Newstalk’s John Kelleher to host Q&A at IFI’s Opening Night Screening of A DOCTOR’S SWORD

Posted August 6, 2015 by Suzanne Murray in News

John Kelleher, the former IFCO director and movie reviewer on Newstalk Breakfast will chair a special post screening Q&A following tomorrow night’s screening of A Doctor’s Sword in the Irish Film Institute (IFI).

John will be speaking with the documentary filmmakers Gary Lennon and Bob Jackson along with Niki MacCarthy (Dr Aidan MacCarthy’s daughter) about the incredible life story of Dr MacCarthy and the story behind and the making of the documentary.   Niki will also have her father’s Japanese Samurai sword with her so audience members can get up close and personal with this amazing piece of history.

The opening night screening which takes place tomorrow, Friday 7th August at 6.30pm is open to the public and tickets can be bought through the IFI website .

Coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the WWII bombing of Nagasaki, A Doctor’s Sword is the almost unbelievable tale of a young man who survived some of the most harrowing episodes of World War II (including the atomic bombing of Nagasaki), and his family’s search to uncover the origin of the Japanese Samurai sword which he brought home, and which now resides in MacCarthy’s Bar in Castletownbere.

Aidan MacCarthy, was a young doctor, who, at 28, joined the RAF in London just as the War began. He was evacuated from Dunkirk and in May 1941 received the George’s Cross for rescuing the crew of a burning RAF plane. He volunteered for service in Asia as Singapore fell to the Japanese, was captured in Java and survived almost four years of brutal captivity as a prisoner of war. Here is an extraordinary story of heroism and resilience.

A Doctor’s Sword opens in cinemas in the Irish Film Institute in Dublin and the Omniplex in Cork on Friday 7th August.

Tickets for the special opening night screening in the IFI can be purchased on the IFI website (