A Great Feast of Light: Growing Up Irish in the Television Age

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Aurum, 2007 - Ireland - 321 pages
When John Doyle was born in a remote part of Tipperary the Catholic church was all-powerful in Ireland, suspicious of the outside world and enjoining its citizenry to piety. And then in 1961, television arrived, bringing Westerns, hilarious American sitcoms like I Love Lucy, advertisements for gleaming cars and barbecues. Soon Gay Byrne's Late Late Show was hosting outspoken discussions on sex and religion and even, unthinkably, criticism of the church. Suddenly, the outside world, with its glamour, its violence, its fun, laughter and liberation, had come to Ireland. Then when Doyle and his family moved nearer the border with Northern Ireland they could pick up the BBC, the broadcasting institution of what he and his fellow Irish had always thought of as the hateful English oppressors - but who now, he discovered, were responsible for such revelatory programmes as Monty Python, and brought live football with the peerless George Best. This is a touching story of how TV caused nothing less than a social revolution, and enabled one man to enter the modern world.

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Toronto Globe and Mail television columnist Doyle debuts with a memoir featuring, among other things, an account of what he watched on the telly in the old country. As a lad in Tipperary, young John ... Read full review

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TorontoGlobe and Mail television critic Doyle makes the arrival of television in Ireland the framework for this engaging and very readable memoir about growing up in the smallest of small towns in the ... Read full review

Contents

A FLICKERING SIGNAL
1
PART THREE
171
AFTERWORD
307
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

John Doyle is Head of DCU's School of Law and

Government and a senior lecturer in International

Relations. He is the founding co-director and a board

member of DCU's Centre for International Studies.

He is also the editor of Irish Studies in International

Affairs.

John Doyle is Head of DCU's School of Law and Government and a senior lecturer in International Relations. He is the founding co-director and a board member of DCU's Centre for International Studies. He is also the editor of Irish Studies in International Affairs.

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