This Place Speaks to Me
The Devlins - a bonny blond family that grew up ever more bonny and blonde, under the High Cross of Ardboe by the shores of Lough Neagh. Polly Devlin is not the only writer of the family - folklorist Marie Heaney is a sister and musician/writer/director Barry Devlin is their brother - but perhaps she has introduced more readers to this flat, eel-rich, crusty spoken region than anyone else, before or since. Her autobiography of childhood, All of Us There, captured its essence and she returns home regularly in her magazine columns, even though she’s long been resident in alien corn in the Home Counties. In this week’s This Place Speaks to Me Polly Devlin and John Quinn don their wellies and walk by the lakeshore.
Broadcast on RTE Radio - July 1998
RTE - Limelight - November 1998
The VIP Suite - Sunday, 25 July 1999
Gloria Hunniford talks to writer Polly Devlin for an hour. Devlin chooses music and speaks of her background and her life.
The Late Late Show: Host Gay Byrne.
Woman’s Hour: many appearances.
Dora by Polly Devlin: broadcast in Woman’s Hour over 13 weeks in 1991.