Hector Ó hEochagáin: ‘I’m like tens of thousands of other people in Ireland because I had an alcoholic parent’

One would expect Hector Ó hEochagáin to be full of banter, mischief and fun “as Gaeilge” via his upcoming series Hector – Balkans go Baltics, but Vladimir Putin has put a stop to that. When war broke out in Ukraine, the Navan man was in the process of filming his TG4 travelogue series in Eastern Europe. “I was with a hunter in the Lithuanian forest, 15 miles from the Belarusian border and about 200 km from Kyiv,” he recalls the moment he heard that war had been declared. “People were totally shocked and you could see it in their faces. The people of Eastern Europe had difficult times under the Soviet Union for decades and have had a small window of freedom since the early 1990s. And now, all these years later, the nightmare of the Soviet Union is being reawakened for them. I could feel the scars and the destruction and the mental strain and the hardship and the terribly difficult time that all of these countries were going through.”

ector’s wife, Dympna, and the families of the show’s crew were concerned they might remain in the area. “We had a plan that if the shit went awry, we would get out of there as soon as possible,” he says. And eventually this had to happen. “I felt a bit guilty that I was able to escape to an island in the Atlantic because the people in Eastern Europe are our cousins ​​that we need to get to know better. You are only a few hours flight away. They have strength and depth and history. And this series is about getting to know them better.”

https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/celebrity-features/hector-o-heochagain-im-like-tens-of-thousands-of-other-people-in-ireland-in-that-i-had-an-alcoholic-parent-42075703.html Hector Ó hEochagáin: ‘I’m like tens of thousands of other people in Ireland because I had an alcoholic parent’

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