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'In the Name of the Son' Documentary by Mark McLoughlin Captivates Audiences

23 Mar 2023

The RTÉ commissioned documentary 'In the Name of the Son', directed by Mark McLoughlin.

The film revolves around the building of a legacy NGO in Malawi in memory of her son Billy Riordan who died tragically in Malawi. The 50-minute film will be aired Thursday (23/03/2023) at 22.15 on RTE1.

Mark McLoughlin's 'In the Name of the Son' is a compelling and poignant documentary that captures the story of Mags Riordan, a woman from Dingle, Kerry, who builds an NGO in Malawi to honor her son Billy Riordan's memory. The documentary has received rave reviews for its raw and emotive portrayal of Mags's journey.

Directed by Mark McLoughlin, the film explores the challenges Mags faced while setting up the NGO in a foreign land and the impact it has had on the local community. The documentary captures the essence of Mags's journey and how she has transformed the lives of many people in Malawi through her relentless efforts.

Dr. Caroline Williamson-Sinalo, the CGD Convenor, has extended special thanks to Mark McLoughlin for his exceptional work in capturing Mags's story with great sensitivity and compassion. The documentary's success is a testament to Mark's remarkable storytelling ability, which has resonated with audiences worldwide.

The 50-minute documentary will be aired on Thursday 23/03/2023 at 22.15 on RTE1, and it promises to be an emotionally charged experience for viewers. 'In the Name of the Son' is a must-watch for anyone who wants to witness the power of human resilience and the enduring spirit of hope.

If you would like to hear more about Mags Riordan's inspiring story and her journey to set up an NGO in Malawi, you can listen to her interview on RTE Radio 1. The audio clip is available on RTE's website at the following link:


Centre for Global Development