Taking shelter from Hurricane Irene last weekend, Mulligan had the time to reflect on the highlights of the last decade’s worth of Irish film and music.
“Like a lot of people this weekend I had no power in my home on Long Beach due to the hurricane, and my iPod had a little charge left so I listened to some of the music we’ve staged at the Craic Festival since we started,” said Mulligan.
“That lineup includes Mark Geary, Glen Hansard, Mundy and Damien Dempsey. It’s amazing how many first class acts we’ve actually staged year after year. This is really good music. I listened to them until the battery ran out, and it was a powerful reminder of the really good acts we’ve debuted in the U.S.”
Along with the short films, this year the Wee Craic festival is screening a handful of award winning animated shorts from the Galway Film Fleadh.
“It’s a good eclectic lineup this year reflecting the diversity of the country itself, and remember that we have a really cool after party from 8:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. with Tullamore Dew and Stella Artois and all of this can be had for the laughable sum of just $20.
“It’s a great night out and it’s recession proof. It’s also one of the best nights of the year. That’s why we do it.”
Called the Craic Festival because no one understood what the Irish meant when they talked about “fillums,” the annual festival has become a signature event in the city’s calendar.
So bring your friends or make new ones on the night, but be sure you’ll be surrounded by Irish talent and an audience that deeply appreciates it.
For more information on this year’s Wee Craic festival visit www. thecraicfest.com. For tickets to the show visit www.ticketweb.com or call 646-549-1349.