Feature Film: Pray For Our Sinners - Lime Tree Theatre

Feature Film: Pray For Our Sinners

Presented by Catalyst International Film Festival

Sinéad O’Shea • 2022 • Ireland

Followed by Q+A with the Filmmakers

Pray for Our Sinners documents Sinéad’s return to her hometown in Navan in search of those who fought against the Catholic Church and discovers the ways in which local people found a way to resist. Winner of Best Documentary Awards at the Hamptons International Film Festival, and Chicago International Film Festival.

Feature Film: Pray For Our Sinners

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Pray For Our Sinners documentary is not a straightforward narrative of sinners and victims. The story which emerges is a nuanced account of Catholicism and its role in Irish life. It focuses on the tradition of silence in Ireland and how difficult it has been for the people from Sinéad’s hometown to articulate the suffering they endured.

It is only through old friendships and neighbourly connections that we hear previously untold testimonies from mother and baby homes, and stories from within school classrooms about corporal punishment. By taking such a personal approach, Sinéad has crafted a fresh account of how Catholicism wielded such power in Ireland since it gained independence. Through the voices of its gently heroic characters, Pray for Our Sinners depicts a society full of love, hope and understanding. As the film says, “There is always a way to resist.”

Produced by Sinéad O’Shea and Maya Derrington with Katie Holly serving as executive producer.

The film is proudly supported by Screen Ireland.


  • Please note, ticket price includes a booking charge.
  • Seating is unallocated for this screening.
  • No exchanges or refunds.
  • Wheelchair spaces can only be booked over the phone. Please call box office on (061) 953400 if you wish to book a wheelchair space.
  • On street parking.

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