The Riordan’s: Tea, Taboos and Tractors

Thirty years ago, Ireland’s legendary television soap The Riordans came to an end after 15 years onscreen, causing a big outcry. Centred on a fictional Kilkenny farming family, it delivered domestic drama, high comedy, agricultural advice and broached controversial topics like contraception and marriage breakdown. And into the bargain, thanks to farming bachelors and bikinis, it made rural Ireland sexy.

Michael Riordan, one of its main characters, was played by the late Chris O’Neill and in this documentary his daughter, actor Aisling O’Neill (’Carol’ in Fair City), journeys back into her father’s past to rediscover this cutting-edge drama series and social phenomenon.With interviews from many of The Riordans’ cast and crew including Tom Hickey (Benjy), Moira Deady (Mary), Biddy White Lennon (Maggie), and writer Wesley Burrowes as well as contributors such as Pat Shortt, this documentary takes a revealing and entertaining look at the impact this groundbreaking series had on Irish television and on society at large.

The Documentary completed post production at Screen Scene in 2009, where Juangus Dinsmore worked closely with director Gerry Nelson. Angela McLellan completed the grade and Warren Dowling completed online.