Irish Studies film series: Angela’s Ashes 10/9 @7pm

Angelas_ashes_ver2"The Irish in Film," the free film series sponsored by the Irish Studies Program at Fairfield University, opens on Wednesday, October 2 with the first of four diverse films. The series, now in its sixth year, is part of Fairfield University's "Arts & Minds" season of cultural and intellectual programs, and is open to the public.

The films will be shown in the Multimedia Room of the University's DiMenna-Nyselius Library on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. All but one of the films will be introduced by members of the Irish Studies faculty, who will field questions from the audience after the screenings. Two special guests, novelist Mary Pat Kelly and screenwriter Naomi Sheridan, will introduce and lead the Q&A after "In America," the film slated for October 16.

This year each film will have a "Cities" theme, as part of the University's 2012-2014 interdisciplinary area of focus. The four cities featured in the films are Dublin, Limerick, New York, and Cork.

On October 9, the series continues with "Angela's Ashes" (1999), based on Frank McCourt's 1996 best-selling memoir of his early life in an impoverished part of Limerick. Directed by Alan Parker, the movie stars Emily Watson, as Frank's overwhelmed mother, and Robert Carlyle, as the alcoholic father who abandons his destitute family. William Abbott, Ph.D., associate professor of history, will present the film.


For more information, contact Marion White, Irish Studies Program, at (203) 254-4000, ext. 3021 or