Good news folks. Lots of people missed out on ‘The Enigma Of Frank Ryan’ shown as part of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival last week, myself included. We posted notice to our Facebook page of a planned second screening in the IFI set for this Sunday due to demand, and thankfully History Ireland have got involved and are organising a Hedge School for just after the event in Filmbase. The blurb below comes from History Ireland directly.
There will be a 2nd screening of Desmond Bell’s ‘The Enigma of Frank Ryan’ (Jameson Dublin Int. Film Festival) in the IFI, Eustace St. @ 12 noon Sun 26 Feb, followed by a History Ireland Hedge School @ 2pm in Filmbase, Curved Street (across the street from the IFI), with Fearghal McGarry, Brian Hanley, Leeann Lane & David O’Donoghue. Screening already 50% booked up. Should be a lively session!
As ever, I’ll be recording the Hedge School and it will be available from the History Ireland website and here on Come Here To Me soon after the event.
Interestingly, Frank Ryan has already featured in a History Ireland Hedge School, coming up on several occasions at the ‘Animal Gangs’ Hedge School for which I was a contributer. You can listen to that Hedge School by clicking here.
Frank Ryan would write to the national media complaining of the conduct of the ‘Animal Gang’ and other “defenders of faith and morals” in attacking the Republican Congress to which he was affiliated.
Ryan of course is a controversial figure today, still a hero of many republican-socialists though questioned by some for his actions in Berlin. The docudrama ‘The Enigma of Frank Ryan’ focuses primarily on Ryan in Berlin and examines his actions there during the second World War. There is a review of the work available from The Irish Story who got along to the first screening, and you can read it here.