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Oilean Thoraigh & An decay

Director: Pat Collins


Tory Island, nine miles off the coast of Donegal is the most remote inhabited island off Ireland.
Its notorious inaccessibility and unforgiving landscape has not deterred 150 people from making this island their home.Oilean Th’raigh captures, over the course of a year, the changing patterns of life on Tory. It’s an intimate portrayal, exploring the lives of the islanders, their character and community, and the decline and continuation of tradition.
(2002. Ireland. Beta. 56mins)
Directed by: Pat Collins
An decay

Tuberculosis has been a killer in Ireland for centuries.
It helped to decimate the population during the Famine, and was still killing thousands of Irish men and women a century later. Highly infectious, tuberculosis could kill entire families packed into overcrowded tenements or dilapidated cottages, and carried with it an appalling stigma.The eradication of tuberculosis is part of our recent social history. In the 1940s, it was still killing 124 Irish people per 100,000 of the population, many of them young adults. But a huge public health programme, driven by Dr. Noel Browne, managed to turn the tide. Generations of TB sufferers alive today owe their survival to the campaign he led, the first real social achievement of independent Ireland.
An Decay features Father Robert E Lee spent two years at a sanatorium in Roscommon in the late 40s. He recovered fully, and organizes regular reunions of former patients and staff. Professor Greta Jones in Belfast is about to publish a book about tuberculosis in Ireland – and points out that even today, more than 70 people in the Republic still die of the deadly infection every year.
(2002. Ireland. Beta. Colour/B&W. 49 mins)
Directed by:Traolach
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