My long lost family

Here’s some audio from my archive. I studied radio at university and for my final year piece we were required to do a classic 27 minute Radio 4 style documentary. That’s quite an intimidating length for an undergraduate who’s longest radio package to date had been about 5 mins. I recorded the bulk of mine over a few days in Ireland in Easter 1996. I’ll outline what my idea was briefly and then let you listen to the results for yourself. 

My long lost family
My Dad was born out of wedlock in 1930s Ireland. He was brought up in the country by a foster family and never knew who his mother or father was. My Dad died in 1979 and we often wondered if we would ever find out for ourselves about his origins. So this documentary involves me going to Ireland to see what I can find. My intention was to make some kind of soul-searching ‘finding myself’ piece. A road movie on the radio is what I had in mind and in fact the finished piece isn’t far from that. However I did find out far more than I anticipated – take a listen. 

Feel free to download and repost as you like. 

4 thoughts on “My long lost family

  1. A wonderful piece Dave – Having been to Galway a number of times it’s great to hear those lovely accents too.

    …and a belated happy birthday too!

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  3. It was a good call to remind me of this from blog about death and dad and Anna – and the Buddha and Jackson Browne. By such circuits do we constantly make connections. It is still a really magnificent piece. Powerful and professional.

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