Writing

TELEVISION

I’m writing for the 3rd season of ROY. Produced by Jam Media in Dublin for the BBC, it’s a part live action, part animated series about a cartoon boy growing up in the real world.

I’ve been writing scripts and story lines for RTE’s Fair City since January 2010. It’s a blast. My first ever TV commission was for Just Fabulous TV in London, to write episodes of a drama set in a pirate radio station in Brixton. I’m a white farm boy from the green fields of County Meath in Ireland. Write what you know and all that.

FILM

My family adventure, Icarus O’Neil’s Rising Dilemma was shortlisted  for  the 2013 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival / Irish Film Board Untitled screenwriting prize.

My first feature Lunatic Soup won a place at the Berlinale Talent Campus in 2008. I’m now adapting my radio play Icarus O’Neil’s Rising Dilemma into an animated feature.

My short scripts, The Grave Robbers and Hunter Gatherer were shortlisted for RTE/Filmbase and Film Offaly funding.

RADIO

My first radio ‘dramas’ were thirty second commercials for mobile phones. Since then, I have had three half hour plays shortlisted for the RTE PJ O’Connor Award for Radio Drama.

BOOKS

Wendy Walsh is Ireland’s foremost botanical painter. A gifted woman with an amazing life story.
Wendy Walsh, A lifetime of Painting, was published by Strawberry Tree Press in 2007 (ISBN 1-904004-06-07).

“The most gorgeous Irish book of 2007” Eileen Battersby, The Irish Times.

SHORT STORIES

I’ve written many. The Grave Robbers was produced for RTE Radio  (Listen here) and shortlisted for the Francis McManus Award. It was a Bronze medal winner in the Cecil Day Lewis Prize for short fiction.

I also adapted the story into a short film script which was shortlisted for RTE/Filmbase funding.

JOURNALISM

Since my debut, exposing fraudulent landlords on the front page of Trinity News, I’ve striven to expose the rot at the heart of Irish society. Or… you could say  I now write a comedy column for Maternity & Infant Magazine and cushy travel and lifestyle pieces for publications like The Irish Times Magazine.

ADVERTISING

I owe a lot to advertising. It’s how I learned that you can make a living as a writer. I worked as a copywriter in Dublin and London, selling people all kinds of things they probably didn’t need. We had fun though. My clients included Guinness and L’Oreal Paris. Use both brands’ products at the same time for spectacular results.

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