I was wondering if anyone had caught last night's episode on Rory O'Connor as part of TG4's Bású na gCarad series?
I thought it was okay stuff. It was fun seeing the figures dramatised, and the actors did competent enough jobs, though as they were only required for short bits, a tour de force of acting wasn't exactly needed.The historical series will focus on the execution of Irish nationalist Erskine Childers and several other prisoners during the Irish civil war. Dominic Frisby will play Erskine Childers with Jessica Reagan playing the role of Molly Childers. Other Irish political figures to be dramatised include Rory O’Connor (Will O’Connell), Liam Mellows (Killian O’Donnacha), Joe McKelvey (Jason Matthewson), Dick Barrett (Larry McGowan) and Kevin O’Higgins (Ciaran McMahon), all of who were executed between 1922-1923 with the exception of Kevin O’Higgins who was murdered by a republican group in 1927. The script was written by Pat Butler.
Beforehand I hadn't known anything about his early life, so I enjoyed the details like his time working in Canada (allowing him to get an international perspective on Ireland's situation) and his interest in science.
Could have done without the anti-Free State moralising towards the end. Amazing how some passions still run strong on the subject of the Civil War, which is one thing as a personal opinion, but when doing a documentary, even an objective tone is needed or some counter-viewpoints to ones already expressed.
One detail: the bit with Kevin O'Higgins giving a gold coin to O'Connor as a way of choosing him as his best man at the wedding - I'm guessing that's accurate? Anyone know anything about that custom, like when did it stop being used?