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Tom Clancy - Geal é a Chroí

TOM CLANCY Geal é a Chroí will be screened on TG4 on Sunday, 2nd October 2011 at 9.30pm as part of the Cogar series. This documentary recalls the life and times of Tom Clancy, who was a founding member of the famous singing group, The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. He was also a highly respected and established stage and screen actor, whose parts on television included roles in Little House on the Prairie, Charlie's Angels, The Incredible Hulk, Starsky and Hutch and major international films such as The Killer Elite and Swashbuckler.

In this documentary, friends and relations recall how Tom was the first of the Clancys to appear on stage and how he joined a theatrical group while in his early 20's, leaving his apprenticeship as a baker in Waterford, in order to become an actor.

This TG4 programme, which was made earlier this year under the direction of RoseAnn Foley, looks at some of the highlights of Tom Clancy's career as a Broadway and Hollywood actor. The programme also recalls how Tom loved living in the Gaeltacht of Ring, Co Waterford and how he returned home every year in the summer to recharge and enjoy life at a slower pace.

Born on 29 October 1924, the programme retraces his life and recalls his pivotal role in shaping and directing The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem. It also revisits his time as an RAF navigator in World War II during which he flew missions over Germany. Later in the US, Tom and his brothers along with Tommy Makem became overnight sensations after appearing on the Ed Sullivan TV show in the USA.

He returned with his wife Joan and their daughters Blawnin and Rayleen to Mweelahorna, Ring, Co Waterford, re-locating from Southern California in June 1985. Three years later, their youngest daughter Rosemary was born. Tom passed away in Mercy Hospital, Cork, on November 7, 1990.

TOM CLANCY Geal é a Chroí is a Forefront Production.

TG4 Sunday October 2nd 9.30pm;  repeat: Wednesday October 5th 11.30pm, 2011.

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