Film and Television


Eurovision in a Cowshed


It was twenty years ago today…….. and my nephew Thomas’ First Communion day.  It was also the day that Ireland hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in what one English journalist described as “a cowshed.”* It was actually the Green Glens Arena in Millstreet, an equestrian...

Kevin Pearce


    Kevin Pearce is an internationally famous snowboarder who was critically injured when he struck his head above the eyes on the edge of the pipe during a halfpipe training run on New Year’s Eve 2009 in Park City, Utah. He remained critically ill...

Love In The Air


                          On November 1st 1986, Himself and myself fell in love, in a helicopter out over the County Cork coast.   He was the hands-on producer of a new television series for RTE...

Talking Blues and Hobos


Woody Guthrie’s centenary, steel guitars and talking blues, freedom and freight train whistles and the Dust Bowl mentality which has replaced Ireland’s Celtic Tiger bravado lead this restless mind to John T Davis and frocks.   Its called polygenesis. Years ago, in a previous incarnation...

Rough Diamonds


  Out in the garden early the other morning, I heard the rumble of the garbage lorry at the end of the avenue and got to thinking, that now the bins are mechanically lifted and dumped into the trucks, there are worse jobs than being...

Big Bird and the Leprechaun Poet


To-day, the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the eleventh year of the 21stcentury is an auspicious day. It is the inauguration day of our ninth President, Michael D Higgins (whom God preserve.)  From this day forward, we must stop calling him “The Leprechaun...

The Secret Life of Diarmuid Gavin


  We know him as a horticulturalist, television presenter, author, Honorary Doctor of Art from Nottingham Trent University, and last month, winner of the Gold Medal at Chelsea Flower Show for “The Irish Sky Garden” (in partnership with Fáilte Ireland and the City of Cork)……but...