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    NY Irish documentary nominated for NY Emmy

    By Noreen Bowden | March 16, 2010

    A documentary focusing on the lives of Irish immigrants in New York has been nominated for a New York Emmy award. “Memory Brings Us Back: Irish Stories of Farewells and Fortunes” is a DVD of the much-acclaimed book, “While Mem’ry brings us back again”, produced by the Aisling Irish Community Centre in Yonkers, New York. The book, initiated by Frances Browner, told the stories of 35 immigrants to New York who came to the US between 1937 and 1964.

    Derek Woods produced the film, which is a wonderfully moving depiction of the lives of ten ordinary immigrants reflecting on their origins in Ireland and their lives in New York.

    “The greatest thing I got out of the whole thing,? Woods told the Irish Emigrant in New York, “was that so many people called me and said ‘I saw the film with my parents, and they were crying.’ It’s nice to know that this was bringing these families together.”

    He added,

    “This project has been incredibly rewarding already, and the Emmy nomination is just a great honor, not only for myself, but for the entire production team, and most importantly for the Aisling Center and the people that were profiled.?

    “You see the everyday struggles that they went through. They went through all these trials and tribulations, and they’re very low key about it. It’s important for people to understand, it’s not a trivial thing. It’s an amazing thing.?

    The film has been one of six nominated in the cultural category for the award; the Emmys award excellence in television production.  They will be awarded in The Marriot Marquis in Times Square on Sunday, April 18.

    Both the book and the film are wonderful and well worth the purchase price. It would be good if RTE would pick up the documentary, as there would no doubt be interest among people living in Ireland.

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