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Poitín (1978)

 -  Drama  -  November 1978 (UK)
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A poteen maker attempts to avoid the attentions of the Gardai in Connemara

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Michil
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Labhrás
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Sleamhnan
Maighréad Ní Chonghaile ...
Máire
Tom Sailí Ó Flaithearta ...
Marcus (as Tomás Ó Flatharta)
Macdara Ó Fatharta ...
Garda
Mick Lally ...
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Seán Ó Coisdealbha ...
Óstóir
Tomás MacEoin ...
Amhránaí
Bairbre Uí Dhonncha ...
Bean
Colm Bairéad ...
Feirmeoir
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A poteen maker attempts to avoid the attentions of the Gardai in Connemara

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This is the first feature film in the Gaelic language. See more »

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Featured in Irish Cinema: Ourselves Alone? (1995) See more »

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The film Poitin and cultural roots.
6 May 2007 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

In a house scene the radio is turned on and a Gaelic Sean-nos singer is heard in the background as the scene unfolds. The background music in a way makes the location authentic.

The song on the radio was really from North Africa. Which leads into Bob Quinns thesis that the western islands have, among other, Islamic cultural roots.

He, in a sense, proved his point by default. It took me 3 or 4 reruns to realize that it wasn't a Sean-nos song.

The next question is to explore the West to East maritime influences. From this experience a simple "with us or against us" slogan misses the point of our interconnected origins.


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