One Night In Millstreet.

12 – 15 April, 2024

A prize fight between underdog Steve Collins and champion Chris Eubank grips and encapsulates an entire nation as it emerges from depression towards previously unimagined prosperity.

From two time IFTA Best Sports Doc winners, One Night in Millstreet is the story of Ireland in 1995, a snapshot of a country told through a prize fight between the then unknown Cabra underdog Steve ‘The Celtic Warrior’ Collins and the larger-than-life champion Chris ‘Simply the Best’ Eubank – a sporting event that would grip and shape an entire nation.

Invoking the best of sporting docs, it’s the story of a very rare kind of event – one that offers a freeze frame of the state of a nation at a moment when everything was about to change. Good times were just around the corner – the Irish weren’t rich yet but there was a sense of excitement and anticipation in the air. Property prices were heading north, cars were bigger and newer, jobs were advertised in windows and there was a boxing match in which a heroic underdog would be crowned a world champion.

As an athletic contest it was packed full of high stakes edge-of-your-seat drama with a brash outspoken champion haunted by the images of a fighter dying on the canvas before him versus a hungry Irish challenger with nothing to lose. It has religion, racism, jingoism and hypnotism and at its heart a heroic, against-the-odds fight narrative so captivating you simply couldn’t script it. It was One Night In Millstreet.

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