Tag Archives: Fair Play Though

-1A coveted ‘Chompsky’ (above).

Who will win the Fair Play Though, In Fairness award 2013?

YOU decide.

Was there anyone in Irish public life [political, artistic, academic, etc] who didn’t greatly disappoint you this year?

OK then.

Do YOU have Someone YOU know who proved this year to be a decent skin in a world gone flaky?

A thoughtful friend/relative/colleague/LOVER who went out of their way for OTHERS this year.

Someone of whom you thought: fair play though, in fairness.

This is their award.

Five will be chosen.

To nominate a candidate for the 2013 FPTIF please complete this sentence.

I nominate__________________  because_____________________, in fairness

Nominations close at MIDNIGHT.

Prizes for nominators.

The beautiful perspex FPTIF award was designed by James M Chimney inspired by Celtic mythology. “Chompsky represents Cú Chulainn’s hound”. James avers. ” I have used the original bad-leg Chompsky because I was using an old file as a nod to tradition.”

screenshot_blurp1Juice Jumpers.

Mouth-watering Irish-made gaming.

René Laurent writes:

I was wondering if you’d be interested in the news that Little Bee Studios (Irish company based in Dublin) has released a new game on the App Store and it’s selling very well (up to 3rd in Irish Puzzle charts). The game is called Juice Jumpers and it’s available on iPhone and iPad. We have five free games to try out to the first five Broadsheeters to tap these codes into itunes. And please share your thoughts on the game. Thanks.



Juice Jumpers Launches (LittleBeeStudio)

Available to buy here


Ireland’s reputation for producing sought-after authors of fantasy fiction has been further bolstered by the announcement that Irish Times Arts Editor Shane Hegarty (above) has secured a “substantial six-figure” sum for a four-book series of comic adventure novels.
Hegarty (38) from Skerries, north Dublin, was the subject of a bidding war at last week’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair, with HarperCollins winning out for his signature for the English-language rights.
[He] began working on the “comic adventure” concept a year ago….The story, geared towards eight- to 12-year-olds, centres on a child called Finn who is “the last in a line of legend hunters” living in an Irish town.


Six figures.


*lights cigarette, stares out window*

Fantasy book deal for ‘Irish Times’ journalist Shane Hegarty (Joe Humphreys, Irish Times)

A brief and giggly interview on Radio Kerry this morning with Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly (above), a 26-year-old student from Cromane, Co Kerry, who has been nominated for an Oscar in the short animated category.

Fodhla becomes – apparently – the first person from the ‘Kingdom’ to be nominated for an Acadamy Award.

Took their time.

Listen here.

A still from Fodhla’s short Head Over Heels, which tells “the story of a married couple; one partner lives on the ceiling of their house while the other lives on the floor.”

Oscars 2013: British Students Celebrate ‘Head Over Heels’ Nomination (Variety)

(Pic: Angus Young)

Awesome SFX-laden Christmas card/mock trailer from Dublin-based creative-video agency, Tiny Ark.

Mark writes:

They set up as a company about a year and half ago ago – 4 young lads all in their twenties. They did the last Daft telly ad and shot this in their spare time over past few weeks. The American lad at the start is a guy Ned Dowd who’s an American producer.


Damn dreamy-souled, surprisingly attractive, life-grabbing hipsters.

 Tiny Ark

Last Thursday.

This morning.

Sheila Larkin writes:

Reports of a person with a big sieve around Portobello Harbour are unconfirmed…But I can confirm the Grand Canal at Portobello Harbour (Dublin), is looking much better. Three full skip-type bags remain at the side of the canal and the big blue pipe is gone. Yay.


Previously: Anyone Got A Big Sieve?



He [Tom Murphy] is the artist most of us Irish writers look to for inspiration and example. Thus, it will be fascinating to see three of his plays directed by {Garry] Hynes at the Lincoln Center Festival, July 5 to 14. The plays deal with loss and emigration, and dramatize illusion and self-delusion. Hynes’s method as a director is forensic: she strips away, using her sharp sense of the abiding power of the theatrical image, cajoling actors toward the emotional and intellectual core of a play. In the past, Hynes and Murphy together have produced the very best of Irish theater. Re-united, they are likely to cause sparks to fly.


From Galway To Broadway (Colm Tóibín, Vanity Fair,)

Photographed for Vanity Fair by Donald Milne at Dunguaire Castle, Co Galway.