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Maurice Sweeney's 'I, Dolours' To Make Irish Premiere at Galway Film Fleadh Ahead of August Release
02 Jul 2018 : Nathan Griffin
Ahead of its national release in August, Maurice Sweeney’s ‘I, Dolours’ will make its Irish premiere at the 30th Galway Film Festival this month. The film is being handled by Element Pictures Distribution and Kew Media.

‘I, Dolours’ is a cinematic yet intimate and complex portrait of Dolours Price, militant IRA activist, hunger striker and vocal opponent of the peace process who two years before she died gave a filmed interview on condition that it would not be broadcast in her lifetime. Now for the first time her story can be told in full and entirely in her own words. This shocking film brings us deep inside the IRA and charts one woman’s journey from passionate idealist into disillusioned cynic, haunted by the memories of the terrible things she did for a cause she once so strongly believed in, she killed for it but, for which she believes was ultimately betrayed.


Dolours Price resists easy stereotyping – she was a ruthless revolutionary/terrorist who didn’t shirk any task, however brutal. She demanded her equal place among the male-dominated members of the IRA and was pitiless in her scorn for those who didn’t share her total commitment. She was also a beautiful, charismatic woman, loving mother, devoted sister and friend. She was passionate but fragile, dogmatic, yet tortured. Fascinating, moving and at times deeply disturbing - this is her story.

Speaking about the announcement, Director Sweeney said:

The story behind I DOLOURS fascinated me from day one.  This was a view of The Troubles from "The Inside" and Dolours never wavered in her honesty.  It was a very hard but rewarding film to make, dealing with death, force feeding and radicalisation.  I’m really excited and honoured to present the Irish premier of it at the Galway Film Fleadh. “

‘I, Dolours’ is directed by Maurice Sweeney and produced by Nuala Cunnigham and Ed Moloney with backing from Screen Ireland.




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