Tony Tracy

DAH Supervisor

Mr. Tony Tracy

Before coming to NUI Galway, I was involved with film and film education in a variety of roles and contexts. After graduating as a secondary-school teacher I spent several years teaching at international schools in Japan, Paris and New York and began including film in my curricula. In New York I also worked on a number of independent films and then for Miramax Films (International) before returning to Ireland to work in a number of capacities in film production and film culture. I was senior education officer at the Irish Film Institute from 1996-2000 and central to the development of a pioneering film education programme for second-level students that included the introduction of film in the Leaving Certificate English curriculum. I spent several years developing and delivering teacher training programmes for the IFI and Department of Education and have continued to offer workshops and write study materials for use with school students. Alongside my academic research and teaching I remain passionately involved with the development of film culture in the public sphere as a director of the Fresh Film Festival (, through frequent guest lectures, school visits and public interviews, and as a regular radio broadcaster.

Recent Activity

Producer: Blazing the Trail: The O'Kalems in Ireland (feature length documentary directed by Peter Flynn)

Co-Producer: The O'Kalem Collection 1910-1915 (Irish Film Institute 2011).

I also wrote the booklet for the DVD release and co-wrote (with Peter Flynn) the ‘Kalem Trail' guide for South Kerry Tourism

Telephone: 00353 (0) 91 493839
Address: Room 429 Information Technology Department

Office Hours - Monday 2-4 , Wednesday 1-2

Research interests

My current research centres on Irish cinema and the history of Irish American cinema across all periods, with an emphasis on considerations of masculinity.


'When Disney Met Delargy: Darby O'Gill and the Irish Folklore Commission', Béaloideas: Journal of the Irish Folklore Society, Vol. 78, 2010.

‘The Musical Melting Pot: Edgar Ulmer's Carnegie Hall as Immigrant Text', Edgar G. Ulmer: Detour on Poverty Row. Ed. Gary Rhodes (2008)

‘Caught Between a Rock (Hudson) and a Raparee: Captain Lightfoot's textual heritage', Screening Irish America: Representing Irish America in Film and Television, Irish Academic Press. Ed. Ruth Barton (2009).

‘This Tempting Indulgence: William McGivern's Rogue Cops', After the Flood, Irish America 1945-1960. Irish Academic Press. Ed. Matthew O'Brien and James Rodgers (2009).

'Adapting McGahern: Cathal Black's Wheels' (1977), The John McGahern Yearbook, Volume 2, Galway. Ed. John Kenny (2009).


‘Barry Monahan. Ireland's Theatre on Film: Style, Stories and the National Stage on Screen, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television', Vol 31, Issue 3, 2011.

Editor and Introduction: The Year in Irish Film and Television Review 2009, Estudios Irlandeses, Number 5, 2010.

Editor and Introduction: The Year in Irish Film and Television Review 2008, Estudios Irlandeses, Number 4, 2009.

Editor and Introduction: The Year in Irish Film and Television Review 2007, Estudios Irlandeses, Number 3, 2008.

Editor and Introduction: The Year in Irish Film and Television Review 2006, Estudios Irlandeses, Number 2, 2007.

Editor and Introduction: The Year in Irish Film and Television Review 2005, Estudios Irlandeses, Number 1, 2006.?Review: Pure Mule?Review: Adaptations: Tara Road and Breakfast on Pluto ?

‘Sex in the Fair City: Representations of Relationships in Recent Irish Television,'The Representation of Ireland: Images from Without and Within. Ed. Rosa Gonzalez. Barcelona, (2003).

Published Interviews

'In Search of the Subtext: Interview with Lenny Abrahamson and Mark O'Halloran', Kinema, Fall 2008.?

Interview with Simon Perry (CEO Irish Film Board)?

‘In Ireland and America: An Interview with Jim Sheridan', Screening Irish America: Representing Irish America in Film and Television, Irish Academic Press. Ed. Ruth Barton. (2009)

Film Study Guides

‘Irish Film: A Teaching Module for Secondary Schools' (2007)?Film Institute of Ireland/Arts Council/Irish Film Board

‘Fateless: A Study Guide', Fresh Film Festival 2007

Recent Conference Papers

‘Father Knows Best: The Irish American Catholic Priest.' IASIL, NUIM, July 2010

‘Reel Borders: Transnational Cinema in the 21st Century' (keynote), University of Connecticut, Storrs, April 5, 2008

‘Discipling the Ethnic Body in John Ford's Long Gray Line'. American Conference for Irish Studies, April 20, 2007

Ireland: Going East Conference (Societe Francaise d'Etudes Irlandaises), Paris 16 March 2007

Transatlantic Studies Conference, UCC, July 2007

Transnational American Studies Symposium, Clinton Institute. July 21st, 2007

‘Captain Lightfoot,'Screening Irish American Conference II, UCD. March 2007

‘Reimagining the Melting Pot Romance Narrative: The Rag Man' Screening Irish America Conference I, Boston College, March 2006

Public Interviews, Talks and Lectures

‘Into the East: Adam and Paul and the Specificity of Place' Montclair State University, NJ. March 2010

Agnes Varda Masterclass, Cork French Film Festival, March 2011.

Jean Claude Carriere Masterclass, Cork French Film festival, March 2008.

'Beauty and the Beast: The Imaginary of Love in Jean Cocteau's Masterpiece'. ?Cork French Film Festival Gala, Cork May 2007

'Saoirse' - The Production and Reception of History. National History Museum, Collins Barracks, September 2007.

'The Green Green Grass of Home: Irish America and Hollywood Cinema in the 1950s', Harvard Film Archive, November 2007

'Marginals and Migrants: New Trends in Irish Cinema', Harvard Film Archive, 2007

Radio Broadcasts

‘Agnes Varda', Arts Tonight, RTE Radio 1, 21 March 2011.

Podcast: pod-v-21031151m56sartstonight-pid0-3116568 (2)

Classic Cinema (samples from an ongoing series on RTE Radio 1):

The Naked City (Jules Dassin), Arena, May 16th 2011:,null,209

Body and Soul (Robert Rossen), Arena, February 28th 2011,null,209

Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock), Arena, January 10th 2011,null,209

Dog Day Afternoon (Sidney Lumet) Arena, September 27th 2010,null,209

This Sporting Life (Lindsay Anderson) Arena, August 16th 2010,null,209

Bigger Than Life (Nicholas Ray) Arena, 28 June 2010,null,209

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (John Huston) Arena, 11 January 2010,null,209

'Essential Art House' (samples from a six part series broadcast in 2009)
Godard and French New Wave:,null,209

Luchino Vistonti:,null,209

Film Editor, Irish Film and Television Annual Review, Estudios Irlandeses

Reader: Etudes Irlandes

Associate Editor, Film and Film Culture

Director, Fresh Film Festival Limerick

Education Consultant, Boston Irish Film Festival.

Member of Media Education Steering Committee: Radharc


Visiting Scholar, Dowling College, Oakdale, Long Island, May-June 2007