Alone at Christmas

EXHIBITION : CHRISTMAS PAST ON RTÉ

About this Item

The plight of some elderly people living alone in rural Ireland.

  • Title
    Alone at Christmas
  • 1st Broadcast
    20/12/1964
  • Contributor
    Ted 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.

  • Information

    '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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Original language
    English (eng)
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