I wish to thank all the contributors for their enthusiasm for this project. Maryanne Felter, Dan Schultz, Gary D. Rhodes, and Denis Condon also kindly shared information and primary materials. Many thanks to Karen Wall and Rebecca Grant at the Irish Film Institute for their efficient help, and to Liz Muller, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library, for expediting a permissions query. The following individuals offered advice and encouragement: Vreni Hockenjos, Ricky Sheehin, John Stokes, Helen Morrissey, Will Nugent, Fergal O’Keeffe, Jonathan Flood, and Labhaoise McKenna. Ingrid Parkin generously attempted to lip-read the film, and Johnny Donovan provided expert photographic services. A very special thanks to John Bermingham for showing us around Mullinahone and Kickham country.

This special issue of Screening the Past has been produced with the support of Lauritzens Stiftelse and the Swedish Research Council. Cover image by courtesy of the Irish Film Archive and the family of James Joseph Smyth and Mary Ellen Smyth.