Irish Destiny is a powerful romantic drama, set against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence (1919 - 1921) it was made just 10 years after the 1916 Rising. The film cleverly interweaves a romantic narrative with real events dramatised and told through original newsreel footage of British occupation and IRA resistance. For decades believed lost, the Irish Film Archive found and restored the original nitrate print to its original tinted and toned glory. A magnificent original score, written for the film by Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin and performed by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, accompanies this important document of Ireland's cinematic heritage. The film tells the story of a young man Denis O Hara and his girlfriend Moira Barry who live in the (fictional) village of Clonmore. Denis's mother descends into hysterical blindness after witnessing the violence of the war - an attack on the village by the Black and Tans (a counter-insurgency unit deployed by the British government during the war). Denis is spurred to join the IRA. This places him in mortal jeopardy, throws his family into emotional crisis and puts Moira in sexual danger. Denis is captured after being wounded in action and is interned by the British. Moira is lured by the local social outcast, poitin maker and British spy Gilbert Beecher, to his lair (the Haunted Mill). Denis, at this stage believed dead, escapes imprisonment and returns to Clonmore just in time to save Moira from being raped by Beecher. The Mill catches fire, Beecher and his gang are engulfed in the inferno. With the Truce of 1921 the war ends and there is joy in the village. Denis returns home to his still blind mother who is overjoyed at his homecoming.
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