LÓN SA SPÉIR (MEN AT LUNCH), the untold story of a city’s legend, is a film documentary that traces the history of one of the world’s best known photographs. And the 2013 IFTA award winning film is coming to Nenagh on Thursday April 4. Nenagh Arts Centre is the venue for the special gala screening, which will afford people the opportunity to see the film-makers ‘work in tracing the history of this photograph taken 69 floors above ground.
In 2007 a framed copy of Lunch Atop a Skyscraper - as it was captioned in the New York Herald Tribune at the time - was spotted in Whelan’s pub, Shanaglish, outside Gort, County Galway by film-makers Éamonn and Seán Ó Cualáin. Their curosity led them to track down the stories of two local men, now deceased, who are believed to be among the group photographed on the iron beam.
Publican Michael Whelan of Shaneaglish told the Ó Cualáin brothers that the photograph had come from a man called Pat Glynn. Pat features in the film along with his cousin Paddy O’Shaughnessy. Both men are convinced that their fathers - both first cousins - were seated at either ends of the beam in the iconic photograph in question. Their fathers emigrated from Shanaglish in the 1920s and found work on the construction sites as the city spread upwards at the height of the Depression.
Éamonn Ó Cualáin is producer of the documentary, which was funded by TG4, The irish Film Board and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. Seán directed the 68-minute film, which is narrated by veteran actress Fionnuala Flanagan. The film was premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh in July 2012, and has also been shown at the Toronto International Film Festival. There were sold out screenings at DOC NYC, New York’s documentary festival and at Amsterdam’s IDFA, the largest documentary festival in the world.
LÓN SA SPÉIR / MEN AT LUNCH has recently won the 2013 IFTA Award and continues to attract audiences to world city capitals. The film will be screened in Nenagh at 8pm. Ticket (€15) are available from Nenagh Arts Centre on 067- 34400 or online at www.nenagharts.com The film will be preceded by a cheese and wine reception at Ó Suilleabháin’s (Rocky’s Bar) from 7pm, and all proceeds go towards the conservation of Dromineer Castle.