Programme 2019


5th to 8th    SEPT.  



* Due to travel delays Emily won’t be able to join us. But fear not! Aine will now be joined by her father Seán Tyrrell for a very special and intimate gig indeed. *

“One of the country’s major folk voices”
Irish Music Magazine on Seán Tyrrell

Clare Island Aine and Emily

Pre-festival intimate gig with the fabulous Áine Tyrrell and Emily Wuramarra. Áine is releasing her second album which she recorded on a road trip around Ireland and is the talented daughter of Seán Tyrrell. Emily is an incredible Aboriginal singer songwriter, from the Australian island of Groyte Eylandt. They are both living and creating in Australia full time so we are extremely lucky to have them join us on Clare Island. They will be joining us direct from Electric Picnic and heading on to Clonakilty Guitar Festival with a few stops in between!

Don’t miss this special, lovely double headline show at a stunning venue, the lovingly and ecologically restored Stone Barn Cafe. Entry €10 on the door.

9:00 pm Áine Tyrrell with special guest Seán Tyrrell
Don’t miss this special show. Entry €10 on the door.
All proceeds go directly to the artists.
8:00 pm Festival Opening Reception
with filmmaker guests
8:30 pm Irish SHORTS 1: Documentary Program
Q&A with filmmakers
2:00 pm Irish SHORTS 2: Mayo Film
Film Mayo short talk on their work
Q&A with filmmakers
4:00 pm Irish SHORTS 3
Q&A with filmmakers
8:00 pm MAN OF ARAN by Robert O’Flaherty
Live contemporary score by Simon O’Reilly and Alec Brown
Event kindly sponsored by Blakes Always Organic
With Blakes Always Organic Kefir and Coffee drinks…and lots more!
2:00 pm
Afternoon free for walks, talks, drinks, swims or other interesting things!
Last Ferries off the island are at 16:45 and 18:15 Sunday
ALL film events are FREE and we would love to see you there!
Thanks to the Filmmakers, Festival Team, Sailors Bar Bard Room, Community Centre, Stone Barn, Raphaelle McCabe, Film Mayo and to all who have helped in any way and that includes the Audiences.



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The iconic 1934 film “Man Of Aran”, directed by Robert Flaherty will be screened with a live, original, contemporary score featuring pedal steel guitar, cello, guitars and electronics by Simon O’Reilly and Alec Brown.

The film isabout life on the Aran Islands off the western coast of Ireland. It portrays characters living in premodern conditions, documenting their daily routines such as fishing off high cliffs, farming potatoes where there is little soil, and hunting for huge basking sharks to get liver oil for lamps to name but a few.

For a unique film and music experience come join us on Sept 7th. Event sponsored by Blakes Always Organic

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Programme Details 2019 Director Mins
Irish SHORTS 1: Documentary Programme 8pm BARD Room 52
The Last Miner Luke Brabazon 7
The last man working alone in his father’s failing coal mine, Jim Power is faced with a difficult decision.
The Vasectomy Doctor Paul Webster 10
Dr. Andrew Rynne was the first doctor to perform vasectomies in Ireland. Dr. Rynne continued to challenge the laws governing sexuality – laws imposed by the Church and State.
The Blackstairs Nuala Dalton 11
A short film on rural Ireland; living on the land, a journey to the present through trials of the past.
Kamali Sasha Rainbow 24
The film revolves around the story of Kamali’s single mother Suganth. It talks about her struggle of raising her daughter in a traditional society, while helping her become skateboarding champion. The film won the Best Documentary at the Atlanta Film Festival in April and is nominated for an oscar!
Irish SHORTS 2: Mayo Film 2pm BARD Room 49
Blackwater Brendan McCallion 24
Looking after his sickly father in the depths of rural Ireland, Tommy has succumbed to the isolation that it can possess.
Upon the Shore Emer Casey 12
A group of young people get together to party, but all is not as it seems. Directed by Emer Casey. 1st Assistant Director Clare Island’s own Bjorn Mac Giolla. Director of Photography Eileen Timmons.
JASS Meg Elwood 13
Animals are being hunted out and killed by humans who fear they are becoming too intelligent and now pose a threat to mankind. JASS is a short film created by IADT students. The film is written by Frank O’Malley, a Mayo man, and realised by a largely female crew. Meg Elwood, Cristina Pulber, Sarah Dillon and Emma Casey are the Director, Producer, Cinematographer and Editor respectively.
Film Mayo in attendance for Q&A
Irish SHORTS 3                                                                  4pm BARD Room 58
The Family Way Nuno Bernardo 13
Comedy starring Ciara O’Callaghan, Clare Harte, Steve Gunn amongst the 18 cast follows Mother and Daughter Julia and Ruth after they discover they have mixed up their pregnancy tests. Mature themes
Ghost Estate Andy Power 9
A young couples lives are shifted into chaos as they discover their new home is haunted by a demonic presence. Mature themes
Shadowplay Rob Monaghan 9
The work explores the seasonal rhythms within the forest itself and developed with natures message of simplicity. It is a collaboration of artists and environment and an enquiry of belonging. Mature themes
Pure Gold Rik Gordon 14
In the grip of a famine, a farmer must provide for his starving family.
Ciúnas (Silence) Tristan Heanue 13
A couple embark on a journey in the midst of a family crisis. Winner of the 2018 Físín Script Award. Connemara Director Tristan Heanue with Clare Island roots will join us for the screening. Mature themes
MAN OF ARAN 8pm Robert O’Flaherty
The iconic 1934 film will be screened with a live, original, contemporary score featuring pedal steel guitar, cello, guitars and electronics by Simon O’Reilly and Alec Brown.
The film is about life on the Aran Islands off the western coast of Ireland.
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Full Programme
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