Thursday 17 August 2017

Irish language documentary 'Rocky Ros Muc' about Galway boxer gets US cinema release

Rocky Ros Muc
Rocky Ros Muc
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Rocky Ros Muc has its sold out Irish premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh today as news lands that it will get a US cinema release - and will qualify for the Oscars.

The Irish language film, directed by Michael Fanning and produced by Máire Bhreathnach, tells the story of Galway boxer Sean Mannion, who left the Gaeltacht village of Ros Muc in Galway in the 1970s for a new life in Boston.

It charts his life as a professional boxer but delves into his private life and his personal relationships with members of gangster Whitey Bulger's notorious Winter Hill gang.

The film, made by Belfast's Below the Radar production company, already premiered in Boston in March.

“I first came across the story of Sean Mannion through Rónán Mac Con Iomaire’s book, Rocky Ros Muc and it fascinated me," said Fanning.

"Mannion is a humble man despite the fact he was a world class boxer and his story is one that audiences will find gripping.

“To think that his story is going to reach audiences across the USA is thrilling for everyone involved. The fact that it’ll also qualify for the Oscar next year is a boost for everyone on the team. We’re particularly excited to hear the response to the film on Irish soil in Galway.”

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