Event Schedule (2019)
17th December: Festive Quiz / Open Mic Night
(prizes for first- and second-placed teams)
We round out the year with our renowned annual Christmas quiz - the traditional fun-filled, fiendishly frustrating, frolicking 'feis-tive' function!
In the spirit of seasonal celebration, following this we will hold an experimental 'open mic night' (within reason!), inviting any members feeling bold to sing, tell stories and generally entertain those in attendance.
5th November: Annual General Meeting
Risteárd Sinclair (chairman), Kate McManus (treasurer)
The group's Annual General Meeting allows members to air their thoughts and criticisms, with elections held for any new positions on the committee, together with the customary 'vote of confidence' for the current chair.
2nd October: 'Dave Allen: God's Own Comedian'
Documentary reflecting on the career of Dave Allen, the
Irish comedian who cut his teeth at Butlins, became a TV
star in Australia and returned home to dominate the
schedules in Britain.
4th September: 'Irish Mythology: An Introduction'
Risteárd Sinclair, Chairman of the Birmingham Irish Heritage Group
In this presentation group chairman Risteárd Sinclair offers a primer on the myths and legends of pre-Christian Ireland. Ideal for those looking for an introduction to the complex subject!
3rd July: 'The Irish Rock Story: A Tale of Two Cities'
The 40-year-old story of Irish rock and pop music is
grounded in the very different musical traditions of the
two main cities of the island, Belfast and Dublin. This documentary explores where the bands and musicians
came from and the influence the political, social and
cultural environments of the day had on them and how
the music influenced those environments.
5th June: 'Massacre at Ballymurphy'
2018, 71m. Dir. Callum Macrea
Forensic exposé of one of the most shocking events of
The Troubles: a series of killings the British Army stand accused of which took place in west Belfast over three
days in 1971.
1st May: 'Dan Breen: My Fight for Irish Freedom'
Fascinating documentary on Dan Breen, the colourful and complex South Tipperary guerrilla who started the War of Independence at Soloheadbeg in 1919 on the day the First
Dail sat in Dublin. Forced to flee Tipperary, Breen joined Michael Collins’ hit squad in Dublin but then opposed the Treaty negotiated by Collins. Later he joined De Valera’s
Fianna Fail and was the first anti-Treaty activist to enter
Dail Eireann and take the oath of allegiance he had fought
3rd April: 'The Informer'
1929, 99m. Dir. Arthur Robison
Based on Liam O’Flaherty’s popular novel, and regarded
as one of the finest British silent films, this gripping
thriller is set amongst a group of revolutionaries in the
newly-independent Ireland of 1922. When one of their
number, Francis, kills the chief of police he goes on the
run. But when he returns to say goodbyes to his mother
and former lover he is cruelly betrayed by his onetime
6th March: 'The Jubilee Plot'
2008, 60m. Dir. Alan Gilsenan
An intimate and colourful insight into an oft-forgotten
era of the Irish struggle for independence, this
acclaimed documentary investigates a supposed Irish
plot to assassinate Queen Victoria in 1887. The true
story takes us from famine-stricken Ireland to New
York, from Mexico City to Paris, from London to
Chicago, and features an extraordinary range of
bizarre and fascinating characters and has all the
twists and turns of a John Le Carre thriller.
6th February: 'The Original Showband Legends'
The Showband era of the 1960s became a 32-county phenomenon. The crowded ballrooms became the heart of
social life in Ireland as thousands flocked to see their
favourite Showbands, almost on a daily basis. This film
traces the history and achievements of these celebrated
2nd January: 'A Shout in the Street: Anjelica Huston on
2018, 60m. Dir. Kieron J. Walsh
The story of James Joyce's life and work is presented by the celebrated Oscar-winning actress, Anjelica Huston. In this documentary, she is joined by other leading writers and performers as she explores Joyce's work, and seeks to explain its universal appeal.