First Radio Soap The Kennedys of Castleross

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An extract from the opening epsiode of Radio Éireann's first soap opera 'The Kennedys of Castleross' began which on 14 April 1955. 

  • Title
    The Kennedys of Castleross Episode 1
  • 1st Broadcast
    14/04/1955
  • Contributor
    Marie Kean (Actor)
    Philip O'Flynn (Actor)
    Pat Laffan (Actor)
    Mark Grantham (Scriptwriter)
    [Radio Éireann Players]
  • Clip Duration
    00:01:10
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Series title in English
    The Kennedys of Castleross
  • Clip title
    First Radio Soap The Kennedys of Castleross
  • Extended description

    The introduction and opening scene from the first episode of 'The Kennedys of Castleross'. The programme was sponsored by Fry Cadbury.

    Among the large cast of 'The Kennedys of Castleross' were the actors Marie Kean, Pat Laffan and Philip O'Flynn. Mark Grantham was the main writer at the start of the series. Hugh Leonard, David Hanly and Kevin Fuller also wrote scripts for the series.

    The popular lunchtime series ran until 1975.

  • Information

    The photograph accompanying this clip shows the cast of 'The Kennedys of Castleross' recording at the Radio Éireann GPO studios in 1965. From left to right; Máire Ní Dhomhnaill, Marie Keane, Vincent Dowling, unidentified, unidentified, Philip O'Flynn, Angela Newman, unknown, Aideen O'Kelly, Jim FitzGerald, and producer Willie Styles.

    © RTÉ Stills Library 0284/024

  • Local keywords
    Soap Opera, Marie Kean, Pat Laffan, Philip O'Flynn, Mark Grantham, Hugh Leonard, David Hanly, Kevin Fuller, 1950s, Radio, RTÉ, Broadcasting, Drama
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    The Media
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    Radio Éireann
  • Production year
    1955
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    BB310
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item sound
    Mono
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