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Course you are.

Acclaimed documentary ‘Land Without God‘ receives its Irish TV premiere on RTÉ One.

Co-directed by abuse survivor and Dublin City Councillor Gerard Mannix Flynn (whose story the film tells), Maedhbh McMahon, and Lotta Petronella, – Land Without God examines the legacy of Institutional abuse by the Irish Church and State over the last century.

Land Without God on RTÉ One on at 10.10pm.

Land Without God – examining the legacy of Institutional abuse (Mannix Flynn, RTÉ)

 Deliveroo worker in Bow Street, Dublin last week

Not all heroes wear scrubs.

[Creative agency] Push Pull Media writes:

It only took a pandemic to reveal some of the most critical and important roles in our society.

When the dust eventually settles on Covid-19, it will be important to have a record, and to remind those eager to revert to “normality” how vital a cog these frontline workers are to our society. Those who:

Clean up after us,

Deliver our post and goods,

Operate our public transport,

Produce our food,

Dispose of our waste,

Keep the supermarkets stocked and open.

We are putting together a short documentary on the disproportionate burden frontline workers are carrying during this time.

The documentary will feature voice-over artists reading segments of transcribed interviews that we have with fronting workers.

If you work on the frontline during these times, we would love to chat to you [at link below].


Well. That transition from unskilled labour to essential worker went pretty damn quick (Push Pull Collective)


Surf’s up.

Documentary filmaker Ross Whittaker writes:

Tonight is the long awaited (by me) Irish TV Premiere of the surf film we made, Betweeen Land and Sea.

It follows a year in the life of surf town Lahinch [County Clare} and features some very unique, brave and sound people.

Between Land and Sea on RTÉ Two at 10.15.

Cranes vs Creatives

Released on the RTÉ Player TODAY (at link below) as part of the short documentary series, Docland.

Clare McQuaid writes:

Cranes vs Creatives follows stories from The Bernard Shaw, The Dublin Flea Market, Dublin Digital Radio and Club Comfort to find out what is happening to the city.

With hotels and student accommodation being built on every corner are we in danger of losing the heart of the city and the people that make it so vibrant and unique?

Watch in full here

Save Poolbeg

Oliver Callan: Don’t throw baby Jesus out with bath water (The Irish Times, June 8, 2019)

From top: Dr Michael Woods (right) with former Taoiseach Brian Cowen (left) and current FF leader Micheál Martín at a FF think-in in 2009; Senator Michael McDowell

Next Thursday, at 10.15pm.

RTÉ One will broadcast a new documentary Rome V Republic, presented by senator, barrister and former Attorney General Michael McDowell.

It will recall the June 2002 deal between Fianna Fáil and 18 religious orders, which awarded the orders indemnity against all legal claims if they paid €128m in cash and property.

The agreement was made by Dr Michael Woods, a devout Catholic, on behalf of Fianna Fail, before the 2002 General Election and on his last day in office.

Cabinet approval was never sought for the deal  and it was also never run past the Attorney General of the day [Michael McDowell].

At the time of the deal, the total liability to survivors was estimated at €300m even though no detailed analysis was carried out by any government department.

As of 2017, the total liability was estimated at €1.5bn.

It’s been previously reported that Mr McDowell and his staff were excluded from two meetings between the State and the orders in November 2001 and January 2002.

Mr Woods reportedly later defended this move, saying:

“The legal people simply couldn’t have attended – it was a no-go area for them – they had fallen out with the religious.”

“My religion was an asset. They knew me and they knew my work. I can’t say someone else wouldn’t have been able to do the same. That said, they would have known me well.”

Today, The Irish Times reports Mr McDowell as saying:

“The simple fact of the matter is that the result was that the State effectively signed a blank cheque which cost us €1.4 billion in the end, in exchange for a promise of a contribution of €128 million from the religious orders.”

Two years ago, Seán O’Rourke, on RTÉ Radio One, interviewed the current leader of Fianna Fáil Mícheál Martin about the deal – asking if the Government should revisit the deal considering what had then emerged about the Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, Co Galway.

Mr Martin said:

The church would never had been coming up with €1.5billion and the legal advice at the time, and I remember speaking to the late [Fianna Fáil] Rory Brady who was the Attorney General [sic], he was adamant that the State would always, because of its involvement, from the inspectorial regime at the time in industrial schools – it was culpable.”

Religious congregations indemnity deal was ‘a blank cheque’, says Michael McDowell (Patsy McGarry, The Irish Times)

Previously: Spotting The Woods For The Trees

Indemnity And The Religious

Through The Cracks is a ten-minute film about families living in emergency accommodation in Ireland.

It’s been created by poet, visual artist and lone parent Ingrid Casey with Bold Puppy film-makers Nathan Fagan and Luke Daly and director of photography Kevin Minogue.

It will launched at Inspire Galerie on Gardiner Street this Wednesday at 6pm, followed by a panel dissuasion chaired by Clare O’Connor, the director of Inner City Helping Homelessness.

Ingrid, who gave a speech at the recent Danielle Carroll Summer School, said:

“When I became a lone parent in 2014, life was very frightening in terms of changing my housing situation and I had narrowly avoided homelessness. However, these stories in the news continued and continued, and I knew when Danielle Carroll died that I could do something, and that I had to.”

The documentary is linked with a People’s Housing Plan petition on UPLIFT calling on the Government to build more public housing and to stop its reliance on the private developers.

It can be signed here

Through The Cracks

Related: Mother who took her own life was devastated by homelessness, event hears (Kitty Holland, Irish Times)


RTÉ One, at 9.35pm.

A new documentary My Broke Brain – about people living with Epilepsy, Motor Neurone Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease.

Gareth Naughton, of RTÉ, writes:

In a new documentary My Broken Brain, Billy Reilly (47) and his wife Sharon tell viewers about the moment that he was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, a degenerative disease for which there is no cure.

Billy says: “I can remember Sharon saying ‘okay, what can we do to sort this?’ and I remember myself saying ‘no, this is a death sentence’. I knew. The word Motor Neurone didn’t shock me. This might sound weird – it wasn’t that it was a relief that he said Motor Neurone but it was more a relief that ‘I am not going mad, I am not imagining this, there is something happening in my body’.”


Filmmaker John Mulvaney is one of many to turn his lens on music in Ireland, in lieu of any support for the community by the industry/officialdom.

Thus was born Fractured, a documentary series with an eye on metal and other harsh noises in Ireland, running on Metal Ireland and screening at various festivals and events throughout the past year.

The newest episode focuses on Clonmel prog/sludge outfit zhOra, and explores the band, their music, and growing/sustaining music outside of the industry in Ireland.

New episodes will appear here as they happen, also, but for now, here’s a catch-up playlist of the rest of the series so far, with eight episodes ready to watch.



The Cinemobile arriving at the Guth Gafa International Festival at Headfort House in Kells, Co Meath last year..


Restless movie theatre Cinemobile Ireland announced yesterday that it is go off the road due to lack of funding..

The truck was to travel to Headfort House in Kells, Co Meath for the tenth anniversary of  the Guth Gafa International documentary Film Festival next month.

Cinemobile Ireland was one of largest recipients of Millenium Project Funding  with a
£500,000 grant.

Anita Guidera of Guth Gafa, writes:

The mobile cinema was provisionally reserved as far back as last November and the booking confirmed in March of this year.

Guth Gafa received no advance notice before last weekend that the Cinemobile was in financial difficulty or about to cease trading.

We have been left in a really difficult situation. Guth Gafa gets underway on August 3 and will screen over 60 documentary films from all over the world and host visiting filmmakers from as far away as Australia and Canada.

If we can’t come to some arrangement, we will have just three weeks to build a 100-seater flagship venue that will do justice to the work of these filmmakers.”

Guth Gafa International Documentary Festival

Cinemamobile to Close [IFTN]