Fairy Wife - The Burning of Bridget Cleary

2005, 52 minutes

On Friday 22nd of March 1895 in the small Tipperary village of Ballyvadlea, RIC constables discover a badly burned body in a shallow grave. It is the body of Bridget Cleary, a 26-year old woman who had met her death at the hands of her husband only days before. His motive? He believed she had been taken away by the Fairies. This film explores the events surrounding the burning of Bridget Cleary and the massive impact it had on the country at the time.

A Wildfire production for RTÉ in association with Bord Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board and The History Channel

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'An absorbing Hiddden History documentary'
'Alternately chilling and blackly comic, the programme had the disorientating feel of a demented Oirish Horrir movie'

Sunday Times - Liam Fay

'The story was evocatively told, making excellent use of locations, recreated testimonies and atmospheric camera work'
Sunday Tribune

'Making excellent use of newspaper reports and transcripts of the trial the documentary asked the right questions, shedding light on the social and cultural climate in which the murder took place'
Sunday Business Post


Fairy Wife-The Burning of Bridget Cleary from Wildfire Films.


Composer Ray Harman
Director of Photography Rónán Fox
Editor Úna Ni Dhonghaíle
Producer Martha O'Neill
Director Adrian McCarthy

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