URI to offer screening of Rory O’Shea Was Here

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Physical Therapy Department, R.I Developmental

Disabilities Council partner for event

KINGSTON, R.I. – February 19, 2009 – For years, Michael Connolly lived in Dublin’s Carrigmore Residential Home for the Disabled, left there by his father, who could not deal with Michael’s cerebral palsy.

His bleak and lonely life is transformed when the rebellious Rory O’Shea comes to Carrigmore. A fast talker limited to the use of only his right hand, Rory nonetheless has a zest for life, and it rubs off on Michael, and the two become close friends.

Rory O’Shea Was Here – which will be screened in the Galanti Lounge of the University of Rhode Island Library Monday, March 30 at 7 p.m. – tells the story of Michael and Rory, who decide to leave Carrigmore and set out to live their own life, with the help of Siobhan, the beautiful young woman hired by Rory to help the men.

The film is part of the Disability Inclusion Film Series that is hosted by the URI Physical Therapy Department and the Rhode Island Developmental Disabilities Council. Following the film, Kathleen Samways, program coordinator, will lead a discussion about the film.

The film screening is free and open to the public. The Galanti Lounge is an accessible location. To arrange for any accommodations, call 401.874.5001 or email Gordon Fields at fields@mail.uri.edu.

** Rory O’Shea was here is a feature-length film that is rated R for graphic and obscene language.