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The Enigma of Frank Ryan tonight on TG4


Hi All,
‘The Enigma of Frank Ryan’ which had a screening at the Limerick Film Festival is on television tonight on TG4 at 9:30pm

This is another chance to catch this interesting film which sparked so much debate at the festival a couple of weeks ago.



Limerick Film Festival to feature on TG4


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The Limerick Film Festival will be featured during the next episode of Ponc @ naMovies, at 9pm on Thursday 10th April on TG4.

Coincidently they will have actor Dara Devaney with them in studio in the same programme to discuss his role in the Irish short film Rúbaí which will be screened at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York , and they will also talk about how he stars in The Enigma of Frank Ryan which will be screened from 4pm at the Millennium Theatre at the Limerick Film Festival earlier that day.

             Ireland’s only weekly movie show Ponc@naMovies is now in its fourth season and has continued to go from strength to strength! Tune in each week as presenters Máire Treasa Ní Dhubhghaill & Colman Mac Séalaigh bring you fantastic reviews on all the top movies, together with red carpet premieres and the low down on all the latest cinema releases. Not only will Ponc@naMovies bring you the latest news from the world of International filmmaking, but this year Ponc@naMovies has dedicated a slot to all that is Irish in the movie world as we celebrate what Irish Film has to offer on both the big screen and on a local level within the national film festival circuit. 

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The Programme is also repeated on Saturdays at 10am on TG4

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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