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IFI and Irish Architecture Foundation: Paddy Cahill Remembered


A unique celebratory screening of 3 films by the late filmmaker, hosted by the IFI and IAF.

Paddy Cahill (1977-2021) was a leading filmmaker of short architectural, art and urban documentaries. Join us for a unique celebratory screening of 3 films completed before he passed. 

Commonspace about Neil Hegarty’s 1968 housing development in Dundanion, Cork.

Circle | Square about Niall Scott, of Scott Tallon Walker, and Goff’s Bloodstock Sales Complex, designed in 1975 in Co Kildare.

Tulach a’ tSolais about sculptor Michael Warren and architect Ronnie Tallon’s collaborative 1798 Memorial at Oulart, Co Wexford, opened in 1999.

The screening is introduced by architect Shane O’Toole, who collaborated with Paddy on the films. After the screening there is a live panel discussion with academic Dr Gul Kacmaz Erk, filmmaker Tadhg O’Sullivan, and historian Dr Ellen Rowley.

The live screening of this event has passed, however you can still view the films and panel discussion on the IFI@Home website up until 30th June HERE

A booking fee of €4.99 applies to this event.


IFI / IAF Panel Discussion, 17 June 2021

Tadhg O’Sullivan (IRL) is an artist and film-maker. He works primarily in documentary film but has made work for radio and for gallery installation also. His films often draw on archive, and on literary sources. His third feature To the Moon premiered at Venice in September 2020. Currently playing in festivals around the world it won Best Irish Film in the Dublin Critics’ Circle awards at the Dublin International Film Festival. Previous films – Yximalloo (with Feargal Ward, 2014) and The Great Wall (2015) have screened at numerous major film festivals including FiD Marseille, MOMA Doc Fortnight, CPH:DOX, Dokufest Kosovo and been broadcast internationally.Tadhg is the Film Artist in Residence in University College Cork for 2021.

Dr Ellen Rowley (IRL) is Assistant Professor in Modern Irish Architecture in the School of Architecture (APEP) at UCD. She mostly thinks about and writes on Irish architectural modernism including her history of Dublin housing, Housing, Architecture and the Edge Condition (Routledge, 2019) and the series More than Concrete Blocks, 1900 – 40 (Vol. 1, 2016), 1940-72 (Vol. 2, 2019), of which Volume 3 (1973-2000) is forthcoming. As well as teaching and researching, Ellen is committed to public engagement, curating Dublin’s tenement museum (14 Henrietta Street, 2016-18), and a radio series on housing and home (Davis Now lectures, RTE, 019/20). She is interested in different forms of story-telling and is excited to be working on histories of the Architecture of Catholic Ireland, 1940-80.

Dr Gul Kacmaz Erk (Turkey/UK) is a senior lecturer and programme director in Architecture at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland. With work/life experience in the Republic of Ireland, Netherlands, Turkey, UK and USA, she has been conducting research in two interdisciplinary areas: ‘architecture and cinema’ and ‘architecture and forced migration’. Before joining Queen’s in 2011, she worked professionally as an architect in Istanbul and Amsterdam, researched at the University of Pennsylvania and University College Dublin, and taught at Philadelphia University, Delft University of Technology and Izmir University of Economics in the areas of Architectural Design, and History, Theory and Criticism. Gul studied Architecture at Istanbul Technical University and Middle East Technical University. She leads CACity: Cinema and Architecture in the City Research Group, organises Walled Cities film festivals and conducts urban filmmaking workshops, until recently with Dublin-based filmmaker Paddy Cahill. Her last book is entitled Architecture in Cinema: A Relation of Representation Based on Space, and her upcoming books are Reframing Berlin: Architecture, Memory and Film Locations (with C Wilson), and Slicing Spaces: Performance of Architecture in Cinema (edited with RJ McConnell).


This event is part of the Irish Architecture Foundation’s International Summer School, which this year explores the theme of Architecture and Media through a number of seminars and workshops. Click here to find out more.