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Our Boys’ Stories – Stolen Lives – Episode 1

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The first episode of Stolen Lives focuses on the stories of four men and their experience of Ireland’s industrial schools. Their personal narratives expose the lifelong effect of physical, mental and sexual abuse on the residents of Irish institutions between the 1940s and 1970s in Ireland. Stolen Lives is a three-part series which is included […]

Philomena’s Story – Stolen Lives – Episode 3

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The final episode in the Stolen Lives series is Philomena’s Story. Philomena Byrne recounts her own harrowing experience in a Dublin industrial school and speaks about the traumatic legacy of the industrial school scheme in Ireland. Stolen Lives is a three-part series which is included in The Louis Lentin Collection. View the full collection here. […]

Paul Durcan – Imprint: Writer in Profile

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This episode with Paul Durcan begins with his interest in sport in his early childhood. He explains that he started writing poetry at 14 years old in the hope of attracting interest from girls. Durcan outlines his powerful relationship and mentorship with Michael Hartnett and how his influence led him to the work of James […]

Dermot Bolger – Imprint: Writer in Profile

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Novelist and poet Dermot Bolger sits down with Theo Dorgan to discuss his life and work. In particular, he explores the misperception of his writing as ‘realism’, his establishment of Raven Arts and his admiration of W.B. Yeats. Other topics are  discussed including dealing with death and loss, criticism and ‘coincidental writing’. Bolger compares the […]

Ageism – A Good Age: Episode 1

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Ageism is the first in a six-part television series that tackles the everyday myths and misconceptions that result in ageism. This episode explores ‘the propaganda of old age’ – mainly the senior citizen concerns of aging and illness, sexuality, and self-worth. This episode opens with an appearance by Olwen Fouéré and features contributions by Dr. […]

The Long Weekend – A Good Age: Episode 2

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The Long Weekend explores the emotions faced by people approaching retirement, and couples who find themselves spending more time together than they may wish. Seamus expresses frustration regarding the injustice of mandatory retirement and the definition of ‘old age pensioner’ while Patricia talks about the new book of children’s stories she is completing in her […]

Looking After Yourself – A Good Age: Episode 3

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Looking After Yourself explores how ageism can create low self-esteem in senior citizens and can compromise the capacity for a full and healthy life. This episode features a range of housing schemes, retirement homes, medical and recreational facilities. Colourful characters with contrasting attitudes and approaches to growing old are also introduced. Residents of Claremont Court, […]

Relationships – A Good Age: Episode 4

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Relationships, episode four in A Good Age, deals with senior citizens who find themselves alone or isolated after the death of a partner. Therapists and counsellors offer bereavement advice, and stress the need for the bereaved to talk and learn to participate in normal life again. Eddie Johnston shares his harrowing yet uplifting story of […]

Renewal – A Good Age: Episode 5

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Renewal pays homage to people who have overcome ageism, confounded stereotypes and pursued new adventures in later years. Robert Greacen tells us how poetry and the creative arts greatly help him manage the aging process. Mamo McDonald recalls her experience of raising nine children, being widowed at forty; expanding her father-in-law’s drapery shop (which was […]

Colm Tóibín – Imprint: Writer in Profile

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Irish novelist, short story writer and journalist Colm Tóibín talks to Theo Dorgan about his early childhood in Enniscorthy, his early poetry writing and studying at University College Dublin. Tóibín lived in Barcelona between 1975 and 1978 and explains how this experience of Spanish life, gothic architecture, and the death of Franco shaped his work. […]