THE first of a two-part radio documentary about the Irish in London will air on RTÉ Radio 1 this week.
Each programme will look at the Irish experience in the English capital through the stories of ordinary people.
Speaking about the documentary Mr Mulhern said: “This is a collective story linking a street drinker, boxer, singer, factory worker, police officer, music promoter and a construction worker who followed his daughter to London.
“But that’s just a small part of it. The Irish experience here has changed — how people work, live and how often they go home. I was lucky to find people with interesting, sad and funny stories that give a flavour of that experience.”
Both programmes have been in production since January and were commissioned by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.
The Kildare documentary maker believes that listeners will identify with the themes he explored on the streets and transport networks of London.
He said: “Using a black cab and the tube felt like a good way to link the stories because they crisscross the city. You are always on the move in London and there are Irish stories at every stop.
“It’s not possible to tell the definitive story of the Irish in London, because there are more than 175,000 of us living here, but there was a conscious decision to record the voices of the Irish man and women on the street in London with interesting stories that would give a sweep of experience.”
He added: “All these people have very different personal stories to tell, but they are united by their decision to leave, some know they’ll never go back and one man passed away during production. But I was delighted to have the opportunity to tell his story before he went.”