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Tuesday 12 November 2019

Wheel of creativity turns at film premiere

Pictured, left to right, are: Johnny Murphy (New Ross), Terence White (filmmaker from Gorey) and Pippy Firman (Wexford). Photo: Michael Duggan
Pictured, left to right, are: Johnny Murphy (New Ross), Terence White (filmmaker from Gorey) and Pippy Firman (Wexford). Photo: Michael Duggan

Brendan Keane

A première took place in Wexford recently of a film that gave a fascinating insight into the traditional life of people in the Travelling community.

The documentary, 'Wagon Wheels', by Wexford-based filmmaker, Terence White, took place in the Arts Centre before a capacity crowd.

It was launched by the Chairperson of Wexford County Council, Cllr Michael Sheehan as part of the fringe programme of events for this year's Wexford Festival Opera.

Eileen Morrissey, County Librarian and Creative Ireland Coordinator, introduced the screening.

Wagon Wheels explores the folk art involved in painting barrel-top wagons and the efforts being made in the county to keep the tradition alive.

The film features Pippy Firman, from Wexford town, who learned his craft from Travellers and coach builders.

Mr Firman is also well known as a member of staff in Wexford Arts Centre.

Another man featured in the film is Johnny Murphy from New Ross, whose skills in wagon building and painting have been passed down through generations of his family.

Mr White has been making films for over 20 years and his work has been broadcast on television and screened at national and international film festivals.

This documentary was funded by a Creative Ireland grant from Wexford County Council and is the second documentary Mr White has made under that scheme.

He received funding last year to make 'Feeding the Soul', a film about the diversity of cultural heritage in the county.

That film is available to view on the Wexford Arts Centre website and the centre is also supporting his 'Wagon Wheels' project.

Speaking about the documentary launch Mr White said he was delighted with the response from those in attendance.

'I was absolutely delighted at the reception the film received,' he said.

Mr White went on to comment: 'The fact the audience was made up of a mix of members of the Traveller community and settled people also made it a very positive event from my perspective.'

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