TG4 is to show the award-wining documentary The Pipe (directed by Risteard Ó Domhnaill) tonight (Wednesday) evening at 9.30 p.m. In a remote corner of the west of Ireland sits Broadhaven Bay. It is the perfect picture postcard, where the high cliffs of Erris Head and the Stags of Broadhaven stand sentry at the
mouth of the bay against the mighty Atlantic, as if protecting the delicate golden sands of Glengad beach and the tiny village of Rossport, which nestles behind the dunes.
However, this peaceful tranquillity belies the turmoil that lies beneath, and the unique nature of the coastline, which has sustained generations of farmers and fishermen, has also delivered to Shell Oil the perfect landfall for the Corrib Gas pipeline.
An Píopa (The Pipe) is a story of a community tragically divided and the prospect of a gas pipeline that can bring economic prosperity or destroy a way of life shared for generations.
Four years in the making, this documentary tells the story of the small Rossport community which has taken on the might of Shell Oil and the Irish State.
Following the personal experience of three main characters at the height of local tension, this is a story of a community tragically divided.
This project received funding from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland's Sound and Vision scheme as well as from the Irish Film Board. The film was produced by Scannáin Inbhear Teo.