This Sunday Oct 22nd at 6.30pm Katie Hannon comes to Bundoran to meet with Brian Mc Eniff, from the Mc Eniff Hoteliers, founders of the Holyrood and Hamilton hotels in Bundoran to find out more about the Irish tourism industry in the 1950s to 70s. Katie discusses Bord Failte Tourism documents from the 1970s about the growing hotel industry in Ireland with Brian.
Katie also goes to Cork she finds documents in the archives relating to how Apple Computers came to Cork in 1980. She also visits Shannon airport to find out more about how landplanes took over seaplanes as the means of crossing the Atlantic in the 1940.
The hundreds of thousands of records held at the National Archives have been gathered from all walks of life: there are maps, plans, secret reports, census returns, wills, prison and court records, as well as the archives of various government departments.
This two-part series takes Katie Hannon from the abandoned railway tracks of Donegal to life-changing houses in Clonakilty and an airport on a bog in Co Mayo. She hears of the exploits of the intrepid Irish pioneers in Silicon Valley, the English influence on Ireland’s coins, the impact of Elvis’s ‘abdominal dancing’ and all about the country’s most feared hotel inspector.
These are just a handful of the stories of how a new nation was built. The Records Show tells a number of stories of an emerging state and how it was documented and shines a light on exactly how Ireland’s story is preserved and kept.
Produced by Midas Productions. This series is commissioned by RTÉ in association with the National Archives and is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries Programme, 2012 – 2023.
The programme will be available to view afterwards on the RTÉ Player.