History of parish life on film

DÓNAL NOLAN

Published 12/12/2012 | 12:20

Mike O'Neil, Mark O'Brien and Pat O'Mahony (front) with Liam Doyle, Angela Deenihan and James Mc Carthy of Digimac Video Productions

TWO men who are central to the life of their coastal north Kerry parish are to be the subject of a revealing documentary screening in Siamsa Tire, Tralee, on Friday night.

The two-part documentary, entitled Mo Scéal Féin, focuses on Spa native Mark O'Brien and Fenit man Pat O'Mahony, their lives, times and the stunning landscape they call home.

The work is the result of the efforts of a group of locals who were keen to record Mark and Pat's memories of the area. Commissioned by the Fenit Development Association, the documentary was compiled by Fenit photographer and filmmaker Jim McCarthy of Digimac Video Productions.

"Both documentaries were shot on location in Fenit and Spa in 2012 and we decided to focus on both men as they have done so much over the course of their lives so far and are hugely regarded and loved by everyone," Jim McCarthy explained.

Mark O'Brien (89) is a leading pioneer in the area and played a pivotal role in athletics and community games over the decades. Former customs officer Pat O'Mahony (76) has also played a key part in the enhancement of Fenit over the years and is also a founder member of the Beekeeping Association in Kerry.

"They're just fascinating men and it was an absolute pleasure from my point of view to interview them at length for the documentaries," Jim added.

Proceeds will go towards the creation of an archive on the history of Fenit being planned by the local association.

It starts at 8pm on Friday, December 14, next and two other short Kerry documentaries will also be screened; Dingle man T om Fitzgerald's 'The Stand-In' (about the filming of Ryan's Daughter) and ByeBye Now (about the demise of the old phonebox).

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