Trump Watch: A Fake News Special…..

So day one, in a 'post-truth' world, enter stage left, Mr Sean Spicer, White House Press Secretary.... Clearly size matters to President Trump, hands, ties, number of people attending his inauguration, the number of illegal immigrants who voted for Hilary..... Sean Spicer, well in fairness, there are no 'real words' to describe his version of … Continue reading Trump Watch: A Fake News Special…..

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Reading Rebellion: Women, History, and Commemoration.

On the 16th November 2016, at University College Cork, Dr Heather Laird gave a research seminar paper, 'Reading Rebellion: Women, History, and Commemoration' which analysed RTE's flagship 1916 commemorative TV project, Rebellion. Dr Laird began by discussing some of the challenges history affords us, citing Ged Martin's work, 'Past Futures: The Impossible Necessity of History (University of … Continue reading Reading Rebellion: Women, History, and Commemoration.

To walk invisible

Doing an unscientific straw poll with a few people I hoped knew some well known current TV writers, I ascertained that the names Paul Abbot (Cracker, Shameless, Clocking off, State of play, No Offense) and Jimmy McGovern (Brookside, Cracker, The Street, Hillsborough) were, unsurprisingly, recognized. However the name Sally Wainwright was not. Interesting. Sally is … Continue reading To walk invisible

What the world needs now is love sweet love…..lets have a chat about nationalism

Never has the music and lyrics of Burt Bacharach and Hal David resonated so poignantly as on the day Leonard Cohen passed away (he reportedly died on Tuesday 8th November 2016, announced on the 10th), the day the people of the United States of America (did we ever envisage questioning the term 'united'?) elected Donald … Continue reading What the world needs now is love sweet love…..lets have a chat about nationalism

Was John Ford’s ‘The Quiet Man’ the ‘Riverdance’ of the 1950s?

Two pieces of Irish cultural output, both on screen, resonate deeply, not only with Irish people but across the globe in an unprecedented manner. The first occurs in 1952 with the release of John Ford's The Quiet Man and the second in 1994 at the Eurovision song contest, when the interval act  Riverdance causes a … Continue reading Was John Ford’s ‘The Quiet Man’ the ‘Riverdance’ of the 1950s?