Black 47

#StPatricksFest: Special events at the IFI to mark the National Celebrations

The Irish Film Institute (IFI) marks the national celebrations of St. Patrick’s Day and St. Patrick’s Festival with a selection of Irish films and special events.

In association with the Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger exhibition at Dublin Castle from March 8th, the IFI will host a special screening of Lance Daly’s new film Black 47 on Wednesday 21st. With an all-star cast including Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Barry Keoghan and Moe Dunford, the film follows Feeney, a hardened Irish Ranger, who returns home having fought for the British to discover the famine’s hopeless destruction of his homeland. Tickets are available from

March’s Archive at Lunchtime programme is Famine on Film, a selection of shorts including Frank Stapleton’s Poorhouse, Sean McGuire’s Ocras and Steve Woods’ Ireland 1848. These lunchtime screening are free of charge, simply collect your tickets from Box Office on the day.

The IFI in collaboration with St Patrick’s Festival presents a special selection of Irish shorts on Monday 19th at 15.00 as part of From the Vaults, a monthly strand showcasing films from the IFI Irish Film Archive. Amharc Éireann: Eagrán 42 features the Industrial Parades of St Patrick’s Day in 1960 and a visit to the Kennel Club Dog Show, the only place in Dublin where drink was available! Songs of the Irish is a musical tableau of Irish-American entertainers intercut with footage of a New York St Patrick’s Day Parade in 1946, while Shamus tells the quirky tale of an orphan boy from Belfast who grows a monkey tail when he steals a pot of gold belonging to an evil leprechaun.

The IFI Family screening on March 25th at 11.00 brings Irish director Lisa Mulcahy’s The Legend of Longwood back to the big screen. This modern-day fairytale centres around 12-year-old Mickey, an American girl, who moves to Ireland and must redeem a ghostly black knight to free a small Irish town from an ancient curse.

Tickets for the St Patrick’s Festival and IFI Family events are €4.80 per person or €14.40 for a family ticket (2 adults + 2 children, 1 adult + 3 children) and are available now at or by calling the IFI Box Office on 01-6793477.

Finally, the IFI Café Bar will be serving up some traditional Irish dishes from our special St. Patrick’s Day menu, featuring staples of Irish cooking such as Beef and Guinness Casserole or Bacon and Cabbage for €16.50 and a special St Patrick’s Day green Guinness or spirulina, banana and apple smoothie.