Radio Free Éireann will have a 2 hour special broadcast this Saturday October 8th from Noon to 2PM New York time or 5PM to 7PM Irish time on WBAI 99.5 FM or wbai.org or anytime after the program concludes on wbai.org/archives.
Famed actor Malachy McCourt, the recipient of this year’s Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award, will talk about this prestigious award and give his unique perspective on current events.
A representative of the Tony Taylor campaign will discuss the latest case of internment-by-licence of this well-known Derry Republican.
Author Eamon Loinsigh will speak about his new novel, Exile on Bridge Street, about a young Irish emigrant sent to Brooklyn as his family lives the struggle of the 1916 Easter Rising and its aftermath.
Sean Bresnahan of the 1916 Societies will report on last week’s massive Hunger Strike Commemoration in Tyrone and the latest British moves on Brexit.
The two hour special is Radio Free Éireann’s segment of WBAI’s fall fund raising drive where listeners can support the station and show support for Radio Free Éireann.
Go to Radio Free Éireann’s new web site, rfe123.org, where you can read transcripts of recent headline making interviews including last week’s interview with John Teggart of the Ballymurphy Massacre Families about their fight for justice and why they walked out of a meeting with recently appointed British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, James Brokenshire.
How to Donate to WBAI in the name of Radio Free Éireann
During the Show:
Call in and make your donation in the name of Radio Free Éireann. There will be two premiums on offer today:
For a $75. donation you will receive an autographed edition of the book, Exile on Bridge Street, by Eamon Loingsigh
Exile on Bridge Street details teenage Irish immigrant Liam Garrity’s struggle to adulthood in pre-Prohibition Brooklyn. Back home, Ireland’s fight for its own independence erupts with the 1916 Easter Rising. The fate of Garrity’s father, an Irish rebel, is unknown which leaves his mother and two sisters vulnerable on the family farm as British troops swarm seeking reprisals. Garrity must organize their departure to New York immediately. In Brooklyn, Garrity is adopted by Dinny Meehan, leader of a longshoremen gang based in an ‘Irishtown’ saloon under the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. Meehan vows to help Garrity and his family. But just as Ireland struggles for independence Garrity faces great obstacles in his own coming of age on the violent Brooklyn waterfront. World War I, the Spanish Influenza, the temperance movement, the rise of Italian organized crime, police, unions and shipping and dock companies all target the Brooklyn Irish gang and threaten Garrity’s chances of bringing his family to New York. When ‘Wild Bill’ Lovett, one of the gang’s dock bosses, vies to take over both Meehan and Garrity face a fight for survival in New York City’s brawling streets mirroring Ireland’s own fledgling independence movement.
For a $100. donation you will receive an autographed edition of the book, Angela Ashes, by Frank McCourt
Perhaps it is the story that accounts for Frank’s survival. Wearing rags for diapers, begging a pig’s head for Christmas dinner and gathering coal from the roadside to light a fire, Frank endures poverty, near-starvation and the casual cruelty of relatives and neighbors yet lives to tell his tale with eloquence, exuberance and remarkable forgiveness. Angela’s Ashes, imbued on every page with Frank McCourt’s astounding humor and compassion, is a glorious book that bears all the marks of a classic. As Mary Breasted, author of Why Should You Doubt Me Now said: ‘Frank McCourt’s book is deeply moving for his searing story is true.’ No one has ever written about poverty or childhood like this. That he could create out of such squalor and misery a flawless masterpiece is nothing short of miraculous.
Online: Use this link to donate in the name of Radio Free Éireann.
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