Irish Film Patrick’s Day Tackles Mental Health Intimacy Rights


As World Mental Health Day approaches there have been increased discussions in the media on the issues that those who are suffering from mental health illnesses face on a regular basis. The stigma that has in the past prevented people talking about their issues has finally begun to fade in modern day Ireland, however there is one remaining taboo, the issue of mental health and the right to intimacy.

The idea that a person suffering from mental health issues deserves the same rights to intimacy as everyone else is examined in Terry McMahon’s multi-award winning film Patrick’s Day. This film is the powerful tale of a young man with mental health issues who falls for a suicidal flight attendant only for his overprotective mother to enlist the help of a dysfunctional cop to separate them.
Since having its world premiere at the prestigious SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas in March of this year the film has been screened all over the world including at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and Shanghai Film Festival, and went on to win ‘Best Irish Feature Film’ at The Galway Film Fleadh. In the past week Patrick’s Day screened to sold out audiences at Hells Half Mile Film and Music Festival in Michigan, where it won two awards, ‘Best Screenplay’ and ‘Best Actor’ for Moe Dunford.

October will be a busy time for Patrick’s Day as it sets off for America to screen at the renowned Mill Valley Film Festival in California next week as well as being one of just eight films selected for competition the following week at the renowned Woodstock Film Festival. Possibly most exciting for the film however is that Patrick’s Day was also awarded the highly coveted Directors Guild of America 2014 ‘Finders Series’ Award, and will be screened to an audience of industry insiders at the Directors Guild of America Theatre in Los Angeles this coming October 10th.

Although Patrick’s Day has been hugely successful, the main aim for this film has always been more than cinema – there has always been an underlying desire to encourage a wider discussion on mental health and how we care for those who have been labelled with a disorder. McMahon’s vision to create an all-inclusive film that connects with the audience in such a deep meaningful way has culminated in a powerful, emotional and unforgettable film which will have an Irish cinema release in early 2015.

To keep up to date with Patrick’s Day check it out on Facebook or Twitter and to find out more about World Mental Health Day visit

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