Knuckle

It was 1997 when Ian Palmer (the director) met a traveller family called the Quinn McDonagh’s. Michael Quinn McDonagh was 18 years old when he married his cousin Jacqueline, Ian had been asked to film their wedding by a friend. Although knowing nothing about travelers and their way of life Ian ended up following them for the next 12 years. The Quinn McDonagh’s had been fighting a bitter feud with their cousins the Joyce’s for decades, now both families had started to make video tapes to insult and challenge each other to bare-knuckle fistfights. This documentary dives into the violent but secretive world of Irish Traveler bare-knuckle fighting.

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