Strange Occurrences In A Small Irish Village

Feature documentary on the extraordinary village of Knock, Co. Mayo.


"Seeing is believing"

I wrote the score for this feature documentary on the town of Knock, a place built on the story of an apparition of Holy Mary in 1879. The film captures everything that makes up this quirky little village where religion is everywhere - from a main street shop owner competing with his seven other siblings in seven other main street shops selling religious statues and holy water, to the Knock Marriage Bureau dating agency run by the unlikely duo of a local woman and an elderly priest, these characters and stories pop up as the charismatic parish priest, Fr Richard, goes about executing his ambitious plans for renovating the basilica and expanding the appeal of Knock to transatlantic shores. 

The score is quirky, playful and at times magical, using ecclesiastic instruments like bells, chimes, or church organ but all in a contemporary non-religious way. At other times it sets a more contemplative tone, underscoring the plight of the sick who come to Knock in search of a miracle. It features beautiful violin and viola performances by Cora Venus Lunny and an a cappella version of Aisling Gheal by Iarla Ó Lionáird in the closing credits.

The film was on general release in Ireland during September/October 2016, receiving excellent reviews, and was broadcast on RTÉ One in December 2016, trending #1 on Twitter at the time of airing.

Director Aoife Kelleher
Producers Rachel Lysaght, Lindsay Campbell
Editor Adelina Bischis
DOP Cathal Watters
Composer Hugh Rodgers


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