Documentary Short Film

We Need To Talk About Ireland

A film by Myles O’Reilly documenting the Trailblazery event We Need To Talk About Ireland, a 90-minute creative celebration of Ireland past, present and future which took place in front of a live audience from The Round Room at Dublin’s Mansion House on St Patrick’s Night, Monday 17 March, 2014.

The brainchild of Irish creative collective, The Trailblazery, this innovative cultural event challenges some of Ireland’s brightest innovators, thinkers, artists and creative entrepreneurs to explore what it means to be Irish in 2014. Featuring inspiring TED-style talks, interspersed with music, comedy, poetry, film and a large-scale choral spectacle, We Need To Talk About Ireland was produced by The Trailblazery and was broadcast on RTÉ Player and The Washington Post.

Over 90 minutes, the speakers and performers told the story of Ireland, from our ancient past to our potential future. The vision of the project is to evoke a new cultural storyline about our social, political, cultural and spiritual evolution on this island and beyond, and aims to re-imagine the kind of Ireland we want to live in.

Partners & Sponsors: The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Fáilte Ireland, Dublin City Council, RTÉ and The Washington Post

More event and music films by Myles O’Reilly at

List of participants:

Martin Hayes
Patrick McCormack
Manchan Magan
Iarla O’Lionaird
Justine McCarthy
Ruairi McKiernan
Grace Dyas
Dylan Haskins
Noeline Kavanagh
Abbot Mark Partick Hederman
Bryan Delaney
Colm O Gorman
Nina Hynes and St. Brigid’s Choir
Crash Ensemble
Discovery Gospel Choir
Jimmy Cavanagh ~ conductor

4 comments on “We Need To Talk About Ireland

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  2. Very moved by this video to be perfectly honest. Living and working in England the last three years and the longer I live outside Ireland the more aware I am becoming of what it truly means to be Irish. The rich story-telling culture, the writers, musicians and now the fine filmmakers we have. It is a blessing to be Irish and some of the words uttered in this video reassert why this is the case. Beautifully done Myles. Lovely work. Tabhair aire.

  3. Sorry! I don´t know what to make of this!

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