An Irishman Abroad

Sinead O’Shea: Episode 290

April 6, 2019

Sinead O'Shea is the director and writer behind the critically acclaimed documentary A Mother Brings Her Son To Be Shot. As Brexit negotiations drag on, she joined Jarlath to discuss the growing significance of this 5 year project about the realities of one community in Northern Ireland.

Sinead gives her fascinating perspective on the impact Ireland's dark history has had on modern mindsets (53:00), what she believes Brexit will do to Northern Ireland (1:02:00) and the 'grim' truth behind the challenges for women working in the world of film today (Patreon Extended Cut Only).
The episode covers everything from her filming under-cover for Al Jazeera (50:00) to the powerful story behind Majella O’Donnell in A Mother Brings her Son to be Shot (32:00), how she won an IFTA for a show that was taken off the air before the end of its first season (48:00) and much more.
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