New documentary to explore brutal murder of local priest

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A documentary about Fr Michael Griffin will receive funding as part of an allocation of more than €5.7m to radio and TV by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

The Gurteen native was murdered in 1920 which caused shock and horror across the Galway community.

Fr Griffin was a known Irish republican sympathiser and was taken from his bed by the Crown forces and shot in the head.

His body was found six days after the murder in an unmarked grave near Bearna.

Fr Griffin Road in Galway is named after the priest.

Minister Ciaran Cannon welcomed the funding from the BAI of over €5m to 119 radio and TV projects across Ireland, and said that projects for a local Galway radio station will receive funding.

€3,770 will be allocated for the documentary entitled ‘Who Shot Fr Griffin?’.

“The documentary will be of interest to people from the district of Gurteen, of which Fr Michael Griffin was a native,” said Minister Cannon.

Minister Cannon added: “In the upcoming round of Sound and Vision (Round 33), the BAI is encouraging the submission of projects that tell/relate to women’s stories’.

“While this round is open to all submissions that fit with the general scheme criteria, a particular focus will be given to applications that relate to women’s stories’.

“In doing so, it is seeking to provide an opportunity to widen the narrative, present new female characters to Irish audiences, and generally promote different stories and different voices’.

“I encourage interested creative artists in Galway to explore further information which is available in the updated guide for applicants and in the application form on the BAI website’.