A voice which which will be recognised by many in Littleton will be heard on TG4 soon after Christmas.
Bernadette Masterson, who lived in St. Brigid’s Terrace, Littleton, is presenting and narrating a film which she recently completed filming in her native Achill and the United States.
Bernadette lived in Littleton for a number of years after returning from London where she worked in television journalism. “The people of Littleton were very friendly and kind, just what I needed after all the pressure of working in TV in London for 15 years”, Bernadette told the Tipperary Star. She has fond memories of her neighbours and many excursions across the fields and bogs to where the Derrynaflan chalice was found.
‘In Ireland long ago’, Bernadette explained, ‘January 6th was Women’s Christmas. The women used put their feet up and were served their dinner by the men.
How many of today’s women will watch this film while their fellas do the washing up?
The film is about Bernadette’s relative Nancy Corrigan, who emigrated from Achill in 1929. This inspiring young lady went off to America and became a famous pilot.
This feel-good tale is full of woman’s heart. It traces Nancy’s story from Achill to Cleveland where she found work as a nanny. Nancy set her sights high. When she was still only 19 years old she began to take flying lessons which she funded by modelling for an agency which had Hollywood starlets on their books.
Today only about 5% of commercial airline pilots are women, but nearly a century ago Ireland’s Nancy Corrigan proved she was as good as any man.
Transmission: January 6th 2015, Oíche Nollag na mBan (Women’s Christmas) 21.30 TG4