Magnifique! Philippe Gilbert – Champion du Monde.
This documentary tells the story behind one of Ireland’s greatest sporting institutions: The Rás Tailteann cycling race. First ran in 1953 its aim was to symbolise the nationalist aspirations of its organisers and promote Irish culture at a time of fierce political and sporting division. Blending contemporary footage, rare sporting and social archive, and the first-hand accounts of a host of colourful and fascinating characters – riders and organisers, commentators, fans and critics – The Rás Tailteann is an extraordinary tale of civil-war politics and the race that launched the careers of Ireland’s most successful cyclists. Nowadays the Rás is a major international cycling event featuring a host of international teams annually. The tumultuous history of the Rás Tailteann also offers a unique, parallel take on the cultural and political development of late 20th century Ireland – a revealing thought-line from the 1950s to the modern day. In Ireland, as we’ll see, the line between sport and politics is a very fine one indeed.
To whom it concerns,
I would be grateful if you could bring the following to the attention of your fellow cycling club members through whatever message boards, websites and social media sites your club may have: A new documentary entitled Rás Tailteann – Rothai an tSaoil, telling the secret history of one of Ireland’s greatest sporting institutions the Rás Tailteann cycling race is due to be broadcast for the first time on Wednesday the 26th of September 2012 on TG4 at 21.30. It will be repeated at 16.55 on Sunday the 30th of September. Featuring first-hand accounts of a host of colourful and fascinating characters – riders and organisers, commentators, fans and critics, it tells the little known history of this remarkable event.
The opening sequence is at the following link:https://vimeo.com/42204241
The documentary has also been selected to play at the Kerry Film Festival at 7pm at Siamsa Tire in Tralee on Thursday the 11th of October. In addition to this it will screened internationally at the Bicycle Film Festival in London (4th-7th of October) and in Milan (12th-14th of October).
David BurkeProducerDot Televisiondavid@dottelevision.org
Just to update everyone; The Kingdom Alliance Sportive Website is currently being constructed and will be launched shortly. To view the current state of play go to the following URL: www.tkas.ie
Anyone interested in being involved in the design and content of the website should contact the secretary. All input would be welcome.