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Documentary makes for very uncomfortable viewing

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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TV Watch with Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

It is certainly true all life eventually comes into your living room if you watch enough telly, and the start of a new series of Channel 4 left me wondering if I had sullied my home after tuning in to the first episode.

Skint is a true life three-part documentary about unemployed people living in Scunthorpe in Lincolnshire. It is a town that made its name from steel, but these days very few hold down a real job. The Council flats and housing estates where Skint is filmed look depressing with houses in one whole street completely boarded up.

The series centres around a few families and it really does make for despairing viewing, so much so, that I don’t know if I can stomach tuning in for the rest of the series. It airs Monday nights at 9pm.
We saw Dean, who used to work at the steelworks, which used to employ 27,000 but now only employs a sixth of that number.

He is the father of seven children and the first episode saw himself and his partner worrying about another pregnancy. To ensure no more ‘accidents’ he goes for a vasectomy – and yes, he poses full frontal for the cameras to show his scar!

The series aims to highlight social issues such as youth unemployment, crime, welfare dependency and addictions as well as an insight into these lives. And it certainly does that but it was more of an eye-opener than I had bargained for.

The area is described by the programme makers as deprived and that sure is an understatement. The children are mad, hyper, bored and in some cases frightening.

There is one particular teenager who appears to be very disturbed and I don’t know if I were his mother, if I would allow a film crew into the house.

Everyone in the programme, young and old, seem to smoke dope which makes me think, no wonder they don’t think straight and are so paranoid.

Dean was quite vocally aggressive when he spoke about being on welfare. He felt quite entitled to be looked after by the State after working for so long and that it wasn’t his fault he was laid off. Yes, yes, I thought watching the programme.

All of that may be true but have you no self-respect? And there’s an evident lack of respect shown in this series, by children to their parents, by spouses to each other and by everyone to anyone in authority, such as cops, who are always referred to as a particular domestic animal.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentine.

 

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David’s debut album on sale in local shops

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David Larkin’s debut album, With A Toot on the Flute and a Twiddle on the Fiddle, a tribute to his fellow Roscommon man, Percy French, featured on these pages last week.

For those who want to purchase a copy, the range of places where it’s on sale has increased. Anyone who wants to buy the album can do so by contacting David through Larkin’s Beehive Facebook page. It’s also available at Bell, Book & Candle, The Small Crane, Galway City; Funky Beans, Westside Retail Park, Galway City; OMG / Zhivago, Shop Street, Galway City; and Custy’s Traditional Irish Music Shop, O’Connell Street, Ennis.

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Saileog takes up sean-nós singing residency at NUIG

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Saileog Ní Cheannabháin. Her Carna-born father Peadar was her earliest singing influence.

Saileog Ní Cheannabháin has been named as Sean-Nós Singer in Residence at NUIG’s Centre for Irish Studies for 2021.

The sean-nós singer, musician and composer, who was reared in Dublin in an Irish-speaking family, learned traditional and classical music from a very young age.

Saileog’s father, Peadar Ó Ceannabháin comes from the rich tradition of sean-nós singing in Carna and  was one of her earliest influences.

Saileog grew up listening to singers from Iorras Aithneach in Conamara and she includes Seán ‘ac Dhonncha, Sorcha Ní Ghuairim, Dara Bán Mac Donncha and Josie Sheáin Jeaic ‘ac Dhonncha as formative influences.

Her mother Úna Lawlor is a classical violinist and her siblings Eoghan and Muireann are also singers and musicians.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Award-winning author Doireann finds truth ‘in little rituals of life’

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Doireann Ní Ghríofa, whose book A Ghost in the Throat won this year’s An Post Non-fiction Book of the Year Award, took her first breath in Galvia Hospital – now the Bon Secours.

When A Ghost in the Throat, the beautifully-written book by Galway-born author Doireann Ní Ghríofa, was announced as the An Post Non-fiction Book of the Year winner last week, the news came as little surprise to those who’ve read it.

Since its publication, A Ghost in the Throat has received rave reviews. Interweaving lyrical passages with striking prose, it tells the story of a present-day young mother who is drawn to the life of 18th century-poet Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill and her poem, Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire.

Although this was Doireann’s first book of prose, she is far from unknown, having written six critically-acclaimed poetry collections. These have earned her numerous awards including the Seamus Heaney Fellowship and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature.

Arranged a week in advance, the phone call from the Tribune in the wake of the awards announcement proves to be a timely one. Doireann is giddy with excitement. “I am delighted. The funny thing is that it doesn’t just feel like a win for the book; it feels like a win for the way this book tries to tell the stories of women.”

This is hugely important to Doireann – A Ghost in the Throat begins and ends with the line, ‘This is a female text’ – and she hopes the book is viewed as a celebration of the lives of women, past and present, and the work they do, visible and invisible. “That still often goes overlooked,” she says.

As with Emile Pine’s Notes to Self, Doireann casts light on issues affecting women by sharing intimate details of her life. And it’s not just the big themes she gives consideration to, but life’s banalities. When added together, these can also become a burden.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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