From Coolea To Iona (Ó Chúil Aodha go hOileán Í)

2014  | Ireland | 53 mins | PAL | Colour + B&W | 16:9

From Coolea to Iona follows the men singers of the legendary Coolea Men’s choir of the Muskerry Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking region) in West County Cork; charting its weekly trials and tribulations; culminating in a historical celebration on the renowned island of Iona with President Michael D. Higgins in the year of the choir’s 50th anniversary.

‘A work of great creative synergy and intimacy (with) a meditative aura’ 
Matt Micucci, Cinecola

Founded by legendary Irish composer Seán Ó Riada in 1963 – and continued after his death in 1971 to this day by his son Peadar – Cór Chúil Aodha (The Coolea Men’s Choir) occupies a legendary place in Irish music and embodies the spirit of an area that is historically rich in both poetry and music.

With current members that include local farmers, carpenters, teachers, civil servants and businessmen, fathers, sons and grandchildren; the choir represents a vibrant cross-section of the community and a diversity of authentic contemporary voices.

This intimate documentary follows the life of the choir over an 8-week period; charting its weekly trials and tribulations – under Peadar’s watchful direction – culminating in a historical visit to the renowned island of Iona in Scotland with President Michael D. Higgins in the year of the choir’s 50th anniversary.

This is the third film in Dónal Ó Céilleachair’s ‘Irish Music Trilogy’ that includes
3-TRIÚR (2012) and Aisling Gheal (2013).

Léiritheoir Feidhmiúcháin / Executive Producer RTÉ

Léirtheoir agus Stiúrthóir / Producer & Director

Leiriú le chuid / A Production of ANÚ PICTURES

Do / for

Arna Mhaoiniú ag / Funded by the

Údarás Craolacháin na hÉireann

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland


Music © Peadar Ó Riada All Rights Reserved

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Special Preview ‘Ireland on Sundays’ at IFI, Dublin – Sun., Nov. 2nd, 2014
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Premiered at the Cork Film Festival – Sat., Nov. 8th, 2014
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Broadcast nationally on RTÉ 1, Thursday, Nov. 27th, 2014 – 10.15pm.