Set around the narrator’s overlooked inner city Dublin windowsill, on which, according to local lore Eamon De Valera allegedly signed his 1916 surrender, this documentary rescues this lost anti-heroic moment in what has transformed from erstwhile Poor Law Dispensary to NAMA HQ, and most recently into one of Dublin’s key hipster hubs in the newly prosperous heart of Silicon Docks. Reclaiming the buried story and deeper meaning of what was possibly De Valera’s worst moment, “Surrender on Grand Canal Street” inspires us all, like the tech giants who have made this unlikely spot their home, not only to embrace fluke, and failure, but also to “fail better”.
Featuring historian Tim Pat Coogan (author of De Valera: Long Fellow, Long Shadow); Ruairi O Cuiv (Dublin City Council Public Art Officer and grandson of De Valera); Ian Kelly (Owner, Ian Kelly Financial Services, Lower Grand Canal Street, and grand-nephew of Elizabeth O’Farrell); Anne, Peggy, & Sean Kilbane (Lower Grand Canal Street Residents), Colin Harmon (owner, 3FE Coffee Shop, Lower Grand Canal Street); Una Kavanagh (as Elizabeth O’Farrell); Pat Laffan (as various), Kathy Scott (yoga teacher), and narrated by Lower Grand Canal Street resident Deirdre Mulrooney.
Produced by Deirdre Mulrooney
Sound Supervision by Neil Kavanagh
Funded by Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI)
“Surrender on Grand Canal Street” will be broadcast on Newstalk 106 – 108fm – at 11am on St. Patrick’s Day, Friday March 17th, 2017.