Though firmly embedded in Gort and Crusheen in the west of Ireland, this powerful documentary essay, quickly transcends the local to reveal national, even universal, truths. Capturing a rural community as a motorway carves through their land, director Keith Walsh (a Gort resident) weaves an epic recessionary tapestry of his neighbours in bog lands, farms, fire-sides, race tracks and hurling pitches and reflects on the value of memory and the impermanence of existence.
Taking its title from a line from a poem by W.B. Yeats, When All is Ruin Once Again was made over a seven- year period in the counties of Galway and Clare. Juxtaposing freighted images of traditional lives alongside modern incursions, the new motorway; Brazilian workers; Straw Boys; funerals and cattle marts - this ruminative essay is as potent a snapshot of Irish life and sensibility as Rocky Road to Dublin was fifty years before.