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Every County Has a Story…well sort of.

The national broadcaster, RTE, has gone all out with its coverage of the Easter Rising Centenary (or more accurately, the 99 years and 11 month anniversary). I’ve never seen  or heard more history and discussion of history on television and … Read More

Representing Class on Television

Do Irish television producers have a lot to learn from their counterparts in Britain and the USA? David Toms casts his eye over some recent dramatic outputs from Ireland and beyond.

A representation of working class life on Irish television, particularly in … Read More

Ali in Ireland

When Ali Came To Ireland, True Films, RTE One, 1 January 2013. Director: Ross Whitaker

When Ali Came To Ireland tells the story of how Michael ‘Butty’ Sugrue, a Kerry-born London publican and former circus strongman, succeeded in bringing Muhammad Ali to Dublin’s Croke Park Stadium … Read More

Labour’s Way

“Labour’s Way”, RTE Television, 26 June + 3 July 2012

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Labour Party. In this decade of centenaries, the Labour Party’s birthday has been overshadowed by events that have been deemed more significant. Even … Read More

A Lost Son

“A Lost Son”, Windmill Lane Pictures, RTÉ One. Director: Niamh Sammon. First Aired: Monday 10 December 2012. 

A Lost Son was screened just after the 90th anniversary of the Irish Free State and of the opting out of the Free State … Read More

Enigma: Frank Ryan

The Enigma of Frank Ryan (Ireland, 2012).  Director: Des Bell.  Foyle Film Festival, 12 November 2012. 

One thing that this film proves is that Frank Ryan’s story continues to fascinate. His biographers have brought his life story to enthusiastic … Read More