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Young Doireann Ní Fhoighil gives a brilliantly funny performance as a seven-year-old atheist on the eve of her first communion in Rubai. 

An evening of music and new Irish short films at the Wee Craic Fest

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Young Doireann Ní Fhoighil gives a brilliantly funny performance as a seven-year-old atheist on the eve of her first communion in Rubai. 

“It’s a visually stunning short about a writer who falls for a barista in a coffee shop. We see the two of them meet and begin to form a relationship. It’s a short but really memorable love story,” he says.

Alongside the live action dramas two award winning animated shorts (Thin Ice and Pet Hate) which will also be screened next month. “I think they both have serious cross-over appeal for adults, which is why we’re screening them at the festival this year,” says Mulligan.

Thin Ice follows what happens when a baby penguin finds itself in trouble after curiosity leads it away from the group, and Pet Hate tells the story of a grumpy old pet shop owner who is constantly confounded by his pets, who have decided that they don't want to be sold to anyone.

The film was shortlisted for an Academy Award and was directed by Andy Clarke, whose recent work has included producing the spectacular visual effects for Saving the Titanic.

This year marks the 14th annual Wee Craic night, which is once again presented by Tullamore Dew Whiskey. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. “As ever we’re hosting a complimentary whiskey tasting at the start of the event so get there at 6:30 p.m. sharp for the kickoff!” Mulligan advises.

“I think we’re starting to get a much bigger Irish-born audience nowadays. I think it may be because we have started partnering with the Irish Arts Center and In-NYC. That gets the word out in the community, but scheduling artists that appeal to audiences in their twenties and thirties has been a focus for us too.”

For more information and tickets contact 644-549-1349. Visit www.thecraicfest.com for the full lineup.

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