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Keep It A Secret

Season 06  Episode 1

In 1972, every international sporting event in Ireland was cancelled...except for one. Teams from around the world refused to travel to Ireland during the height of The Troubles. Amidst the conflict, surf pioneers in both Dublin and Belfast transcended political hostilities to host the 1972 Eurosurf Championship.

KEEP IT A SECRET recounts the inspiring true story of the dawn of Irish surfing, chronicling boundless idealism at a time of violence. The film will take you on a stunningly beautiful ride to reveal how surfing gave an exceptional collection of young people hope at a time of despair, how the sport would forever change their lives, and how the tight-knit, rebellious community they formed would leave a lasting impression upon Ireland.

Photo Credit ©Craig Peterson



Keep It a Secret filmmaker Sean Duggan, along with surf journalist Kevin Naughton, pioneer Irish surfer Davy Govan and Mike Cronin, Boston College's Academic Director of Centre for Irish Programmes, talk about the making of the film, the transformation of the sport of surfing in Ireland, and the turbulent time of the Troubles in Irish history. Watch now!