A new documentary on the life of Bridie Gallagher, the world-famous singer known as ‘The Girl from Donegal’ is currently being made for UTV.
The programme, called ‘No-One Quite like Grandma’ will be broadcast sometime in August.
Under the direction of Una Murphy, the film will examine the life of the singer through footage of her tour of America in 1959. It will feature Bridie’s granddaughter Theresa, as she looks at her grandmother’s career which spanned over six decades. The documentary will also include never before seen footage of Bridie’s world tour, captured on video camera by her husband, George Livingstone.
Bridie Gallagher was born on September 7, 1924 in Creeslough. She began her singing career in the local Cresslough Hall with a Ceili Band started by Bill Gallagher. Her singing talents were soon recognised and she later moved to Belfast, where she would live for the majority of her life and still resides.
It was here that she met and married George Livingstone and the couple had two children, Jim and Peter. However in 1976, at just 21 years of age, Peter was killed in a tragic motorbike accident.
‘The Girl from Donegal’ shot to fame in 1956 with her recording of ‘A Mother’s Love’s a Blessing’, and achieved international acclaim with her legendary rendition of ‘The Boys from County Armagh’. During her glittering career, she performed at some of the world’s most prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, The Sydney Opera House and The Albert Hall, for which she holds the world record for the most number of people in attendance. She has also appeared on a number of television programmes such as UTV, RTE and BBC and also had her own radio show on RTE.
As such a well renowned and respected figure throughout Ireland, Bridie was honoured by the people of her beloved hometown Creeslough on July 10, 2000, with an event to celebrate her career. It is thought that an estimated crowd of 2,500 people attended the event, where a plaque paying tribute to the singer was unveiled.
The documentary will be shot in June, under the production of Anna Marie McFaul and executive production of Michael Wilson, Managing Director of UTV. It is believed that the half-hour long programme will then be edited in Belfast’s Imagine Media and will air in August.