Director Alex Fegan will being his much-regarded charming documentary Older Than Ireland on a tour across Irish community centres and venues in the north of England from September 13th to 16th, in association with Irish Film London.

Fegan will accompany the film on the tour and after each screening he will talk about the film, and answer questions from the audience.

The film features thirty men and women aged 100 years and over. Often funny and at times poignant, the film explores each centenarian’s journey, from their birth at the dawn of Irish independence to their life as a centenarian in modern day Ireland. The film’s observational style offers a rare insight into the personal lives of these remarkable individuals.

The organisers, Irish Film London, aim to bring local Irish communities together to celebrate this wonderful group of centenarians, and the film itself.

Irish Film London Director Kelly O’Connor:

We are particularly pleased to be connecting with existing Irish social and cultural groups at key centres in the North of England. It’s been a treat to be able to collaborate with our fellow Irish cultural champions from Liverpool to Leeds! This is the first of our major projects outside London and we’re delighted to be starting with this extraordinary film.

Dr Julie Mullaney, Culture and Education Officer at the Irish World Heritage Centre, Manchester, where one of the screenings will take place said:

We’re delighted that we can share with general public and Manchester Irish Community Care client group a free screening and chat with director. For ICC friends in particular, it’s a great opportunity to bring elder community together to share experiences. Social opportunities like this help reduce social isolation and build resilience and provide everyone concerned with an opportunity to come together and chat.

Deirdre Quill of Leeds Irish Health and Homes said

It means such a lot to us here in Leeds to have this viewing for our Friday Lunch club attendees. Most of the attendees can not go to the cinema, so to see the film is great, and to have the director there will be a real treat. I’m sure it will be the first time most will have met a film director.

Screenings are free and open to all ages.

For more information visit: www.irishfilmlondon.com

Older Than Ireland FREE Tour details

Tuesday 13th Sept, 3pm
St. Michael’s Irish Centre, 51 Boundary Ln, Liverpool, L6 5JG | www.stmichaelsirishcentre.org | 0 151 263 1808

Wednesday 14th Sept, 2.30pm
Irish World Heritage Centre, Irish Town Way, Manchester M8 0RB | www.iwhc.com | 0161 205 4007

Thursday 15th Sept, 5pm
Brian Boru Club, 55 Bryn Street, Ashton-in-Makerfield (near Wigan) WN4 9AX www.brianboruclub.co.uk | 01942 727536

Friday 16th Sept, 12pm
Montague Burton Resource Centre, Banstead St West, Leeds, LS85RU. In association with Irish Arts Foundation, Leeds | www.lihh.org | 0113 262 5614

These events are provided by Irish Film London, a not for profit organisation dedicated to championing Irish film to UK audiences. Funding is provided by the Emigrant Support Programme at the Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland and Culture Ireland.

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