Generate the State

This wonderful documentary film shows us how the Shannon Scheme was constructed in the shadow of the Civil War and chronic shortages of food and money, this massive financial and logistical undertaking generated more than electricity.

Using contemporary cinema, the impressive Siemens and Haselbeck photographic collections and Seán Keating’s series of paintings of the work in progress, Johnny Gogan creates a rich picture of how the State dared to dream of a better future for its people in a time of crisis. There was controversy, strikes, and art- including from Limerick’s Seán Keating, the painter of the revolution, and from photographer Franz Haselbeck. There were even allegations of a German conspiracy in Ireland.

Date: 16 May 2022
Time: 5:00pm
Venue: Belltable