A former Donegal All-Ireland winning captain has been speaking about a documentary that he presented about a fascinating story about an Irish emigrant to American.
Anthony Molloy presents the documentary which will be aired on TG4 over Christmas.
Today Molloy discussed the documentary with Brendan O'Connor (who was standing in for the Ryan Tubridy Show) on RTE Radio One.
Molloy also reflects on struggles with alcoholism and the larger story of Irish emigration to the United States of which Malloy was but one of many examples.
Set in the early 1930s, Deoch an Dorais (Name Your Poison) examines the legend of Mike Malloy (nicknamed “Rasputin of the Bronx” or “Durable Mike Malloy”), an Irish emigrant to New York at the time of prohibition.
Malloy was the unwitting subject of insurance fraud when a policy was taken out on his life by an Italian-American New York gangster and speakeasy owner, Tony Marino.
However, despite repeated attempts to collect the policy by killing Malloy in a manner that would suggest a natural death – from poisoning him with drink and food, to hitting him with a car and dumping his soaking body overnight in freezing weather – Marino and his accomplices were unable to collect.
"It was the biggest story in New York at the time," Molloy explained.
Incorporating contemporary footage of New York and interviews with a range of scientific and academic commentators (including historian J.J. Lee), Deoch an Dorais also includes reenactments of the events from the 1930s involving Malloy, Marino and his co-conspirators (including undertaker Francis Pasqua).
Under Paddy Hayes direction, Deoch an Dorais is an engaging and thought-provoking account of an extraordinary story.
During today's radio interview, Molloy recalled his own experiences and heavy drinking after the All-Ireland success.
The documentary will be on TG4 on the December 28th at 9.30 pm.
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