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Hi Folks,


Just letting you know of a film about the Shell to Sea controversy made over 4 years by reporter and filmmaker Richard O'Donnell. Richard took his camera everywhere it could go. I remember a report about a fishing boat attacked and boarded by Shell security men a few years back. The camera was there. Showing now in Dundrum, IFI, and Lighthouse.


Heres a synopsis:



In a remote corner of the West of Ireland sits Broadhaven Bay. It is


the perfect picture postcard, where the high cliffs of Erris Head and


the Stags of Broadhaven stand sentry at the mouth of the bay against


the mighty Atlantic, as if protecting the delicate golden sands of


Glengad beach and the tiny village of Rossport, which nestles behind


the dunes. However, this peaceful tranquility belies the turmoil that


lies beneath, and the unique nature of the coastline which has


sustained generations of farmers and fishermen, has also delivered to


Shell Oil the perfect landfall for the Corrib Gas Pipeline.


In the most dramatic clash of cultures in modern Ireland, the rights


of farmers over their fields, and of fishermen to their fishing


grounds, has come in direct conflict with one of the worlds most


powerful oil companies. When the citizens look to their state to


protect their rights, they find that the state has put Shell’s right


to lay a pipeline over their own.


The Pipe is a story of a community tragically divided, and how they


deal with a pipe that could bring economic prosperity or destruction


of a way of life shared for generations.