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Saturday August 19th 2023, @7.30pm

Free event

‘The Year of the French’ was a television serial first broadcast in 1892. Directed by Michael Garvey and based on the novel by Thomas Flanagan, the series was based on the events of the 1798 Rebellion in Ireland against British rule, when over 1,000 French troops led by General Jean Humbert sailed from La Rochelle in France to Ireland to support Irish rebels against the British forces.

A co-production by the Irish broadcaster RTÉ, the British television company Channel 4 and French broadcaster FR3, ‘The Year of the French’ was filmed in Killala in 1981. At the time, the town was transformed into a film set, with many locals participating as extras in the film. To accompany the series, music was composed and arranged by Paddy Moloney and performed by The Chieftains with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, conducted by Proinnsias O’Duinn, and with Ruairi Somers on bagpipes.

To mark the Year of the French/Bliainn a bhFrancach in 2023, the 225th anniversary of the French landing at Kilcummin, The French Embassy is presenting a year-long programme of events, the highlight of which is the Year of the French Festival in Ballina from August 18-22, presented in partnership with Ballina 2023, Ballina Municipal District and In Humbert’s Footsteps. This specially commissioned edit of ‘The Year of the French’ has been produced for the occasion, and we invite you to join us for this special screening and see Killala and Mayo as you have never seen it before.

The screening will be preceded by a wine reception at 7.30pm, and the Irish Premiere of ‘Nightfire’, a short film by Topher Neville.

The event will also feature an exhibition of stills from the Year of the French Series.