The Border and Beyond

#Event: Borders & Beyond: an evening discussing Brexit, the border and its history through film and fiction

March 29th, 2019, is the day when the UK officially are due to Exit the European Union. A day of celebration for some and sadness for others. Nowhere more so can the sadness be felt than on the border. To mark the occasion, Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival, Belfast Film Festival and Clones Film Festival have teamed up to present EUROPE ENDLESS, an evening discussing the border and its history, filmic and otherwise, in the Iontas Arts and Community Centre, Castleblaney.

And where else would we screen it but on the Border itself! The three festivals will be organising their very own ‘Brexit Bus’ to Castleblaney for an evening of films, readings, music, discussion and more with guests such as Pat McCabe, Colin McCabe, Kamila Shamsie and Peter Curran.


The Border and Beyond

Europe Endless

Following Britain’s decision to leave the European Union in June 2016, Colin MacCabe visited celebrated writer Patrick McCabe in his hometown of Clones, Co. Monaghan, to discuss his novels, the impact of the referendum on the Irish border, and the Republic of Ireland’s relationship with Europe. Featuring musical performances, the famous DeLorean time machine, and a McCabe clan rally, this fascinating exploration of Irish identity and Ireland’s often troubled history captures Patrick McCabe’s unique and darkly comic perspective at this defining moment in history.

The Director, Christopher Roth, Colin MacCabe and Pat McCabe will take part in a Q&A following the screening.

Brexit: a cry from the Irish border

‘Jacob Rees-Mogg you’re right. You don’t need to visit the border… you need to have lived here.’ Actor Stephen Rea explores the real impact of Brexit and the uncertainty of the future of the Irish border in a short film written by Clare Dwyer Hogg.

Fiction & Discussion

The Border and Beyond

The Art Of Border Living

BBC Broadcaster Peter Curran will present an atmospheric extract of new short story about the Irish border (read by Kamila Shamsie, Women’s Prize for Fiction winner).

Filming the Border

Documentarian Brian Henry Martin and Peter Curran take a look at films which feature the border such as Oh Mr Porter and Puckoon.


Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival will be arranging a bus from Dublin to Castleblaney for ticket holders travelling from Dublin to the event.

Bus Details: 
Pick up: Digital Hub Office 2.3, 157 Thomas St Dublin 8 @ 3.45pm Friday 29 March.
Arrival at Castleblaney: 5.30pm
Depart Castleblaney: 9pm
Arrival Dublin: approx 10.30pm
Ticket price: €20, includes ticket to event.

Book tickets for the Europe Endless bus & event


Belfast Film Festival will provide a free bus to the first 70 ticket holders travelling from Belfast to the screening. Email Vittoria at with your name and ticket order number to reserve your spot.