Little Wonder: A Donegal town prompts a reappraisal of Darby O’Gill

Often derided as purest Paddywhackery, the 1959 film Darby O’Gill and the Little People was actually made in collaboration with the Folklore Commission at the time. Now, one Donegal town has celebrated the movie’s 60th anniversary with a festival

20th October, 2019
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It’s a Friday evening in Ardara’s Methodist church hall, Jim Sheridan has taken to the stage and several dozen loaves of sourdough bread from the reception have given the room a heavy, yeasty scent. Among the roughly 60 seated attendees are some organised folk, who channel the evening’s dress code of vintage. “Yeah, I do love Darby O’Gill, I love the screenplay and I love the original short stories,” Sheridan professes....

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