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Lahinch Between Land and Sea film airs on RTÉ tonight

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*A kite surfer in Lahinch. Photograph: Brian Arthur

Lahinch is the focus of a RTÉ TWO documentary which airs tonight (Tuesday).

In what is the Irish TV premiere of Between Land and Sea, viewers get to follow a year in the life of a surf town at the mercy of the Atlantic Ocean.

Ross Whitaker’s film delves into the day to day goings on of the surfing community in Lahinch creating a real portrait of their lives on and away from the waves.

Previously shown in a selection of theatres around Ireland, Between Land and Sea has been called “brilliant” by The Irish Times with TheJournal.ie declaring it to be “dramatic and thrilling”.

BETWEEN LAND AND SEA – TRAILER from True Films on Vimeo.

Whitaker had never visited Lahinch until January 2015 when he began the film. Speaking previously about his first few hours in the popular seaside town, he commented, “On that day in January 2015, it’s raining so hard that I can’t see my own hand outstretched in front of my face. There’s hardly a soul to be seen in Lahinch and I’m wondering how the hell I’m going to make the documentary that I’ve been hired to make. I don’t know any surfers, and I’ve never been to Lahinch before.

“A massive storm is hitting the west coast and the position of Lahinch makes it particularly susceptible to damage. A year earlier, in 2014, the town was almost wiped out and now they’ve built reinforcements. I stop off in a car park above the town to try to get shots of the storm. I have to try to film something, after all. Within a few minutes, a van pulls up beside me. I knock on the window and hop into the passenger seat. Within ten minutes, I have my first interview for the film,” the man who has directed documentaries on Katie Taylor, Anthony Foley and Muhammad Ali’s visit to Ireland added.

Between Land and Sea airs at 22:15 on RTÉ TWO,

Newmarket-on-Fergus native, Páraic McMahon is a freelance journalist and broadcaster currently working for numerous national and local publications including The Clare Echo, The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent, The Irish Times, RTÉ, TheJournal.ie, The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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