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Jim Carroll Origins: The green fields of Canada (7) RE: Origins: The green fields of Canada 31 May 20


It was made for the film - I can't remember whether it was used though Iwe saw it at the Dublin Folk Fest a few years ago and we gave a pirvate showing of our own copy at the local history society
I've told this story many times - here goes again
The 'link-man' in the film, Josie Sean Jack McDonagh filmed in his home in Carna taking leave of his family and heading for the building sites in London (another story) - he features on the film poster standing on the Platform of Galway Railway Station
He and his mate, Johnny Martin O'Leary used to vist Miltown Malbay in February at the invitation of Roisín White - lovely weekends of singing
The last year he was here we arranged to show the film at a local pub with a big pull-down screen - unfortunately, nobody told Josie
The film had reached the scene was sating his farewells to his long dead parents in their farm kitchen when Josie walked through the door, stared up at the screen and stopped dead, giving the appearance of being kicked in the stomach -he hadn't seen the film since it was made in the 1960s

Josie's last public appearance was when he appeared at a showing of the foilm at the Dublin Folkfest - my partner Pat arranged it as the organisers hadn't realised Josie was still with us
Phillip Donellan's daughter gave the introduction and explained how her father made it a regular practice to ship a copy of the films he made abroad because he knew the BBC would destroy them - they invariably did
Great memories
Jim


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