Ciara Kenny

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New documentary to showcase GAA abroad

‘Home from Home’ is a new two-part television documentary which will tell the story of Irish emigration through the GAA abroad. If you play GAA in Toronto, Auckland, Christchurch, Dubai or London, Midas Productions wants to hear from you.

Wed, Dec 12, 2012, 01:00

   

Michael Cusack's ladies football team preparing to compete in the Mac's GAA Competition at Maroubra Beach in Sydney earlier this year.

‘Home from Home’ is a new two-part television documentary which will tell the story of Irish emigration through the GAA abroad. The programmes will be shown on Setanta Sports next year.

The programmes will chart the history of GAA clubs abroad, how they are established, and what role they play in the promotion and preservation of Irish identity and culture for the Irish overseas.

Midas Productions will be travelling to visit clubs in Toronto, Auckland, Christchurch, Dubai and London in the coming months, and are looking to interview Irish emigrants who play for clubs there. If you are living in these cities and are interested in participating, email aine@midasproductions.ie. They are also looking to speak with people who are still in Ireland but plan to emigrate to these cities and play GAA there.

The RTÉ Doc on One series has featured a few compelling radio documentaries on the GAA abroad recently, which are available for podcast: Pat O’Mahony spent a week with players in the Stockholm Gaels club as they prepared to defend their Scandinavian Championship title in ‘A Silver Lining’, while Robert Mulhern told the story of Ambrose Gordon, a Galway man who ran a profitable but illegal pirating business bringing videos of the Sunday Game back and forth to London in the 1980s in ‘Sex, Flights and Video Tapes’.

In April we featured an article about the growth of the GAA abroad in GAA: the social network for emigrants. Read more Generation Emigration stories about the GAA abroad here.