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The Enigma of Frank Ryan

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A special screening of the feature length film, ‘The Enigma of Frank Ryan’ will take place on Thursday 10th of April at the Millennium Theatre for the Limerick Film Festival.

Also there will be a Q&A discussion with Director, Writer & Producer; Professor Desmond Bell along with Dr. Fearghal McGarry.


Frank Ryan’s life (born Limerick 1902, died Dresden 1944) remains an enigma.  The teenage IRA volunteer, dissident republican and Spanish International Brigade volunteer ended his life working for the Nazis in wartime Berlin.  Ryan’s story continues to cast a dark spell over Irish political life raising as it does  questions about Ireland’s position in the second world war and the tainted record of the IRA.   Our film employs the imaginative resources of the creative documentary to explore a human story of truly tragic proportions.   From an appartment in war ravaged Berlin Ryan reflects on his life sharing his story with a young radio producer Hans Hartman. Hartman has a particular interest in matters Irish and hopes that Ryan will assist in broadcasting propoganda by the Nazis to Ireland .

Ryan had been smuggled out of a Spanish jail by German Military Intelligence in a deal with Franco.  He was spirited to Berlin where it was hoped he would  travel back to Ireland together with Sean Russell the head of the IRA.  ‘Operation Dove’ aimed to conduct insurrectional activity against the British led by the IRA.   “My enemy’s enemy is my friend” Ryan’s Nazi handler Veesenmayer declares quoting the old Republican adage.   However after the failed attempt to return to Ireland by U Boat Ryan becomes trapped  in Berlin and the relationship between  himself and Hartman and Veesenmeyer takes on a cat and mouse character.  As Ryan become more familiar with the Nazi state the contradiction between his political  beliefs and  his  favoured status in Berlin comes to haunt him.

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The time for the screening has yet to be decided but will be published in our forth coming Festival Programme.

For more information and clips from the Film Click HERE.


Limerick Festival Guidelines 2013



City of Culture ‘Find Out More’ Event

Hi All
We have a stand at the City of Culture ‘ Find Out More’ event which is taking place at the Georgian Quarter at No. 2 Pery Square from 5pm to 9pm today.

This is an opportunity for everyone to come and see the various groups, theatre organisations, Film Festival Organisers and performers at individual stands within this icon venue in Limerick.

We are here in the coach house located at the rear of the majestic garden.

Come down and have a chat with us on what the Limerick Film Festival can offer for film makers next year. (April 10-12th 2014)





Find Out More About Limerick City of Culture 2014!

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An opportunity for members of the public to find out more about Limerick’s preparations to become the first National Irish City of Culture in 2014 will take place on Thursday, July 11th at a showcase event in ‘Culture House’ @ No.2 Pery Square from 5pm to 9pm

We will be there not only to answer questions on our event but also to take a look and discuss other events with other organizers.

This is a great chance to get an initial feel for what Limerick has to offer in 2014 and should make an exciting talking point.


Cya there.