Film Language

Deargdhúil: Anatomy of Passion

Film screening presented in partnership with the Hedge School / Scoil Scairte at the Trailblazery, in association with IFI International


$18 (inclusive of fees) 75 minutes

Sat, May 13, 2023



Box Office


Phone hours:
10am-6pm, Monday-Friday

In person:
Opens 60 minutes before the performance on show days


Irish Arts Center 
726 11th Avenue 
Hell's Kitchen, NYC


This documentary by Paula Kehoe explores the life, work, and poetic imagination of the revolutionary Irish poet Máire Mhac an tSaoi. Born in 1922, her story is set against a backdrop of a tumultuous century in Irish history in which she and her family—father Seán MacEntee and husband Conor Cruise O’Brien—were centrally involved. It is told through dramatic representations of a sequence of poems re-imagined and choreographed as short films intercut with her father’s home movies and the poet’s own commentary on her life and work. 

Featuring the movement poetry of performance artist Maureen Fleming, interview by Louis de Paor, and voices of Máire Mhac an tSaoi, Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, and Olwen Fouéré. 

Make it a full day's immersion in the Irish language—join us for Féile na Gaeilge, our annual Irish Language Day celebration! Ticket holders to Irish Language Day get free admission to Deargdhúil: Anatomy of Passion. Learn more here >

Director Paula Kehoe
Producer Paula Kehoe
Editor Julie Flavin
Co-writers Paula Kehoe and Louis de Paor
Director of photography Colm Hogan
Lighting designer (for Maureen Fleming) Christopher Odo
Music by Colm Mac Con Iomaire and Dana Lyn, with additional tracks by Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh
Location sound by John Brennan 

2015 / 60 minutes / Digital Cinema. A Saoi Media production for Ildána (previously Splanc!), TG4, and the Arts Council.


Presented with generous support from Culture Ireland, the Irish Institute of New York, the National Endowment for the Arts, and CIE Tours.




Our Supporters

Irish Arts Center programs are supported, in part, by government, foundation, and corporate partners including Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office and the New York City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; Howard Gilman Foundation; Tourism Ireland; the Jerome L. Greene Foundation; the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation; the Charina Endowment Fund; the Ireland Funds; the Shubert Foundation, Inc.; the Arnhold Foundation; the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation; the Irish Institute of New York; the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, New York; Northern Ireland Bureau; Invest NI; CIE Tours International; the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate of Ireland in New York; and thousands of generous donors like you.


Thanks for signing up!

Sorry, something went wrong