Local centenarians to star in remarkable film

Local centenarians to star in remarkable film

By Mary Dennehy

An AWARD winning film featuring 30 Irish centenarians, including 100-year-old women from Drimnagh and Clondalkin, is coming to cinema screens this week – offering people an important lesson on life.

If the trailer for this feature documentary is anything to go by, Older than Ireland is a must see - with the trailer alone generating many laughs and poignant moments, as the 30 centenarians talk to the camera like it’s a friend.

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Directed by award winning film maker Alex Fegan (The Irish Pub), the film explores each centenarian’s journey from their birth at the dawn of Irish independence to their life as a centenarian in modern day Ireland.

The film’s observational style offers a rare insight into the personal lives of these remarkable individuals and reflects on key events like the day they got their first pair of shoes, the thrill of their first kiss, the magic of their wedding day and the tragic loss of loved ones.

These people have lived through it all, and witnessed a century of immense social, political and technological change – giving them a unique outlook on life and a wisdom that puts things into perspective.

Among the 30 people featured are Rose O Halloran (101) from Clondalkin and Bessie Nolan (103) who lives in Drimnagh.

These two feisty centenarians take to the screen alongside the oldest Irish person ever on record, Kathleen Snavely (113), Ireland’s oldest man Luke Dolan (108) and a host of colourful characters from all walks of life.

Older than Life will screen in the IFI, The Light House cinema and Movies@Dundrum and Movies@Swords from Friday, September 25.

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