Broadcaster, journalist, bon-viveur and irrepressible raconteur, Cathal Óg O' Shannon’s CV reads like a rollicking ride though the history of Ireland, the Irish Diaspora, and beyond. Yet few are aware of where he came from or of the extraordinary and colourful life he has led.
Son of ardent socialist and militant republican, Cathal O’Shannon Senior, he had a liberal upbringing surrounded by writers, artists and vagabonds, all of whom contributed to his education, and gave him his life-long gift for storytelling.
Our film follows him on a journey as he revisits the significant landmarks in his life, the RAF, post war London, The Irish Times and his remarkable half century as a broadcaster and film-maker.
Now at the age of 80, his memories of people and places will speak of the man, of other times and other values. He reflects on his life and on a great love which spanned 60 years.
He’s probably one of the great television journalists, possibly Ireland’s greatest television journalist: Terry Wogan
He’s great fun, and he’s bold, bold is attractive: Ingrid Craigie
A combination of charm and real innate inquisitiveness: John McColgan
Producer/Director: Paul Cusack
Production Assistant: Judy
Director of Photography: Seamus Deasy
Editor: Adrienne Ross
Colourist: Mark Quinn
Broadcast on RTÉ
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