Author Archives: Johnny Keenan

A reminder.

A concert organised by Offaly Good Vibes commemorating the life of John Lennon in aid of the Simon Community will be held at Tullamore Food Fayre, Kilcruttin Business Park, Tullamore, County Offaly at 12-2pm.

Tullamore Food Fayre, Kilcruttin Business Park

Johnny Keenan, of Offaly Good Vibes  (and ‘Broadsheet on the Telly‘ fame) writes:

Last month the world stood together to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of ‘the war to end all wars’. Ironically today we have more wars and more mass killing than ever before.

In 1969 when Vietnam war was at its height. John Lennon and Yoko Ono decided to publicise peace. It was an artistic humanist and active project that they would work at for 3 years.

Starting with a bed-in for peace on their honeymoon in a hotel room in Amsterdam with a simple and subtle message in a song ‘Give Peace a Chance’.

They took to the streets of cities all across America affirming ‘Power To The People’. Then hit home the message in 1972 with a massive worldwide billboard campaign ‘ War Is Over! (if you want)’ followed by arguably the ultimate Xmas song.

John & Yoko were two informed intelligent and idyllic people who saw the world for what it is. A planet run by corporate greed against human need. They gave their money and time for the greater good.

Offaly Good Vibes  will be sending a message from the heart of Ireland tomorrow, Saturday, December, 8, the 38th anniversary of John Lennon’s death

This is positive vibe for all the family and is run to raise much needed funds for Midlands Simon Community.

Give Peace A Chance Concert (Facebook)

Previously: It Isn’t Hard To Do

Free Saturday?

A concert commemorating the life of John Lennon in aid of the Simon Community at Tullamore Food Fayre, Kilcruttin Business Park, Tullamore, County Offaly at 12-2pm.

Johnny Keenan, of ‘Broadsheet on the Telly‘ fame, writes:

‘Another Offaly Good Vibration – Give Peace A Chance’ will take place next Saturday 8th December in Tullamore Food Fayre, Kilcruttin Business Park, Tullamore.

An array of Offaly talented singers and poets will come together to perform original compositions and pay tribute to John Lennon on the 38th anniversary of his death.

This is positive vibe for all the family and is run to raise much needed funds for Midlands Simon Community.

Give Peace A Chance Concert (Facebook)

Kenny Tynan

On Monday

Kenny Tynan, who has a brain tumour and obtained a licence for cannabis oil but has been told his cost will not be reimbursed, wrote on his FB page:

“”d like to thank Prof. Micheal Barry of St James for my wonderful totally avoidable seizure last night. It was traumatic for my wife and my 11 yr old son.

Traumatic in the sense that at any time they could be fatal for me. I wouldn’t mind but I had taken my conventional anti convulsant about 40 mins before I seized. Goes to show how well they are working.

Waiting over 3 weeks for a response to an appeal that blew his reasons for denial of reimbursement out of the water.

You would think the money was coming out of his own pocket. Just over a month left on my licence too…’

Yesterday, Kenny wrote:

“An Angel has stepped forward last minute and offered to pay for my medicinal cannabis. Thank you heavenly Father for putting this person in my path. The world works in mysterious ways. Namaste.’

Kenny Tyanan (Facebook)

Johnny Keenan writes:

This is indeed a great day for Kenny. That is 100% well deserved. Never underestimate what good people are watching and listening from the sidelines and want to make a substantial difference when and where they can.

However its another dark day for Simon Harris Fine Gael government and more importantly thousands of other Irish citizens who need and want the right to use medical cannabis.

A right that is afforded to most of our brothers and sisters across the western world but unfairly ignored by our corporate government.

It is extremely important to remember that Professor Michael Barry Consultant at St James’s hospital Dublin stated to Kenny that his recommendation would be that the Irish health Board and or HSE would not be in a position to pay for the Medical Cannabis Kenny required.

They (sorry the Irish tax payer) would still be in a position to continue to pay for anticonvulsant pharmaceutical drugs. The same drugs that don’t seem to be working for Kenny and have side effects for him.

The question now is and still remains why would Irish consultants whose salaries are paid for by the Irish tax payer and working on behalf of our HSE give licences to people in need of medical cannabis and then expect them to pay thousands of euro to receive this medicine.

Then to add insult to injury expect these patients of cannabis to travel outside their country to get that medicine.

So let’s please make a concerted effort to force pressure on our legislators to sign into law ASAP that Irish citizens have the right to use medical cannabis at a reasonable cost to them and the Irish people.

Previously: Kenny Tynan on Broadsheet

RíRá: Summer 2018

A fly on the wall documentary about one of the pioneers of rap and hip hop in Ireland.

Available to view FREE from 6pm this Friday on RíRá’s YouTube channel

Johnny Keenan writes:

RíRá (Irish for chaos) is the brainchild of ‘this f*ckin culchie mulla from Tulla’. A line from his underground anthem ‘25 O’Clock In The Mornin‘.

Since he put pen to paper in the mid 80’s Rí the undisputed king of Irish hip hop has rapped about everything that the mainstream has tried to keep from the eyes and ears of the world.

RíRá hasn’t just arrived on the scene. He was one of the main driving forces of Scary Eire. An act who mashed it up for years and opened up the doors of possibility for Rubberbandits and many many more radical and rebel rhymers.

This 40 minute music documentary “RíRá: SUMMER 2018” is a fantastic fly on the wall of a working band of brothers from Offaly (the heart of Ireland) as they ply their trade at 3 music festivals.

A warts and all film that viewers don’t usually see. There is no up close and personal shots. I’ts all taken from a wide lens perspective.

Many different highlights to choose from but one for this writer is the beauty and intensity of the work that goes in off stage to get it just right for the fans and revelers in front of stage.

The musicianship on display will carry you on a trip of the more traveled road of a tried and tested tribe of troubadours.

Artists that’s being around for years and will be around for more years to come. Regardless of who chooses to listen to them and follow them to gigs. Pure folk!

RíRá

For your consideration.

Patients of Cannabis.

A documentary

Johnny Keenan writes:

This documentary is directed, produced and narrated by concerned citizens Robbie Gannon, Lorraine Kennedy and Terry McMahon.

The testimonies you will see and hear are passionate pleas by our Irish people for clemency and the right to have medical cannabis to deal with their own condition.

These 10 brave souls you will see and hear are the voice of thousands of other Irish people who suffer in silence.

Vera Twomey’s daughter Ava has a rare form of epilepsy that can cause up to 20 seizures a day.

Dave Kelly has a form of motor neuron disease.

Kenny Tynan suffers with a brain tumor.

An anonymous mother talks about aggressive chemotherapy that her son went through. She heard Simon Harris (Minister of Health) talk about a license process where chemo patients could apply for such a license. She could not however get a consultant to sign the application.

Patrick Bradley suffers with chronic pain.

Gerri Sparrow suffers with emphysema and asthma.

Stefano Speranza has chronic pain in his lower back through a work related injury

Dr Garrett McGovern is a GP and Addiction Specialist who is aware of a plant that patients use. These patients find this plant more beneficial than conventional drugs.

Mark Cleary’s mother in law Geraldine Martin suffered with pneumonia and a tumor on her lung.

Caroline Conlon is Alex Baizert’s fiancée who talks about Alex’s struggle as an activist who suffered with epilepsy. Alex passed last April. Please see his testimony here

What brings these ten ordinary people together is the extraordinary power of Medical Cannabis.

It’s a crying shame that these ordinary people have to go to extraordinary measures to get a medicine that should be freely available to them by our HSE.

The question now is, why do the Irish people still have to suffer in pain while the rest of the world has access to medical cannabis?

There is absolutely no logic for the continuation of such ignorance towards our people who need medical cannabis.

Please please look at this essential 37 minute documentary and then act accordingly.

There is no doubt in my mind that if we act together now we can force OUR government to sign into law this year 2018 that Irish citizens are entitled to choose medical cannabis as a form of medicine.

Not alone that. It should be freely available in Ireland to them. With the massive demand for medical cannabis all across the country jobs can be created and Irish businesses can prosper by helping our people who need and want this medicine.

We have pharmaceutical plants all over the country. So why don’t we have green houses for medical cannabis to be produced into medical cannabis oil.

This is logical thinking and should be encouraged rather than been ignored.

If you are suffering and you want to add your video testimony for the legalisation of medical cannabis then follow the link here to Patients Of Cannabis

Yesterday: O Canada

This morning/afternoon

Borris Castle, County Carlow.

Johnny Keenan (him off the telly!) joins ‘revellers’ at BARE music and arts Festival for choons, chats and massive amounts of drugs hugs.

Johnny (in pic 6) is live tweeting from the festival and can be followed here and here.

BARE

Thursday: BARE All This Weekend

Update:

BARE festival.

Tomorrow and Saturday in Borris, County Carlow.

Johnny Keenan (him off the telly) will be live tweeting from BARE throughout the weekend.

Johnny writes:

After building a fantastic one day festival in Portarlington, County Offaly, for three years in a row the BARE lads have uprooted their tent and accouterments, and brought it down to beautiful Borris on the foot of Mount Leinster in County Carlow….

Thankfully the festival gods are shining on the organisers of BARE Festival. They have overcome the most important obstacle for an Irish festival (outside of small mindedness), The Weather!

People always say I hope ya get the weather for it. Well the weather is here, the line up is deadly and the craic is going to be savage.

Recommendations include

God Is An Astronaut:- think Pink Floyd and you’re only half way to your celestial star
Craic Appeal :- Kilkenny Rap via Jobourg
Kila:– Tog E go Bog E! enuf said
RiRa:- Get ready to keep er’ going til 25 O’Clock in the mornin’
Davina & The Messengers:- Get the message
Shakalak:– in tune with the offbeat mood swingers.
Scene Of the Rhyme:- Be there or be square

Fair play to BARE for making this happen. Fair play to you for supporting Bare.

Don’t forget the sunscreen…

Bare festival

This morning/afternoon.

Ballinlough Castle, County Westmeath.

Blazing weather, morning yoga and philosophy.

This is like no festival you have ever been to in Ireland.

Broadsheet on the Telly‘s Johnny keenan is live tweeting from Body & Soul until tomorrow night.

If you see him please say hello as he is unaccompanied and loves a ‘natter’.

Body & Soul

Yesterday: We’re In!

From top: Body & Soul  2017 aerial view; Rí-Rá

Going to Body & Soul [from tomorrow, June 22-24 at Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath]?

Johnny Keenan (him off the telly!) will be live tweeting from the event.

Johnny writes:

One act I highly recommend is the midland maverick and king of Irish hip-hop ex Scary Eire front man Rí-Rá, who performs on Sunday.

This festival literally has something for every body and soul though.

So let yourself go to the special place in your mind and get to the heart of the island this weekend and find that Alchemy that’s deep within you and me.

Peace & Live (not a typo)

FIGHT!

Body & Soul

From top: from left: Gino Kenny, Vera Twomey, Hazel Robinson and Kenny Tynan; from left: Johnny Keenan, Vera Twomey  and Mike Cunningham in Athlone last Sunday. Above: Kenny addressing a rally in Athlone.

Last night.

Longford, County Longford.

A rally and march across Longford town to promote the legalisation of cannabis.

Kenny Tynan, who has brain tumour and recently had his cannabis oil seized, was joined by friends, family and fellow activists Vera Twomey, Gino Kenny TD, Hazel Robinson Mike Cunningham and Johnny Keenan (him off the telly!) to urge the easing of access to medicinal cannabis.

Kenny Tynan

Previously: Athlone He Stands