THE KING OF THE CELTS
Dir. Matt Bonner, 2013.
USA. 86 min.
ONE NIGHT ONLY!
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 – 7:30 PM and 10:00 PM
Director Matt Bonner in attendance!
Inspired by visions starting at the age of 7 1/2, John Sweeney made it his life’s mission to right some of the wrongs done to Ireland throughout history; and reunite the 32 Counties of Ireland…with John as their king.
The King of the Celts is the feature-length documentary debut from Matt Bonner and tells the story of John Sweeney O’Neill: Irish immigrant to America, US Army paratrooper, former NYPD, and self-professed King of the Celts.
We travel with John as he returns to his home county of Cork, Ireland, with his Irish crown, heraldic swords, and no doubts regarding the mission at hand; to challenge the English landlords still in Ireland, whose ancestors obtained their lands during the “Troubles” (British colonial era) and under often extremely cruel or dubious conditions. John confronts and challenges descendents of Oliver Cromwell and others in his efforts to reunite Ireland under the Irish Crown.
John’s story is a reminder of where one man’s drive can take him despite near unanimous voices around him telling him to stop.