Battle With Alcohol

EXHIBITION : BRENDAN BEHAN

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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
    Brendan Behan - The Writer, The Rebel, And The Rollicking Boy
  • 1st Broadcast
    24/03/1974
  • Contributor
    Anthony 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.

  • Information

    '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.

    © RTÉ Stills Library 3012-055

  • 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
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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