UK Premiere + Q&A
Poc na nGael - 2017 / Documentary / 50 mins / Dir: Éamonn Ó Cualáin / Ire, (PG), Irish with English subtitles
Starring: Ger Loughnane, Brendan Shanahan, Geraldine Heaney
Irish hurling legend Ger Loughnane is on a mission to discover the Irish connections to ice hockey in Canada. He reveals how the Irish emigrants who settled there over 200 years ago, created the sport and played a key role in developing the game from its inception on a frozen pond in Nova Scotia to the modern arenas of today’s official championships. This is a poignant exploration of the incredible contribution of Irish immigrants in creating and developing a sport that went on to help define the new nation of Canada.
An Cosc (The Ban) - 2009 / 12 mins / Dir: Vincent Gallagher / Ire, (PG), Irish with English subtitles
Based on true events, An Cosc explores the bizarre and humorous story of two childhood friends from opposite sides of town who share a voracious passion for hurling and mutual raillery. When local pride and sporting politics interfere, it sparks a bitter fall-out that divides a community, and has unforeseen consequences for the first President of the country.
This screening is brought to you with the kind support of The Irish World, the Official Sponsor of London GAA.