Silent Moves

The Community Hall in Straide was filled to capacity for the showing of the winning film ‘Silent Moves’ during Social Inclusion Week 2017. Caitriona Canning, Bernard McDonnell, Paul Caden and Martin Flynn from Straide and surrounding areas all starred in the film and were presented with unique Straide Star Awards on the night. Una O’Malley also of Straide was unable to attend on the night.


The silent film uses stylized mime, music and movement to tell a triangle-love-story. It is an ambitious beautifully filmed work that engages on many levels using humour and fun. It has an entertaining storyline but also offers a deep understanding of the everyday challenges faced by people with intellectual disability.


There are always many people involved in organising events in Straide and to name people runs the risk of leaving people out. But sometimes is important to give a flavour of what is involved. The actors and Western Care’s Ridgepool Training Centre were happy the event went ahead; Ballina Arts Centre provided the Film and Mayo County Council included the event as part of their Social Inclusion week. The many talents of the community were applied!


Jim Mulroy designed the event poster, Geraldine Maloney designed and created the amazing Straide Star Awards, Martin Ruane undertook traffic management on the night, Audrey McNicholas was on hand to photograph and record the event, Declan Turnbull and Mick Smyth delivered on all the technical aspects of showing the film. Everybody publicised the event and a most fantastic group of volunteers cleaned and prepared the hall and arranged and served refreshments on the night. Impressively, all the neighbours including friends from Foxford and other surrounding areas came along. Most importantly the stars of the film had a great night and enjoyed the recognition they deserved in their own community.


This film gave all of us an opportunity for fantastic fun and also educational community night together celebrating and supporting the wonderful creative achievement of the film and local actors. Councillor Neil Cruise formally launched the event. Straide’s Fiona Doherty presented the awards on the night. Fiona of Moy Davitt’s Ladies and Mayo Ladies Football team had just competed in the All-Ireland Ladies Final. It was a very special night, that is long be remembered and example of how we actively pull together.