'Rocky Road to Dublin' is a full length documentary made in back in 1967 by Peter Lennon and cinematographer Raoul Coutard - a legendary French cinematographer best known for his work with Francois Truffaut.. It depicts the everyday life of Dublin people at that time in a way that grievously offended the moral and cultural thought police of the day. So much so that it wasn't seen in Ireland for nearly forty years. 'Rocky Road to Dublin' has just been released on DVD and will be showing at the IFI early in November.
The Exhibition: James Barry at the Crawford Gallery
We were in Cork this week to look at a very special exhibition on the work of the painter and engraver, James Barry who died 200 years ago. The exhibition has works borrowed from collections in Italy, the US, Britain and Ireland. The James Barry exhibition is running at the Crawford Gallery as one of the highlights of Cork 2005 until March of next year.
Architecture: The Glucksman Gallery
Still in Cork The Glucksman Gallery, named best public building in Ireland by the RIAI, was recently shortlisted for the prestigious British Award the Stirling Prize. Designed by Architects Sheila O'Donnell and John Tuomey the building was completed in 2004 and is situated in the grounds of University College Cork.
The Play: Shooting Gallery
And now for something completely different. Put Des Bishop in a room with Arthur Riordan and await the piece of theatre they might produce together. Well you can imagine. And the subject matter? 1916 - through the eyes of two opium addicts in a Rathmines flat. 'Shooting Gallery' runs at Andrew's Lane until Saturday.
The Book: Mick: The Real Michael Collins, by Peter Hart
'Mick: The Real Michael Collins' is the title of Peter Hart's new biography of The Big Fella. His publishers claim it is set to be the definitive biography of Collins, but many have disagreed in the pages of publications like 'The Irish History Review'. And of course it's not the first time that Collins has divided those who believe they can separate the Mick from the mythical. 'Mick: the real Michael Collins' is published by Panmacmillan and costs £25 pounds sterling.
The Performance: Cormac Kenevey
The Guinness Jazz Festival takes place in Cork this bank holiday weekend. One of the Irish artists on the bill is singer Cormac Kenevey, who features in his repertoire songs from Sinatra, Torme, and Kurt Elling. Here, with 'No Moon at All', is Cormac Kenevey.