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  • Memories of making a (very, very small) movie with Mick Lally

    August 31, 2010 @ 8:57 pm | by Hugh Linehan

    Mick Lally, whose death was announced today, was one of those people who straddled the two worlds of “serious” arts, through his part in the theatre renaissance which came out of Galway in the seventies and eighties, and popular culture, in his role as a quintessentially Irish soap opera star. As such, he touched a lot of people’s lives, from those who worked closely with him to those who felt they knew him from his presence in their homes every Saturday night. In 1989, I had the pleasure of working with him on this zero-budget short, shot on scraps of left-over 35mm film (none of your HD cameras and desktop post-production in those days), directed by Billy McCannon. As we all stumbled around in a shed somewhere under the Sugarloaf, trying to figure out what the hell we were doing, he was the soul of patience, generosity and helpfulness, giving his time and talent for nothing. May he rest in peace.

    That\’s All Right

  • Summer’s over – back to work…

    August 24, 2010 @ 10:32 am | by Hugh Linehan

    Not that I’ve been off the day job for the last while, but took a break from the blog. Didn’t think I’d been away for that long, so how come everything that seemed so shiny and new suddenly looks so old-fashioned?

    (Actually, these posters were created by Rodolfo Sampaio and Marco Martins of Brazil’s Moma Propaganda agency for something called the MaxiMidia Seminars)

  • Apology – Professor Patricia Casey

    August 18, 2010 @ 11:49 am | by Hugh Linehan

    Professor Patricia Casey

    On May 22nd 2010, The Irish Times published in its print edition an article under the headline “Shorter childhoods mean sex education at home is vital”.

    On May 23rd, a comment related to this article was moderated and published by The Irish Times on its website in the “have your say” section. The comment concerned Professor Patricia Casey. The allegations published in the comment were without foundation and were seriously defamatory of Professor Casey and have caused her great personal hurt and distress. The Irish Times accepts that Professor Casey is an internationally-respected psychiatrist of the highest standing and reputation.


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