Tonight at 8.30 ar RTÉ One, AR SCÁTH A CHÉILE gets behind the hall doors of the nation and gives us some insight into how our fellow citizens are managing in the Covid19 Emergency.
Our lives in lockdown as Gaeilge.
With nearly half the world in lockdown, the Covid19 pandemic has become the thread that has linked stories the world over, and will continue to do so for weeks to come. We have heard stories at home and abroad of anxiety and heartbreak, of loss, struggle, hardships, unbearable pain and a huge economic cost. However, amid the turmoil of the overwhelming daily updates on the spread of Covid, heartwarming stories emerge of resilience, fortitude, courage and self-sacrifice - a snapshot of a candid and more caring world.
Ar Scáth a Chéile is a new viewer generated programme where Cláracha Gaeilge RTÉ facilitated people to turn the lens on themselves. Focusing up their camera phones we asked our audience to film their lives for us - no experience required and no holds barred.
To distract and entertain Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh sings with her daughters in Corca Dhuibhne and with laptop in tow she now presents her weekly RTÉ Raidió Na Gaeltachta music show in a makeshift booth under a rather cosy looking patchwork quilt!
AR SCÁTH A CHÉILE @RTEOne - muid á dtaifead féin le linn na géarchéime Covid19 seo. Gafa sa teach as Gaeilge. #arscáthachéile Dé Luain 27ú Aibreán ag 20.30. Bígí linn!!@mrseimearb@Mamma_Magic@MiseCiara@GlenBMulcahy@ineUDhubhshline@MuireannNic@CathalOCuaig pic.twitter.com/U7VfPvC9DH— RTÉ_Scannal (@RTE_Scannal) April 26, 2020
Eimear Bhreathnach, near Valencia, Spain, is missing family and she has come up with a disinfection system for her and her husband's wheelchair wheels. As the death toll rises around her in Spain she worries.
In Clontarf, Ciara Ní É has moved back home and is living with her parents and other adult siblings so it’s a full house and full on; she gently encourages her Mam to give her a haircut after watching a YouTube tutorial… wonder how that will work out !
Cathal Ó Cuaig whom we find in Catalonia, captures lovely scenes with his daughter as he juggles childcare and updating TG4 & RTÉ RnaG on how Spain is coping during the pandemic.
AR SCÁTH A CHÉILE @RTEOne - Gafa sa teach as Gaeilge. #arscáthachéile Dé Luain 27ú Aibreán ag 20.30. Bígí linn!!@mrseimearb@Mamma_Magic@MiseCiara@GlenBMulcahy@ineUDhubhshline@MuireannNic@CathalOCuaig pic.twitter.com/BczmvXNwNg— RTÉ_Scannal (@RTE_Scannal) April 27, 2020
Aíne Uí Dhushláine's home in Gráig, West Kerry is enveloped by mountains and seascapes and her hearty brood of poultry and beautiful goat keep her sane as she's had to keep her café closed while she cocoons on account of being 70.
Bláthnaid O’Donoghue and her husband fled Manhattan to move in with family in North Carolina. Being pregnant she was concerned when hospital tents began to be erected right outside her apartment building.
Fiona Mulcahy in Co. Laois is a busy mother of three but is lucky to have the garden and a polytunnel. She teaches yoga and has moved online.
Ar Scáth a Chéile, anocht ar RTÉ One ag 8.30.