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Irish History Film Series Launched at Consulate

The launch of the upcoming Irish History Film Series was held at the Consulate General of Ireland on Thursday 8 January, and attended by guests from the academic and cultural spheres.

Screening Irish History: Secret Histories will take place at the Filmhouse in Edinburgh from January to March and through four films examines dark and troubling aspects of modern Irish history. The series follows from the success of last year’s Irish History season at the Filmhouse.

L to R: Ken Hay, CEO of Edinburgh Filmhouse, Dr Niall Whelehan, University of Edinburgh, Professor Sir Tim O’Shea, Principal of the University of Edinburgh, Consul General Pat Bourne, and Dr Enda Delaney, University of Edinburgh.

Consul General Pat Bourne welcomed everyone and looked forward to the film series, noting that it comes at a significant time for Irish culture with celebrations of WB Yeats and Irish Design in 2015, and centenary commemorations ongoing with the landmark year of 2016 on the horizon. He stressed the value of these particular films in portraying contentious and secretive moments in Irish history.

Series organiser Dr Niall Whelehan thanked all who had been involved in putting the series together, and highlighted the important role film can play in publicising moments in Irish history.

Principal of the University of Edinburgh Professor Sir Tim O’Shea in his remarks emphasised that the study of history was a priority and a source of pride for the University of Edinburgh. He also underlined the importance which he and the University attach to the relationship with the Irish Government and Consulate.

CG Bourne displays a poster from the third film in the series, The Informer

The Secret Histories programme is as follows:

Saturday 24 January, 2.50pm – Jimmy’s Hall
Saturday 7 February, 3.00pm – The Magdalene Sisters
Saturday 21 February, 3.20pm – The Informer
Saturday 7 March, 3.20pm – A Terrible Beauty

Each film will be followed by a Q&A with filmmakers, critics, and experts.

Photography by Grace Avery