Beatrice Behan talks about promising herself that she would never change Brendan. For many years alcohol did not appear to be a problem for him. However, later in life, Behan appeared to use alcohol as a shield against life and that which upset him.
- Title The Writer, The Rebel, And The Rollicking Boy
- 1st Broadcast 24/03/1974
- ContributorAnthony Cronin (Presenter)
- Clip Duration 00:02:39
- Material Type Audio
- Clip title Battle With Alcohol
- Extended description
Much has been written and reported about Brendan Behan's prolonged drinking bouts and self-destructive incidents. Brendan Behan began to live out the image of the character Brendan Behan, the public image that he felt was expected of him. A lifelong battle with alcoholism came to an end when Brendan Behan died on the 20 March 1964. Beatrice Behan talks about her husband's battle with alcohol.
'Brendan Behan - The Writer, The Rebel, And The Rollicking Boy' was a documentary compiled and presented by Anthony Cronin to mark the tenth anniversary of the death of Behan.
The programme was broadcast on the 24 March 1974.
The photograph accompanying this clip shows the snug of a pub on Usher's Quay, Dublin in the 1950s.
The photographer was Nevill Johnson.
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- Local keywords Brendan Behan, Beatrice Behan, Literature, Arts, Culture, Alcohol, Alcoholism, Anthony Cronin
- Geographical coverage Ireland
- Topic Arts and Culture
- Publisher Broadcaster RTÉ
- First broadcast channel RTÉ
- Production year 1974
- Country of production Ireland
- Original identifier AA15474
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- Item type part/extract
- Item sound Mono
- Language used English (eng)
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Clip Length - 00:02:18
"The Thing About 'The Hostage' Was That It Changed Every Night"
Broadcast - 24/03/1974
Clip Length - 00:02:30
New York Reaction To 'The Hostage'
Broadcast - 02/01/1964
Clip Length - 00:03:09
The Private And Public Brendan Behan
Broadcast - 21/07/1970
Clip Length - 00:02:42
Battle With Alcohol
Broadcast - 24/03/1974
Clip Length - 00:02:39
Tribute To Brendan
Broadcast - 21/03/1964
Clip Length - 00:03:57