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

Rás Tailtean Doc coming this Autumn to TG4

Here is the trailer to an upcoming documentary that I edited last year. It was a huge amount of fun to edit this story and it was a very enjoyable experience working with everyone involved. Its a cracking story that I think we’ve done justice to. Coming later this year…

This documentary to be broadcast on TG4 this Autumn tells the story behind one of Ireland’s greatest sporting institutions: The Rás Tailteann cycling race. First ran in 1953 its aim was to symbolise the nationalist aspirations of its organisers and promote Irish culture at a time of fierce political and sporting division.
Blending contemporary footage, rare sporting and social archive, and the first-hand accounts of a host of colourful and fascinating characters – riders and organisers, commentators, fans and critics – The Rás Tailteann is an extraordinary tale of civil-war politics and the race that launched the careers of Ireland’s most successful cyclists.
Nowadays the Rás is a major international cycling event featuring a host of international teams annually. The tumultuous history of the Rás Tailteann also offers a unique, parallel take on the cultural and political development of late 20th century Ireland – a revealing thought-line from the 1950s to the modern day. In Ireland, as we’ll see, the line between sport and politics is a very fine one indeed.