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Westport GP’s video collection to feature on Sky TV


ROLE REVERSAL Dr Ollie Whyte (right), usually behind the camera, pictured being interviewed by Henry McGlade about all the local videos he has recorded, for a Sky TV feature, at Dr Whyte’s home on Westport’s South Mall.

A unique treasure trove of recorded video  material about Westport, its people, its traditions and history will be the main feature of ‘The Irish at Home and Abroad’, which goes out on Sky Channel 212 this Thursday at 7pm.
Recorded and compiled over the past ten years, the video clips have been a labour of love for local GP, Dr Ollie Whyte, whose collection now runs to over 5,000 pieces covering every aspect of life in Westport.
A native of Galway, Dr Whyte came to Westport in 1972 and since then he has been involved in a whole range of voluntary, sporting and community activities.
His initial interest in photography turned to video recording ten years ago, and since then he has covered all of the major events in the town, together with recording the life stories and intimate memories of the people of the locality, many of whom have since gone to their eternal reward.
In this programme, timed to coincide with the closing of the Westport 250 celebratory year, Dr Whyte talks to Henry McGlade about his unique archive, the people he met and interviewed, and the sights and scenes he remembers best.
And from that huge collection, Dr Whyte selects a few of his personal favourites – pieces which made a particular impression on him and which represent the special character of the town he now calls home.“Dr Whyte’s collection is a wonderful archive as well as being an historical record of the town and region,” said Henry McGlade. “My only regret is that time did not allow for full justice to the collection, because for every piece that is included, there must be a dozen others which would make for equally fascinating viewing,” he added.
The producers would like to acknowledge the support of Allergan Pharmaceuticals and Westport Chamber of Commerce in the making of the programme.

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