The Ties That Bind is a four-part series on RTÉ Radio 1. The series, which paints a portrait of rural Ireland today, is produced and presented by award-winning reporter Brian O'Connell, who is, himself, Co. Clare born and bred. The Ties That Bind looks at community life in Ireland today, guided by the intriguing work of two Harvard anthropologists who studied the people of Clare in the 1930s.
Ties That Bind Ep.04
In this episode, presenter Brian O'Connell delves deep into what sustains community life in rural Ireland today. In a vastly changed and changing world, what are the challenges to a rural society today and what solutions are rural communities discovering for themselves?
Ties That Bind Ep.03
The third episode of the series opens on sale day at Ennis Mart. We meet sons trying to negotiate their inheritance, school children trying to figure out their future role in an ever changing world and shopkeepers ushering their business into retirement.
Ties That Bind Ep.02
In this second episode of the series, Brian explores the theme of belonging - what is it that makes us feel part of a community? In the world of Facebook, easy travel and increasing urbanisation, is there such a thing as local identity in rural Ireland today?
Ties That Bind Ep.01
This episode sets the scene for us and looks at community life in Ireland today, guided by the intriguing work of two Harvard anthropologists who studied the people of Clare in the 1930s.