ReferenceRocky Road to Dublin

'Rocky Road to Dublin':

In this polemical film the aspirations of the founders of the Irish State are contrasted with the social and economic malaise afflicting Ireland in the 1960s. According to the film, Ireland has exchanged one form of oppression (British rule) for another (the hegemony of the Catholic Church and the weight of tradition). This is illustrated by the church's involvement in politics, education and censorship, and in the rigid adherence to tradition or organisations such as the GAA. A move away from this type of repressed society is shown by the burgeoning '60s youth culture and by a new generation or priests such as Fr. Michael Cleary who is seen attending a wedding, visiting a grave-yard and a women's (TB?) ward in a Dublin hospital.

Director: Peter Lennon.

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