An Irish-American in Ireland

EXHIBITION : IMMIGRATION THE CHANGING FACE OF IRELAND

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Irish-American Hank O' Mahony on why he came to Ireland and stayed.

  • Title
    In A Strange Land
  • 1st Broadcast
    21/02/1981
  • Contributor
    Siobhan McHugh (Producer)
  • Clip Duration
    00:06:36
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Clip title
    An Irish-American in Ireland
  • Extended description

    'In A Strange Land' is a documentary by Siobhan McHugh on immigration to Ireland during the early 1980's. In this clip Siobhan meets Irish-American Hank O'Mahony, who talks about his reasons for coming to Ireland and staying.

    Hank identifies two reasons for coming to Ireland. Firstly, his grandmother had constantly told him about Ireland and he had always wanted to come. Secondly, was his work with native American indians which made him question his own identity and past. Hank works with under-privileged communities and commutes between Spiddal and Liverpool for work. He identifies a problem in Ireland in that nobody is prepared to provide funding for independent community development. He also identifies political clientelism as the core of the system in Ireland.

  • Information

    Produced by Siobhan McHugh, 'Strange Land' was broadcast on 21 February 1981.

  • Local keywords
    Immigration, Immigrants, Irish-American, Siobhan McHugh, Hank O'Mahony, Spiddal, Liverpool
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Society and Social Issues
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ Radio One
  • Production year
    1981
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    AA3478
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)
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