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‘Bobby Sands: 66 Days’ breaks Irish Box Office Records
09 Aug 2016 : Katie McNeice
The film has achieved the highest opening weekend to date at the Irish box office for an Irish made documentary.

The film has achieved the highest opening weekend to date at the Irish box office for an Irish made documentary.  

Brendan J. Byrne’s film has been released in Ireland by Wildcard Distribution. Having taken €50,933 (with some sites yet to still report) the new record surpasses that of Conor Horgan’s ‘The Queen of Ireland’.

‘Bobby Sands: 66 Days’ examines the central figure of the 66-day hunger strike staged by Republicans in protest against the limited rights of IRA prisoners in 1981. The narrative is largely driven by Sand’s own writings, which chronicle his commitment, both to the strike and his political beliefs.

It screened in 25 cinemas nationwide, including 9 cinemas in Northern Ireland, with many reporting sold out screenings.

Patrick O’Neill MD of Wildcard stated:

"It's a great achievement for Bobby Sands: 66 Days to break this Box Office record, and very rewarding for everyone at Wildcard and Fine Point who worked so hard on the film. Brendan and Trevor are great filmmakers, and they have made a stunning film about a true Irish Icon that is resonating with Irish audiences across the island of Ireland.” 

‘Bobby Sands: 66 Days’ continues to screen in cinemas nationwide this week.

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