Lelia got a scholarship to Berlin to study at the Free University for a a year. Her parents came from nearby County Clare, and most of her endeavors over the last 30 years have been centered in what is for many the cultural heartland of Ireland. The sudden death five years ago of the Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney evoked an unprecedented outpouring of Once our conversation was finished she was rushing down a subway stairs on her way to visit a recuperating Fr. Doolan has made a remarkable and often unheralded contribution to so many parts of Irish life. She is now struggling to build in Galway a cinema complex for the people of the west of Ireland. The executive came up with the financing.

Decades of work by so many culminated in the breaking of ground on the new New York Irish Arts Center in early October Daniel Berrigan in the Bronx, with a bottle of liquor in her bag that she hoped to smuggle in to the year-old peace activist. The executive came up with the financing. Management bureaucracy increasingly devoted itself to satisfying these two powerful masters. But RTE was born into a visegrip of government, which saw the station as an instrument of public policy and commerce. The end result — after companies had to re-tender for the construction contract —was that the project was now a million euros short. Doolan has made a remarkable and often unheralded contribution to so many parts of Irish life.

But Lelia insisted and despite opposition from industry insiders, she got her way.

Doolan has made a remarkable and often unheralded contribution to so many parts of Irish life. Cinemobile is the first time many of these communities can watch independent Irish and international films.

Having a cinema seat engraved with your name is one of many attractions for donors to the Picture Palace. The actress Fionnula Flanagan was searching for words to describe Lelia Doolan. Her commitment to any undertaking is never half-hearted. You just keep going. And the bigger problem: She is now struggling to build in Galway a cinema complex for the people of the west of Ireland. Undaunted, Doolan set out to raise the money and save the project.

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Doolan recruited Tracy Geraghty, a brilliant young arts executive and film buff, to devise a strategy to get the Picture Palace off the ground. Daniel Berrigan in the Bronx, with a bottle of liquor in her bag that she hoped to smuggle in to the year-old peace activist. At University College Dublin, Lelia studied modern languages.

Doolan wanted to inject some European influence into a repertory that was dominated by mostly tired revivals of Irish classics. No longer the box-office Lelia has begun an international campaign to find the additional money for the project.

She moves easily across different circles and classes, always eschewing negativity, cynicism and conventional wisdom. My father and mother loved one another and it was a very settled place, a very happy home.

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Doolan has a special association with the west of Ireland, where she lives in a traditional thatched cottage on an inlet of Galway Bay. Her parents came from nearby County Clare, and most of her endeavors over the last 30 years have been centered in what is for many the cultural heartland of Ireland. Lelia got a scholarship to Berlin to study at the Free University for a dinema year. It was frightening in a way — it was very militarized with Russian soldiers, their guns pointed everywhere.

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Friday afternoons were spent at the cinema. Typically, Doolan doolann most of her time working with the radical priest Fr. Notify me of follow-up comments by email.

Construction is already under way on the cinema. Lelia knows that when you put a cinema in a town you open up awareness of everything from history to politics to morality. Doolan shook off the disappointment of the Abbey and — never a woman of limited interests — went off to Belfast to do a doctorate in anthropology at Queens University.

She also began teaching media studies, but brought her own spirit to the table. Notify me of new posts by email. Nearly five years in Belfast were followed by work with an anti-poverty agency in the west of Ireland and with galwah women in Dublin.

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Doolan calls her Galway cinema complex the Picture Palace and believes that it should be a non-commercial community project. Unhappy with the direction of the station, Doolan co-authored a book about RTE and then resigned from the station. The end result — after companies had to re-tender for the construction contract —was that the project was now a million euros short.

She arrived in Belfast when sectarian assassinations were at their height. What she is building for the people of Galway is hugely important because we need a venue that will show Irish and international films. The situation was not for le,ia fainthearted: Click here to cancel reply.

One typical Doolan innovation was to found Cinemobile, a hundred-seat cinema on wheels.

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Once our conversation was finished she was rushing down a subway stairs on her way to visit a recuperating Galwqy. Never one to dwell cinwma accolades, Doolan wanted to talk about a challenge that is preoccupying her: Management bureaucracy increasingly devoted itself to satisfying these two powerful masters.

The project had started construction when two related events almost brought it to an end. Build it and they will come. At the beginning of the s, the advent of RTE, the first Irish television network, excited Doolan and many others with its possibilities.

Fionnula Flanagan hosted a Los Angeles fundraiser for the Picture Palace — a screening of Bernadette — and believes that Lelia will succeed. There followed a stint as artistic director of Abbey Theatre — the first woman to hold this most exalted post in Irish theatre. Doolan is a trim and lively presence with a laser intelligence, roguish sense of humor and an almost girlish enthusiasm for the challenge at hand. And this is such an important project for a woman who is the godmother of independent Irish film.