Today With Sean O Rourke Monday 25 November 2013
A Story Lately Told-Coming of Age in Ireland, London and New York
Anjelica Huston is best-known for her performances in Prizzi's Honor, for which she won an Oscar in 1985, The Grifters, The Addams Family, The Royal Tenenbaums and more recently the TV series Smash. Her father, award winning film director John Huston, moved his young family to Ireland in 1953 having falling in love with the scenery on a previous visit.
Her early life was spent mixing with locals, friends and Hollywood stars at her family estate in the west of Ireland. She has just released the first volume of her memoir A Story Lately Told which tells of her early life growing up in Ireland, London and New York before her acting career was launched in Hollywood.
Sean spoke to Anjelica Huston.
A Story Lately Told – Coming of Age in Ireland, London and New York by Anjelica Huston (Simon & Schuster) Price £12.99.
The number of women committed to prison in Ireland has risen by a third in the last three years.
While the total number of prison spaces for women is 133- that's 105 in the Dochas Centre at Mountjoy and 28 in Limerick- the total number of women prisoners in the state is now, according to the Irish Penal Reform Trust, consistently at around 160 to 170.
The problem was highlighted last week in Athlone where Judge Seamus Hughes criticised the release of a woman described as a serial thief who’d been sentenced to six months but was released after just three days. Sean spoke to Paddy O'Gorman who met with The governor of Dochas, Mary O’Connor, and also met with women who have been in prison.
No matter how bad you’re feeling this Monday morning, spare a thought for the 23 men of the Irish squad who lined out yesterday against New Zealand… They’re no doubt feeling worse.
24 hours ago, any Irish rugby fan would have taken a two point defeat to the All Blacks as a glorious moral victory… But after yesterday’s heroics in Landsdowne Road, that score was a devastating loss for an Irish team that came within half a minute of a glorious and unprecedented victory.
Sean spoke to former Irish international Donal Lenihan.