‘Lovin’ Granard’ launched at Ardscoil Phadraig

Sean Doyle (left), who played Michael Collins in 'Lovin' Granard', and Mairead O'Hara, who played the part of Kitty Kiernan, with Margot Gearty, who is a grand-niece of Kitty Kiernan. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie
A large crowd turned out at Ardscoil Phádraig in Granard last Thursday evening, December 11, for the official launch screening of ‘Lovin’ Granard’ - a short film by the school’s students.

A large crowd turned out at Ardscoil Phádraig in Granard last Thursday evening, December 11, for the official launch screening of ‘Lovin’ Granard’ - a short film by the school’s students.

The secondary school’s assembly hall was filled to capacity for the occasion, which consisted of a screening of the movie, along with live performances from local singer-songwriter Lal Lee, whose song ‘Granard Town’ appears on the soundtrack, and the school’s own Glee Club.

“Teresa Donoghoe from the Bank of Ireland in Granard asked us to contribute something visual for the Granard Town Business Expo, which would feature local businesses,” explained Mary Cooney, the teacher who steered the project.

“The students got their heads together and decided to film a love story featuring Michael Collins and Kittie Kiernan, as there were perfect locations available, such as the Greville Arms and Pettits.”

During the film, the couple get engaged, then purchase the ring and make arrangements for the wedding by visiting Granard-based businesses. They also celebrate the announcement with friends, who are dressed in appropriate costumes for the period.

“We got the loan of 10 FCA uniforms from Tommy Gunn, and military hats from Noel Lee,” explained Ms Cooney. “We also got help from Gabriel Devine, a local tailor, who consulted with the students on clothing, while local historian Jimmy Donoghoe and Pat Sheridan also provided valuable assistance.”

Speaking about the launch event itself, Ms Cooney added that, “There was a great turn out. We heard from Sr Maeve Brady that Kitty Kiernan’s niece, Margot Geraghty, was still living in the area, so we invited her along and she said she’d attend.

“Lal Lee had given us permission to use his song, ‘Granard Town’, in the film, so we invited him along to sing it, too.”

Among the audience on the night were parents and friends, local businesspeople, and Community Gardaí, and all gave a warm round of applause for the participating students as they received certificates for taking part in making the film.

“We’d like to thank Shane Crossan, the School Completion Programme Co-Cordinator, who filmed the movie for us, and Pat the Baker, who provided refreshments on the night, Ms Cooney added. “I’d also like thank our principal, James Breslin, and deputy principal, Paul Donnelly.”