“The Brothers” film to be screened

the Butler brothers, subject of RTE documentary "The Brothers", photo from the book," Ireland:The Parting Glass", by photographer  richard fitzgerald, published by John Hinde Ltd, Dublin.
The screening of a poignant film documentary immortalising bachelor farmer life in the Comeragh Mountains is one of the cultural events planned for the Comeraghs Wild Festival that kicks off next Thursday.

The screening of a poignant film documentary immortalising bachelor farmer life in the Comeragh Mountains is one of the cultural events planned for the Comeraghs Wild Festival that kicks off next Thursday.

“The Brothers”, a beautifully filmed documentary, takes an affectionate look at the lives of two elderly bachelors, Paddy and Nicholas Butler, who lived all their lives on an isolated farm at the foot of the Comeraghs.

The half-hour film is a touching portrayal of a lifestyle that has now almost completely disappeared.

The Brothers shows the men’s life in the Comeraghs.

There is a close bond between the two brothers, neither of whom would marry for fear of upsetting the other and their farmhouse décor remaining unchanged since they were small boys.

The film culminates in the unexpected dramatic events which arose when Paddy dies and his secret 50 year-old daughter turns up at his funeral. Nicholas ends up having to sell his land to meet her claim for inheritance.

The film, which premiered in 2006, hasn’t been broadcast in seven years.

Its producer, Irial MacMurchù of Nemeton TV, based in the An Rinn Gaeltacht, will introduce the film before its screening at a special event in The Workhouse, Kilmacthomas on Saturday, September 21. Booking for this event is essential. Tickets cost €5 and include a wine reception. Bookings at 058-54975.