September 16, 2009 marked the beginning of the third year of the Irish in Film program, a showing of a series of films which all revolve around different aspects of Ireland. The program, hosted by Dr. Kevin Cassidy, director of Irish studies, provides an opportunity for students and members of the community alike to come together, watch the films, and partake in dialogue concerning the content of each film.
The attendees of this movie viewing included a group of freshman politics students, professors, students who were interested in film, and local residents – an array of backgrounds that enhanced the discussion after the film.
“Veronica Guerin” (2003) starring Cate Blanchett was the film shown on Sept. 16 and was presented by Dr. James Simon, chair of the English Department. It is the first film in a series of four which are held throughout the fall. This film was based on the true story of Irish journalist Veronica Guerin, who fought the drug industry that nearly engulfed Dublin in the early 1990s. She uncovered drug lords, was threatened numerous times, and was eventually killed for her cause, but not without permanently changing the way Irish government dealt with drug lords and suspected drug dealers. She was well known for her journalism, and her writings comforted the victims of drug trade.
The Irish in Film program, sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, will continue on Wednesdays at 7 in the DiMenna-Nyselius Library multimedia room throughout the fall. The next film, “The Crying Game” (1992), is scheduled to be shown on September 30. Refreshments are provided, and attendees are encouraged to participate in discussion following the film.
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