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Loving The Alien


‘I was just frightened,very very frightened’.

A trailer from my documentary ‘Loving The Alien’ with music from Eclectic Turkey.
Watch the entire film at

‘Loving The Alien’ (26min: 30Sec) is a documentary type film inspired by and shot around the 2nd Irish International UFO Conference which was held in Ireland late August 2005 at The Bush Hotel, Carrick on Shannon, Co Leitrim. The area around nearby Boyle in Co Roscommon has become a hotspot for alleged UFO activity and has attracted a lot of interest from the media, UFO Researchers, and ordinary people. Whether one is sceptical of such accounts or a total believer, the fact is, that these UFO sightings are relatively common.

Loving the Alien is not about proving or disproving anyone’s theories, or about mocking or ridiculing people or disrespecting their strongly held beliefs, it is hopefully more about being informative, imaginative, and above all, entertaining.

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Spirit: We are the Earth.

Spirit

A short documentary I made exploring our relationship with the land asking if that relationship has a spiritual dimension to it.


Tall Tales & Pony Tails



A short documentary on the Story Telling Festival and Horse Fair held in Mohill, Co Leitrim in Ireland every October Bank Holiday weekend. Produced and Directed by my good self.


The Politics of Hypocrisy

The actions of the New York Yankees in pulling tenor Ronan Tynan from his gig at their stadium over a passing and rather innocuous comment he made to a Jewish doctor, displays a sickening hypocrisy which is becoming increasingly endemic in our society. Apparently the incident happened when the 49-year-old Tynan met a real estate agent who was showing an apartment on his floor to a potential buyer, Gabrielle Gold-von Simson, a Jewish pediatrician from the NYU Medical Center. The real estate agent said to the tenor,

“Don’t worry they are not Red Sox fans,”

To which Tynan replied, “I don’t care about that, as long as they are not Jewish,” Von-Simson told NBC New York.

“Why is that?” the good Doctor asked of the singer.

Tynan replied that two Jewish ladies had been looking at the apartment before and they were “scary,” according to Von-Simson.

The singer now says the remarks were made in jest, a reference to the fact that the two women were very demanding and somewhat unfriendly, an opinion both Tynan and the Real Estate agent had formed on meeting them. The doctor chose not to see it that way.

“I didn’t know him at all so how could I take it as a joke,” said Von-Simson.

Tynan, for his part, apologised and claimed it was just a “misunderstanding”, however this did not prevent the NY Yankees from rushing to judgement and banning him from singing at their game, in an effort one presumes, to satisfy the Jewish community that the Yankees are not anti-Semitic.

This is the sort of hypocrisy and moral cowardice that allows Israel to slaughter thousands of innocent men women and children in Gaza at the beginning of the year in an orgy of butchery and crimes against humanity now being investigated by the UN, yet punishes a man who clearly does not hold, nor ever did hold any anti-Semitic views. It is the sort of hypocrisy that rails against the ruthless cowardice of a suicide bomber slaughtering innocents in a crowded market, yet finds nothing wrong with doing the exact same thing from a F16 bomber plane. It is the type of hypocrisy that sees our own Alan Shatter, Fine Gael’s Shadow ‘Minister for Children’, defend the slaughter, despite his and his parties long-standing condemnatory stance against IRA violence here in our own country.

It is the sort of hypocrisy that allows Dr Gold-von Simson turn a throwaway remark about two Jewish women to whom Tynan clearly took a personal, rather than racist dislike, into an anti-Semitic controversy when clearly there was no anti-Semitism meant or intended.

In short it is a hypocrisy that on  many levels sullies the names of those lost in the holocaust by its blatant misuse of their suffering to further a political and religious cause, something which Mr Von-Simson seems to have no qualms about in his rush to take offence and to accuse an innocent man of anti-Semitism.


“An Droichead Beo – Retracing McGahern 2009”

John McGahern’s writing is being brought to life in a unique form on Thursday evening the 30th July 2009. Three short scenes from McGahern’s work, will be performed by a local theatre group in Leitrim locations that feature in his writing. The scenes have been specially adapted by writer Brian Leyden and will be interpreted by the award-winning Corn Mill Theatre Company from Carrigallen. This event is being organised by Cairde McGahern, a reading group which formed in 2008 as part of the Leitrim Arts Office initiative to encourage the reading of McGahern’s work in Leitrim. The event entitled An Droichead Beo – Retracing McGahern – will take place in Ballinamore & Aughawillan on the evening of July 30th 2009. The event is free but places are limited. Participants must register for the event on the evening at 7pm in McGirls Pub, Ballinamore.


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