North Circular: Dublin’s vibrant community and cultural heritage honored in film, star says

Dublin’s community spirit remains strong, according to one of the stars of the new film, North Circular.

The much-anticipated documentary from Dublin-based filmmaker Luke McManus hits theaters nationwide this Friday, December 2.

The award-winning feature follows the length of Dublin’s legendary Northern Circular Road, from Phoenix Park to Dublin Harbour, and tells the stories of locals with music and song.

The film celebrates the vibrant cultural heritage of the different neighborhoods the road connects to, along with addressing the challenges of those who live along the famed road.

Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin, Save the Cobblestone campaign organizer, said: “The movie starts in Phoenix Park, and it goes as far as the harbour. Different segments look at different parts of the Northern Circular.

“I was in the Stoneybatter section looking at the Cobblestone campaign with a lot of musicians and singers involved. The way Luke captured the demonstration was great.

“It’s good to look back on the energy from that campaign. It is really powerful, a large number of people have supported it.

“It does a great job of highlighting some of the problems in the city and the hardships people are going through, but at the same time it also shows the spirit of community,” he added.

The film includes live musical performances from Eoghan in the North Circular area, or ‘The Norrier’ as the locals affectionately call it.


Luke McManus shot the documentary, North Circular. Photo: Steve Humphreys

He plays the flute and the concertina in Cobblestone, and he sings too, so he’s happy that it’s become a concrete part of the movie.

“I’ve been going there for 15 years now, more often now when I live around the corner. I would be there most weeks meeting people or playing some tunes,” Eoghan said.

“The music community there is huge, it’s like a cultural center. It’s great for musicians and Dublin in general.

“There are a lot of events there, whether it’s singing sessions or concerts. It’s a big part of musical and cultural life.

“When it was decided that a hotel would be built on it, we had to push it back.

“Myself, a group of musicians and other locals organized the Save the Cobblestone rally, which became an important part of the documentary.”

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