One of the things I’m most excited about (for my students as well as for myself) is an opportunity to meet and talk with Na Bibeanna — the women featured in the TG4 series by documentary film director/producer Brenda Ní Shúilleabháin.
Ní Shúilleabháin’s excellent and critically-acclaimed book that accompanied the TV series, Bibeanna: Memories from a Corner of Ireland, chronicles rich personal accounts from twenty women from the Dingle gaeltacht — looking back on their lives and reflecting on the changes they have witnessed from childhood to the present day, providing a fascinating and honest commentary on the changing face of Ireland.
We’ll have a rare opportunity to engage with a deep and significant history in this beautiful part of the world and learn about the lives of these women as young wives and mothers, and as they grew older and survived many changes. Take a peek at the Bibeanna.
Another Ní Shúilleabháin TG4 film project, The Men of Ventry, profiles the stories of rural Ireland over the last 50 years –farming, fishing, cooking, storytelling — the laughter and tears of life. Take a peek into her work with these men. We’ll also get to meet and talk with a few of these marvelous Ventry men.
The Dingle Cinema is screening three of Ní Shúilleabháin’s films for us — Bibeanna, Bibeanna Mheiriceá, and Men of Ventry — with a Q&A, afterwards. She is hosting a tea at her home in Ventry, after the screenings and the Q&A in the Dingle Cinema. How fabulous is that?!
Photo credit — Joan Maguire
The women of West Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula (Corca Dhuibhne) enjoying Oíche Nollaig na mban (Women’s Christmas), December 2012