Paisley son to speak out about father’s rejection by church

Kyle Paisley was interviewed by veteran journalist Eamonn Mallie for his new TV series
Kyle Paisley was interviewed by veteran journalist Eamonn Mallie for his new TV series

The Paisley family’s struggle to come to terms with Lord Bannside’s rejection by his church will be among the tales told in a series of TV interviews.

His son Kyle Paisley is among those telling their stories to journalist Eamon Mallie in a series beginning on Sunday.

Others also set to feature are the Catholic Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin (who is billed as discussing “his own sexuality and the challenge of celibacy”) and IRA commander-turned-Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

Mr McGuinness is billed as speaking about “why he took up the gun to fight those he branded ‘the forces of the State’”.

The show – called ‘Eamonn Mallie Meets...’ – will be broadcast at 10pm every Sunday for the next nine weeks.

Mr Mallie, who conducted the massive two-part BBC documentary about Ian Paisley last year, said: “These are no hit-and-run encounters. I’ve known most of these people personally for many, many years. They were all remarkably open and frank. I’m delighted with the way the series turned out.”

Other interviewees are:

• Former Armagh captain Jarlath Burns, who “gives his views on the flying of tricolours and the playing of the Irish national anthem at GAA grounds”;

• Comedian Patrick Kielty, who “explains why he will not entertain royal accolades”;

• Poet Michael Longley who “speaks about his love for – and his jealousy of – the late Seamus Heaney”;

• Writer Eamonn McCann who tells “why he will always remain a Northern Ireland soccer supporter”.

The shows will be broadcast on the channel Irish TV. This can be seen on the Sky platform channel 191, Freesat 400, eircom’s eVision channel 191, free to air boxes and online at www.irishtv.ie .