37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

When All is Ruin Once Again


Using a subtle black-and-white visual tone, native Irishman and filmmaker Keith Walsh provides a deeply personal look into the impact of modernism on overlooked individuals. This poetic documentary explores the sentiments of rural townspeople in the west of Ireland as a new motorway ploughs through their landscape. Walsh places an emphasis on the difficulties of grappling with change while also questioning the genuineness of “progress” associated with intrusive human activity. Shot over an eight-year period, When All Is Ruin Once Again interweaves archival footage with interview footage in order to both inform and challenge one’s understanding of this substantial piece of Irish history. Introduction by Andrew Rodgers (VAFF)


Thursday, October 24


8:00 PM


Violet Crown 6 & 7

Film Info

Director: Keith Walsh

Runtime: 82 min.

Year: 2018

Country: Ireland

Language: English

Featuring: Crusheen Straw Boys, Des Mulkere, Zacharia & Sylk Clark, Frank & Mary O’Sullivan, Ennis Brass Band, Eddie Lenihan, Cella McNamara, Angela Hanrahan, Paddy Hassett, Paddy O’Connor, Mattie & Kevin O’Brien, Tess Diviney, Gort Rose Girls, Sr. DeLourdes Fahy, Sr. Mary Brosnan, Tubber Card Players, Crusheen GAA Club, Mike Kavanagh, Kevin Cunningham, Tom & Maureen Neilan, Joe Kearney, Leonardo Gomez, Fr. Pat O’Neill