The London Underground has The District Line, The Circle Line and so on. "The Green Line" is a notional Tube line that Robert Mulhern has taken to find Irish stories in the UK capital: the "Mammy" away from home, the ex-prisoner, the retired drinkers.
There are more than 175,000 Irish emigrants living in this city of more than 8 million plus.
“Over There - The Green Line” is a track-switching journey connecting the old and the new stories:
The ‘boys’ from Connemara, they are still finding their feet but they know they’re walking a path beaten clear by those who arrived long before them, like Maggie Khondoker (photo) from Cavan who they found and who has been feeding them since, or the boys from Ballymote who preserve precious memories as they lose friends to the fall of time.
This group of blue collar workers hammered out lives in London, knocking some of the edges off a city which welcomes the soft songs and dreams of singer/songwriter, Keelta Higgins from Antrim and tests the resolve of the most sturdy.
Joe Duffy arrived from Donegal to fight, professionally but Limerick’s Dick Fitzgerald never backed up from one in prison or on the street.
Sadly, Dick died in April, before this documentary was completed.
The others are still standing, but the way Pat Kane tells it so many Saturday nights were spent swinging from the rafters in landmark dancehalls that have since been wiped off the landscape.
This is a story of an eclectic group of people who left Ireland for something different and found life in London on the blue collar side of the divide.
Their rail journey is a shared identity abroad and it travels along a Green Line used by thousands.
Produced by Robert Mulhern.
Production supervision by Ronan Kelly.
This documentary is part of a four-part series on the Irish living and working in UK. These 4 documentaries were funded by the BAI Sound and Vision Scheme.
4th May 2013
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