Today With Sean O Rourke Thursday 21 November 2013
Public Right of Way
The Supreme Court judgment on public access to the routes around the historic Lissadell House in County Sligo has highlighted a gaping lack of legal clarity on public rights of way in this country.
Reliant on a set of English laws that are more than a century old, we have no modern legislation of our own addressing the sensitive balance that exists between the rights of landowners and the rights of citizens who want to walk and wander.
Sean spoke to Sunday Times columnist, Brenda Power and Albert Smith of the Keep Ireland Open organisation.
A Christmas Carol
Clive Francis has trodden the boards since the 1960s and has worked with such greats as Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud and Richard Burton. But it is to the 1840s where he takes on his latest incarnation, as he transforms into the misanthropic Ebenezer Scrooge, as well as every other notable character, in a unique one man adaptation of the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. He is the first actor since Charles Dickens himself to re-enact that famous reading at the Birmingham Town Hall - where his production has now become an annual event in the city.
The play tours Ireland starting in Cork’s Everyman Theatre this Sunday and Sean spoke to Clive Francis.
John Redmond – The National Leader by Dermot Meleady
Dermot Meleady has written a biography of one of Ireland’s most tragic and overlooked political figures of the 21st century. John Redmond, while best known for the instrumental role he played in passing the third Home Rule Bill, also successfully implemented a series of important reforms between 1900 and 1910 which have been described as social revolutions.
Amid increasing militant resistance from Ulster unionists to Home Rule, the outbreak of World War 1 and the 1916 Easter Rising, public opinion would turn against him and cast him down from triumphant prime minister in waiting to the status of Ireland’s lost leader. As we enter the centenary of the Government of Ireland Act 1914, Dermot Meleady looks back to the controversy and tragedy surrounding John Redmond and Sean spoke to him.
John Redmond – The National Leader by Dermot Meleady. It is published by Irish Academic Press and is priced at €24.00.