‘The Limerick Brigadistas’ tells the story of six men from Limerick who went to fight fascism in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). Approximately 240 Irish volunteers fought with the International Brigades during the war and the documentary depicts the lives of the six men from Limerick who fought with the XV International brigade – Maurice Emmett Ryan, Jim Woulfe, Frank Ryan, Gerard Doyle, Paddy Brady and Joe Ryan. It explores what motivated these men to leave Ireland to fight in another country and what subsequently happened to them. The documentary follows members of the Limerick International Brigades Memorial Trust as they travel to Spain to find the final resting place of some of their fellow Limerick men and to look at the relevance of their story in today’s world.
Produced by Frameworks Films and The Limerick International Brigades Memorial Trust (2017). (85mins.).
‘The Sunbeam Wolsey Factory was one of the biggest employers on the northside of Cork City throughout much of the 20th century. Although it finally closed its doors in the 1990s, its imposing structure was a permanent reminder of friendships formed, romances kindled and the long hours of hard work. In this short documentary, former employees recount stories of working in the Sunbeam, their memories stirred by the dramatic fire which swept through the complex in September 2003, signalling the final end of the Sunbeam. ‘Sunbeam’ was produced by Frameworks Films in collaboration with The Northside Folklore Project. (20mins.).