Ciaran Hinds on The Sea, Game of Thrones and filming in Ireland

Ciaran Hinds on The Sea, Game of Thrones and filming in Ireland

Northern Irish actor Ciaran Hinds discusses the film adaptation of John Banville's The Sea and a life on stage and screen....Read More
John Michael McDonagh on Calvary, ‘Plastic Paddies’ and being second-generation Irish

John Michael McDonagh on Calvary, ‘Plastic Paddies’ and being second-generation Irish

Calvary director John Michael McDonagh on 'Plastic Paddies', being second-generation Irish and his relationship with Ireland...Read More
Barry Ward, Ken Loach and the true story behind Jimmy's Hall

Barry Ward, Ken Loach and the true story behind Jimmy’s Hall

Interview with Irish actor Barry Ward to discuss Ken Loach and the real-life story that inspired Jimmy's Hall...Read More
Crazy In Love — Anton Yelchin Interview

Crazy In Love — Anton Yelchin Interview

Anton Yelchin may be “cynical” about fame, but following the acclaim of his latest movie, Like Crazy, the Russian-born 22-year-old actor may just have to get used to it. He talks to Steve Cummins about improvisation, paranoia and his parents, Olympic athletes, who were forced to flee Russia upon his birth. Anton...Read More
Jeff Buckley — The Irish Connection

Jeff Buckley — The Irish Connection

Earlier this month, Jeff Buckley would have turned 45 had he still been alive. A phenomenal talent, with a name like Buckley it was obvious there was an Irish connection there. And, delving into his past, I became aware just how deep his connection with Ireland was — from  gigs at the...Read More
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Review: How to Pass Your Irish Driving Test

Review: How to Pass Your Irish Driving Test

How to Pass Your Irish Driving Test: The Most Comprehensive Guide Originally published on RTE.ie If only watching this informative film was all it took. As you no doubt already know, it takes more than a book, CD or DVD to pass your driving test. Not even lessons and hours of practice will guarantee you’ll... Read more
The Road - Opening Title Sequence

The Road – Opening Title Sequence

Put together as part of my MA, my brief was to create an opening and closing title sequence for a movie using Adobe After Effects. I chose the movie, The Road (See sequence below). The most important part of the brief was to capture the mood of the movie and to ensure that the sequence... Read more
30 Years Ago — Punk hits Ireland

30 Years Ago — Punk hits Ireland

On May 27, 2007 Punk hit 30. But while the story of its impact in the UK and the US is well known, just how did Ireland take to that most pivotal of all music movements? Commissioned by the Irish Independent, I talked to some of those who were there. Go Ahead Punk, Make My... Read more
Lily Allen: What's Up Tiger Lily?

Lily Allen: What’s Up Tiger Lily?

In 2006 I sat down with and interviewed Lily Allen just as she was on the cusp of becoming one of Britain’s biggest pop stars. What was to be a 400 word piece was later elevated to a major Hot Press magazine cover story thanks to the strength of my interview. Indeed it proved one of the... Read more
Evanna Lynch: A Brief Spell

Evanna Lynch: A Brief Spell

Plucked out of thousands to star in the Harry Potter movies, Evanna Lynch’s story is the stuff of fairytales. I was commissioned by New York-based magazine Nylon to write a profile piece on her looking at where she was at that period in her life. I met Evanna the day after her 19th birthday and... Read more
The Pride of Parnell Street

The Pride of Parnell Street

The Pride Of Parnell Street Originally published on RTE.ie Gritty and often deeply moving, Sebastian Barry’s new play is a superb warts-and-all love story that touches on a slice of Dublin life in the midst of change and which is told utilising the great Irish tradition of storytelling-based theatre. Set in September 1999, on the cusp... Read more
Left High and Dry At The Pool

Left High and Dry At The Pool

A few years ago the new Irish primary school physical education curriculum listed an aquatics strand as key to helping decrease rising child obesity rates. However, how many Irish primary schools have access to a swimming pool? Left High and Dry At The Pool Originally published in The Irish Times Access to swimming pools is... Read more
Pete Doherty: What A Bloody Shambles

Pete Doherty: What A Bloody Shambles

Heroin, stage invasions, captured by a band and whisked off on their tour bus — this is perhaps the closest I came to experiencing the rock ‘n’ roll myth. Normally your average music interview is quite a sedate affair — not so with Pete Doherty. Following a raucous show in Dublin I boarded the Babyshambles... Read more
No Country For Old Men

No Country For Old Men

Rightly predicting that this film would secure the 2008 Best Picture Oscar, this review was written for the RTE website. During my year and a half with the site I reviewed movies for the site on a weekly basis and many more can be found by browsing the film archives of the RTE Entertainment site.... Read more
Britney's Message To Dublin — I Love You UK!

Britney’s Message To Dublin — I Love You UK!

Britney Spears is coming to Dublin to play The O2 in October…. and she’s already endearing herself to Irish fans! As per her promoter’s just released press release: “Spears has prepared an extraordinary show that promises to be her greatest ever, and reaches Ireland on October 24th when she plays Dublin’s O2. She will be... Read more

On The Stereo – Richmond Fontaine

Originally published on State.ie Richmond Fontaine – ‘I Fell Into Painting Houses In Phoenix, Arizona’ There are few modern American writers out there to match Richmond Fontaine’s Willy Vlautin. As a musician, those in love with Americana will find much to love in Vlautin’s lyrics of the losers, boozers and gamblers of blue collar America.... Read more

Rory and the Island – Colours

Love the summer sunshine vibe of this tune. Can’t but put you in a good mood. New single from Rory Gallagher, he of The Revs fame. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1J6oY2U8iYg&feature=player_embedded#at=122] Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post Print for later... Read more