Still Films award-winning documentary Seaview, which was filmed with asylum seekers living in the former Butlin’s Holiday Camp at Mosney, screens at 11:45 tonight on RTÉ1.
An hour north of Dublin beside the sea is a bizarre looking collection of grey cement buildings with brightly painted doors, and rusting fairground rides. This is Mosney – Ireland’s Coney Island. A former Butlin’s holiday camp, Mosney was once a world fully equipped for entertainment, with arcades, fairground rides, holiday chalets. It was a place where Irish families would escape the daily grind of work in order to relax, to dance, enjoy themselves. A visit to Mosney today presents a radically different picture, but still a picture of escape.
Seaview is directed by Nicky Gogan and Paul Rowley.