Filmmaker Rita Davern remembers:
"As children, our bedtime prayers ended ‘God bless Grandma Anne and Grandpa Bill, Aunt Margaret and Uncle Pat.’ I never got to meet these Irish relatives but felt their absence deeply. There was a kind of amnesia about it all: snatches of information, a sense of secrecy and a faded photo or two. Who were they and what was their story?"
With her father's research, photos and old letters in hand, Rita and her sister first travelled to Clare in 1977. As they entered the 18th century farmhouse where her grandmother was born, they grasped the loss faced by both the departing girls and the family they left behind.
A decade later, a growing bond with an Irish friend encouraged Rita to go back. Visits "home" continued. An Irish cousin with a penchant for snow began visits to Minnesota.
|The heartwarming pulse of Burren Girl lies not just in the distant past, but in the present day human connections at the center
of this film. Such Irish-U.S. friendships, built across cultural and national divides, can help heal the centuries old separation resulting from famine and emigration.
Burren Girl creates a panorama of one farm family's life and history on both sides of the Atlantic. For people of Irish heritage
in the U.S., it offers a compelling motivation to claim one's people, past and present.