"I Don't Give a Hoot if He Is A Muslim. He Can Work Away With Me, I Am Quite Happy to Know Him and Be Friends With Him"

EXHIBITION : NORTHERN IRELAND 1969

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Over on the Falls Road, Catholics Peter Fusco, Martin Blake and their families speak to Kevin O'Kelly.

  • Title
    Northern Ireland A Film Special
  • 1st Broadcast
    19/02/1969
  • Contributor
    Kevin O'Kelly
  • Clip Duration
    00:07:40
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Clip title
    "I Don't Give a Hoot if He Is A Muslim. He Can Work Away With Me, I Am Quite Happy to Know Him and Be Friends With Him"
  • Extended description

    Over on the Falls Road, Catholics Peter Fusco, Martin Blake and their families speak to Kevin O'Kelly.

    They discuss religious differences, the split in the Unionist Party and Protestant neighbours and co-workers. One of the men demonstrated his openness to other religions when he said that he didn’t care what religion his co-workers had, stating “I don’t give a hoot if he is a Muslim. He can work away with me. I am quite happy to know him and be friends with him”.

    They also talk about the disadvantages of a thirty two county Ireland and the influence of the Catholic Church on politics. The topics covered are similar to the discussion that took place on the Shankill Road between O’Kelly and a Protestant family.

  • Information

    For months, Northern Ireland had been making headlines across the world. A society divided by religion and politics now faced a general election.

    RTÉ Radio and Television had been covering the situation north of the border ever since the outbreak of unrest. This clip is taken from the television programme listed as 'Northern Ireland A Film Special'. The programme was presented by Kevin O'Kelly and produced by RTÉ News. O'Kelly looks at the issues in the lead up to an elections and speaks to residents of the Shankill and Falls Roads to gauge the mood across the religious and political divide.

  • Local keywords
    Northern Ireland, Stormont, 1969, Falls Road, Peter Fusco, Martin Blake, Kevin O'Kelly, Catholicism, Protestantism, Religion
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland, Belfast
  • Topic
    Wars and Conflict
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ
  • Production year
    1969
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    P167/00069
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Black and White
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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