Misc, Movies

Todays the day to donate to ‘The Queen of Ireland’. DO IT

Over the last few weeks the good people at Blinder Films have been raising money on Indiegogo for a very exciting and important project. Its a feature documentary about ‘Panti Bliss’ called ‘the Queen of Ireland’. So far the campaign has raised over 30,000 but is still 20 grand shy of their 50k total. A very generous backer has come on board and offered to match whatever money is raised today Sep 5th. So TODAY IS THE DAY TO DONATE

You can do that HERE

This is a very worthy cause so give what you can. Here’s some more info on the film…

Here’s a sneak peak promo form the film

Panti Bliss is many things: part glamorous aunt, part Jessica Rabbit, she’s a wittily incisive performer with charisma to burn who is regarded as one of the best drag queens in the business.

Created by Rory O’Neill, Panti is also an accidental activist and in her own words ‘a court jester, whose duty is to say the un-sayable’. Over the last few years Rory has become a figurehead for LGBT rights in Ireland and since the recent scandal around Pantigate, his fight for equality and against homophobia has been recognised all around the world.

“Being gay pushed me, pushed us to think. And from it came an explosion of art, politics, passion. A lust for life and all it could be. “

- Rory O’Neill

The Queen of Ireland is not just about Panti Bliss the performer, or Rory O’Neill the accidental activist. It is about how one man in a dress has mobilized a nation and an international community to stand up and fight against injustice.

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Editing, Misc, Television

Blog Award Nomination

Delighted to say that I have been nominated in the 2014 Blog Awards in the Best Arts and Culture category. The shortlist will be published on 22nd August and then there’s another judging round for the finalist stage. The awards are being held on 4th October in the Westgrove Hotel in Clane. There will be a sit down dinner, fun, games, spot prizes, music and dancing. The theme for this year is the 80s, so should I get on the final shortlist, I’m going to rock my white sports jacket to the max. Anyways I’m pleased I got nominated and can now stick the funky looking badge on my site.

In other news the Irish Independent did a list of five of the best Irish sports documentaries. The writer clearly has something of a short memory as all the docs were released in the last 2 years or so but that I suppose that was good news for me as it meant 2 docs I cut made the grade. When Ali Came to Ireland and Ras Tailtean were the chosen two. Of course I reckon they would be in any top list of Irish films but I would say that wouldnt I…

When Ali Came To Ireland

When Ali Came To Ireland

Misc, Television

Behind the Blackboard

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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…

Misc

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.

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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

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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

Thomand
http://vimeo.com/83977056
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

http://vimeo.com/66892977

Episode2

http://vimeo.com/66896321

Episode 3

http://vimeo.com/66903393

Episode 4

https://vimeo.com/66910756

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

Portumna

Ahane

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

https://vimeo.com/66920489

Episode 2

https://vimeo.com/66969513

Episode 3

https://vimeo.com/66963180

Episode 4

https://vimeo.com/66965888

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

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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

Misc

“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

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