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An Immigrant Nation - Just Slightly A People Apart

Television (Full Length) – 1994

Soldiers, rubber bullets and an uncertain future: for the McKenna family, memories of life back in hometown Belfast are hardly rose-tinted. Made shortly before the Good Friday agreement radically altered Northern Ireland’s political landscape, this Immigrant Nation episode opens with Irish expats Mick McKenna and mother Mary. In between making rebel music in Wellington, Mick returns to Belfast and recalls an environment that bred violence. Meanwhile presenter Teresa O’Connor (cousin of West Coast MP Damien O’Connor) delves into her own part-Irish ancestry and identity.

I just thought there must be something better for my children, than a life like that.
– Mary McKenna

Produced by

  • Top Shelf Productions

  • Wolfhound Films


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Top Shelf Productions


Made with funding from NZ On Air


Music by Julie Durrant and TVNZ Music Library