FAB! The Night the Beatles Came to Dublin
RTÉ One, 50’ Documentary, December 2015
Ireland in 1963 was a country on the cusp of change. Young people had begun to feel they didn’t have to conform to their parents’ out-dated ideas. The newly branded “teen-agers” had more freedom than ever before and more money in their pockets.
In this documentary we hear the deeply personal and nostalgic accounts of people lucky enough to attend the Beatles’ two Dublin concerts on the 7th November 1963, the only time the Beatles played the Republic. Tony Bramwell, the Beatles’ road manager, tells the story from the Beatles’ own side. Social and cultural commentators put this night into the context of a changing Ireland, with input from Diarmaid Ferriter, Deirdre McQuillan and Olivia O’Leary.
The night The Beatles came to Dublin is has stayed fresh in the hearts and minds of those who were there. A night never to be forgotten.