Widow's IRA tale to show at film festival Cork


The extraordinary story of how a dispute over parental custody led to some of the most dramatic incidents of the Irish War of Independence is among the films to be showcased at this year's Corona Cork Film Festival.

Am an Ghatair - In Ainm An Mhic tells the story of how a widow asked the IRA to kidnap her young son from his paternal grandparents in Wales. The drama-documentary tells how the widow, who worked as a typist in Victoria Barracks in Cork, in return provided information on British army operations.

The film festival opens on Sunday night with Bill Morrison's The Great Flood inspired by the Mississippi river flood of 1927, with live accompaniment by American jazz guitarist Bill Frisell and his band.