Friday, December 14, 2018

A NOSTALGIC walk through the centre of Portlaoise is promised next week with the premiere of a new film by award-winning broadcaster and documentary maker Ann Marie Kelly.

Ann Marie’s second film Walking back to my heart will be screened at the Dunamaise Arts Centre in Portlaoise at 7pm next Monday, 17 December.

A unique snapshot of a town in transition, the film answers some intriguing questions such as ‘What makes a former county manager admit to making mistakes?’ and ‘What made 30 women return to the town after 50 years?’

Shot over a three-year period, the film focuses on stories from the past and seeks to re-imagine the future of Portlaoise through the eyes of 12 schoolchildren, who are led on a walk around the heart of the town by renowned local poet and author Pat Boran.

Containing previously unseen archive footage of the town and its people, Pat revisits his childhood classroom in the Presentation convent. In the course of his journey with the children, he finds the possibility of new life hidden amid the decayed areas surrounding Main Street.

The film blurs the lines between past and present and unfolds to reveal a story full of memories, emotions and hope, revealing the importance of and reward for investing in the future. Supported by Creative Ireland funding, the film is being submitted for consideration on the international film festival circuit.

Ann Marie’s first film Wally was broadcast on RTÉ One television in 2013.

In October this year, she picked up two IMRO national radio awards for her Open Door programme on Midlands 103 and as specialist music broadcaster of the year.

Tickets for the film are €7, with all proceeds going to the special needs classes of Holy Family Junior School. There will also be a Q&A with the production team after the screening. More details are available from the Dunamaise on 057 8663355 or

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By Carmel Hayes
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