The Echo Chamber podcast

Hosts Tony Groves (left) and Martin McMahon welcome filmamker Terry McMahon into the ‘tortoise shack’.

Martin writes:

Film was once the realm of myth making and escapism, but these days our politicians are the scripted actors who are playing roles in a PR Spun Irish success story.

Award winning Actor-Writer-Director, Terry McMahon, joins us in the tortoise shack for a no holds barred discussion on Our Ireland, Apollo House and the lies they were told by a government that wants to maintain the myth. Warning: strong language and mature themes throughout…

The Echo Chamber


At the IFI, Temple Bar. Dublin 2.


Written and directed by Alan Gilsenan.

Based on the  final novel by Carol Shields, the plot involve…

Reta Winters (Catherine Keener) discovering her eldest daughter Norah (Hannah Gross) inexplicably drops out of college and is found on a Toronto street corner, pan-handling and refusing to speak, holding a cardboard sign reading GOODNESS.

The irish Premiere takes place in the IFI at 6.20pm TONIGHT.

Would you and a friend like to go?

We have two tickets to the screening which includes a post screening q&a with director Alan Gilsenan and Sinead Gleeson.

The first out of the hat with correct answer to the following question can pick up the tickets this evening.

Complete this Alan Gilsenan film title:

‘The Road To____________________________’

Lines MUST close at 5.15pm

(Should be able collect tickets at box office before 6.10pm)

UNLESS opens in Irish cinemas on March 16

The Paddy’s special!

A big thank you to, clockwise from top left: ‘Preposterous‘, Neil Curran, Olga Cronin, Vanessa Foran and Johnny Keenan, our panel on last night’s Broadsheet on the Telly Patrick’s .

The show, produced by Neil Curran, can be viewed in its entirety above.

Our ‘At A Glance’ guide.

1:04 – Leo in America
5:15 – “Who is that lady on the wall?”
9:50 – Here’s Johnny!
15:55 – “High Times” – Johnny on pot.
45:10 – De Entertainment
55:56 – Cheltenham Conspiracies
1:03:28 – Disclosures Update
1:38:20 – De Papers
1:58:00 – Johnny & Vanessa’s Paddy’s Day Sing Song

Blueish language throughout.

Correction: While discussing the Disclosures Tribunal, Paul Williams, of the Irish Independent, was mistakenly referred to as Paul Reynolds, Of RTÉ and Mr Reynolds was referred to as the author of a blog post on Detective Superintendent Colm Fox when, in fact, the autor was Barry Cummins. We are very sorry.

Previously: Broadsheet on the Telly on broadsheet


Roisin Burke, in the Evening Echo, reports:

Three people have been arrested and a number of weapons and drugs were seized as part of a multi-agency Operation Thor day of action yesterday.

Five premises in Mallow, Country Cork were searched where Gardaí recovered weapons including knives, an imitation firearm, knuckle dusters and some modified weapons [including alarmingly crude bladed hurl, above]

Weapons and drugs seized after five premises raided by Mallow gardaí (Evening Echo)

Designed by Tato Architects within the confines of a narrow metal shell on a restricted plot in Osaka, Japan, One Room House is a continuous, unpartitioned spiral of corrugated metal platforms supported by steel beams and  pipes.

Forget privacy, but the expanse of white metal is partly softened by wooden steps that join each tier of the house, terminating in a roof garden.


THis afternoon.

St Brigid’s Church, Kill, County Kildare

Artists and musicians, including Christy Moore help serve at the funeral of Liam Og O’Flynn, former member of Planxty and Ireland’s greatest contemporary exponent of the uilleann pipes.

Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews

Trainman Blues – Skulls, Crosses, and Bones

Trainman Blues is the brainchild of Irish blues artist Richard Farrell and Danish bass player and producer Laust “Krudtmejer” Nielsen.

Skulls, Crosses and Bones is taken off Trainman Blues’ first album, released on Danish label ‘Straight Shooter’ [and launched last night at Denmark’s hub for blues, Mojo Blues Bar in Copenhagen ahead of a European tour, with some irish dates].

To wit:

Trainman Blues

A Mother Brings Her Son To Be Shot.

By Irish documentary maker and journalist Sinead O’Shea.

In The Guardian, Ms O’Shea writes:

Punishment shootings facilitated by family members is a phenomenon with which I, as a documentary film-maker, am very familiar. In 2012 I began talking to the O’Donnell family in Derry. Earlier that year Majella O’Donnell had taken her teenage son, Philly, to be shot by local gunmen.

Majella, her son and his shooters are all part of a community that considers itself to be still at war. They are Republican dissidents and do not feel represented by the Republicans who signed up to the Good Friday agreement on their behalf.

I have made films all over the world but on my doorstep found a story that was more compelling than anything I’d ever previously encountered.


…The resulting film, A Mother Brings Her Son to Be Shot, will receive its international premiere this weekend in Copenhagen, at CPH:DOX, one of the most prestigious documentary festivals in the world, where it has been nominated for an award. The Oscar-winning director Joshua Oppenheimer is now executive producer.

The international interest is in disappointing contrast with the UK. The documentary premiered at the London film festival last year but as yet, no UK broadcaster has committed to screening it, despite mounting concerns that Brexit could reawaken old divisions.

I found out what happened when a mother took her son to be kneecapped in Northern Ireland (Sinéad O’Shea, The Irish Times)