Wednesday 13 December 2017

A moving documentary that answered many questions

The late Brian Lenihan
The late Brian Lenihan
Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern
John Downing

John Downing

This was a moving evocation of a major figure in Irish public life whose prominence reached its height just as Ireland's worst economic nightmare reached its worst extent.

Brian Lenihan was tragically taken by cancer in May 2011, at the early age of 52. He had been Finance Minister at the nadir of things for the Irish economy and the arrival of the infamous Troika of the EU-ECB-IMF.

By deft use of archive footage, and some precious family home movies, it swiftly and effectively evoked the young Lenihan's milieu. We saw his earliest years in Athlone, and later Dublin; family, friends, football and the tragedy in the heart-rending death of his little brother, Mark, at the tender age of five. There were also revealing vignettes from his driver, Shay Martin.

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