- Radio Times
- Review by:
- Jane Rackham
Every December the population trebles in Rathkeale, Ireland. The streets are teeming with stretch limos and Cinderella carriages, each apparently transporting a giant white puffball (under which, somewhere, you’ll find a bustle of brides) as well as hordes of young women sporting a few scraps of Day-Glo material. The men, generally, you’ll find in the pub. It’s a big month for travellers’ weddings as well as for first Holy Communion Services, where the little ’uns flounce about looking like baked Alaskas liberally studded with crystals as they compete to wear the biggest and best frock, too. The film also reacquaints us with 17-year-old Josie, whom we saw get married last year, and Celebrity Big Brother winner Paddy Doherty, who faces his first quiet Christmas without the kids. But let’s not pretend. It’s the frock-horrors we love – and there are some stunners, including Charlene’s creation made from one mile of fabric.
About this programme
Christmas is a time for family, a time for peace and harmony - but it is also a time to celebrate. This film follows the celebrations and traditions of members of the Irish traveller community at Christmas, as well as two of the most jaw dropping weddings ever shown.
Filmed last year, the programme follows a mass-Yuletide First Communion ceremony.
It also follows some of the unique traveller preparations that go on in the run up to Christmas, and spends Christmas Day itself with Paddy and Roseanne at their home on a traveller site in Salford.
This warm and joy-filled film offers a window into the close-knit and fiercely private community. It explores some of the age-old traveller traditions - and some of the newer ones too.