3:30pm Special Presentation
In celebration of Irish Week, please join us for an exclusive presentation of films by Éamon and Cian de Buitléar. We have the unique pleasure of a special guest appearance by Roísin de Buitléar who will share her personal perspective of her family’s acclaimed contributions to Ireland’s artistic and cultural heritage. A celebrated glass artist, Roísin recently created a glass art exhibition currently on view at the Museum of Glass, Tacoma, entitled CAUTION! Fragile. Irish Glass -Tradition in Transition. She is the honorary Grand Marshall for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities presented by the Irish Heritage Club.
A Life in the Wild (25 min)
Éamon de Buitléar (1930 – 2013) was an Irish writer, musician, filmmaker and environmentalist. He is probably best known for his natural history film series produced for RTE called “Amuigh Faoin Speir” (Under an Open Sky) which was broadcast on national television for over 30 years. We’ll hear in Éamon’s own words the origins of the series and see a selection of some of the most beloved episodes of the series.
Islandman (52 min)
Cian de Buitléar followed in his footsteps and is an acclaimed filmmaker in his own right. The father-son duo teamed up to make Islandman (2005), a feature length documentary that retells the story of the last trading skipper of a Galway Hooker, Johnny Bailey. In his native tongue, Johnny relates his life and times as a fourth generation ‘Máistir Bád Mór’, on his family boat, the oldest Galway Hooker in existence today. The boat served its time delivering turf and goods for two hundred years to the Aran Islands and around Galway Bay. Beautifully made on location in Conamara and Galway, this captivating film by Éamon and Cian includes some of the most dramatic sailing sequences of traditional Hookers ever shown