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Created by John Eipper on 11/07/20 4:04 PM

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My Favorite Sean Connery Film (Patrick Mears, -Germany, 11/07/20 4:04 pm)

Well, John, I can't resist responding to your Sean Connery question.

As for my "favourite Connery film," which is a fairly general question, I can honestly answer Darby O'Gill and the Little People from 1959, which featured the young Sean Connery and was released by Walt Disney Productions. Now the film is a bit over the top when it comes to depicting serious beings from Irish folklore, such as the Banshee, the Pooka and Leprechauns a/k/a "The Good People." One does not joke about fairies and spirits when one comes across in Ireland a fairy rath or a hawthorn bush, especially on October 31st, which is the Celtic feast of Samhain.

The film, which I saw as a child upon its release, is based on two books by Herminie (McGibney) Templeton Kavanagh (1861-1933), (i) Darby O'Gill and the Good People, and (ii) Ashes of Old Wishes and Other Darby O'Gill Tales. Herminie was born in Aldershot, Hampshire, UK, but her father, Major George McGibney, hailed from County Longford in the Irish Midlands. After the death of her first husband, she married her second husband, former Cook County Judge Marcus Kavanagh, of whom I bet WAISer David Duggan knows. This second marriage took place in 1907 or 1908 in either (i) Waterford County, Ireland, (ii) Dublin, Ireland, or (iii) Des Moines, Iowa. How's that for mystery?

The film also featured some fine Irish actors, e.g., Albert Sharpe, who played the lead role of clever Darby O'Gill, and Jimmy O'Dea, who played the scurrilous King Brian, the Taoiseach of the Good People. O'Dea was famous in his own right as a songwriter and performer of Dublin ballads. One of his more famous songs is "The Charladies' Ball," here performed by the well-known Irish balladeer, Frank Harte. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4xK2uZoHa8 . Another of O'Dea's specialties is "Biddy Mulligan," which celebrates, more or less, the Dublin neighbourhood, The Coombe. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRVNpXLoWUc . The Dubliners also gave a fine, recorded performance of "Biddy" here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cfjsi1OgLIw .

Mo beannacht Dé libh,


P.S. Here is a link to the Leprechauns' fiddle dance, where Darby outsmarts King Brian. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIT_ov0lOXo&t=90s .

JE comments:  Pat, after a grueling election cycle, it's a joy to return to more whimsical and "lite" WAIS content.  A splendid film recommendation!  And dang, those little folks (final link) can dance!

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