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Cuimhni ón mBlascaod

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Cuimhní ón mBlascaod (le craoladh 2016)

A magical series of enduring social, historical, and cultural relevance, previously unseen memories of the last Blasket Islanders recorded over twenty years ago, seamlessly blended with scenes recorded in West Kerry and America in 2015.

This new and beautifully shot 6 part series is the earthy, humorous, and ultimately tragic story of life on the Great Blasket by those who remember the best and the worst of times on the island.

Emmy award-winning director Gerry Gregg has compiled the footage based on material commissioned in the early 1990’s by Fondúireacht an Bhlascaoid (The Blasket Foundation). It had commissioned the veteran Director Bob Quinn and the award-winning Deasy brothers (Séamus and Brendan) to record the unique testimonies of the remaining Blasket islanders living in Ireland. For over 20 years the original negative film and the precious audio recordings were stored but recently they have been digitally restored and the soundtracks re-mastered.

In 2015 the Deasy brothers with director Gerry Gregg returned to Kerry to pick up from where they left off and together they have summoned up a lost world.

Giles Packham has composed an epic score to tell the story using beautiful evocative textured instrumentation and musical themes that carry through from child like memories to some of the darker, stormier and sad days on the island.

It will be broadcast from January on TG4. Winner of the Clifden Skyroad Festival 2015 and due to screen at several film festivals including the Chicago Film Festival 2016.

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