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Back to Barrytown

Back to Barrytown is a series of three documentaries which looks at the fictional working-class suburb and its inhabitants, created by author, Roddy Doyle, in the 1980's. The award-winning films, "The Commitments", "The Snapper" and "The Van" became compulsory viewing both in Ireland and across the globe. 30 years on, actor and Dubliner, Colm Meaney, who featured across the trilogy of films, explores the phenomenon of Barrytown and Roddy’s ability to hold a mirror up to social change, led by the working classes. In episode 2, "The Snapper", he looks at the story of a young girl who becomes pregnant ‘out of wedlock’, but has a family who show nothing but love and support. In 1980's Dublin, this was almost subversive as Irish society saw sex outside marriage as sinful and was still sending young pregnant girls to mother and baby homes. Meaney peers, through this fictional window, into a moment in the history of modern Ireland - a time when the fortunes of the country and its citizens were changing utterly.

Back to Barrytown
Title in English
Back to Barrytown, Ep.2: The Snapper
Entry Category
Factual Series
Produced By
Raidió Teilifís Éireann
Sally Roden
Directed By
Sally Roden/ Kenny Mac Giolla Phádraig
Production Partners
Raidió Teilifís Éireann