The story of Fingal’s involvement in the 1916 Easter Rising is now on film and Fingal County Council hosted a successful premiere of the docudrama Fingal’s Finest on Thursday, December 1, in the Draíocht Arts Centre, Blanchardstown.
The film was created and produced by Tile Media and was co-sponsored by Fingal County Council as part of its 1916 Commemoration Programme.
The Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Darragh Butler, and the Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, Paul Reid, were joined by elected representatives, relatives and friends of the men and women of Fingal who took part in the events of 1916 gathered in Draíocht’s theatre for the first public viewing of the film which was shot in various locations around the county during the year.
The Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Darragh Butler, Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, Paul Reid and cast and crew
Fingal’s Finest is the story of the Fifth Battalion, Dublin Brigade of Irish Volunteers, and their role in the 1916 Rising. The narrative for the film is largely driven by the witness statements of those involved, including Irish Volunteers Joseph Lawless (Cal Kenealy) and Richard Mulcahy (Andrew Macklin), Cumann na mBan scout Molly Adrien (Natasha Duffy), and officers William O’Connell (Eoin O’Sullivan) and Eugene Bratton (Tim Casey) of the Royal Irish Constabulary, who act as ‘avatars’ as the events of Easter Week, 1916, unfold.
It is hoped that the film will be seen by as many people as possible across the country. It will form part of Fingal County Council’s 1916 Centenary Legacy Collection, which will be available through our Libraries, Local Studies and Archives collections
Mr Reid said that Council was delighted to have been involved in the project. “It was important to us in Fingal that we find a fresh way to tell this unique story to a new audience of younger people. I think that Fingal’s Finest will enable us to do just that, keeping the memory of the achievements of the Fifth Battalion and the Fingal Brigade alive for future generations,” said Mr Reid.
The Mayor added that the film was an excellent way to ensure that those from Fingal who were involved in the Easter Rising are not forgotten.
“I think this film is a great way of acknowledging the men and women of Fingal who made a huge and lasting contribution to who we are and what we have become as a result of their efforts in the events of 1916. Is Cuimhin Linn, We Remember,” said Cllr Butler.
Colin Farrell of Tile Media, who wrote and directed the film said it was a great opportunity to tell a story that is not known by people outside of Fingal.
“We were delighted to be asked by Fingal County Council to work with them in telling the story of the Fifth Fingal Battalion of the Irish Volunteers. Filmmakers are always on the lookout for powerful, untold stories and this was one of them. It may be well known to many of the people of Fingal, and by historians, but is largely unknown by most of the rest of the population,” said Mr Farrell.
Details regarding future screenings of Fingal’s Finest will be announced at a later date.