Brendan Gleeson’s Farewell to Hughes
PG60 min

Director: Ciaran O Maonaigh Starring: Released:Wed 08 May 2024


To some it was an unassuming pub on a side street behind the Four Courts in Dublin City centre. To musicians, dancers, singers and listeners, it was a mecca of traditional music for over 35 years. In 2021, Hughes’s pub closed its doors for the last time, the echoes of musical memories left buried in its walls.

Brendan Gleeson played there often. It was a kind of hideout for him — its musicians and music providing a blanket of escape.

Filmed over five days in January 2022 in and around the pub, Brendan Gleeson’s Farewell to Hughes’s records and interviews various musicians, dancers and singers as they gather one last time to revisit the magic, with archival footage inserted throughout to tell the story of Hughes’ contribution to both the traditional music community in Dublin and the city as a whole.

We are delighted that Brendan Gleeson and director Ciarán Ó Maonaigh will be joining us for a Q&A following the 18:15 screening on Sunday March 03 in Light House (Dublin) and 18:30 screening on Saturday March 09 in Pálás (Galway).

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