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TitleCLASH OF THE ASH
Production companyCircus Films
SponsorBórd Scánnán na hEireann/Irish Film Board
Radio Telefís Éireann/RTE
Mirror Films
Country of originIreland
ProducerGOGAN, Jane
DirectorTIGHE, Fergus
Script/AdaptationTIGHE, Fergus
PhotographyQUINN, Declan
Sound recordingDUFFIELD, Mick
EditingDUGGAN, JImmy
Art directionARMSTRONG, Robert
Costume designAUGUSTSSON, Edda
GOGAN, Caroline
Executive producerDOOLIN, Lelia
Music composerCOONEY, Stephen
Songs'Dirty Old Town' by Ewan McColl, perf. by The Pogues; 'Amhran na bhFiann' by Peadar Keamey, arrg: Brian Boydell, perf. by RTE Concert Orchestra; 'Street Comer Casanova' by and perf. by Ron Kavana; 'Fermoy' by Juice on the Loose; 'Ain't Misbehavin'
CastWilliam Heffernan (Phil Kelly), Vincent Murphy (Martin Hogan), Gina Moxley (Mary Haitneit), Myles Breen (Willy), Marian Dowley (Rosie), Alan Devlin (Mick Barry), Michael McAuliffe (Mr Kelly), Kay Rae Malone (Mrs Kelly), Donnacha Crowley (priest), Jim Queally (garda), Frank Duggan, Michael Twomey (barmen), Maura Young (Mrs O'Brien), Charles Ruxton (Paddy Murphy), Jimmy Dennigan (referee), Mary McCarthy (woman in cafe), Colette Egan (Murphy's girlfriend), Phil Noonan, Tom McLellan, James O'Donoghue, Patrick Waters (Murphy's mates), Elizabeth Dolan, Deirdre Foley, William John Murphy Lillis, Andrew Scannell (people at party). Big Guns (the dance band), Kevin Liddy (teenage Elvis), Keith Hanley (Mick Barry' s son), Frank O' Sullivan (barman), Johnny Mahon (bouncer).
Colourcol
Soundsound
Duration50
Release date1987
CopyIFA
IFA (VHS)
SummaryA young man, Phil Kelly, who is about to leave school in a small town, questions the plans and expectations his parents have mapped out for him against a background of Leaving Certificate pressures and his involvement with the local hurling team. Deciding not to sit the exams, Phil leaves home to migrate to London and stay at his friend Mary Hartnett's house there. (V).
NoteIR Rel 31/10/1987 (Dublin Film Festival).

Filmed in Fergus Tighe's home town, Fermoy, Co Cork. This
film received a grant from the Arts Council of Ireland. This film won the
Starting Out Award at the 8th Festival of Film and Television in the Celtic
Countries, April 1987; and Best Irish Film Award at the 1987 Cork Film
Festival.
ReferenceFBN No. 3:9; IT 13/4/1987:12; IT 22/7/1987; IT 6/8/1987:10; International Film Guide 1988; SP 8/2/1987.

Irish Times, 22/7/87:1, ‘Visions of a vibrant film industry’, Film maker, Fergus Tighe, interviewed on future plans after success of Clash Of The Ash (Michael Cunningham).

Irish Independent, 6/2/87:1, ‘Budding director's Clash Of The Ash is a hit’,
Report on world premiere of Clash Of The Ash in Dublin (Miriam Lord).

International Film Guide, 1988:236, Brief plot synopsis and review (Liam O'Leary).

Sunday Press, 8/2/87:1, ‘Sporting Rebels’, Preview of film, Clash Of The Ash, with a focus on the hurling backdrop (Paddy Woodworth).

Irish Times, 6/8/87:10, ‘Arts and Studies: Training for a career’, Post-Film Board look at careers in the film industry (David Kavanagh).

Irish Times, 6/8/87:1, ‘Vital films and tales of financial woe’, Report on Eighth Celtic Film Festival in Inverness, and success of Fergus Tighe's Clash Of The Ash (Kenny Mathieson).

Sunday Tribune, 24/09/00:4, ‘More Shocks in 'Glenroe' as Blackie Throws in the Towel’, Irish actor Liam Heffernan announces his decision to leave the TV series Glenroe. He previously starred in the film Clash of the Ash (Olivia Doyle and Valerie Roe).

Publicity material for Clash Of The Ash. Held at the Tiernan MacBride Library of the Irish Film Institute.
LanguageEnglish
Production creditsp.c: Circus Films. With the assistance of Bord Scannan na hEireann/Irish Film Board. In association with Radio Telefís Eireann/Mirror Films, p: Jane Gogan, exec. p: (Bord Scannan na hEireann) Lelia Doolan, p. in development: Hilary McLoughlin, d/sc: Fergus Tighe, story ed: Eoghan Harris, creative adv: Cathal Black, light, c: Declan Quinn, focus puller: Caren Moy, clapper loader: Donal Gilligan, a. c: Thaddeus O'Sullivan, ed: Jim Duggan, a. ed: Kevin Liddy, songs: 'Dirty Old Town' by Ewan McColl, perf. by The Pogues; 'Amhran na bhFiann' by Peadar Keamey, arrg: Brian Boydell, perf. by RTE Concert Orchestra; 'Street Comer Casanova' by and perf. by Ron Kavana; 'Fermoy' by Juice on the Loose; 'Ain't Misbehavin', m: Stephen Cooney, s: Mick Duffield, art d: Robert Armstrong, cost/make-up: Edda Augustsson, Caroline Gogan, a.d: Darryl Collins, cont: Miriam Allen, a. to p: Yvonne McDonald, sponsorship organiser Dublin office: Martha O'Neill, loc. m: Bernard Fleming, stills: Christine Bond, Trish McAdam, gaffer: Tony Byrne, elec: Frank McDonald, Philip Fitzsimons, a. lights: Billy McCannon, Kevin Liddy, a.s. ed: Amanda Sutton, a. s: Liam Saurin, Brian O'Mahony, Jackie Crawford, dub. mix: Tony McHugh, titles: Robert Armstrong.
LocationFermoy
Cork
Genre/CategoryShort Film Drama
Drama
Sport Drama
KeywordsHurling
Rural Life
Migration
Love Relationships
Leaving Certificate

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