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Acclaimed Corrib film comes home to Mayo

Western People

AN award-winning documentary on the controversial Corrib Gas project is to be screened in Mayo next month.

The Pipe examines the impact of the project on the people of Rossport. It will be screened in Mayo Movie World in Castlebar on December 3 and in Aras Inis Gluaire in Belmullet on December 5.

Directed by Risteard O Domhnaill, The Pipe has already picked up the Best Documentary Award at the Galway Film Fleadh this year and has been acclaimed by audiences at the Toronto International Film Festival and the BFI London Film Festival.

The film was four years in the making and follows the lives of three local Shell opponents, Willie Corduff, Monica Muller and Pat O’Donnell.

Mr O Domhnaill said that he wanted the film to stir debate.

“The aim of the film was always to provoke debate and focus discussion on the issues surrounding the Corrib Gas project, its impact on the local community and environment, and the manner in which our government put all the resources of the state at the behest of the oil companies.

“However, I never expected that the story of this small isolated community on the edge of the Atlantic, who nobody really gave a sod about, would have such a resonance internationally," he said.

Mr O Domhnaill said the film is about more than the Corrib project.

"This is not solely a story about the Corrib gas line, but about family ties, small local communities at war with each other and the astonishing determination of the ordinary person faced with a seemingly insurmountable obstacle. The response at international festivals has been phenomenal and I'm really looking forward to seeing what impact the story makes at home in Ireland at a time when people are re-evaluating their attitudes as to where we have gone as a country over the past ten years."