A Mavierick Islander

Directed by Margaretta Darcy / 2020 / Documentary / 52 mins


Is he a lovable rogue or is he a man of the people? A portrait of Sean Ó Loingsigh from The South Connemara islands. This film follows in a humorous way Sean Ó Loingsigh’s banter with his fellow protagonists. We see his frustration at how local politicians ignore the islands and it’s potential. It is a beautifully shot documentary, filmed and edited by Finn Arden. 

This film follows the rhythm and the fragility of island life. Seán is determined to keep his community alive without losing its language and culture. He wants to rise above the elitism of golf by building a nine-hole course in the middle of his bog! Seán has further plans to entice tourists to keep the islands alive. He is an entrepreneur and community advocate. Golf Mara is one of the most beautiful golf courses in the country.
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Director Statement

In life I admire those who go against the grain. I believe the maverick is an essential ingredient for change. My film will show this by exploring the life of Seán Ó Loinsígh, combining social entrepreneurship and community leadership. Studying the rules and breaking them, is sometimes the only way to get things done!


Achill Unhinged: 2016. An arts piece about a loose collection of women performing in Achill Henge. Achill Island Ireland.

Welcome To Our World: 2013. The difficulties wheelchair users have getting around Galway. This was targeted to a specific audience, has been shown by local councils, schools, community groups as well as international festivals.

Yellow Gate Women: 2007. Documentary on The Women’s struggle at Greenham Common.

Shell Hell: Co-Directed by Finn Arden, 2005. A short documentary about the protest movement of the gas pipe and the refinery in Co Mayo Ireland.

Big Plane, Small Axe, the mis-trials of Mary Kelly: 2005. The legal trials of Mary Kelly who attacked a US miltary plane with an axe at Shannon Airport. 2nd Prize for Best Feature Documentary at Galway Film Fleadh.

Circus Exposé: 1987. A video diary of Margaretta’s protest outside The Irish Arts council.

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Director: Margaretta D’Arcy

Producers: Laurie Allen & Finn Arden

Director Bio

Margaretta is 86 and part of a gang three mavericks; her Co-Producers… Laurie Allen and Finn Arden. Margaretta D’Arcy is an established playwright who collaborated with her late husband John Arden. She is a theatre activist, performer, author, a member of Aosdána, film maker and 7 times jailbird. Margaretta has made films supporting militant campaigning women, as well as films highlighting the struggles of disabled people. A Maverick Islander is different…

Director Margaretta Darcy.

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