'Paidí O Sé - Rí an Pharóiste' receives an IFTA nomination

THE documentary 'Páidí Ó Sé – Rí an Pharóiste', directed by Fionn Trá woman Louise Ní Fhiannachta, has been nominated for an Irish Film and Television Award.

Nominated alongside three other documentaries in the Sports Film of the Year category, the film gives a personal account of Páidí's life story as told by his own community where he was considered by many as the uncrowned king of his native parish of Ventry.

In the making of the film, Louise embarked on a voyage of discovery as she attempted to come to grips with her own hero while also exploring the importance vested in receiving recognition from our own people.

Contributors to the film included Páidí's wife Máire Uí Shé, their children Neasa, Siún and Pádraig Óg, his brother Tom Ó Sé and Páidí's nephew Feargal Ó Sé. Life-long friends such as Louise's father, Muiris Ó Fiannachta, Joe Bán Ó Sé, Seán Ó Catháin, Mícheál Ó Sé and Peter Ó Fiannachta also give their own insights in the documentary.

'Páidí Ó Sé – Rí an Pharóiste' will compete for the IFTA with three other noteworthy documentaries in the same category including 'ROG: The Ronan O'Gara Story', which aired on RTE in January, 'We Got Game' which looks back at American basketball players who played in Ireland during the 1980s and 'Batmen' which tells the story of Irish cricket.

West Kerry enjoyed also enjoyed success at the IFTA's last year when Dingle's Aideen O'Sullivan was honoured for her work on 'When Ali Came to Ireland', a documentary she co-produced about Muhammad Ali's famous visit to Ireland in 1972 and which won the top award in the Sports TV programme category.

The winners of the 2014 IFTAs will be announced at a gala awards ceremony in Dublin on April 5. Meanwhile, 'Páidí Ó Sé – Rí an Pharóiste' will form part of a special sunrise screening in St James Church in Dingle on St Patrick's Day morning at 8am. Director Louise will be present at the screening which will be presented by GAA broadcasting legend Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh.