The plight of some elderly people living alone in rural Ireland.
- Title Alone at Christmas
- 1st Broadcast 20/12/1964
- ContributorTed Nealon (Reporter)
- Clip Duration 00:13:31
- Material Type Video
- Series title On the Land
- Clip title Alone at Christmas
- Extended description
An extract from the RTÉ agricultural series 'On the Land'. Reporter Ted Nealon introduces the findings of a report on County Offaly which found 811 elderly people living alone in the county.
Three elderly men talk to Nealon. They claim not to be hungry, lonely or cold. Jack only has one eye and does not have a radio. John lives alone and listens to the radio and prays all day. Doctor Anthony Reeves and local nurse Cathleen O'Hara discuss the sad situation.
'On the Land' was a weekly programme for farmers broadcast from 1962 to 1971. Jack White, Head of Public Affairs, Telefís Éireann, wrote,
"Good cover of farming is a basic duty for a television network that serves an agricultural country. Telefis Eireann is anxious to do its bit to make for a better life on the land."
(RTV Guide, 9 February 1966. Vol.1, No.11, p.6)
This report was broadcast 20 December 1964.
- Local keywords Christmas, County Offaly, Doctor Anthony Reeves, Cathleen O' Hara, Chief Medical Officer of Health, Poverty, Housing
- Geographical coverage Offaly, Ireland
- Genre Factual
- Topic National Holidays, Festivals, Anniversaries, Annual Events
- Publisher Broadcaster RTÉ
- First broadcast channel Telefís Éireann
- Production year 1964
- Country of production IRELAND
- Original identifier D1671
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- Item type part/extract
- Item colour Black and White
- Item sound Mono
- Aspect ratio 4:3
- Language used English (eng)
- Original language English (eng)
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