Tuesday January 21, 2020

Watching his own life unfold, at home over a cup of tea

It was seeing Maurice McCabe’s sheer ordinariness - as portrayed in last week’s RTÉ documentary - that allowed us to grasp the extraordinary nature of his courage

18th November, 2018
Maurice McCabe with his wife Lorraine at the Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle Pic: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The RTÉ documentary Whistleblower was extraordinary television because of the ordinariness of the two main protagonists.

It was easy to relate to Maurice and Lorraine McCabe, a husband and wife raising five children outside the village of Mountnugent in rural Cavan. There was the gathering of family and friends at Michael McCabe’s 90th birthday, soundtracked in part by Brendan Shine’s Do You Want Your Old Lobby Washed Down.

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