Portrait of Mick Hannigan


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Portrait of Mick Hannigan


Cork Film Festival, Mick Hannigan, Theo Dorgan, Úna Feely, Indie Film Festival, The Kino


This is a publicity picture of Mick Hannigan who was the director of the Cork Film Festival from 1986 and its CEO from 2009 to 2013. The photo is undated, but we might suggest that it is from the 1980s when Hannigan, along with the poet Theo Dorgan, took the helm of the festival from Robin O’Sullivan who had managed it magnanimously after the unexpected death of festival founder Dermot Breen in 1978.

Hannigan and Dorgan were a formidable team and consolidated the work of the festival bringing short and independent films to big venues such as the Cork Opera House. In 1996 Hannigan opened the first art house cinema in Cork – The Kino – located on Washington Street, at the top of the Western Road. Its first film was the low-key British film Brassed Off (Mark Herman, 1996) but it was Shine (Scott Hick, 1996) that sustained an eleven-week run ensuring the early success of the Kino. It ran both popular and art-house films and, in conjunction with the Cork Film Festival, brought retrospective and cultural films to Cork. However, plagued by financial concerns, the Kino closed its doors in 2009 and the building, once a cultural hub for the city, is now destined for redevelopment.

Following his departure from the Cork Film Festival in 2013, Hannigan set up the Indie Cork Film Festival with festival programmer Úna Feely. Feely had worked for the Cork Film Festival since 1995 and was its festival programmer from 2001 until her departure, with Hannigan, in 2013. Hannigan and Feely also run Green Ray Film Agency which provides a broad range of services to filmmakers, festivals, and event organisers. (Joe Lyons, 'The Kino', The Archive, Issue 17, 2013; Michael Moynihan, Crisis and Comeback: Cork in the Eighties, Collins Press, 2018.)


University College Cork, Cork Film Festival


Cork Film Festival Collection


University College Cork


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English, eng


Cork, Ireland

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University College Cork, Cork Film Festival, “Portrait of Mick Hannigan,” Cork International Film Festival Archive, accessed July 3, 2022, https://corkfilmfest.ucc.ie/items/show/415.