Peter’s quest for truth and justice captured in new TG4 series Finné

Peter Mulryan (right) with Aidan and Catherine Corless and Michael O’Flaherty after Catherine won a People of the Year Award for shining a light on the Tuam Mother and Babies Home.
Peter Mulryan (right) with Aidan and Catherine Corless and Michael O’Flaherty after Catherine won a People of the Year Award for shining a light on the Tuam Mother and Babies Home.

Finné, a new documentary series commissioned by TG4, focuses on the human aspect to major Irish stories that have made the headlines over the past 50 years.

Filmed over 12 months by Galway’s Magamedia and presented by RTÉ’s courts correspondent, Orla O’Donnell, Finné (Witness) revisits gross miscarriages of justice that have occurred in Ireland in the recent past.

In Episode Three, which runs next Wednesday, September 18, Peter Mulryan will recall his upbringing in the Tuam Mother and Baby Home and his subsequent quest to find his mother which led him to Galway’s Magdalen Laundry, where his mother had been incarcerated for 12 months after his birth. Peter was born in 1944 in the Regional Hospital in Galway and six days later, was sent to the Tuam institution.

Peter’s first-person testimony tells of dogged resilience in a battle against Church and State to learn about his mother and his identity, according to Magamedia’s Paddy Hayes, producer and writer-director of three of the series’ eight episodes.

“It’s only through searing personal testimony that we gain real insight into the human story behind the official accounts of these life-changing events,” says Paddy of the series.

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

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