Ní Chianáin one of '100 most inspiring Irish women'

Ní Chianáin one of '100 most inspiring Irish women'

Ní Chianáin one of '100 most inspiring Irish women'

Documentary film maker and director, Neasa N Chianin, has been named in the February edition of Image magazine as one of the 100 Most Inspiring Irish Women.

Listed alongside some of the most high-profile women in the arts, business and society in Ireland, including former President Mary Robinson; Garry Hynes, director and founder of the Druid Theatre Company; author Cecelia Ahern; broadcaster Marian Finucane and others, Neasa featured in the Image article as one of 100 women "who continually push to make great things happen".

The magazine saluted Neasa "for having the courage to broadcast and be damned", citing her controversial 2007 documentary, "Fairytale of Kathmandu", which raised questions about relationships the Irish poet Cathal Searcaigh formed with teenage boys in Nepal.

The magazine noted that the Donegal director had set out to create "an homage to the man and his work in Nepal."

"She could have edited out the controversial material; instead, she produced a complex portrait of the gay poet," the Image article said. "We're looking forward to her next work."

The praise from the magazine came some weeks after The Sunday Independent newspaper published an apology to the director, following a legal action. Printed on page 3 of the Dec. 19, 2010 edition of the newspaper, the apology stated, "In a number of articles published in 2008 and 2009, the Sunday Independent suggested that Neasa N Chianin, the prominent documentary film maker, had acted improperly in the making and direction of the well-known RT documentary, Fairytale of Kathmandu.

"We acknowledge that this suggestion was entirely unfounded and that Ms N Chianin is, and has always been, an honourable, honest and thoroughly professional filmmaker, both in respect of Fairytale of Kathmandu and in general.

"The Sunday Independent wishes to apologise for the upset and distress which these publications caused to Ms N Chianin."