Documentary on ‘Finding Banni’ to be aired

Documentary on ‘Finding Banni’ to be aired

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When an Ennis family fostered a little boy with disabilities from Belarus, they fell in love with him and decided they wished to adopt him.

However, in 2000, attempts to adopt the severely disabled Banni failed.

Film-maker and broadcaster Colm Flynn always wondered what happened to his ‘almost’ brother.

Banni had been with the Flynn family from Drumcliffe for 18 months before he was forced to return to an orphanage Belarus. The Flynn’s were never told the reason behind the decision send Banni home.

‘Finding Banni’ documents Colm’s journey to that tiny rural village in Belarus where Banni still lives.

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Film-maker, producer and broadcaster Colm Flynn from Ennis

Colm talks about his quest to try and find answers about why the adoption was blocked and goes on a very personal journey to discover why Banni was taken back and what happened to him.

The programme will be aired on RTÉ 2 television on Wednesday night at 9.30.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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