Jim Sheridan to present IFI’s St. Patrick’s Festival Film

Darby O’Gill and the Little People is to be introduced by Jim Sheridan at the IFI as the Irish Film Archive celebrates St Patrick’s Day.

Joining the St. Patrick’s Festival 2009 in celebration of all things green, the Irish Film Archive is proud to present Disney’s Darby O’Gill and the Little People (1959), the tale of a crock of gold, a wily Irishman and his battle of wits with the King of the Leprechauns.

Although actor Cyril Cusack and Chief Justice (later President) Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh are said to have picketed the film’s launch for what they felt was its ridiculous stereotyping of Irish people, this boisterous romp features sparkling performances by Jimmy O’Dea, Albert Sharpe and a young Sean Connery. Jim Sheridan will introduce this, one of his all-time favourite ‘Irish’ films, which, he says, features ‘some of the best performances ever by Irish actors Jimmy O’Dea and Albert Sharpe.’

Darby O’Gill and the Little People will be screened at the IFI on Saturday 14th March 2009 at 5 pm.

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