Weather Report on RTE2 at 11:30 tonight

There is an opportunity to catch my brother Paul’s short film ‘The Weather Report’ tonight on RTE2 at 11:30. The film has had a great run on the festival circuit appearing at over 50 festivals at home and abroad. Paul picked up a few awards at the Limerick Film Festival and Boston Irish Film Festival. You can follow the film on Facebook and see the full list of festivals it has appeared at there.


Arkle wins at the IFTA’S!!!

On Thursday last, the Arkle documentary I cut won the IFTA for Best Sports at what was a lovely evening in the Burlington (It will always be the Burlo to me). It was such a good day that its taken me this long to write about it!
I was absolutely thrilled for Arkle director Luke McManus and Stephen and Denis from Touchline Media who produced the film.

Stephen, Luke and Denis with their little friend
Stephen, Luke and Denis with their little friend

Despite coming from a place a few years ago where Luke, by his own admission, knew damn all about horses, he has now directed several superb horse related documentaries. A few years back he was IFTA nominated for Jump Boys which showed the harsh realities of being a top level jump jockey and then last year he made a 4 part series on the Galway races. In between these two was Arkle: The Legend Lives On which was made for TG4 and Channel 4 and as you might imagine told the story of Irelands legendary wonder-horse Arkle.

The documentary has achieved a Bill Nicholson like double, winning the Celtic Media Award and now the IFTA and all done with a certain panache! For me personally, this marked the third year in a row that I’ve cut the winner in the Best Sport’s Documentary IFTA category. I’m not entirely sure how that happened but I’m obviously thrilled with it.

The IFTA’s themselves were a great laugh and it was great to catch up with so many friends and I was delighted on the night that my buddies Mark Henry, Mick Mahon, Colm Bairéad, Cleona Ni Chrualaoi, James Ryan, Tracy O’Hanlon, Gemma O’Shaughnessy all got their hands on an IFTA.


It was also pretty cool that I got to go to the show with my brother, even if he and his boys did end up on the receiving end of a paddling from Arkle.

Sky Road Film Festival This Weekend.

The Sky Road Film Festival kicks off this weekend with a whole host of screenings and talks. Among the selected films are GAA USA and Under Open Skies, 2 sports documentaries I cut last year.
Under Open Skies is a nostalgic look at Irelands abondoned Handball Alleys that dot the countryside. Produced by Heather Mills as part of the Irish Film Boards Reality Bites Scheme, the film was directed by Ben Jones.
GAA USA is an IFTA Nominated series looking at the history of Gaelic Games in America. Heres a quick promo for it.

Also selected for the festival is a series of short films directed by my brother Paul Murphy which deal with Galway’s railway heritage. I’ve seen the films and they are really lovely portraits of people and places associated with part of our history that has died out. Really worth checking these out if you can make it to Clifden on Sunday. They begin at 12 and run for an hour, a trip to Clifden is always worth it.

Here’s the full programme of screenings..


Ifta Nominations for Arkle and GAA USA

I was delighted this morning to see that 2 shows I edited were among the Nominees for the IFTA Television awards to be held in Dublin in 3 weeks time. Unfortunately both Arkle: The Legend Lives On and GAA USA are up against each other in the sports category. To further complicate the matter my brother and my office mates the Second Captains also received a nomination in the same category. So its safe to say I have some divided loyalties. One way or another as long as the Conor McGregor documentary doesn’t win I’ll be happy!

Arkle: The Legend Lives On was a Touchline Media production for Channel 4 and TG4. The film was a look back at the legendary race horse Arkle. The documentary was wonderfully directed by Luke McManus and produced by Denis Kirwin and Stephen Cullinane. I had a terrific time editing the doc with Luke over 4 frantic weeks last year in Highwire. The film already won the Best Sports Award at the Celtic Media Festival earlier this year and I’m sure you could get could good odds on Luke taking home another trophy in a few weeks. Personally I also really enjoyed writing about it here and calling the post ‘Blogging a Dead Horse’ which was a punning highlight of this blogs output.

GAA USA was produced by Sonta Films for TG4 and aired earlier this year. The series looks at the oft forgotten history of Gaelic Games in the United States and is presented by All-Ireland winning captain Dara Ó Cinnéide. The series was directed by Seán Ó Cualáín and produced by his brother Eamonn, Raemonn Mac Donnacha shot it and Darragh Dukes did the music. I spent the best part of last winter working on the series and I’m incredibly proud of it. This series marked my fourth time working with Seán (we are currently on number five) and its proved to be a really fruitful collaboration. An Godfather:Bryan Rooney, Rás Tailteann:Rothaí an tSaoil and Mar A Cheile Muid are all very diverse films that I’m thrilled to have played a part in. These films added with Seán’s previous work I think position him as one of the premier chroniclers of both rural Irish life and the Irish immigrant experience and he’ll kill me for saying it but I think he may well be this generations Bob Quinn.

Like I said complicating the matter is that the boys in Second Captains have been nominated for Second Captains Live. The live sports show is quite frankly outrageous in its ability to not only set new standards in sports broadcasting but maintain them too. I think this clip of them interviewing Ciaran McDonald exemplifies pretty well the work they do.

The show also features a weekly opportunity for my brother Ciaran to demean himself and his journalism degree by dressing up in humiliating costumes. Whats not to love about that?

I share an office with the boys and I can safely say that they along with Aideen, Karen, Rebecca, Pat and Collie are the hardest working motherfuckers in the business and if they do end up taking home the gong it’ll be richly deserved. They also, as I’m frequently and embarrassingly reminded, play a mean game of table tennis.

I was also thrilled to see my buddies Mark Henry, Colm Bairéad, Cleona Ni Chrualaoi, Katie Holly, Mick Mahon and David Power get richly deserved nominations in other categories. Best of luck to them and to all the other nominations. Overall the standard of work last year was incredible, heres the full list of nominees

‘Gooch’ film wins Kinsale Shark award

I was delighted and somewhat surprised to see that ‘The Toughest Road Back’ won a Silver Shark Award this weekend down in Kinsale. The short online documentary about Kerry football legend Colm Cooper’s difficult journey back to recovery after a terrible knee injury won in the Irish Digital Online Video category. I cut the film for director by Ross Whitaker and producer by Aideen O’Sullivan, with whom I previously worked with on ‘When Ali Came to Ireland’. The film was made as part of the AIB #thetoughest advertising campaign by Rothko. I was delighted to be part of this film, which you can watch below.

Second Captains in San Fran

Its been a while since I posted anything on my blog. I’ve been somewhat snowed under working on a project all summer. You’ll hear all about that when its ready.

In the meantime here is a short piece I cut for my office mates Second Captains.
It chronicles their visit at the start of the summer to San Francisco as part of their #PBESO World Tour. Here it is…

You can follow Second Captains on Twitter, Facebook, Online and off course don’t forget to check out their awesome podcasts every week from the Irish Times

Their tv show also returns on Sept 9th. Don’t miss it!!!

Reaction to ‘Scots at Waterloo’

The show ‘Scots at Waterloo’ which I had the pleasure of cutting aired last night on BBC2 Scotland and it went down very well.
Here are some of the reactions online from the screening


The Scots at Waterloo airs tonight.

People of Scotland!

Tonight, on BBC 2 Scotland (Sky Channel 907) there is a documentary ‘The Scots at Waterloo’ which I had the pleasure of cutting recently in the fine city of Glasgow. This is the first of 3 versions of the Waterloo documentary that I cut for Caledonia/Tile Films to air. This version deals exclusively with some of the scots who fought at the battle 200 years ago.
I really enjoyed my couple of weeks in Glasgow cutting this with Les, Seona, Sajid and the gang at Caledonia Tv on Bath Street and I think the work is something special. So if you get the chance make sure to tune in.
(This is the trailer for the international version but it gives you a good idea of the series)

Heres an interview with producer Seona Robertson about the show

On the BBC Website they go into more detail on the Five Scottish Heroes featured in the show

Director – Ruán Magan
Producer – Stephen Rooke, Seona Robertson
Writer – Les Wilson
Narrator – David Hayman
DoP – Ronan Fox
Editor – John Murphy
Music – Ronan Coleman


On the 200th anniversary of Waterloo, one of history’s bloodiest and most decisive battles, this docudrama reveals the front line action through the eyes of four Scottish soldiers – and one Extraordinary army wife.

In Wellington’s army of 1815, a quarter of British officers, and many crack regiments were Scottish – far out of proportion to the size of their nation. Highland regiments, kilted, and played into action by the pipes, were the most distinctive sight to friend and foe alike.

At Quatre Bras, the siege of Hougoumont, the Royal Scots Greys cavalry charge, the capture of the French Eagle of the 45th and the British squares, Scottish regiments and men were in the thick of the action.

These Scots at Waterloo were not only fighters – many of them also became writers. Scotland was the most literate nation in Europe, and the ordinary ‘Jocks’ left terrifying vivid accounts of being directly in the line of fire. Our Waterloo Scots represent officers and enlisted men, Highlanders and Lowlanders, veterans and rookies – and even a remarkable woman who was on the
battlefield with a six-month-old baby.

These Scottish stories unfold, through gritty and realistic dramatic re-enactments, over the course of the campaign and the extraordinary day of 18th June 1815 when 50,000 died and Wellington nearly lost, and Napoleon nearly won, the colossal struggle that was Waterloo.


Last week to watch GAA USA

There are only 5 more days left for you to catch the series GAA USA on the TG4 player. I spent most of last winter cutting the series and was delighted with how it turned out.

If you want to watch the series and I think it’ll be worth your while, heres the link

The series went down really well and attracted lots of very positive feedback online. The series attracted huge numbers of people to the tg4 player, breaking all sorts of records. Heres some of the best reactions from twitter.