In League with Gaddafi

2019 • Ireland • Director: Kevin Brannigan • 56 mins • Ireland

Fri 9th September

Time: 6.30pm. DALYMOUNT

Price: €5 excluding booking fees


The opening screening at Dalymount Park is free for all Bohemians members and season ticket holders. Our away match at the Brandywell vs. Derry City will be shown in the Phoenix Bar after the documentary.

A fascinating look back at the bizarre events that led to League of Ireland players flying to Libya to play Muammar al-Gaddafi’s national team in 1989 – a time when Haughey and Gaddafi enjoyed a mutual admiration, and Irish beef and Libyan munitions flowed between the two countries. What did the players from St. Pats and Bohs make of being invited to play for a dictator? Were they endorsing a tyrant? Were they expected to lose the game? All of these questions and more are bemusingly recounted by Brian Kerr and the players themselves in Kevin Brannigan’s unique documentary.

What We Think

In League With Gaddafi provides the perfect kick-off to our screenings in Dalymount. This documentary has everything – an incredible story that links the local to the global, great music and, importantly, a strong link to Bohemians. We were very keen to screen this documentary to thank the members of Bohs because without them there is no festival, but the documentary has a subtle but important environmental justice underpinning. The trade of beef, so important in the relationship between Ireland and Lybia in the 1980, is of central importance to environmental justice today, as free trade agreements and environmental concerns clash, and food sovereignty is increasingly marginalised.