In 1972, every international sporting event in Ireland was cancelled, except for one. Teams from around the world were terrified to travel to Ireland amid the height of The Troubles. The only group of athletes bold enough to risk traveling in Ireland at this turbulent time were surfers. From around the globe they descended upon the coastal village of Lahinch for the 1972 Eurosurf Championship, the largest surfing event in all of Europe and the competition that would put Irish surfing on the map. Here surfers from both sides of the divided island would forget about the civil strife and celebrate their shared love of the sport by riding Ireland’s majestic waves. Even surfers from England would defy their government’s intense pressure to boycott the event for the endless freedom of the ocean.
Keep It A Secret
Filmmaker Sean Duggan will attend
SIT DOWN SHUT UP | Cian O’Connor
It’s 1980, Charlie Haughey is in office, Ireland is in a recession, and a small soccer club is about to face football royalty, Real Madrid, in the first knockout round of the European Cup. This is the story of three Limerick players who played the game of their lives that no one remembers. TRAILER
*Please Note: SIT DOWN SHUT UP will also screen in the festival’s virtual Short Docs A : Stories to Remember program
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