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No Irish Need Apply


Segments #1-5 1) Blackbird 2) Jay O’Callahan 3) Having a Time 4) Catriona Yeats 5) Fred Allen

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No Irish Need Apply
Series Description

Series of five to ten minute fillers produced by Denis O’Neal to air after the spring 1982 WGBH broadcast of the BBC series “Ireland: A Television History.”

Segment 1: Traditional Irish Musical group Blackbird perform "Castle Drummond," "Captain Thompson," and "The Gravel Walk."

Segment 2: Storyteller Jay O'Callahan tells the folk tale "Connor and the Leprechaun" to a group of school children, after which he talks about the Irish love of language and the ways in which words bring people together.

Segment 3: "Having a Time" features a breakfast meeting/political “roast” in South Boston during St. Patrick's week (1982) at the South Boston Boys and Girls Club. Appearing are several Boston politicians including Albert L. “Dapper” O’Neil; Raymond Flynn,; William Bulger; Christopher Iannella; and the Director of the South Boston Boys and Girls Club (unidentified).

Segment 4: Interview and performance by Harpist Caitriona Yeats.

Segment 5: Profile of television and radio personality Fred Allen. Features excerpts of his radio shows, intermixed with recollections of Allen from Edward Weeks, editor emeritus of The Atlantic.

Segments 6-10: yet to be cataloged. Series release date: 1982



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Broadcast program

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O'Neal, Denis (Series Producer)
Chicago: “No Irish Need Apply,” 04/07/1982, GBH Archives, accessed January 29, 2022,
MLA: “No Irish Need Apply.” 04/07/1982. GBH Archives. Web. January 29, 2022. <>.
APA: No Irish Need Apply. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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