Sunday, 25 August 2013

A Eulogy to the Irish Pub

Here's a wee taster of a documentary film, titled 'The Irish Pub" which will begin screening in early October.

Presented by Atom Films in association with Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB), this 80 min Feature film is Directed & Produced by Alex Fegan.

In their own words, it is a "eulogy" to that well-know institution - the 'Irish Pub" and the "characters that own them". 

We've all heard the clichés about the Irish Pubs but the truth of the matter is that authentic pubs in Ireland are much more than just a drinking place - it's where families celebrate births, deaths, birthdays & christenings and where sports fans come to cheer on their teams.   They are still the centre of social life in many communities throughout Ireland - they are the 'living rooms' where people come together.  

The Irish Pub has experienced hard times in recent years post Celtic Tiger & many have closed their doors.  And despite some suggestions that Ireland's young are finding the old world charm of the Irish Pub wearing thin, as they increasing bypass the pubs & head straight for the clubs, they are still an important fabric of local communities & continue to hold a fascination with tourists from around the world looking to experience the 'Irishness' & theatre of a trad session, a poetry reading, the laments of a storyteller & to enjoy the 'craic'.

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