TV documentary about celebrated journalist, Donal Foley

The life and times of the Ferrybank-reared iconic journalist and writer, Donal Foley, will be celebrated in a documentary to be broadcast on TG4 this Thursday night, August 30th., at 8pm.. Produced and directed by Donal’s niece, RoseAnn Foley, the half-hour programme is presented by her sister, Irish Times journalist and broadcaster, Catherine Foley.

Entitled ‘Man Bites Dog, M’Uncail’, the documentary looks back at Donal’s life and work twenty-five years after his death. Donal Foley was the ground-breaking news editor of The Irish Times and he is especially remembered for his satirical column in the newspaper, ‘Man Bites Dog’, and for his autobiography, ‘The Three Villages’. The programme celebrates the impact he had on the newspaper and on journalism in general. It looks at the various events in his life that shaped his writing and his journalism, such as the fact that he was born in the Ring Gaeltacht of Co Waterford in 1922.

In the program Donal is remembered by friends and colleagues, including the writer Maeve Binchy; the Irish Times editor Geraldine Kennedy; the film-maker Muiris Mac Conghail; lecturer at UCD Eoin O’hAnluian; his daughter, Deirdre Morrissey; his nephew, Irish Examiner journalist Donal Musgrave, and his two surviving brothers, Seosamh and Breand├ín Foley.

As presenter, Catherine goes on a nostalgic journey of discovery and finds out what motivated him and what were the influences that brought her uncle from the banks of Ferrybank to Fleet Street in London and to The Irish Times where he became news editor and later deputy editor. Using old photographs, footage from the RTE archives and reconstructions, the viewer is brought on this journey too.

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