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Classic ‘Irish Destiny’ To Screen At Concert Hall
08 Mar 2006 :

Irish Destiny

The National Concert Hall, RTÉ and the IFI will host a gala performance of the War of Independence feature film ‘Irish Destiny’. The silent film will be accompanied by a powerful new score from Micheál Ó Súilleabháin’s, performed by Micheál with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, conducted by Proinnsías Ó Duinn.

Taking place on the 16th of March 2006, this rare opportunity to see ‘Irish Destiny’, one of the most significant films made in Ireland in the silent period is not to be missed. Produced by Dr Isaac Eppels in 1926, its original release coincided with the 10th anniversary of the Easter Rising and was a hit with Irish cinemagoers. However ‘Irish Destiny’ was one of only five films to be banned by the British Board of Censors in 1926. The film was re-cut to create a less inflammatory version and re-released in Britain as ‘Mother Ireland’ in 1928.

‘Irish Destiny’ is a love story set against the backdrop of the War of Independence, incorporating newsreel footage of the Black and Tans and the burning of Cork within the dramatised narrative. The two elements of the film are also fused musically, as Micheál Ó Súilleabháin writes:

‘The theme which opens ‘Irish Destiny’ is a deconstructed version of the National Anthem – a deconstruction done, I hope, gently, without anger or aggression. By opening it out into a love theme, this love story set against the War of Independence is represented through pure sound.’

Having been restored by the Irish Film Archive, this high-definition restoration of the original 35mm version was facilitated by Lotus Films in association with The Bright Room and Windmill Lane Pictures. The performance on 16 March will coincide with the long-awaited release of the film on DVD.

This screening forms part of an evening which will also include a selection of Ó Súilleabháin’s most popular piano pieces directed and led by the composer. Tickets at €20 and €25 (concessions €16 and €22.50, with group discounts also available) are on sale from the National Concert Hall, 01 417 0000/www.nch.ie.

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