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Tuesday 28th August 2007

Rare chance to see Collins' 1919 screen debut this Friday on Meeting House Square...

An eight-minute silent movie made in secret in 1919 will be shown on Meeting House Squares big screen this Friday at 9pm as part of this years Diversions festival closing event.

The untitled film known as the 'Republican Loan' features Michael Collins reading a letter from the Bishop of Limerick encouraging people to sign up for the fund-raising bonds. It includes Padraig Pearse's mother and sister and several widows of those executed in 1916.

It was made at Saint Enda's, Rathfarnham during the filming of the rare Irish 90 minute silent film 'Willie Reilly and His Colleen Bawn' which will be shown immediately afterwards this Friday night. The silent film will feature an original score from composer Bernard Reilly which was commissioned by Temple Bar Cultural Trust in 1999.

Tickets are FREE and are available NOW from Temple Bar Cultural Information Centre at 12 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.