Foróige film tells story of Forde family’s emigration to the USA

Posted on: 10th October, 2016

Category: News

Contributor: West Cork People

Above: Cast of the film ‘The Fordes of Ballinascarthy - Freedom From Famine’ . Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

A group of industrious teenagers from Ballinascarthy Foróige Club have gotten together to produce a 45-minute film about Irish origins of car tycoon Henry Forde.

The film is to premiere on October 15 at 8pm in Ballinascarthy Hall. Tickets are available in The Village Store.

The narrative follows a young man from Ballinascarthy who was forced to immigrate to America because of the famine, and becomes the father of Henry Forde.

The 45-minute film was made by 20 teenagers, aged 13-17, from Ballinascarthy Foróige Club with actors from the award-winning Kilmeen drama group and the support of film-maker Tim McCoy who allowed the teenagers to use the cameras, and work with lighting, sound and recording.

Betty Hennessy, a Leader with Ballinascarthy Foróige Club and one of the coordinators of the project said, “Working with the young people on this project and watching them grow has been a real privilege. They learnt so many skills, that aren’t often available to teenagers, and showed huge enthusiasm for the whole thing.

“A glamorous red carpet premiere will be held with the cast in formal wear to launch the film ‘The Fordes of Ballinascarthy: Freedom from Famine’ on October 15,” she said.

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