In 1949 Irish composer Dick Farrelly boarded a bus. On that journey he wrote a song. Two years later that song was made world famous when Bing Crosby recorded it and shortly afterwards legendary film director John Ford used its melody as the main musical theme in his iconic film The Quiet Man. The song was called The Isle of Innisfree.
In this documentary Gráinne Gavigan pays special attention to the song and its importance in the film The Quiet Man. She also explores the life of the songwriter and the reason why his name was omitted from the film’s credits.
Contributors include Phil Coulter, Prof. Des MacHale, Ray Harman, Dr. Méabh Ní Fhuartháin, Prof. Kevin Rockett, Finbar Furey, Sergeant Martin Drew, Fr. Brian D’Arcy and Dick Farrelly’s family.
THE LYRIC FEATURE – Dick Farrelly: A Quiet Man, presented and produced by Grainne Gavigan with sound mix by Egg’s Colm Mullaly will represent Ireland in the Culture and Arts category.
Grainne is an accomplished TV and Film editor and a long time friend of Egg’s, we are very proud to have been a part of this production and we are delighted that all her hard work has paid off and with this prestigious nomination. We wish her the very best of luck.