Meet The Neighbours
Friday 5th June, 7.30pm (Final Episode)
In the last episode we meet John Bown who fled Zimbabwe in 2004; an Irish-American who was brought here by her parents 11-years-ago; and a Polish woman who is dating a Dubliner.
A young Morin Kilgallon was reluctantly dragged to Ireland for six months by her Irish-American parents. 11 years later, she is married, living in Balbriggan and expecting her third child. According to Morin it doesn't matter if you're from Cork, Cameroon or California - when you move to a new area you have a huge responsibilty to get involved. Her eldest son will start next September in the local Gaelscoil she helped to establish.
John Bown has been living in Balbriggan since 2004 with his wife and seven parrots. He escaped Zimbabwe with two suitcases, leaving behind a life he'd built there for 35 years. He left because it was 'too damn dangerous'. Now John finds himself trying to build a life in Balbriggan and make friends with his South African neighbour Ayanda.
Fr Barry Murphy is a parish priest in St Peter's and Paul's Church in Balbriggan. He has been in the parish for six years and has seen a huge amount of changes. He is preparing for this year's First Communion with St Teresa's School, a local primary school with great diversity amongst the pupils.
Justyna Krokowska is from Poland and has become a familiar face in Balbriggan thanks to her job at Super Valu. Her appreciation of Irish men has led her to meet Dubliner Ronan Merrick and their blossoming romance has crossed cultural divides.
Ivan Harper is a Balbriggan man born and bred. He has worked for the local Wavin factory for 37 years where his colleague and friend Danielus is from Lithuania. A keen cricketer, Ivan is looking forward to the arrival of the next generation of Harpers - his first grandchild is due.