Starring Gabriel Byre, Ellen Barkin, David Kelly, Ciaran Fitzgerald and Ruaidhri Conroy (with a Lipizzan from the British Isles starring as the magical horse, Tir-na-nog)
This film opened the 1992 Sundance Film Festival in Utah.
This movie stars a Lipizzan from the British Isles as the beautiful and magical horse, Tir-na-nog. This is a story about two imaginative gypsy/ tinker/ traveler boys, living in a dreary Dublin tenement with their hapless widowed drinking father. But the atmosphere brightens considerably when the children’s grandfather, who remains a traveler and does not approve of their city life, brings them a beautiful white horse whom he has found near the Irish Sea. For a while, they all live happily in the flat, but when annoyed neighbors complain about the presence of a horse in an apartment building, police intervene and take the horse away. When an unethical cop illegally sells the horse to a breeder who plans to race the horse in steeplechase races, the boys come to the horse’s rescue. The beautiful white horse then leads the boys on an adventure through the Irish countryside, as their father, helped by fellow gypsies, tries to find them. When the family is finally reunited, a magical event occurs that makes them realize the mystical powers that the animal possesses.