Tuesday November 24, 2020

An Mhallacht: The long and the short of the Mayo GAA curse

Funding issues and last year’s All-Ireland defeat fail to derail the short film An Mhallacht, which will hit the festival circuit soon, writes Colette Sexton

2nd July, 2017
A still from An Mhallacht: it is said that on their journey home from the 1951 All-Ireland final, Mayo’s footballers passed a funeral without paying their respects – and were cursed never to live to see their county win againAndy Newman

Budgets – or lack of them – can end many film projects before they even begin. But the team behind An Mhallacht pulled out all the stops, including enlisting the help of the local undertaker, to ensure they got their short film over the line.

An Mhallacht is based around the alleged Curse of Mayo, which claims that the county will never win an All-Ireland football final until every member of the winning 1951 team...

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