The 5th Annual Irish Festival of Oulu in Oulu, Finland will be September 30th to October 3rd, 2010 and will feature world class Irish music, theatre, poetry, dance, workshops, and film.

2010’s anniversary festival will be screening Gabriel Byrne: Stories From Home and Director Pat Collins will come to the festival this year to promote this great documentary.

Visit the official Festival website for more information, including ticket purchase, travel information, and the full schedule. The site is being updated now, so check back often!

Edited to add: The Festival is also on Facebook at “Irish Festival of Oulu,” so be sure to visit there as well.

Here is the official Festival press release for Gabriel’s documentary:

Gabriel Byrne: Stories From Home

Gabriel Byrne: Stories From Home documentary is a poetic and lyrical portrait of a man who, through both his life and career, exists in a self imposed exile. This film transcends the limitations of many such portraits, creating a truly cinematic work. The topics covered in the documentary are deeply personal, and demonstrate a palpable sense of trust between filmmaker and subject.

Over the last thirty years, Irishman Gabriel Byrne has established himself as one of the leading actors of his generation. He has starred in many films such as Miller’s Crossing and The Usual Suspects, and more recently in the television series In Treatment. Byrne’s producing credits also include the Academy Award-nominated movie In the Name of the Father. Leading critic David Thompson has said his performance in Miller’s Crossing, “is one of the great performances in American cinema”.

The documentary unfolds in a collage of photographs, home video, archive clips and interviews. All these elements, crafted in this wonderful portrait, seek to understand the man who we see in a candid moment at the opening scene, struggling to connect with the familiar.

Director Pat Collins joins us for a discussion session with the audience following the screening.

Thursday 30.09 at 18:00, Valve Concert Hall
Tickets: 3€/2€; Valve Ticket Office
Duration: 76 min.; Pat Collins (Director), Tina Moran (Producer)
Language: English
-17:45- Doors open

You probably have a million questions you would like to ask the director, Pat Collins, don’t you? Well, here is your chance. Save those pennies, buy a warm coat (edited to note: okay, Riitta says you do not need a warm coat!), and get ready to travel to Finland for a great Irish festival!

Many thanks to Riitta for connecting us with the festival and its very nice organizer!


  1. Welcome to Finland to enjoy Gabriel Byrne´s documentary as well as the Irish culture festival. Through we are living near Arctic circle, you will survive here in late September with a light coat and normal shoes! There will not be snow and September is pretty warm with glowing autumn forests. Very beautiful view to see.
    There is only two hours drive to Arctic circle where you can meet Santa Claus every day. This Irish Festival is the northermost in the world, worth to see. I recommend it for more than one reasons! Come here to enjoy the festival and the northern atmosphere.

  2. Stephanie

    Thanks Riitta for the message and the kind interest.
    I’d love to come to the Festival and see Finland.
    Looks like a great and interesting event.

  3. It is nice to hear that the film will be shown in Finland.
    I wish it would come to Norway some day too.
    Nora, the Norwegian…

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