Misc, Television

Behind the Blackboard

I’ve been pretty lax about updating this blog in recent weeks so I’m going to add a few bits over the next few days about whats been going on. Its been a pretty hectic couple of weeks for me personally, moving house, getting married, honeymoon, crash back to the reality of working. In that time a lot has happened and I will deal with some of that in later posts.

In the meantime lets start with my appearance on the series finale of the quite excellent Second Captains live a few weeks back. In case you didn’t know my brother Ciarán is one of the shows presenters and as part of a sketch they were doing they were looking back at his early tv appearances. Several of those were on seminal kids quiz show Blackboard Jungle where he represented St.Jarlaths College Tuam, who were captained by yours truly. The piece went down a storm and I had great fun doing it.
Here it is…


New show by Will O’Kane opens in Westport

Mayo People, put down your rudimentary stone tools and get thee to some culture…

My old college buddy Will O’Kane has a new show open this Thursday in Westport. If you are in the area its well worth a trip to Custom House Studios Gallery at Westport Quay. The show is called “Mean / Appendices” and runs from Thursday February 13th 2014 at 7.30pm until March 9th 2014.

This show deploys different processes of painting – the use of photographic referents, observational study, conceptual analysis, memory, copying – in order to consider the construction of meaning within a work. Genres such as portraiture and still life are used to consider themes such as the construction of identity, repetition, painting as metaphor, difference, and also the use of painting to explore ethical concerns.

Will O'Kane 1

Within this show, in counterpoint to the paintings, there will also be a series of arrangements or ‘Appendices’ comprised of photographs, objects, drawings, photocopies, ‘things’, and concepts . Some have been used as sources, references and inspiration for paintings. Some are works themselves.

Will O’Kane has exhibited around Ireland in solo, two person, and group shows such as the Claremorris Open Exhibition, Glór Ennis, Members’ Exhibitons in Ormston House Limerick, RHA Annuals, 126 Members’ Show Galway, Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery, and Ballina Arts Centre.

Football, Misc, Television

Irish Sports Doc’s online

kid sport
There are some great Irish sports doc available to watch online so I decided to collate some of them together for future reference. Perfect for days like today. If there’s any I’ve left out, leave a link in the comments. Enjoy

We Got Game

When droves of seven foot tall black ball players, who have just missed out on the NBA draft, arrive into a very white Ireland in the early 80′s, it makes for a very interesting story.
Directed by Garry Keane

The Millon Dollar Deal

A documentary about the World Series Of Poker in Las Vegas. Featuring Andrew Black, Donnacha O’Dea, Mike Magee, “Mad” Martyn Wilson, Mark Napolitano, Amarillo Slim, Scotty Nguyen, Dave “Devilfish” Ulliott & Matt Damon. Narrated by John Hurt.

Directed by John Butler, Produced by Luke McManus

Darragh O’ Se

The story of one of Kerry’s greatest ever football players, narrated by one of Irelands finest voice over artists.
Directed by Garry Keane

This is the story of Thomond Park, the home of Munster rugby. Through never before seen archive and filmed over 2 years this documentary showcases the unique relationship between the city of Limerick, the sport of rugby and the magical days seen at the stadium which was once used for grazing sheep but is now one of the worlds greatest stadia. Fans, players and ex players relive the magical days including beating the All Blacks in 1978, still the only Irish side to do so, cementing the stadium in Irish sporting folklore.
Directed by Shane Tobin

The Rod Squad
Directed by Cormac Hargaden
Episode 1




Episode 3


Episode 4


Reaching For Glory – Inside Irish Rugby 2007

Irelands Grand Slam Journey 2009

Jimmy’s Winning Matches

Produced and Directed by Joanne McGrath

Pride of the Parish



Part 2Part 3

Big Time – Bernard Dunne’s Fight For Glory

Part 2Part 3 - Part 4Part 5

Marroned – Paidi Ó’Sé

Part 2Part 3

Green Is the Colour
Episode 1Episode 2Episode 3Episode 4

Final Words – Munster Hurling Final 2004

Documentary about the fantastic Munster Hurling Final of 2004 with contributions from all the principal players in that dramatic game

Return of the Rod Squad

Episode 1


Episode 2


Episode 3


Episode 4


Part of What We Are
Directed by Imogen Murphy, Produced by Motive Television

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

Misc, Music

Finally something to do of an evening in Dublin

Stuck for something to do in Dublin tonight?

Then look no further than a new night of music which debuts tonight in the Beerhouse, 84-5 Capel Street, Dublin. Kicking off from 9, ‘Games People Play’ is the brainchild of Aaron McCullough, Eoin Wickham, Karl Waters and Mark Keane. The lads will be playing a mixture of Disco, Italo, coldwave, chillwave, synthpop and Yacht rock. This is also the only place in Dublin you can hear what’s happening in the burgeoning Bro-wave scene.

I, for one, cannot wait for tonights shenanigans.

Games People Play

Follow the lads on Facebook

Here’s what GPP member Mark Keane had to say about it in this weeks lecool

This is not one of those ‘last night a DJ saved my life’ nights. It’s more like ‘last night a guy played this cool synthy tune I recognised and I hadn’t heard in ages and I was momentarily lost in a brief reverie, and swayed to myself, humming the next few bars while I ordered a pint and contemplated how glad I was that it was Friday, and, that, you know, it was good to be alive and out and listening to decent music with friends, and yes, although I did talk some major league gubbins to that lad whose name I don’t know that I met at a party once, it was all good because I laughed, had fun and danced a bit’. So it’s one of those kinda nights, with added synth, Italo disco, coldwave and miscellaneous audible delights


“Your Mixtape…” now available in Charlie Byrnes

My favourite book, “Your Mixtape Unravels My Heart” by my favourite person, Máire T. Robinson is now available in my favourite bookshop, the wonderful Charlie Byrnes in Galway. This is really cool for her as we loved coming to this shop when we lived in Galway. On my way into work this morning I had to go in and snap some photo’s of it on the shelf. I was super sneaky taking the photo’s, its the white one! Very proud of the missus so I am.
The book is also available from the Winding Stair in Dublin, Kenny’s in Galway and of course directly from Máire herself on her website here

photo 1

photo 2


Your Mixtape Unravels My Heart


I’m giddy with excitement about the fact that my lovely ladyfriend, Máire T.Robinson is launching her debut short story collection, tomorrow, Sept 11th at 7:00pm in the Irish Writers Centre on Parnell square( 2 doors down form the Hugh Lane Gallery). The book is called “Your Mixtape Unravels My Heart” and it is being published by Doire Press in Galway.

We would love if you could join us for the launch, it’ll be a lot of fun, there will be booze, music and naturally a raffle for top top prizes.

If you can’t make the Dublin launch, Máire will be reading in Galway this Friday at the September Over The Edge Gathering in the Nuns Island Theatre. That event starts at 8pm and will also serve as the Galway Launch for the collection.

you can find out more about both events on facebook
the Galway launch here
the Dublin launch here

If you can’t make either of these events but would still like to read the collection it is available for purchase from Máire’s website
and will be available from other resellers shortly after that. But if you are going to buy it, you should buy it from Máire.

‘Sparky language and unexpected turns, pathos and humour, viciousness and emotional resonance, these are the hallmarks of Máire T. Robinson’s fiction. In this collection, she follows Flannery O’Connor’s dictum that stories should be ‘short but deep’. This is a writer who is here to stay.’

- Nuala Ní Chonchúir, author of Mother America and YOU


Big Trad Festival for Milltown*

*Milltown, Co.Galway

So this weekend my hometown, the beautiful little town of Milltown, Co. Galway is hosting a really great line up for the first ever PJ Conlon traditional music festival. The festival celebrates the life and music of one of Milltown’s most famous native sons and brings a wealth of traditional music, workshops and master classes to the village. This is an event well worth going to as it should be a huge amount of fun

PJ Conlon was born in Milltown in 1892. He came from a talented musical family and became an accomplished accordian player before emigrating to Manchester in 1909 and subsequently to New York in 1912, where he sucessfully broke into the recording business in 1917. He was among the first musicians in the USA, or anywhere for that matter, to record traditional rural Irish dance music commercially. In all, he made 52 record sides between November 1917 and March 1929 and his recordings are some of the oldest examples of Irish music in existence.


The whole town is no doubt in a heighted state of excitement as they welcome the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins for the official opening of the festival on Friday August 2nd at 8pm. The president will be accompanied by his wife Sabina, a native of Milltown, although she went to mass in Ballindine as I reliably informed.

Michael D and Sabina securing the Mayo/Galway border from  the Milltown side

Michael D and Sabina securing the Mayo/Galway border from the Milltown side

A host of well known national and local artists will perform at the PJ Conlon Festival in Milltown this year. Don’t miss John Faulkner, John Carty, Andrew McNamara, Una Ni Fhlannagain, Clare Keville of Clare FM and TG4, Charlie Harris, Brid Dooley (RTE), Maigh Seola, Maude Connolly and many more.
The ITMA will be recording proceedings of the weekend for the the Traditional Music Archive

There is a full line of events here

Editing, Misc, Television

When Ali Came to Ireland to Screen in London Tonight

When Ali Came To Ireland

When Ali Came To Ireland

The IFTA winning documentary by Ross Whitaker and Aideen O’Sullivan “When Ali Came to Ireland” has its UK Premiere tonight Monday the 10th of June in London.
The film is screening as part of the London Archive Film Festival at 7:30 in The Cinema Museum, 2 Dugard Way (off Renfrew Road), London SE11 4TH. If you are based in London please do try and come along. Ross and Aideen will be in attendance. You can buy tickets online in advance from here

From the makers of HOME TURF (*Official Selection* Hot Docs 2012) and BYE BYE NOW (*Winner* Silverdocs, Nashville 2011), WHEN ALI CAME TO IRELAND captures the madcap week when legendary boxer Muhammad Ali went to fight in Ireland at the height of his career.
Self proclaimed ‘World’s Strongest Publican’ Michael ‘Butty’ Sugrue pulled off a massive sporting coup in 1972 when he convinced Ali’s promoter that he was good for the $300k down-payment required to bring Ali to Ireland and then largely paid for proceedings in beer-stained bank notes.
The trip had a huge impact on those Ali met and, some say, on the man himself. The documentary reveals that his trip to Ireland influenced how Ali viewed white people in the aftermath of his conversion to Islam and his declarations that white people were devils.
The documentary by Ross Whitaker and Aideen O’Sullivan combines a wealth of archival material with colourful reminiscences to tell an unlikely tale that is infused with great warmth and moments of real hilarity. (Photo courtesy of The Irish Post)

The London Archive Film Festival 2013 in association with FOCAL International, is an annual celebration of the use of archival footage in the creative media organised by archivist, Alison Mercer. The inspiration for the Festival came from the FOCAL International Awards which teasingly show clips from the nominated films and leave the audience wanting to see more.

Many of the films submitted for these awards never get a showing in the UK. The London Archive Film Festival aims to change this and celebrate the seldom seen work that is coming out of Europe and further afield.

Misc, Music

Grand Social this Saturday


“Galway’s Liveliest Live Band”, Mikey & The Scallywags is finally coming to Dublin. One of the nicest guys you’re ever likely to meet Mikey Mccrory is bringing his folk mayhem to the Grand Social next Saturday night. Its a show not to be missed. Doors at 8. admission is 7 and support on the night will be provided by Blind Yackety and Gypsy Rebel Rabble

Formed out of creative necessity in June of 2010, Mikey and the Scallywags met on the streets of Galway and are still based on the west coast. Renowned for their energetic and engaging live performances, the initial quartet of guitar, banjo, fiddle and double bass were soon joined by drums and keys to create a melodic and beat driven folk rock sound with elements of bluegrass, gypsy, hip-hop and swing.

You can listen to some of their stuff here

and here is a video of them performing in Neachtains on Good Friday!

more videos here

‘Would stand up to anything from popular folk bands like Mumford & Sons or The Lumineers’ – 2 u I bestow Irish music blog


Editing, Misc, Movies

Ali is an IFTA Winner and some Valentine Treats!

I have been somewhat remiss at updating this blog in the past few weeks. I’ve been confined to my editing cave toiling away on a project and haven’t had much chance to keep things updated.
The big news is of course that not only did “When Ali Came to Ireland” get nominated for an IFTA, it only went and won the thing. I was delighted for director Ross Whitaker and my new favourite person, producer Aideen O’Sullivan of True Films. It was fantastic to win the gong and I was delighted to have been part of the project. We all had a great time at the awards in the convention centre. It was great to see so many of the people I’ve worked with over the years and to catch up. It was also great that all of my buddies (except perennial IFTA Bridesmaid Ronan O’Donoghue, the man just can’t catch a break) that were nominated won, Mark Henry, Garret Farrell, Sean and Eamon O’Cualain and all the lads from Abu Media all picked up the statue. So a good night for all concerned and it was finally nice to be involved with a winning project as in previous years the stuff I cut that had been nominated lost out.


It’s valentines day so I have to give a big shout out to Maire T. Robinson for many reasons but especially because she got shortlisted for the Doire Press award yesterday, the winner is announced next week. She’s already a winner as her shortlisted story will be published in an anthology but if she is the overall winner it’ll be published in a limited edition chapbook. Fingers crossed as its a great prize.

For the day thats in it, filmmaker Fergal Rock is streaming his short “On Our Way” for the next 12 hours or so on the films website here. It’s a lovely film and I was glad I was able to help out with it by doing the grade. There is a screening of the film this weekend at the sugarclub in Dublin at 2 in case you are too lazy to watch it online but active enough to go see it on the big screen.
on our way

And again because its Valentines day my friend and all-ireland poetry slam champion Sean Dennehy posted this poem earlier today to soundcloud