A documentary film by John O'Shea, exploring the close links between Huddersfield and the native Irish speaking people of Connemara.
In September 2007, filmmakers John O'Shea and Sam Meech travelled to Connemara to see what they could find out about the links between the west coast of Ireland and their home town of Huddersfield.
A week later, Naomh Anna Leitir Móir Gaelic Football Club, travelled in the opposite direction to play in a challenge match against the Brothers Pearse G.A.A. Club in Huddersfield, and brought along a fair few friends.
The tradition of teams travelling between Connemara and Huddersfield began with the visit of An Cheathrú Rua, in 1972. In 2004, Brothers Pearse G.A.A. celebrated their Golden Jubilee with a trip to Connemara, playing against Naomh Anna Leitir Móir and An Cheathrú Rua.
This exchange of club and community has taken place many times over many years, each time renewing the bonds between the Huddersfield Irish community and it's homeland. These trips are symbolic of a unique link between Huddersfield and the people of Connemara.
- CONNEMARA CONNECTION -
Shown for the first time on Friday 14th of November 2008 at Huddersfield Irish Centre where the film was introduced by Tommy Walsh (RIP) former President GAA Provincial Council Great Britain.
Supported by Brothers Pearse G.A.A. Huddersfield.
Special thanks to Naomh Anna Leitir Móir for their support in making the film and also to Niall Carson, Ciaran O'Neill and Dr. Pat Nugent at the Institute of Irish Studies in Liverpool for their work on the translation.