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Stories from the Underground

This story charts the changes that occurred in the tiny rural farming community of Tynagh in the west of Ireland from the 1960s when it became the location of one of the most important mines in Europe. The mines changed the way of life forever.

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Documentary maker: Lorelei Harris

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Stories from the Underground

Sunday 31st August 2008

Stories From The Underground charts the changes that occurred in the tiny rural farming community of Tynagh in the west of Ireland from the 1960s when it became the location of one of the most important mines in Europe.

The mines brought the first industrial employment to the area and changed the way of life of the people living there forever.

In the programme John Mahony, Patrick Gohery, Joe Egan and Pat Glynn remember their time working in the Tynagh mines with stories and song, and explore the legacy that was left behind when the mines were closed down in 1981.

"It was lonely at night, going down at seven o'clock in the evening. In the summertime when the sun was shining the glare would be cutting the eyes out of your head when you came up," said John Mahony, who worked underground in the Tynagh mines, in County Galway.

Produced by Therese Kelly.

Production supervision by Lorelei Harris.

(First broadcast 2nd April, '03)

An Irish radio documentary from RTÉ Radio 1, Ireland - Documentary on One - the home of Irish radio documentaries
 


 

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