“The Irishman” comes from Philip Donnellan’s 1965 frank documentary of Irish emigration, The Irishmen: An Impression of Exile, where a young Irishman leaves Galway for London. Intercut with the young man’s journey are interviews with Irishmen already in London. The emigration of the Irishman in question was only for the purpose of the film, yet the suitcase he carries and the shovel he takes up are motifs found in Buckley’s films and performances.
Summerhall is one of the funders of the final film in the Trilogy. Nostos: End of Exile is a single channel moving image work shot in London and Co Kerry. Nostos, the Greek term for Homecoming, applies to the completion of a journey, arriving back at the place one started out from. The accompanying audio, I have forgotten my love of God, is a spoken word call and response based on the experience of many Irishmen who died alone in England and railed against the teaching of their youth