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.

Paidi wins top prize at Celtic Media Festival

I’ve been in the edit all week so I haven’t had a chance until now to blog some news from last weekend As I reported last week Arkle won the Best Sports Documentary at last weeks Celtic Media Award but at the final awards the top prize of the festival, the Spirit of the Festival Award was given out to Páidi Ó Sé: Rí an Pharoiste. This makes something of a clean sweep for the documentary, having already won the Oireachtás Award for TV Programme of the Year and also winning the IFTA for Best Sports Documentary in 2014. Delighted for Director Louise Ni Fhiannachta and Producers Paddy Hayes and Laura Ni Cheallaigh (pictured here with the Torc)

Laura with the Torc for Paidi

For more information on the doc visit its page on my site

Here’s the trailer

Full list of Celtic Media Award 2015 Winners here, looking forward to next years event in Dungarvan which I shall definitely head to. There is no excuse not to after all.

Arkle wins Celtic Media Award

Earlier this week, director Luke McManus went to the Celtic Media Festival in Inverness where he picked up the gong for Best Sports Show for the Arkle documentary I cut for him last year. Luke was naturally delighted with the win, as am I obviously. I’m very proud of the work and I’m delighted its getting the recognition I think it deserves. Well done again Luke
Luke with the Torc!

For more information on the doc visits its page on my site

The Toughest Road Back

Recently I edited a short documentary about the Kerry footballer Colm Cooper and his recovery from a pretty horrific series of injuries. Yesterday Colm made his competitive return to action, coming on for the last ten minutes for Kerry in their pivotal league game against Tyrone. As a result the film has now been shared online and is available on the AIB GAA Youtube channel or indeed can be watched below.
The film was made by Ross Whitaker and Aideen O’Sullivan of True Films, we last worked together on ‘When Ali Came to Ireland’ and it was great to get the band back together so to speak. The film was cut in my offices on Baggot Street where conveniently Aideen works next door as part of the Second Captains team so cutting this was a very enjoyable experience and I think the film turned out great…

Director – Ross Whitaker
Producer – Aideen O’Sullivan
Camera – Ross O’Callaghan
Editor – John Murphy
Rothko/True Films for AIB

GAA USA starts tonight TG4 9:30

Over the past few months I’ve been working on a series which debuts tonight and i’m very excited about people finally getting the chance to see it. Its a cracking series with some great stories in it that I think people will really like.

‘GAA USA’, a new four part series produced by the IFTA winning Sónta Films which chronicles the largely unknown history of Gaelic games in the United States, will air on TG4 on Wednesday, March 18th at 9.30pm and continue for 4 weeks.

Presented by former All-Ireland winning Kerry captain and award-winning broadcaster Dara Ó Cinnéide, the series reveals the remarkable passion and resourcefulness of the men and women who brought Gaelic Games west across the Atlantic to the USA.

Last weekend we travelled to New York city to launch the series in the Irish Consulate in the company of the new GAA President. It was a great night and I’m very grateful to have gotten the invite to attend.

The series is a Sónta Production funded by TG4, and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and was produced by Éamonn Ó Cualáin and directed by Sean Ó Cualáin.

The DOP on the project was Réamonn Mac Donnacha, Location sound was by Seamus Ó Flatharta, and it was edited by John Murphy with Darragh Dukes doing the music.

In the series, Dara Ó Cinnéide travels across the US to GAA clubs in Boston, Chicago, New York, Milwaukee, and San Diego, to give the audience an entirely new perspective on the Irish emigrant experience as lived through Gaelic games. In conversation with Irish people who have made a home for themselves in the States, he encounters an enduring love of Gaelic games, a deep respect for their past and a great hope for their future. He also explores the struggle of the guardians of Gaelic Games over the years to ensure the survival of the GAA.

Presenter Dara Ó Cinnéide said: ‘Gaelic games in America have always held a strange fascination for me. There were so many furrows to be ploughed and stories to be told that I was drawn to the series from the outset. Like many other Gaels, I have a particular affinity with the Unites States because generations of relatives and neighbours from home have immigrated to its cities and neighbourhoods.’

‘Their story was worth recounting and, having played there I believe I had a particular insight that would help me present that story.’

gaa usa 01


The Last Days of Peter Bergmann is one of the things I’m most proud of from all the different things I’ve had the pleasure of cutting. The Film has had a tremendous life on the festival circuit, getting selected for Sundance, Winning awards at IFI Stranger than Fiction, Nashville, Melbourne, Camden and elsewhere, Qualifying for the Oscars twice and of course prompting a lot of debate. The film’s director Ciaran Cassidy has had a wonderful year of jetting around the world presenting the film.

Now, tonight, Irish audiences will finally get a chance to see the film as it is showing on RTE1 at 11:20.


Watch it, Record it, just don’t miss it.

The Last days of Peter Bergmann tells the story of a man calling himself Peter Bergmann who arrived in Sligo Town in the summer of 2009. Over his final three days, he went to great lengths to make sure that no one would ever know who he was or where he came from.

The Film has twice qualified for Oscar eligibility and on winning the prestigious Melbourne IFF award, the jury had this to say about it.

“Ciaran Cassidy taps the voyeur in all of us with his masterful appropriation of hours of compelling CCTV footage that track a tantalising incomplete picture of The Last Days of Peter Bergmann. Coupled with a series of compelling interviews, Cassidy manages to invert the mystery genre from whodunnit to why. Meticulously researched, this is a riveting ride that leaves the audience rooted to their seats as they act out the role of both spy and detective.”

Check out these credentials


IFTA, Best Short Film 2014

Melbourne International Film Festival, Best Short Doc 2014

Nashville Film Festival, Documentary short Winner.

IFI Stranger Than Fiction Audience Award Winner 2013

Camden Film Festival, Short Doc Award, 2014

Milwaukee Film Festival, Special Jury Award, 2014


Grand Prix Irish, Cork Film Festival 2013

Sundance Film Fest, Grand Jury Prize, 2014

Sheffield International Doc Fest, Best Short Doc 2014

For a fuller list of where the film has been selected click here


Director: Ciaran Cassidy
Producer:Morgan Bushe
Director of Photography: Kate McCullough
Editor: John Murphy
Sound: Guillaume Beauron
Music: Jack Quilligan, David Cantan
Researcher: Colum McKeown
Prod Manager: Aoife McGonigal

Pat Kenny show to air on UTV Ireland tonight

Delighted to say that I got to work on the first show produced specifically for UTV Ireland which broadcasts tonight on their debut night.

The show is called ‘Out With The Old, In With The U’ and serves as an introduction to the station and a look forward to 2015. Its hosted by Pat Kenny, making his return to television screens as well as contributions from some of UTV Irelands correspondents.

The show was produced by Loosehorse and directed by Ronan O’Donoghue.
The lead editor on the show was Stephen Murphy with some sequences edited by my good self.

Its on tonight, New Years Day at 8:30


‘Mar a Cheile Muid’ airs tonight at 9

‘Mar a Cheile Muid’ airs tonight at 9

Earlier this month I was delighted that I got a chance to work on this documentary with the director Sean O’Cualain form Sonta Films. It looks at the Gaeltacht Civil Rights movements of the late 60’s and 70’s and asks whats happened to the spirit of those times as we look at the issues facing the gaeltacht region and in particular the Irish language. I think its great and perhaps even important.

It airs tonight, Tuesday Dec 30th at 9 on TG4.

If you have any interest in the Gaeltacht or in the Irish language I urge you to watch it.

Here is a promo for the doc

It was produced and directed by Sean O’Cualain. It was shot by Reamonn MacDonnacha, edited by my good self and was scored by Darragh Dukes.

Prominent Gaeltacht Civil Rights Campaigner in the 70’s and elected official wrote this piece about the film

Over the past week sean has been releasing some short video pieces with extra material that we were unable to discuss in the finished film. There are some interesting issues raised here as well. You can watch those clips on Sean’s Vimeo page

mar a cheile

In 1969 a group of young people in Conamara came together to fight for the rights of their local communities. Poverty, emigration and a lack of respect for the Irish language was their motivation. The group became known as The Gaeltacht Civil Rights Movement and they chose 8 aims they felt were required to save their communities and native language. The following twenty years transformed Conamara into a modern and vibrant, rural community, but are the aspirations and hope of that generation still in tune with those of today’s, a generation who benefited greatly from the fruits of the change.

Here’s what Sean had to say about the documentary

I mí na Samhna 2014, d’iarr mé ar grúpa sean-chairde ó Chonamara theacht le chèile. Os cionn dhá scór bliain ó shoin, bhí a ngrúpa, Gluaiseacht Cearta Sibhialta na Gaeltachta ar cheann do na grúpaí pobail ba réabhlóidí ó bhunú an stát. Throidear ar son cearta a muintire le go mbeidís féin i gceannas ar a gcinniúint féin. Lena mbeart agus a mbriathar, shlánaigh siad pobal a bhí ligthe i ndearmad ag an stát. I 1974 nuair a d’eirigh leo Oireachtas na Gaeilge a thógáil amach as BAC agus a reachtáil sa nGaeltacht don gcéad uair riamh, bhí an ghluaiseacht i mbarr a réime, agus iad fós ag iarraidh an pobal a mhisniú agus a spreagadh. Ag an Oireachtas sin d’impigh Joe Steve Ó Neachtain ar phobal na Gaeltachta a ndroim a chur le rútaí aibí an chultúr, len í a chosaint, ach is amhlaidh anois gur chas muid ár ndroim leí.
Céard a tharla dúinn ó 1974? An mar a chéile inniú mianta, agus spriocanna glún na réabhlóide sin agus muide na glúnta a lean. An mairfidh an Ghaeltacht glún eile?
Seán Ó Cualáin

Tommy Tiernan Crooked Man airs tonight.

Tonight on TV3 you can a catch a special version of Tommy Tiernan’s Crooked Man. Its on at 10 tonight and is very very funny.
Here’s a sample clip…

I cut this special tv version. The original dvd version which was directed by Richard Ayoade was originally cut by a post house in London
Tommy Tiernan