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Katie: The Year of a Child

By Ian Cullen and John Norton. Margaret Kelly plays a 14 year old child of a large Irish travelling family, who finds herself in charge when her father leaves for England and her mother falls ill. Featuring Pat ‘Play School‘ Abernathy and ‘the travelling people of Ireland’.



  1. Eamonn O'Neal

    January 23, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Iv’e been trying for a long time to ttrack down a copy of Katie: It seems impossible. Does anyone know whether it has been wiped or shcelved? otherwise any ideas of how to track down a copy?


  2. A phelan

    February 13, 2022 at 9:58 am

    I have been doing the same and would very much like to watch it

  3. seamus gill

    December 21, 2022 at 3:48 pm

    did anyone ever find a copy of this. i am very interested to watch it but cannot find it anywhere

  4. George White

    April 7, 2024 at 9:09 pm

    It is on YouTube.

  5. George White

    April 8, 2024 at 7:37 pm

    An RTE coproduction, with a who’s who of Irish talent of the era (Donal McCann, Johnny ‘Joey the Lips’ Murphy, Tom ‘Benji Riordan’ Hickey in a surprisingly small part considering he was the star of RTE’s top drama, Anna ‘Mrs. O’Brien’ Manahan) and music by the Fureys. Bleak but incredibly evocative portrayal of 70s Ireland. From the murderer’s row of Irish talent to the sympathetic but miserable-enough-to-give-Frank McCourt-a-stiffie portrayal of travellers, to time capsule shots of Ranelagh and Dublin (the Film Centre!), it shows that even at this time, the BBC were making better stories about Ireland than Telly Eireann. Except that this seems to have been an RTE copro, shown as part of their Thursday Playdate.

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