Irish documentary Film Season at Killarney House & Gardens

UPDATE: 27th September  Ireland’s Oceans – Jewels in the Shallows  APOLOGIES: CANCELLED DUE TO UNFORESEEN EVENTS

Killarney House & Gardens in collaboration with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has scheduled a summer season of Irish documentaries screening in the stunning Garden Room at Killarney House. These world class documentary makers and production companies showcase some of Irelands most interesting stories.

Killarney House and Gardens is the exciting new Killarney National Park Visitor Centre. It is a cultural and heritage hub which also acts as a gateway to the National Park and the surrounding region.

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland is responsible for the regulation of broadcasting in Ireland. It also administers a grant awards scheme called ‘Sound & Vision’ which provides funding support for high quality programmes on Irish culture, heritage and experience for broadcasters on television and radio in Ireland.


BAI Programme Killarney House & Gardens 2018

Venue:                   Killarney House & Gardens

Price:                     Free

Time:                      7.00 PM (excluding The Park)

21st July


Launch of BAI Programme Killarney House & Gardens 2018

Theme:                  A Day In The Park

Title:                       The Park

“The Park – A Year in Killarney” is a four-part documentary series that follows a year in the life of Killarney National Park. Gain unprecedented insight into the fauna and flora of this self-contained world; a unique portrait of one of the last truly wild places in Ireland.


11.00 – 12.00 PM                                Winter

1.00 – 2.00 PM                     Spring

3.00 – 4.00 PM                     Summer

5.00 – 6.00 PM                     Autumn

26th July

Title:                       Men at Lunch

This feature length documentary unravels the mystery behind one of the most iconic images of the 20th century, Lunch Atop a Skyscraper, and links two of its elusive subjects to a remote Co. Galway village. Taken in 1932, Lunch Atop a Skyscraper is the famous image depicting eleven steel workers perched on a girder 850ft above Manhattan during construction of the Rockefeller Centre. The photographer and subjects have remained unknown for the past 80 years, but in 2007 a chance discovery of a special framed copy of the photograph in Whelan’s pub, Shanaglish, led brothers Eamonn and Sean Ó Cualáin to tell the remarkable story of two of the men photographed on the beam.


2nd August

Title:                       Building Ireland – Glenbeigh to Cahersiveen Railway

Why build a railway in such an uncompromising landscape? This documentary examines the buildings of the Great Southern Railway and details the unique curved Viaduct on Europe’s most westerly railway.

9th August

Title:                       Irelands Ocean’s – Sharks & Dolphins

Explore the amazing wildlife that live in the seas around Ireland and take a closer look at the history of man’s relationship with it. Ireland’s Oceans examines the common perception of creatures like dolphins and sharks. Are dolphins highly intelligent, sensitive creatures capable of healing sick children? Why are worrying numbers of dolphins washing up dead on our Atlantic coast? Are sharks terrifying animals waiting below the sea surface to eat us?

16th August

Title:                       Poc na nGael

Poc na nGael is the story of the profound and pivotal influence that 19th and early 20th century Irish immigrants brought to bear on the culture, society and beloved national obsession of Canada: ice hockey. Presented by Ger Loughnane, this uniquely revealing story shows not only the evolution of ice hockey from hurling, but also the evolution and rise to prominence of the early Irish Canadian community as a whole.

23rd August

Title:                       The Irish Grand National – Chasing a Dream

This unique chronicle captures the essence of the Irish Grand National – telling the story of one of Ireland’s greatest sporting traditions since 1870 and includes a reenactment of the first steeple chase in 1752 between Buttevant and Doneraile.

30th August

Title:                       Nancy Corrigan – Sky Blazer

This English language version of a film that first aired on TG4, recounts the story of an exceptional woman who in 1929 left her home in Owenduff, Achill, at the tender age of 16, and went on to become a Powers model and trainer of air force pilots during World War II. Nancy first hit the headlines in Cleveland when she took her first solo flight at 19, after less than five hours of instruction.

6th September

Title:                       Deoch an Dorais

GAA hard man Anthony Molloy (Donegal Captain 1992) travels to New York to tell the story of Mike Molloy the “Rasputin of the Bronx”. In the 1930’s he was the unwitting subject of a life insurance scam when a policy was taken out on his life by Italian mobsters but Malloy would not die.

13th September

Title:                       Building Ireland – Cork Harbour

Building Ireland examines Cork Harbour and its infrastructure as one of Ireland’s most important ports. Explore the Georgian and Victorian streetscape of Cobh and discover the military engineering on Spike Island and Haulbowline.

20th September

Title:                       John Ford: Dreaming the Quiet Man

This revealing documentary explores the making of the Oscar-winning film which took Ford twenty years to bring to the big screen. Featuring heartfelt discussions with Maureen O’Hara, Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovich and Jim Sheridan, as well as original home-movie footage of the cast and crew’s time in Ashford Castle during filming. The film recounts stories from people who still remember how Hollywood came to the West of Ireland and changed their lives forever.

27th September

Title:                       Ireland’s Oceans – Jewels in the Shallows  APOLOGIES: CANCELLED DUE TO UNFORESEEN EVENTS

Explore the wonderful and often hidden biodiversity in our seas and discover the marine species and habitats that inhabit the shore and shallows around Ireland.

Stunning … dreamlike … fascinating four-part ocean wildlife series explores the spell-binding diversity of the marine life living around the Irish coast and asks some thought-provoking questions about the wildlife that share our waters.” – IRISH EXAMINER newspaper.

Contact Details:

Killarney House and Gardens

Killarney National Park

Muckross Road


Co. Kerry

V93 HE3C

00 353 85 8017973