“Venom So Sweet”: New Play By Roger Gregg Presented By Little Shadow Theatre Company

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Roger Gregg, Author of “Venom So Sweet”, who also plays “Legion” in the piece.

Having climbed the many steps to Theatre Upstairs, the audience enters the theatre to discover we have in fact descended into the murky depths inhabited by the soul of Legion and his three demonic companions.

Played by the author of Venom So Sweet, Roger Gregg, and named after his biblical antecedent (Mark 5:9), Legion is a wild-eyed, bearded conman-preacher, plying his trade among the frontiersmen and “savages” on the American West in the 19th century. As we enter, he is suspended in chains from the wooden supports in a hellish mineshaft. The smoky atmosphere and the ethereal vocal harmonies of his companions draw us down into this claustrophobic netherworld.

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“The World Of Journalism Is Broken” Says Press Ombudsman Peter Feeney

  • Declining circulation & advertising have hit print journalism
  • Online news sources growing in influence, but print journalism still provides greater depth of coverage
  • Ombudsman acknowledges failure of Irish Press Council to adequately encompass online journalism

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Peter Feeney, who has been Press Ombudsman since September 2014, made the remarks in a talk given to students at Rathmines College of Further Education yesterday. Mr. Feeney said that the “business model” of journalism has radically altered in recent years, with more and more people relying on online sources for news. However, he pointed out the difference between the way people use online and traditional printed news sources. People tend to turn to online sources for a “quick read” of the latest updates, whereas print news sources, he maintained, provide more space, depth of coverage and background coverage of news. Continue reading

1916: It’s All In The Blood

What is it like when your own family memories and stories are melded with history, with the memories and stories of the nation itself?

For no one is this more true in the year of the 100th anniversary of the 1916 rising than for the relatives of those who took part in the rising, and particularly for those who are related to the seven leaders, the signatories of the Proclamation itself. As public events,, features in newspapers, theatre shows and TV documentaries celebrate and examine the details of our common history, they are also picking through the precious private past of families.

Honor O’Brolcháin is one such person. She is the great niece of Joseph Mary Plunkett (Joe, as she and all in the family call him). Plunkett of course was executed for his part in leading the Rising, so Honor did not know him personally. However, his sister Geraldine Plunkett lived in the house Honor and her brother and sisters grew up in in Marlborough Road, Donnybrook. Geraldine and Joe were very close, and through her grandmother’s stories and reminiscences, Honor became very familiar with Joe as a child.

Honor O Brolchain, author and great niece of Joseph Mary Plunkett


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Lenny Abrahamson : Home Bird Blues vs Hollywood Highs

It’s tempting to glamourise and say I’m meeting director Lenny Abrahamson for a coffee and a chat between award ceremonies. And it is true to an extent. A few nights before this I watched him accepting the BAFTA for best actress on behalf of Bree Larson. In a couple of days he’ll be flying out to LA with Monika, his wife, to attend the Academy Award ceremony. More specifically however, I’m meeting him between dropping his two kids to primary school and a check up at the family dentist. Apparently there are some things your Hollywood-style assistant just can’t do for you.

Director & Screenwriter, Lenny Abrahamson

Director & Screenwriter, Lenny Abrahamson

Three oscar nominations for Room, Abrahamson’s intense but life-affirming film of Emma Donoghue’s book, has certainly propelled him into a high pressure world of offers, meetings, possible projects and, yes, assistants. “You find yourself saying ‘I’ll get my assistant to call you’”, he admits. “And you say it without any irony and without trying to be a twat, because you suddenly go: I simply can’t handle the stuff I’m supposed to do!”
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Ranelagh Is A Den Of Anaesthetists

Ranelagh is den of anaesthetists
Sniffing fine prosciutto ham in Morton’s halls
Dragging back their English Springer Spaniels when
They follow fox spoor on their shit patrol
Occupying old Edwardiana;
Scooping out front gardens
Gravelling them and there corralling
Shiny tractors with a million horsepower
Even though the roads were built for just the one.
I would like to stop one and consult her
But I can’t afford the fee.

20/9/13

Old VO Demo (Warning; Contains “Uranus” Gag)

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Came across this today whilst pretending to do something else. It’s a VO demo I wrote and recorded at Beacon Studios about a thousand years ago, with the inimitable Noel Storey pushing the buttons on the desk. It’s a fairly good example of how not to do a demo in that it’s quite good fun, but lacks the requisite shiteness of tone. It made me chuckle a little, which is the main thing.

Dermot Carmody VO Demo

Words and talking ©2002 Dermot Carmody.Recorded by Noel Storey @ Beacon Studios.

Pome For Scholesy

Farewell then, Paul Scholes
You often put with majesty
Your foot right through the ball
To huge effect
(Though sometimes, the contact point was lower)

A Ginger Devil,
You did strut and fret your hour on stage,
Adored from the gods
In the Theatre of Dreams.

“Break a leg, son”,
Fergie would mutter in your ear backstage.
“I’ll do my best, boss”,
You would honestly reply.

Tractor Song

In some sort of sympathy with protesting farmers I present you with my song about one man’s love for a tractor. Indeed, for all tractors. As it contains both the line “Nothing is better than a Zetor” and the line “I was cheap with a Jeep”, I am very fond of it.

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Words and music ©2005 Dermot Carmody. Singing & playing by Dermot was recorded by Niall O’Sullivan.