Talking Movies

December 3, 2018

Notes on the Camino Voyage

Filed under: Talking Movies,Talking Radio — Fergal Casey @ 7:40 pm

Irish film The Camino Voyage was this week’s catch-up movie of the week on Sunday Breakfast with Patrick Doyle.

A TG4 presentation in four languages: Irish, English, French, and a performance of ‘Molly Malone’ in the original Basque. Irish writer and poet Danny Sheehy, emboldened by a 500km journey in 2012 to the Scottish Abbey of Saint Colmcille in Iona, planned an audacious journey – 2,500 km voyage from Ireland to Santiago de Compostela. For hundreds of years people sailed from Ireland to A Coruña in Northern Spain and walked the Camino from there.  In 2014 Sheehy’s crew renacted this historical voyage in a traditional Naomhóg (a Kerry curragh), for 6 weeks each May in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Dónal Ó Céilleachair’s documentary follows Sheehy, accordionist Brendan Begley, painter Liam Holden, stonemason Brendan Moriarty, and, in a glorious cameo, Oscar-winning songwriter Glen Hansard, as they row their fragile open boat across open seas and closed canals.

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