Páistí na Réabhlóide (Children of the Revolution) is a new Irish Language Broadcast Fund documentary film looking at the lives of children born on the island of Ireland between 1916 and 1922. It airs this Wednesday, 24th October, at 9.30pm on TG4.
This is the generation born between Rising and Civil War – the children of the revolution – Children of a new Ireland, a free state and the north. As we reach the 90th anniversary of the Irish Civil War we hear personal accounts of the world they were born into, their parents, their families and what became of their lives in a country that was changed forever.
These are the children born at the beginning of a divided nation. They saw World War, survived TB, witnessed the 60s, 70s, 80, 90s…No other generation in history has lived through so much change.
What a journey theirs has been. Their lives have much to teach us today. This is a human story of life in all its shapes and guises, with all its ups and downs and provides some very unique pearls of wisdom to an overworked, stressed out generation in 2012 trying to feel their way through huge change.
Paistí na Réabhlóide was produced by Gráinne Mc Guinness and directed by Brenda Ní Shúilleabháin. All post production was carried out at the Picturehouse Edit Suites Ltd.
Páistí na Réabhlóide, Wednesday 24th October at 9.30pm on TG4.
Máire Mc an tSaoi, Dublin 1922 Writer, poet, observer. A lifetime in literature and politics in Ireland and around the world.
Máire Mc Swiney Brugha, Dublin 1920 The daughter of one of Ireland’s greatest heroes. An extraordinary upbringing and perspective.
Paddy Mac Flynn, 93, Co. Down 1918 School principal, president of the GAA, publican. Inspiration. Here is a proud Ulsterman with a clear perspective on life in the North in the 20s and 30s and beyond
Uinsionn Ó Gairbhí, 90, Navan, Co Meath. 1921 Ex School teacher, Social historian and artist, Uinsionn is still a hard man to pin down. He has wonderful descriptions and stories of his life in Ireland over the past 90 years.
Canon Alfred O’ Connor, Kerry, 1920 Born in the Kerry Gaeltacht, this gentle man devoted his life to God and his church. Through all the amazing turns of his life it is wife, his daughter, his animals and his rugby that shine in his memory.
Proinsias Ó Conluain. Co Tyrone, 1918 Born in Co. Tyrone is the wake of rebellion and the birth of a new Northern Ireland, Proinsias Ó Conluian went on to become one of Ireland’s earliest radio voices.