Nursing Homes Ireland and Irish Film Institute partner for June’s Nursing Homes Week to showcase the collections from the IFI Irish Film Archive


‘Reel Memories’ initiative will bring IFI gems & bygone eras to nursing home residents across the country


The magic of Irish film and cinema will be brought into nursing homes through a very special initiative. Nursing Homes Ireland and the Irish Film Institute have partnered to bring Irish films dating as far back as the 1930s to residents in nursing homes across the country. The ‘Reel Memories’ initiative will see residents in their 80’s, 90’s and centenarians enjoy very special trips into the Ireland of old. The initiative is taking place as part of the activities being hosted by nursing homes to celebrate Nursing Homes Week 2018, the annual national celebration of nursing home care that will run Monday 18th to Sunday 24th June.


A selection of gems from the IFI Irish Film Archive’s Bord Fáilte, Department of Foreign Affairs, and Irish Adverts Project collections will be available within nursing homes during Nursing Homes Week. Residents will gather to watch the films and be brought back decades to bygone eras that will hold a very special resonance. During the Week, nursing homes will host special screenings of the films, with cinema-style events to bring residents, their families and friends, and staff together through the powerful medium of film.


A purpose-built online archive has been curated to facilitate the showing of the films within 300+ NHI Member homes. Support packs will be provided to nursing homes to inform the residents of the differing films available. These will detail the purpose of the film, the year / years it was produced, and, where available, the director and production company. The initiative will promote the IFI Irish Film Archive, a unique moving image heritage collection of over 30,000 cans of film and 10,000 broadcast tapes documenting Ireland’s past and present from 1897 to the present day.


Tadhg Daly, NHI CEO, states: “We’re delighted to have partnered with the IFI for this wonderful, ground-breaking initiative. The film from the IFI Irish Film Archive will have a very special resonance, meaning and a powerful emotional connection for the inspiring people who live in our nursing homes. Supporting positive reminiscence is intrinsic to support the care of older people who live in our nursing homes. These films will bring back very positive memories for the residents and will generate tremendous reminiscence, discussion, sharing of stories, laughter, happiness and pleasure.”


Commenting on the partnership, Kasandra O’Connell, Head of the IFI Irish Film Archive, added, “We are thrilled to work with the NHI on this national initiative to bring the IFI Irish Film Archive collections to an older audience. We hope this fantastic initiative is something we can build on in the coming years as we really believe in the therapeutic power of the moving image.”


Films from the IFI Irish Film Archive are available to view on, or via the newly updated IFI Player suite of apps, available via Google Play, the App Store, Amazon TV, Android TV, and Roku.

The IFI is principally funded by the Arts Council.

For further information contact Michael McGlynn, NHI Communications & Research Executive at 01 4699806 / 087 9082970 or Stephen Boylan, IFI Press and Marketing Manager, at 01 6129448.


Notes for the Editor

Among the films being broadcast within nursing homes during the week are:   

  • The Bord Fáilte Film Collection: Ireland in Spring (1957): Produced by Colm O’ Laoghaire (director of the Amharc Éireann newsreels for Gael-Linn) this film is a celebration of all things Irish and a delightful window on 1950s Eire.
  • The Bord Fáilte Film Collection: The Irish Riviera (1936): An early example of a State Sponsored promotional film was made in 1936 and showcases the sunny south coast of Ireland and everything it has to offer to a first-time visitor to Ireland.
  • The Bord Fáilte Film Collection: Irish Gossamer (1958): This innovative film made by Colm O Laoghaire corresponds the beauty of Irish-made fabrics with the breadth of colour and texture displayed in the Irish countryside.
  • Department of Foreign Affairs: Yeats Country (1965): This lyrical film was commissioned by the Department of External Affairs to commemorate the centenary of the birth of W.B. Yeats in 1865.
  • Department of Foreign Affairs: Errigal (1970): This visually poetic documentary was shot against the scenic backdrop of Mount Errigal in Donegal and blends the sounds of nature with an elegant musical score.
  • Advert: Odlums, Heaven Only Knows, 1970s: Advertisement for Odlum’s flour, featuring a nun teaching her class to always use Odlum’s flour, whether they are a novice or a superior cook.
  • Advert: Maguire and Paterson Matches: Dancing, 1970s: An advertisement for Cara and Friendly brand matches, featuring animated dancing matchsticks.
  • Bass Ale, The Dubliners, 1978: An advertisement for Bass, in which The Dubliners are seen traveling from an airport to a Dublin pub, where they sing a song and enjoy a pint of the Cork ale.



The Irish Film Institute is Ireland’s national cultural institution for film. It provides audiences throughout Ireland with access to the finest independent Irish and international cinema; it preserves and promotes Ireland’s moving image heritage through the IFI Irish Film Archive; and it provides opportunities for audiences of all ages and backgrounds to learn and critically engage with film.



The IFI is custodian of Ireland’s unique moving image heritage. As the home of the national collection of moving image, the IFI Irish Film Archive is at the centre of this activity, comprising a collection of over 30,000 cans of film and 10,000 broadcast tapes documenting Ireland’s past and present from 1897 to the present day, chronicling the social, political and cultural development of modern Ireland. The mission of the IFI Irish Film Archive is to acquire, preserve and provide access to Ireland’s moving image collections and associated materials for the benefit of current and future generations.



Nursing Homes Ireland is the representative organisation for private and voluntary nursing homes. Private and voluntary nursing homes are homes-from-home for about 24,000 people. Circa 30,000 staff are employed by private and voluntary nursing homes to provide 24/7 specialist clinical, health and social care to people with high dependency care needs.



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