Ireland

Our Friend in Ireland: Agnes Cogan

Agnes Cogan

The past six months have been a period like no other in Ireland. Our lockdown has been followed by a partial lifting of restrictions that has us bobbing up and down between level two and level three of the pandemic regulations.

The good news is that production has resumed, and it is slightly surreal that Matt Damon, star of Contagion, a spooky thriller about a deadly virus and a global panic, has been spotted pottering about in Dalkey, a small seaside town south of Dublin, where he chose to spend lockdown.

BBC Two to broadcast feature-length documentary Finding Jack Charlton

The film tells the unlikely life story of Charlton, who, after winning the World Cup for England as a player, went on to become an Irish hero after leading their national team to their first World Cup as a manager.

Such successes are told against the background of the final year of his life stricken with dementia.

Charlton’s family, including his wife Pat and son John, are among the contributors.

The filming of Ryan's Daughter remembered

The arrival of Oscar-winning director David Lean – who had already made the revered epics The Bridge on the River Kwai and Lawrence of Arabia – in Dingle, Co Kerry in 1970 to make Ryan’s Daughter was big news.

The movie, set in the years after the Easter Rising, starred Robert Mitchum, Trevor Howard, John Mills and Sarah Miles, with an original screenplay from Robert Bolt and cinematography by Freddie Young.