‘Stories from 1982’ is a film by Paddy Greene, produced and edited by Ger Ryan. Compiled from material shot in Kinvara 33 years ago, it was premiered in the Community Centre on Saturday 2nd of April 2015 to an audience of well over a hundred.
Now in it’s second edition, it is available for purchase locally for €15. For further information about the archive contact Eilish on 091 637052 / 087 2778184 or Richard on 091 637631
In this important record of what Kinvara was like in latter part of the 20th Century older members of the community will see some familiar but now departed faces such as John Joe Conneely, Gerry Ryan, Thomas Leech and Richie Burke. The 52-minute film is broken down into sections that tell the tales of ‘The Handy Pint’, ‘Boat building’, ‘The Troubles’ and ‘Pension Day’ along with the history of the Claddagh, Kinvara’s long-standing connection with Connemara and ‘Straid na Phooka’. It is accompanied by the music of Mary Shannon who also played on the night.
The original material was shot by Paddy with the help of Thomas Leech using what was then new video equipment. He had returned from America where he was living for three weeks to put his adopted hometown on the record. Over the years he had tried to interest both the Irish Film Board and RTE in the footage but without success. It was Ger Ryan of the newly formed Kinvara Folklore Digitial Archive who took up the challenge. Having transferred the video to a digital format he took on the demanding and challenging task of editing the 14 hours of original material into this fascinating window into Kinvara’s past, a feat that took over 150 hours of voluntary work.
Paddy who now lives in Dublin was present at the launch and a special and limited edition of the DVD was on sale. This sold out on the launch night, and due to huge demand a second edition is now available from the archive for 15 euro.
The money raised by the sales of the video has been used to purchase digital cameras and other equipment. These will be used to put on the record the memories of older members of the community and to record life in Kinvara today for the benefit of future generations.