By Noreen Bowden | July 24, 2009
A number of documentaries have been made about emigration over the years; here’s a list of some of them, with links to where you may purchase them. (Before purchasing any DVD, make sure it is compatible with your region.)
Celtic Waves: The Flow of Irish Emigration – An excellent introductory video focusing on emigration from Famine to Celtic Tiger period.
Irish Empire: The complete five-part series about the Irish abroad.
- Damhsa an Deoraí (The Emigrant Dance): Story of the Galtymore Ballroom in London 50 minutes, subtitled, 2002.
- Graceville: The Connemaras in Minnesota (50 mins, subtitled)
- Pobal in Deutschland: Conamara emigrants in Germany. (½ hour)
- Pobal in Boston: Conamara emigrants in the USA. (½ hour)
- Pobal in London: Conamara emigrants in London (½ hour)
Emigration-related Radharc films: available through Radharc
- Travellers of Murphy Village – Irish Travellers in the US
- From Beara to Butte – Mining links between Cork and what was once the most Irish city in America
- Emigration and the Single Woman
- The Gaucho Irish – The Irish of Argentina
- The Black Irish – the Irish of Montserrat in the Caribbean
- The French Connection
- When Ireland starved – the exodus – part 4
- Boat Train to Euston
- Oldbury Camp
- The Tatie Hawkers
- Goodbye to Glocamorro
Philip Donnellan’s The Irishmen – a moving portrait of Irish workers in Britain in the 1960s (I cannot find a DVD of this)
An Bothar Fada- The experience of the Irish who emigrated to post-war Britain.
Out of Ireland – Irish Emigration to America
Of Stars and Shamrocks – Chronicles the migration of Russian Jews of the pogroms and Famine Irish into Boston.
Home: The Movie – an Irishman in post-September 11 New York
Memory Brings Us Back – Irish Stories of Farewells and Fortunes – Splendid! A moving, powerful depiction of older Irish emigrants in New York.