Tickets now on sale for a special opening night screening of A Doctor’s Sword in the IFI

Posted July 28, 2015 by Suzanne Murray in News
A Doctor's Sword
A Doctor's Sword

The Irish Film Institute will host a special opening night screening of the acclaimed documentary A Doctor’s Sword on Friday 7th August.  The screening will be attended by the filmmakers Gary Lennon and Bob Jackson along with Niki MacCarthy (Dr Aidan MacCarthy’s daughter) who will all take part in a post screening Q&A.  This screening 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.

Aidan’s daughter Niki MacCarthy will have her father’s Japanese Samurai sword which held the mystery of his incredible story with her at the Q&A in the IFI.

A Doctor’s Sword opens in cinemas in Dublin and Cork on Friday 7th August.

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