints to the Irish Film Archive, where they are being preserved.

Please phone +353 1 6793477 to book tickets or click here.

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