Arracht @ DCU

Arracht @ DCU

Monday, 29 November 2021, 7.00pm

DCU is delighted to announce a screening of the award-winning feature film ‘Arracht’ as part of our Oíche Airneáin series.

About this event
DCU is delighted to announce a screening of the award-winning feature film ‘Arracht’ as part of our Oíche Airneáin series with Writer-In-Residence Richie Conroy.

Arracht tells the story of Colmán Sharkey, a fisherman, father, husband, who is living in Connemara in 1845.

The film’s writer and director, Tomás Ó Súilleabháin, will be present to talk about the film and answer questions from the audience.

Tá áthas ar DCU a fhógairt go mbeidh taispeántas speisialta den scannán iomráiteach ‘Arracht’ ar siúl mar chuid den tsraith ‘Oíche Airneáin’ leis an Scríbhneoir Cónaithe Richie Conroy.

Scéal Cholmáin Sharkey is ábhar don scannán. Iascaire, athair, fear céile atá ina chónaí i gConamara sa bhliain 1845.

Beidh scríbhneoir agus stiúrthóir an scannáin, Tomás Ó Súilleabháin, i láthair chun labhairt faoin scannán agus ceisteanna a fhreagairt ón lucht féachana.

Film duration 89 minutes with discussion and Q&A to follow.

Location: Seamus Heaney Theatre, Cregan Library, St. Patrick’s Campus

Audience Safety Information
In line with current Government guidelines, patrons attending this event will be required to provide proof of immunity to Covid-19 on entry to the event. Patrons who are fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 within the previous 6 months should present the relevant certificate (Digital Covid Certificate, HSE Vaccination Record or a COVID-19 Recovery Certificate) plus a photo ID on arrival. Accompanied minors (under 18) may attend regardless of their immunisation status.

Face masks must be worn inside the venue at all times, in keeping with the current Government mandate.


Directed by Tom Sullivan, Arracht tells the story of Colmán Sharkey (Dónall Ó Héalai), a fisherman, father and husband living in Conamara in 1845 as the Great Famine descends. After he and a new arrival in the village, Patsy (Dara Devaney), confront his landlord about rent increases, the night ends in violence and he is forced to go into hiding. As the years pass in solitude, he encounters a young girl, Kitty (Saise Ní Chuinn), and a life-saving friendship develops. The film is scored by Irish group Kíla.

Premiered at the Black Nights Festival in Estonia, Arracht has already won the Audience Award at the Glasgow Film Festival, Best Irish Film at the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival, the Golden Tree Award/Best Film at the Kimolos International Film Festival in Greece, Critics’ Choice Award at the British & Irish Film Festival in Luxembourg, the Oireachtas na Gaeilge Film of the Year Award, two Irish Film and Television Awards including Best Original Music, and five awards from the American Golden Picture International Film Festival.

Arracht was Ireland’s entry into the 2021 Oscars’ best international feature film category. 

Cast: Dónall Ó Héalai, Saise Ní Chuinn, Dara Devaney
Director: Tom Sullivan
Music: Kíla
Duration: 1hr 26m

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