The Irish New Yorkers
IFTA Winner 2013, 'Best Cinematography' Michael O' Donovan
IFTA Nominated for 'Best Editing' Mick Mahon
The Irish New Yorkers
New York is the largest city in America with a population defined by a long history of immigration. It has the largest number of Irish-Americans of any city in America.
The continuous line of Ireland’s sons and daughters, who once ruled the City Halls and statehouses, put out fires and caught crooks, fought wars, ruled the newsrooms and lit up the stages and silver screens, is starting to fade. Irish New York has reached a point of great change. The traditional standards for defining ethnic identity have altered considerably.
Shifts in traditionally held power bases; the church and politics, the current economic depression and a potential resurgence in Irish immigrants begs the questions; Is a Golden Era coming to an end? What does it mean to be an Irish American in the 21st century?
The Irish New Yorkers, a two part documentary series,uses the parade on 250th Anniversary of the NYC St Patrick's Day Parade on March 17th 2011 to provide a background, context and vehicle, to examine the modern realities of the Irish in New York. We see it through the eyes and through the real life stories of the first, second and third generation, Irish Americans living in New York today and through the experiences of a newly arrived Irish emigrant family.
The Irish New Yorkers brings audiences to the very heart of the Irish American Community in New York, at a period like no other in its history. It isa portrait of a culture and identity under great change. The unique story of a people who fought hard to create the most successful Irish society abroad and those today with its future in their hands.
The preparations for the parade and the 250th parade itself anchors the narrative, binds our stories together and gives us a structure and focus to allow us celebrate this compelling and important story of The Irish New Yorkers.
Director: Garry Keane Producers: Garry Keane, Aideen Kane
Duration: 2 x 52 mins
Watch this series at:
Part 1: https://vimeo.com/43048838 Part 2: https://vimeo.com/43105562