Over 60 years ago, an elderly cousins wedding changed one Irish man's life by acting as the catalyst to send him on a journey to the United States where he found love, hope and a resting place for when he dies.
With as many as 37 million Americans claiming Irish Ancestry, PPI News Reporter of the Year Cian McCormack tells the personal story of 82-year-old John Joseph Patrick Moylan, who like so many before and after him, left Ireland and found a new life in the United States.
Six years after meeting John Moylan for the first time in San Francisco, Cian McCormack re-unites with his elderly friend, who has returned back home for a special civic reception in his hometown - Nenagh - honouring his life’s achievements.
But John Moylan – although he loves and misses both his and Cian’s hometown – he won’t let his bones rest here when he dies - he has already bought a grave and a headstone with his name on it in San Francisco.
Produced and narrated by Cian McCormack - 2009 PPI News Reporter of the Year
Production Supervision by Liam O'Brien
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First broadcast 24th April 2010.
An Irish radio documentary from RTÉ Radio 1, Ireland - Documentary on One - the home of Irish radio documentaries.