Monday 25 September 2017

TV3 documentary series focusing on unemployment, crime, and drugs in Darndale causing concern for locals

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Residents of Dublin's Darndale have expressed concern about how the area in the northside of the city will be portrayed in a new TV3 documentary series.

'Darndale: The Edge of Town' starts on Monday September 22 at 9pm on TV3 but the promo for the new series has has sparked debate amongst residents with some Darndale locals voicing their concern on 98fm’s ‘Dublin Talks with Adrian Kennedy’.

The fly-on-the-wall documentary series, described as "powerful" and "hard-hitting" by TV3 will include interviews with residents of the area which is known for high unemployment, crime and drugs.

In the first episode, viewers will meet local character Stephen Clinch (Clinchy) who recently played Fran's rival Noelie in Love/Hate.

He explains how the estate has changed over the years and how a once prize-winning social housing plan failed so spectacularly.

He says, "I was in Mountjoy when I was fifteen, instead of frightening the life out of me, I though f***in’ hell this is deadly…..I was blown away by the place and made a conscious decision, ‘Yeah, I’ll handle this place’.”  

Darndale - The Edge of Town on TV3.
Angelique Louthe & son Brody.
Darndale - The Edge of Town on TV3. Angelique Louthe & son Brody.
Darndale - The Edge of Town on TV3. Angelique Louthe & son Brody.
Darndale - The Edge of Town on TV3. Stephen 'Clinchy' Clinch
Darndale - The Edge of Town on TV3. Stephen 'Clinchy' Clinch
Darndale - The Edge of Town on TV3. Stephen 'Clinchy' Clinch
Darndale - The Edge of Town on TV3. Stephen 'Clinchy' Clinch

A one-time career criminal Clinchy spent the guts of twenty years in prison, but his life turned around when he took a drama course in Mountjoy which led to the role in Love/Hate.

The documentary comes from the team who made The Estate and Prison Families and they spent a year in a Darndale housing estate charting the lives of locals in the tight-knit community.

Separately, single mum Gemma (19) is finding her feet as she copes with the reality of caring for Alfie, her three week old baby boy.

The family were still grieving the loss of Gemma's nephew to cot death only a year previously when Alfie was diagnosed with a heart murmur at birth.

Gemma, who left school early to help her mother, who suffers from depression, juggles the care of her own baby with looking after her lively younger siblings and helping to run their often chaotic home.

Despite this, nothing gets her down and she's determined that this will be the year she gets off the dole and back into education.

Meanwhile single mum Angelique Louthe is depending on a money lender to help her through Christmas.

“By the time I pay the loans, pay the gas, pay the ESB, pay the rent, I ‘m not left with much. By Thursday I would be smashed. There would have been a couple of times when we went hungry, but once the kids can eat I am happy," she says.

Over in his ex-partner's house, Noel Darby is in the throes of drug addiction and is anxiously waiting for a place on a drug treatment programme. An addict since he was 17 he reached a low point two years ago with the death of his best friend. 

Noel is now determined to get clean for the sake of his two year old twin girls and his infant daughter. However, he admits he has been down this road before and his family and ex-partner have lost faith in his promises.

 

‘Darndale: The Edge of Town’ airs Monday 22nd September at 9pm on TV3.

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