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BLÁTH NA HAOISE

TG4, 2023

An intimate documentary celebrating the lives of older people at the Deise Day Centre in Dungarvan. Filmed over a five-year period, the film aims to showcase the community spirit and the challenges for older people in Ireland in the 21st century. With candid footage, the film explores deep themes of life, death, and fear of aging, alongside uplifting adventures such dancing, painting and hairstyling.
 

The bilingual film is narrated by Waterford’s Carrie Crowley, and has an original music score by Mark Murphy. The Deise Day Centre is a unique social outlet for older people, open five days a week, managed by the passionate and dedicated Margaret Coffey and her team of volunteers. In the film, we meet many characters to hear their compelling and untold stories, some of whom we have since lost, but remain an integral part of the film. With filming paused for over two years during Covid, the project had challenges to overcome, but hope was never lost. The film reveals the determination and love of the team for the members, and its reciprocation.

 

Bláth na hAoise / Age Is A Work of Art was produced in association with TG4, Coimisiún na Meán, The Arts Office - Waterford City & County, Creative Ireland, and the Deise Day Centre.

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