PBS to show Irish Documentary

Limerick native and Angela’s Ashes tour guide Mike O’Donnell in front of the Riverpoint building on the Shannon river

By Liam Moriarty, Contributor
August / September 2006

Mıxed Blessings, a new documentary, tackles the topic of a changing Ireland and how it is redefining itself. The Ireland of the past, the one of rain-swept fields, packed Catholic Mass, and thatched-roof pubs is long gone. Ireland is fast becoming a secular, urbanized and wealthy state. It is now her challenge to not only deal with the benefits of the new success but also it’s negative consequences.

The country is in the midst of a balancing act between the traditional and the new. Mixed Blessings is set in the city of Limerick, formally known as “stab city,” which is experiencing a property boom, immigration surge, small business develop-

ment and an influx of American investment. Mixed Blessings profiles the different lives and situations of five or six characters being affected by this onslaught of change. It fol- lows their trials and tribulations as they attempt to make peace and reconcile with the new face Ireland. Depicted is the sale of a Jesuit Church after its drastic drop in attendance, a Guinness representative responsible for maintaining a traditional image of the drink in the face of an interna- tional market, and the difficulties facing both the small Irish dairy farmer and Ireland’ s new immigrant population.

Mixed Blessings debuts on PBS, Tuesday, July 18 at 9 p.m. ♦

Leave a Reply




Share



More Articles

News: Sinn Féin Surge
in Irish Election

The Irish people went to the polls on February 8 to elect a new government. Almost a month later, that government has...

More

News: Ireland’s Best
Vacation Destinations

The best hotel and tourism operators in Ireland were recently recognized at the 30th CIE Tours International Awards of...

More

News: Museum of
Literature Opens in Dublin

Ireland has a new landmark cultural institution. The Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI) on St. Stephen’s Green in...

More

News: Irish Hotels
Scoop Forbes Awards

Eight Irish hotels have been recognized as ranking among the world’s best hotels, restaurants, and spas, according...

More