"Oh Pray For Me Dear Ireland, And All Thy Beggars Too"

EXHIBITION : CHRISTMAS TV PAST

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Poverty and generosity at Christmas and the thoughts of Ireland's last wandering bard.

  • Title
    Poverty at Christmas
  • 1st Broadcast
    18/12/1969
  • Contributor
    Cathal O'Shannon (Reporter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:07:20
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    Newsbeat
  • Clip title
    "Oh Pray For Me Dear Ireland, And All Thy Beggars Too"
  • Extended description

    A report from the series 'Newsbeat' on poverty at Christmas. Shoppers are shown in a department store and the reporter Cathal O' Shannon gives details on the amount of money that will be spent this Christmas on items such as toys and cards.

    In Galway Francis Kendall-Husband the last wandering bard in Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales tells Cathal O'Shannon about homelessness at Christmas and throughout the year.

  • Information

    The clip shown here is edited from a longer report looking at how a bard, a Traveller family, a fortune teller and an unemployed man would be spending Christmas. This edition of 'Newsbeat' was broadcast 18 December 1969.

    'Newsbeat' was a half-hour feature programme which ran on television from Monday to Friday from September 1964 to June 1971. Reporting on stories from around the country, 'Newsbeat' covered affairs of the day with contributions from print journalists and RTÉ news staff.

  • Local keywords
    Christmas, Poverty, Homelessness, Poetry, Francis Kendall-Husband, Shopping, Christmas cards, Galway
  • Geographical coverage
    Galway, Ireland
  • Topic
    National Holidays, Festivals, Anniversaries, Annual Events
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ
  • Production year
    1969
  • Country of production
    IRELAND
  • Original identifier
    P808/00069
  • 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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