Who Shouted Stop..?
Monday 28th April 2008 19.30hrs RTE ONE
"Keep your mouth and your legs closed, keep your ears open and send home the ticket for the next one". These were the departing words of advice given by a
Journalist John Healy was a crusading journalist who spent most of his life, highlighting, detailing and discussing the losses suffered by his native Charlestown, Co Mayo in the middle of the last century, as crippling unemployment and emigration took its toll.
Healy wrote for the Western People, before moving to the Irish Times. As a good friend of Douglas Gageby, editor of The Irish Times back then, Healy had plenty of leeway in which to advance his fight for the west of
"He took Mayo and the countryside to Dublin, who ever thought that rural communities would have such a strong voice in a big cosmopolitan newspaper with a completely different tradition as the Irish Times" (
It was at the encouragement of Gageby that Healy embarked on his famous 'No One Shouted Stop' series of articles that were later published under the title of 'Death of an Irish Town'. His other book, 'Nineteen Acres' has been said to be one of the finest social commentaries on life in the west of
"Death of an Irish town annoyed a lot of people in
In October 2007 a new bypass was opened which is hoped will remove up to 7,000 vehicles each day from
"It used to be a bright, lively town. The houses were full of people, young and old" (Deliah Henry, born 1910)
Forty years after the publication of "No One Shouted Stop!", the Léargas team returns to
"The lesson to be learned from
Producer/Director: Sonia Nic Giolla Easbuig
Reporter: Padraig O'Driscoll