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The Pipe Wins Major Award at Galway Film Fleadh

By: 
Michael Gallagher - Photographer - Indymedia

A documentary film four years in the making, The Pipe tells the story of the people of Rossport in the West of Ireland and the efforts of the Shell oil company to lay a pipeline through their community. The discovery of gas off this remote coastal village has led to the most dramatic clash of cultures in modern Ireland.

Nigel O'Regan (editor); Rachel Lysaght (producer) and  Risteard Ó<br />
Domhnaill (directot and producer)
Nigel O'Regan (editor); Rachel Lysaght (producer) and Risteard Ó Domhnaill (directot and producer)

The rights of farmers over their fields, and of fishermen to their fishing grounds, have come into direct conflict with one of the world’s most powerful oil companies. Whenthe citizens look to their State to protect their rights, they find that the government has put Shell’s right to lay a pipeline over their own. Risteard Ó Domhnaill’s compelling documentary follows three very different characters as the local community is plunged into turmoil, not only by their opposition to the project, but more tragically, by the struggles within their own campaign. ThePipe tells the story of a pipeline that can bring economic prosperity or destroy a way of life shared for generations.

http://www.galwayfilmfleadh.com/pr_2010.html

All pics unless stated © Michael Gallagher July 2010

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A clip from the film, Pat 'The Chief' O'Donnell being arrested at<br />
sea.  © Risteard Ó Domhnaill
A clip from the film, Pat 'The Chief' O'Donnell being arrested at sea. © Risteard Ó Domhnaill

Willie Corduff (of Rossport Five) with his wife (right) and<br />
friends at the premier.
Willie Corduff (of Rossport Five) with his wife (right) and friends at the premier.

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A model of the area where the pipe is planned to go onshore<br />
through the estuary.

A model of the area where the pipe is planned to go onshore through the estuary.