Un­prece­dented TV cov­er­age for C’Is­land

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

CASTLEIS­LAND is to be the fo­cus of an un­prece­dented level of tele­vi­sion ex­po­sure over the next few weeks.

And it started on Sun­day morn­ing, Fe­bru­ary 11th with Fr. Dan O’Rior­dan as he cel­e­brated Mass live on RTÉ One Tele­vi­sion and Ra­dio One at 11am along with Castleis­land Par­ish Choir.

Re­hearsals had been on­go­ing since the in­vi­ta­tion ar­rived early last Novem­ber for this trip and great hon­our.

The choir also high­lighted its con­sid­er­able pres­ence in the sell-out home con­cert with the Three Tenors at the Church of Saints Stephen and John just be­fore Christ­mas.

Then, in just un­der two weeks time, the town will again go na­tion wide cour­tesy of the Na­tion­wide team which visited on Tues­day and Wed­nes­day and shot and spoke to peo­ple all around them.

The team visited at the in­vi­ta­tion of Char­lie Daly from Cur­row and a mem­ber of the Cas­tle of the Is­land So­ci­ety which is cur­rently in the post pro­duc­tion process of the ground­break­ing film be­ing made by his nephew Rob McGuire.

A re­cep­tion for the Na­tion­wide team was at­tended by many of the lo­cals be­ing fea­tured in the course of the shoot over the team’s stay in town.

The event had all the hall­marks of the style with which Di­vanes Castleis­land is syn­ony­mous and af­ter a cú­pla fo­cal from Char­lie Daly it was down to se­ri­ous busi­ness of film­ing and talk­ing for the fol­low­ing 24 hours or so.

There was a, per­haps hid­den, cer­tainly co­in­ci­den­tal celebration at the team’s part­ing glass at Tom McCarthy’s Cen­tral Bar on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon. The woman of the house, Mary McCarthy cel­e­brated a sig­nif­i­cant birth­day on the day and the team recorded mu­si­cian, Proinnsías O’Sul­li­van and singer, Eileen McSweeney as they hon­oured the oc­ca­sion and their na­tive town with their ver­sion of Castleis­land.

It was Char­lie Daly’s idea floated to the Na­tion­wide team which brought them down and he said that they were de­lighted at how every­one rowed in and helped out.

“The Na­tion­wide team was very im­pressed with the town’s abil­ity to raise the funds needed to put its range of fa­cil­i­ties in place. They were par­tic­u­larly taken by the ap­pear­ance and the very pres­ence of An Ríocht Health and Leisure fa­cil­ity in a town of its size,” said Mr. Daly.

The pro­gramme featuring the Castleis­land shoot is likely to be shown later this month with Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 21 pen­cilled in as the date for air­ing.

Then, you’ll have to ad­just your TV set and rise and shine as the Mur­der, Mys­tery and My Fam­ily se­ries will be screened on BBC 1 at 9:15am each morn­ing from Fe­bru­ary 26th and into the early weeks of March.

There will be more spe­cific de­tails later but the John Twiss spe­cial will be screened as part of this se­ries.

Chalk­board TV Pro­duc­tion Com­pany spent a few days film­ing in the Cordal and Castleis­land ar­eas as well as parts of Cork City and county for this pro­gramme.

It had the work­ing ti­tle then of: My Grand-dad Was In­no­cent and now it’s all in the can and ready for screen­ing un­der the ti­tle: Mur­der, Mys­tery and My Fam­ily.

There is con­sid­er­able in­ter­est lo­cally in the find­ings of the John Twiss pro­gramme as the mak­ers put the ev­i­dence against the un­for­tu­nate Cordal na­tive, John Twiss un­der a foren­sic scope. Af­ter a trial that was hope­lessly tilted against him, he was even­tu­ally hanged in Cork County Jail on Fe­bru­ary 9 in 1895.

Photo byJohn Reidy

Pic­tured dur­ing the Na­tion­wide re­cep­tion at Di­vanes Castleis­land were: Phil Skea­han, Bren­dan O’Sul­li­van and Paul Langston, sales Di­vanes; Mary Kennedy, Na­tion­wide Pre­sen­ter and De­nis Di­vane, MD, Di­vanes Castleis­land.

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