Multi-award winning and internationally acclaimed Irish documentary ‘The Pipe’, made by Cashel man Risteard O Domhnaill, had its nationwide DVD release on Friday, June 17. The film follows the small farming and fishing community of Rossport during the height of the Celtic Tiger, as it is torn apart by a proposed Shell pipeline which could bring economic prosperity or destroy a way of life shared for generations. As pressure from the Irish government and Shell mounts, five local men go to jail, the community descends into infighting over compensation, the local headmistress goes on hunger strike and only one lone fisherman is all that stands between the worlds largest pipelaying ship - The Solitaire - and a way of life shared for generations.
Variety calls the film “first rate”, Screen Daily says it is “engrossing and provocative...a fascinating and challenging film”. ‘The Pipe’ is a very timely insight into where we went as a country over the past 15 years and how the widespread abuse of power and pandering to private interests has had devastating consequences for the citizens of this country. With potentially vast oil & gas reserves off our west coast, in a country laden with unfathomable debt for generations, ‘The Pipe’ asks some very difficult questions of ourselves.