Thursday October 11th @ 8pm. Admission Free. Box office 047 39777
‘Monaghan Gothic tells how the style of the great European cathedrals came to Monaghan in the Middle Ages and has been shaping our landscape ever since.’
Dara McCluskey is an award-winning film-maker from Monaghan who specialises in documenting the arts.
His films include; Blood Relations about the life of Butcher Boy writer Pat McCabe (RTE, Celtic Media Festival Best Arts Documentary 2009, Irish Times Pick of the Year 2009); Death In The Fields about Clones playwright and novelist Eugene McCabe (RTE, ‘Riveting’ – Sunday Times); The Odd Couple about Blayney theatrical twins Tommy and John McArdle (TG4); Power Plays about Irish theatre and politics with Fintan O’Toole, Garry Hynes, Sean McGinley, Tom Murphy, Sebastian Barry, Marina Carr, Marie Mullen and Robert Sheehan. (RTE, ‘A model of robust arts programming’ Irish Independent.)
Monaghan Gothic tells how the style of the great European cathedrals came to Monaghan in the Middle Ages and has been shaping our landscape ever since.
Presented by Architectural Historian Kevin V Mulligan (author of The Buildings of South Ulster (Pevsner)) and Monaghan County Council Heritage, Officer Shirley Clerkin it is a must-see for lovers of Monaghan art, history and culture – a unique walking tour of many masterpieces of Monaghan architecture including Monaghan Cathedral, St Patrick’s Monaghan, Lough Fea, Bessmount, St Joseph’s Carrickmacross and others.
Filmed in Monaghan, London, Paris and Provence, it premiered at the Garage Theatre’s Film Festival and played to packed houses at last year’s Clones Film Festival where it was the opening feature, again at the Markethouse and more recently at St Peter’s Laragh.
It tells the untold story of the architects and masons behind those building, how they worked together and learned from each other and made Monaghan a centre of excellence For the Gothic style, where many of the leading architects of the 19th century, including Thomas Rickman, William Farrell and JJ McCarthy, have left their mark.