The documentary offers a human insight into the first-hand experiences of those who have been displaced, the continuing generosity of the Irish people, and the challenges that lie ahead. It also follows the experiences of Ukrainians forced to travel to Ireland, as they and the already established Ukrainian community here watch the destruction of their motherland unfold from a distance of 3000km.
The documentary charts this period of turmoil from the Russian invasion back in February to the continuing crisis, which has seen over 40,000 refugees enter the country, and follows nine Ukrainian and Irish individuals who each share their remarkable stories and experiences.
Amid this crisis, local man Aidan, who drove buses packed full of aid from Ireland, and on his return, helped to bring Ukrainian citizens to destinations across Europe, will share his story. Aidan worked closely with a woman called Grace Kennedy, a law tutor at the University of Galway who will also feature in the documentary. Grace left her job at the beginning of the war and has since brought over 5,000 Ukrainians to Ireland safely and into homes.
Other interviewees include Anatoliy Prymakov, a Ukrainian-Irish man who describes putting his life on hold to run the Ukrainian Crisis Centre in Dublin, and Kildare-based volunteer Rose Marie Hayden, who gave up her job as a solicitor to volunteer with the Irish Red Cross in Maynooth University where Ukrainian refugees are being housed.
Meanwhile, David Dunne from Dublin, who is married to a Ukrainian woman named Oksana, shares their challenge to bring his heavily pregnant stepdaughter, Krystina, safely back to Ireland.
‘The War at Home’ will air on Monday, September 19th, at 9.35 pm on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player.