‘An Phairc’ airs tonight on TG4

A documentary I cut for Nemeton and director Ronan O’Donoghue airs tonight on TG4. ‘An Phairc’ tells the story of Phairc Ui Chaoimh, its recent rebuild and some of the massive games and events that have taken place there over the years.
Its a cracking doc that finally allowed me to cut something about Hurling! I’ve done every other sport!
The doc also contains loads of great archive including a magic piece featuring my uncle Jim Carney.

Here’s the press release…
The documentary gives an inside view into the rebuilding of Páirc Uí Chaoimh. It will air on TG4 at 9:30pm, Wednesday 27 September.
In the suburbs of Cork, not far from the city centre and on the banks of its own lovely Lee, lies Cork’s favourite playground; Páirc Uí Chaoimh. For well over a hundred years, this spot has been the mecca for the people of the city and beyond to come and see epic sporting battles and headline music acts.
Now as the famous old stadium has completed its refurbishment, TG4’s An Pháirc will look back on some of the biggest stories to emerge from the “the park” and will tell some new ones never heard before.
Alongside the documenting of a cultural icon, the documentary follows the story of the demolition and reconstruction of a brand new stadium, with behind-the-scenes footage filmed over two years all the way to opening day.
Telling the tale will be GAA heroes such as Billy Morgan, Jack O’Shea, Paul Flynn, Seán Óg Ó hAilpín and Barney Rock, as well as legendary broadcaster Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh and Oliver Barry the promoter who brought the likes of Michael Jackson and Prince to Cork.
TG4 Sports Editor, Rónán Ó Coisdealbha says, “For scores of thousands of Irish people, this stadium holds many special memories of hurling and football matches and entertainment events held there over the years. This programme will evoke those heady days for many TG4 viewers and is bound to be popular with our audience, at home and abroad.”
Produced by Nemeton TV, and directed by award-winning director Ronan O’Donoghue, An Pháirc is a must see for sports and music fans from all over Ireland.

Cork French Film Festival March 4-11

It’s never a bad time to enjoy some French Cinema, but perhaps with the Artist winning at the Oscars this week, the timing of next weeks Cork French Film Festival couldn’t be better. As usual, this excellent little festival has a really superb line-up, programmer Paul Callanan has been doing a wonderful job down there for some time now. Its an exciting mix of Film screenings and events with music, exhibitions and theatre thrown in the mix as well.

The highlight has to be a screening of Carl Dreyers classic “The Passion of Joan of Arc” with a live score.

This is one of the greatest films ever made and it is well worth the effort go trying to catch it.

Other highlights include a stage adaptation of “Belleville Rendez-vous” in the Triskel, screenings of Mr. Hulot’s Holiday in the English Market and “Seven Years of Bad Luck” at Ballymaloe House.
There is of course an excellent selection of new French cinema as well, include Finish director Aki Kurismaki’s latest “Le Harve”

Its on all next week in various parts of Cork City, see their website for details