RTÉ released a magical seasonal treasure from the Archives. The short film was first broadcast as a segment on the programme ‘Davis at Large’ in 1984. Filmed on the smallest of the Gaeltacht Aran Islands, Inis Oírr, it features Saintí’s visit to the island’s children at the local airstrip. Among the children to speak on camera is local singer MacDara Ó Conaola (then 6 years of age).
Notably, the film was the directorial debut of Declan Lowney who went on to direct Moone Boy, Alan Partridge Alpha Papa and Father Ted. The opening titles of this ground breaking satirical comedy feature an aerial view of Inis Oírr and the Plassy ship wreck on the so-called fictional Craggy Island.
There is hardly an hour I am with them that I do not feel the shock of some inconceivable idea, and then again the shock of some vague emotion that is familiar to them and to me. On some days I feel this island as a perfect home and resting place; on other days I feel that I am a waif among the people. I can feel more with them than they can feel with me, and while I wander among them, they like me sometimes, and laugh at me sometimes, yet never know what I am doing – J M Synge, The Aran Islands, 1907.