First broadcast: TG 4, 23 December 2020


In 2020, during Lockdown, Catherine was invited by Fibín to create a short film on her work with The Welcoming Project to feature as part of an hour long TV premiere Samhlú. Produced by Fíbín Media, Samhlú 2020 celebrated a year like no other where cultures and traditions collides into a celebration of togetherness inspired by the artistic ventures of 2020. Led by Tommy Tiernan, a bringer of light and storyteller, with new music by Bill Whelan, this magical setting in Roundstone Co. Galway erupts into performances from every artform, where doorsteps, piers and chipper vans become stages.

Catherine’s film, created in collaboration with film maker Johnny White, is about the extraordinary dance show inspired by the experience of making work with refugees and asylum seekers in Direct Provision.

Samhlú went on to win a Prix CIRCOM for “Most Original and Innovative” production in 2020.

The full programme is available to view on TG4’s player here:ú2020
(CYD/The Welcoming Project @ 38.14)

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Striúrthóir & Eagarthóir
Johnny White

Striúrthóir / Director
Catherine Young

Striúrthóir Ceoil/Music Director
Martin Schärer

Magdalena Hylak, Oran Leong, Ahmed Lulu, Jade O’Connor, Mongiwa

Martin Schärer, Jon Sanders, Brian Fleming


Alan Kelly

Ceamara / Camera
Ger Conway, Richard Dwyer, Michael Kelly, Mark O’Rourke, JJ Sullivan, Luca Truffarelli

Eilise Sullivan, Mark O’Rourke

Coimisiúnaithe ag / Commissioned by
Fibín Teo

Maoinithe ag/Funded by
Creative Ireland