"The Italians are by far the biggest foreign community in this country"


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A look at the lives of some of the first and second generation Italians who have made Ireland their home.

  • Title
    The Italians
  • 1st Broadcast
  • Contributor
    Cathal O'Shannon (Reporter)
    Sean Kelleher (Film Cameraman)
    Ken Murphy (Film Cameraman)
    Peter Dorney (Assistant Cameraman)
    Denis O'Callaghan (Film Sound)
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    "The Italians are by far the biggest foreign community in this country"
  • Extended description

    A programme looking at the life of the Italian community in Ireland. All three families featured have set up life and business here. Cathal O'Shannon speaks to them about Italy, making their lives in Ireland and why they came to a country with a history of mass emigration.

    The Italians are by far the biggest foreign community in Ireland. With more than 4,000 Italians from around 600 families on the east coast of Ireland, Cathal O'Shannon meets some of these families who are synonymous with the catering and restaurant landscape in Ireland. Italian ice cream parlours, fish and chip shops, and restaurants are part of life for most people living in the Dublin.

    There have been two streams of migration from Italy to Ireland in the twentieth century. The first, following the First World War, and the second in the late 1940's and 50's.

    The first Italians to arrive in Ireland came with the Normans. In the 18th century, the stuccodores embellished the Irish Georgian houses. In the 19th century, it was the Italians who gave us our first transport system. The 20th century Italians were a different breed mainly coming from the Forzinone region.

    Nico, De Mascio, Fusco, and Caffola are just some of the Italian family names commonly found in Dublin.

    Ruggero and Angela Nico, owners of Nico's Restaurant on Dame Street in Dublin, talk about how they came to live in Ireland, their work, life and family. They talk about the connections they retain with Italy and the level of integration they have made in Irish society.

    While strongly integrated in Irish life, the Italians in Dublin also retain a sense of their own identity and community.

  • Information

    The billing in the 'RTÉ Guide' (31 December 1971) describes the series 'Lifestyle' as one which, "...reflects and explores some of the current changes in our way of life."

    This episode broadcast on the 6th of January 1972 looked at three Italian families living and working in Ireland.

  • Local keywords
    Italy, Italians, Gay Brocklesby, Pat Kelly, Ruggero Nico, Angela Nico, Mary Nico, Gino Di Mascio, Harry Di Mascio, Maria Di Mascio, Gino Fusco, Maria Fusco, Shooting, Chippers, Immigrants, Restaurants, Cafes, Immigration
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  • Topic
    Society and Social Issues
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  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ One
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    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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    Black and White
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  • Original language
    English (eng)