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Twitter reacts to ‘The Town’ documentary on Portlaoise

The first programme of a three-part documentary series on Portlaoise called The Town was broadcast to the masses on Virgin Media One, formerly TV3 tonight, Monday September 3.

The series, produced by Yvonne Kinsella for Motive TV, followed a number of people based around Portlaoise throughout the autumn and winter of 2017.

The heart-wrenching documentary received huge praise by Twitter users from Laois and further afield.

Those featured on tonight’s porgramme were praised for their honesty and hard-work, and a lot of very important issued were raised.

These included mental health, suicide, life-threatening illnesses and working hard to support those you love.

Among those featured tonight were Richie Reid and Julieka Cahill, Rose Maher, Yvonne and Sean Comerford, Christy Bannon and Noel and Marie Tuohy.

This episode is the first in the three-part series looking at the lives of residents of Portlaoise.

And it certainly stirred up some serious reactions:

 

Emotions were raised right from the beginning with Rose Maher talking about her young daughter Mary Claire and treatment for her Dravet’s syndrome, which results in severe seizures for young Mary Claire.

Prison guard Christy Bannon opened up about his life and how being involved in the pantomine helps him deal with depression.

Ratheniska residents Richie Reid and Julieka Cahill spoke about meeting for the first time, and preparing for the Dublin Marathon in honour of his son Denis who died by suicide in late 2016.

Denis’s parents stressed the importance of talking to someone, and opened up about coping after Denis’s death.

Gym owner Yvonne Culleton and husband Sean talked waiting on their house built, and Yvonne’s new Ladies Only Lifting gym, based in Portlaoise.

Local councillor Noel Tuohy and his wife Marie also appeared on the programme speaking about Noel’s diagnosis with Parkinson’s disease.

Two more one-hour programmes will be aired at 10pm over the next two Monday evenings and is the culmination of almost six months of filming.

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Siún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics.