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Cork City Council to screen Cré na Cille as part of Seachtain na Gaeilge events

Cork City Council to screen Cré na Cille as part of Seachtain na Gaeilge events

To celebrate the centenary in 2006 of the birth of Author Máirtín o Cadhain, Cork City Council are hosting a free screening at 11.30 a.m. on Saturday 10 March 2007 at the Kino Cinema, Washington Street, Cork of Cré na Cille, as part of its Seachtain na Gaeilge celebrations.

Cré na Cille, translated as Graveyard Clay, is considered to be the major contemporary Irish language novel and the film adaptation was shot earlier last year with a cast and crew of 60 people in a variety of locations around Connemara. Produced by Ciaran Ó Cofaigh for ROSG, a Connemara based film and television production company, and directed by Robert Quinn, son of the renowned film maker and photographer Bob Quinn, Cré na Cille is set in a Connemara cemetery and is a darkly-humorous tale of an intense jealousy and hatred between two sisters which worsens with age and continues into the afterlife.

Ciarán Ó Cofaigh, producer of Cré na Cille, says he believes the film adaptation makes O’Cadhain’s novel come to life. "Máirtín Ó Cadhain's novel is probably the most important contemporary novel ever written in the Irish language. Our film adaptation accentuates the comedic element of this great work and makes it much more accessible to both Irish and non-Irish speaking audiences."

Chris Dorgan, Communications and Irish Officer with Cork City Council explained why the Council was keen to make the film available to a wider audience. "We were aware that the film was screened on TG4 as part of the centenary celebrations but it never got a proper cinema release. We felt it was an excellent opportunity to underpin our commitment to furthering the use of Irish in the city to have a proper cinema screening of this important work, and when better than during Seachtain na Gaeilge?"

Both the producer Ciarán Ó Cofaigh and director Robert Quinn are traveling to Cork specifically for the screening at will appear onstage for a question and answer session before the screening.

Tickets will be for the screening will be available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis from the Central Library, Grand Parade Cork from Wednesday, March 7th at 2.00 p.m.

A maximum of two tickets per person will be issued.

For further information contact

Chris Dorgan, Communications and Irish Officer, Cork City Council
Tel; 021-4924676 e-Mail:
Ciaran O Corfaigh, ROSG, An Chuasnóg, An Spidéal, Co. na Gaillimhe. Tel 091 553951.


Cré na Cille:

Starring Bríd Ní Neachtain, Cré na Cille focuses on a variety of buried bodies who are tormented by the slow passing of time and gossip non-stop about one another. The main character is Caitríona, who has passed on to the afterlife and is eagerly awaiting the death of her sister Neil so that the pair can continue the long running battle of hatred between them. Throughout the film, viewers are introduced to Caitríona’s cohabitants in the graveyard and a number of newly deceased people who bring with them news of the latest outrages happening above ground.

Other cast members in Cré na Cille include talented Irish language actors Mac dara Ó Fátharta, well known from his role as evil Tadhg in Ros na Run, Peadar Lamb, Joe Steve Ó Neachtain, Diarmuid Mac an Adhastair and Máire Ní Mháille. A number of the actors starring in the film production have previously starred in a dramatic version of the novel, which was adapted for the stage by Mac dara Ó Fátharta. In fact Bríd Ní Neachtain was nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award for her performance in the play in 2002.


Synopsis of Cré na Cille:

This a story about an obsessive hatred that started as a case of jealous rivalry between two young sisters, resulting in a broken heart as Neil got the upper hand on her sister, Caitríona, stealing away from her the man with whom she was in love. Caitríona never forgave her sister, nor would she forgive her as long as she lived, or indeed after that.

And that’s where the film opens, with the death of our central character Caitríona Pháidín and her journey to the other side. Caitríona finds herself amongst the souls of the dead in the local graveyard. After the bitter disappointments of life she eagerly awaits to hear news of her sister Neil’s death so she can recommence the battle once more.

And indeed Neil is not the only subject of Caitríona’s wrath. She is so bitter and engulfed by resentment that she unleashes the fury she has stored up for her sister upon all who remind her of Neil or of her own misfortunes.

Although Caitríona Pháidín is not endowed with a sense of humour, it is hard not to laugh at this big harridan of a woman who is stunted and suppressed by jealousy and hatred and by the pathetically lonely battle she fights ceaselessly against her sister and her sister’s offspring. The humour is not lost on her cohabitants in the graveyard (a wonderful collection of characters intent on needling and torturing each other endlessly) who have long since found her weak spot and who goad her mercilessly into anger — while at the same time avoiding the cruel lash of her tongue. With the arrival of each new soul in the graveyard Caitríona asks for news of her sister and of her own son and his offspring. But the news that reaches the grave brings neither solace nor succour, as Caitríona hears of Neil’s prosperity and happiness, and indeed of the continued misfortunes of her own son and his offspring. Indeed, her anger and resentment become greater and greater until she finally has the satisfaction of hearing her sister has been brought to her death-bed and that they are at last approaching the long-awaited battle.


Cré na Cille – Actor List:

Caitríona Pháidín: Bríd Ní Neachtain
An Máistir Mór: Peadar Lamb
Nóra Sheáinín: Máire Ní Mháille
Beartla Chois Dubh: Mac dara Ó Fátharta
Tom Rua Joe: Steve Ó Neachtain
Tomás Taobh Istigh: Diarmuid Mac an Adhastair
Bríd Thoirdhealbhaigh: Máire Uí Dhroighneáin
Seáinín Liam: Tom Sailí Ó Flaithearta
Máirtín Crosach: Peadar Ó Treasaigh
Muraed Phroinsias: Máirín Uí Neachtain
Fear Óg: Darach Ó Dubháin
Bileachaí an Phosta: Seán Ó Coisdealbha

Cré na Cille - Crew List:

Director/Stiúrthóir: Robert Quinn
Producer/Léiritheoir: Ciarán Ó Cofaigh
Scríbhneoirí/Writers: Mac dara Ó Fátharta, Robert Quinn
Léiritheoir Líne/Line Producer: Micheál Breathnach
Stiúrthóir Ghrianghrafadóireachta/Director of Photography: Tim Fleming
Eagarthóir/Editor: Conall de Cléir
Dearthóir/Designer: Dara McGee
Grádú & Maisíocht/Grade & Effects: John Talbot
Dearthóir Feistis/Wardrobe Designer: Mags Linnane
Ceol Cumtha & Cóirithe/Music Composed & Arranged: Jim Lockhart
Príomh Smideoir/Chief Make-up: Eileen Buggy
Príomh Ghruagaire/Chief Hair: Barbara Conway
Léiritheoirí Feidhmiúcháin/Executive Producers: Máire Ní Thuathail, Micheál Ó Meallaigh



Events organised by Cork City Libraries to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge

Tuesday 6 March
Éanna Ní Lamhna — Presenter on RTE’s ‘Mooney Goes Wild’
Wild About Irish - Adult Library, Grand Parade 2.30 p.m.

Saturday 10 March
Talk on Golden era of céilí music and dance 1955-1970
Presented by Brian Lawlor
Rory Gallagher Music Library, Grand Parade at 3.00 p.m.

Wednesday 14 March
Teacht le chéile. Adults and children
dramaíocht agus ceol Tory Top Library 10.30 a.m.

Wednesday 14 March
Ré Ó Laighléis Author reading as Gaeilge for adults
Bishopstown Library 7.30 p.m.

Thursday 15 March
Storytelling as Gaeilge for children
Children’s Library, Grand Parade 11.30 a.m.

Friday 16 March
Sean O Laoghaire Puppet show as Gaeilge
Hollyhill Library 10.00 a.m. , St Mary‘s Road Library 11.30 a.m.


For further information on these events please contact:

Peggy Barrett
Cork City Library, 57 Grand Parade, Cork
Tel: +353 (0)21 4924917 Fax: +353 (0)21 4275684

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