Quintessentially Irish - VISUAL

VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art &
The George Bernard Shaw Theatre

Quintessentially Irish

A celebration of all things Irish, from sweeping landscapes to traditions and quirky sense of humor.

Sunday 21 April 2024 | 7.30pm

Admission: Free (No Booking Necessary)

Quintessentially Irish was described by the Mail as a "lush valentine to everything great and Irish" with a distinguished cast including the former 007, Pierce Brosnan, two Presidents, a Prince, a pop star and an unconventional Irish Lord.

The film was partly shot in Carlow at beauty spots such as the Brownshill Dolmen, Milford and Borris where we meet the Oscar winning actor Jeremy Irons at the Borris Festival of Writing and Ideas. The film is directed by Carlow man Frank Mannion who looks at the influence of the Irish diaspora with exclusive access to the White House, designed by Kilkenny architect James Hoban, and the Palace of Monaco where Prince Albert II discusses his mother Grace Kelly’s Irish heritage.

Why do the Irish celebrate St Patrick when he was a foreigner? Why did James Joyce only have a British passport? How did a Donegal man become the super-agent for Usain Bolt and Mo Farah? Did the Irish really invent whiskey before the Scots? How did the Irishman Pierce Brosnan come to play the English spy, James Bond? Why do so many Presidents from JFK to Joe Biden claim Irish heritage? What's behind the 'Green wave' at the Oscars?

This is answered in a highly entertaining film that will have a special preview screening at the VISUAL on Sunday 21 April. The film will be introduced by the director Frank Mannion.

Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Jeremy Irons, Andrew Scott, Prince Albert II of Monaco, President Michael D Higgins, Usain Bolt, Emma Dabiri, Rory Guinness, Randal Plunkett (aka Lord Dunsany of Dunsany Castle), Emma Dabiri, Niall Horan, Aine Lawlor, Marty Morrissey, Alex Thomas and Ricky Simms

Director: Frank Mannion

This event is funded and supported by Carlow County Council Arts Office and sponsored by Santa Rita Wine and Bushmills. Please note that this is a free event with no booking required. Attendees are welcome and will be allocated a seat in the auditorium on a first come first served basis. Doors will open to the venue one hour before the screening.