Tuesday November 24, 2020

Radio and Theatre: Boucher-Hayes highlights importance of good old-fashioned reportage

Standing in for Claire Byrne, the presenter shows how traditional media can have more value than social media, especially in the face of a tragic story

1st November, 2020
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Philip Boucher-Hayes of RTÉ points out that there is more to news than information. Picture: Ruth Medjber

In 1965, a new play by John B Keane premiered at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin. The Field was based on a real-life murder which had happened seven years previously in the Kerry writer’s local community. With its themes of land and its local politics, it seemed to epitomise Ireland at a particular time.

Keane’s representation of themes in rural Irish life came to mind last week as a family tragedy unfolded in Cork,...

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