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Irish Film and Music Festival Kicks Off at TriBeCa Cinemas

TRIBECA — Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, a celebration of Irish culture is coming to TriBeCa.

Starting Wednesday, TriBeCa Cinemas will host The Craic Fest, an annual Irish movie and music festival that is in its 15th year.

The festival will launch with the screening of the coming-of-age film "Broken," starring young Irish actress Cillian Murphy, along with Academy Award-nominated actor Tim Roth.

On Thursday, TriBeCa Cinemas will show award-winning documentary "Men at Lunch," directed by Irish filmmaker Sean O’Cualain, which explores the story behind the iconic 1932 photo "Lunch Atop a Skyscraper."

The photo shows 11 ironworkers — many of whom were Irish — eating lunch on a steel beam at the 69th floor of what is now the GE Building in Rockefeller Center.

The festival’s movie series ends Friday with another documentary, "The Gentleman Prizefighter." The film, narrated by actor Liam Neeson, looks at the life of Irishman James Corbett — nicknamed "Gentleman Jim" — who was the first gloved world heavyweight boxing champion and went on to become a movie star.

The festival also features performances by Irish bands this weekend at Mercury Lounge on East Houston Street and children's activities at the Irish Arts Center on West 51st Street.

Each $20 ticket to the films includes drinks at Tribeca Cinemas' bar after the screenings.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact TriBeCa Cinemas or The Craic Fest.