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Call goes out from new Sky Road TV and Film Festival

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Pictured at the launch of the Sky Road Film and TV Festival, to be held in Clifden in September, are (from left) Eamonn Ó Cualáin (Festival Chairman), Aoibheann McCaul, Jim Sheridan, Trevor Laffey (Committee member) and Geraldine Uí Chualáin (Festival Manager).

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Sky Road TV & Film Festival, a new three-day event which takes place on the weekend of September 5-7 at the Station House Theatre, in Clifden, is calling for submissions for this year’s festival.

Actor Aoibheann McCaul and director Jim Sheridan have urged applicants to submit via www.SkyRoadFilmFestival.ie

Festival chairman Eamonn Ó Cualáin said: “The aim of Sky Road TV and Film Festival is to give Irish filmmakers a better opportunity to screen their content at festival level. If you have a new documentary or film in post production we would love you to submit.”

Competition categories at this point consist of the following:

Film: Best Feature Film; Best Short Film.

Television: Best Feature Documentary; Best Short Documentary; Best Documentary Series.

New Media (Media filmed on a smart device): 10 second short: Shot and Edited on Mobile under 10 seconds; 1 minute short: Shot and Edited on Mobile under 1 minute; 3 minute short: Shot and Edited on Mobile under 3 minutes.

Sky Road will work closely with producers and broadcasters to bring the latest content in Irish cinema and television, in both Irish and English language to the programme.

The goal is to engage with filmmakers by providing a platform for discussion regarding media, trends and finance options available.

For those seeking a career in the industry, or with an interest in TV and film production, the festival will run practical workshops in Animation, Cinematography, Acting and Video Editing. They would like to call on local community groups, schools and third level colleges to get in touch and become involved with the festival.

Sky Road hope to stimulate the development of best international practice in documentary, TV formats and co-productions by providing a forum for screenings, discussions and master classes. They will also screen a range of local interest films.

The general festival information, email info@skyroadfilmfestival.ie Phone: 095-33924. You can also log on to www.SkyRoadFilmFestival.ie, www.facebook.com/SkyRoadFilmFestival or follow on Twitter, @SkyRoadFilm.

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Maeve named as Film Fleadh programmer

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Maeve McGrath.

Limerick woman Maeve McGrath has been named as the new Director of Programming for Galway Film Fleadh, taking over from Will Fitzgerald. She will be responsible for curating this year’s festival, which will run from July 11-16.

She previously worked as artistic director of Kerry International Film Festival, producer at Carlow Arts Festival and joint short film programmer at Dublin International Film Festival.

Maeve is involved with  Limerick’s artist-led, community-focused facility, The GAFF where she recently curated a community audio/visual project, Tiny Little Histories, and produced TravFest, a Traveller wellness festival as part of Guth na Mincéirí.

She has a Master’s in Media Studies from Limerick’s Mary I/UL, graduating in 2015 with the thesis, Irish Short Film: The Road To Oscar.

“The Fleadh has a very special place on the film festival circuit, nationally and internationally, and I am delighted to be part of the team that will programme the 35th edition,” she stated.

“I forward to being part of the continued growth of the Galway Film Fleadh and supporting the development of emerging and established filmmakers.”

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Mystery of Wolfe Tone’s death

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Leader of the 1798 Rebellion Theobald Wolfe Tone.

Historical entertainer Paddy Cullivan will be at the Town Hall Theatre on Thursday next, February 2, with The Murder of Wolfe Tone, the incredible story of the mysterious death of Theobald Wolfe Tone, leader of the 1798 Rebellion and the man who is regarded as the founding father of Irish republicanism.

In this audio-visual show featuring hundreds of images, shocking new research and a vast array of songs, Paddy works to unravel the secrets and lies around what happened that fateful week in Dublin’s Provost’s Prison in November 1798 when 35-year-old Tone was found dead in his cell.

Tickets for The Murder of Wolfe Tone, which starts at 8pm are €20/18, plus a €1 booking charge. They are available at tht.ie, 091-569777 and at the Town Hall Theatre Box Office.

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Funnyman Neil brings latest show to Athenry

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Neil Delamere

Comedian Neil Delamere will bring his new show, Delamerium, to the Raheen Woods Hotel in Athenry on Saturday, February 18.

Audiences can expect hilarious stories, wry observations and quick-witted improvisation as Neil tries to makes sense of the world around him.

Neil is one of the top acts working in the Irish comedy scene today, well-known to audiences for his regular television appearances on RTÉ and BBC, as well as his hilarious sell-out stand up tours.

His shows have received stellar reviews and resulted in several platinum-selling DVDs, while Neil has also written and presented comedy documentaries including programmes on the Vikings and St Patrick which won IFTA and Celtic Media awards.

He also presented a series on heroes from Ireland’s past, Holding out for a Hero, on RTÉ 2.

He’s a regular on BBC Northern Ireland’s popular panel show, The Blame Game, as well as being a panellist on BBC 5 Live’s Fighting Talk and has featured on BBC 4’s The News Quiz.

According to the Irish Times, ‘no TV camera could accurately measure the lightning speed of Delamere’s wit’, while the Scotsman awarded him five stars during an appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe, stating: ‘You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more gifted comic at the Fringe.’

He continues to tour at home and abroad and audiences can catch his latest show, Delamerium, on February 18 in Athenry.

Tickets for Delamerium are available from the hotel or at ticketsolve.ie

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