Subject of A Doctor’s Sword, Dr Aidan MacCarthy to be commemorated in Castletownbere

Posted August 20, 2015 by Suzanne Murray in News
A Doctor's Sword
A Doctor's Sword

On the 20th anniversary of his death in 1995, Dr Aidan MacCarthy will be commemorated in his native town Castletownbere, Cork this weekend.

A plaque will be unveiled at his place of birth and will be followed by screening of A Doctor’s Sword which tells his story of surviving some of the most harrowing episodes of World War II and his family’s search to uncover the origin of the Japanese Samurai sword he brought back from the war which now resides in MacCarthy’s Bar in Castletownbere.

Dr MacCarthy survived POW camps and the Nagasaki bombing and was the recipient of the George Medal for bravery.

This special event will take place this Saturday, 22nd August at 3pm in Castletownbere as part of National Heritage Week.  Find out more about it on the Heritage Week website

People who can’t make it to Castletownbere this weekend will still have the opportunity to catch A Doctor’s Sword in the following cinemas this weekend:

Irish Film Institute, Dublin
Cinemax Bantry, Cork
Omniplex Mahon Point, Cork

The film will open in The Phoenix in Dingle next Monday 24th August and due to popular demand will be back in the Triskel Christchurch Cinema later this month.

A Doctor’s Sword:
★★★★★ Irish Examiner
★★★★ The Irish Times
★★★★ Spin 1038