Work History

Work History
Mar 2011 - Present

Producer/Director/Real FIlms

The Irish New Yorkers

IFTA Winner 2013, 'Best Cinematography' Michael O' Donovan

IFTA Nominated for 'Best Editing' Mick Mahon

The Irish New Yorkers

New York is the largest city in America with a population defined by a long history of immigration. It has the largest number of Irish-Americans of any city in America.

The continuous line of Ireland’s sons and daughters, who once ruled the City Halls and statehouses, put out fires and caught crooks, fought wars, ruled the newsrooms and lit up the stages and silver screens, is starting to fade. Irish New York has reached a point of great change. The traditional standards for defining ethnic identity have altered considerably.

Shifts in traditionally held power bases; the church and politics, the current economic depression and a potential resurgence in Irish immigrants begs the questions; Is a Golden Era coming to an end? What does it mean to be an Irish American in the 21st century?

The Irish New Yorkers, a two part documentary series,uses the parade on 250th Anniversary of the NYC St Patrick's Day Parade on March 17th 2011 to provide a background, context and vehicle, to examine the modern realities of the Irish in New York.  We see it through the eyes and through the real life stories of the first, second and third generation, Irish Americans living in New York today and through the experiences of a newly arrived Irish emigrant family.

The Irish New Yorkers brings audiences to the very heart of the Irish American Community in New York, at a period like no other in its history.  It isa portrait of a culture and identity under great change. The unique story of a people who fought hard to create the most successful Irish society abroad and those today with its future in their hands. 

The preparations for the parade and the 250th parade itself anchors the narrative, binds our stories together and gives us a structure and focus to allow us celebrate this compelling and important story of  The Irish New Yorkers.

Director: Garry Keane     Producers: Garry Keane, Aideen Kane

Duration: 2 x 52 mins

Watch this series at:

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Aug 2012 - Mar 2013

Director/Motive TV

No Time to Die


No Time To Die’ reveals pediatric palliative care through the eyes of four families, offering a rare insight into the realities of life caring for a dying child. In this special one-off documentary we show the dignity and courage of families as they try to make the most of short and precious lives where milestones are measured in days rather than in years.

Over eight-months we get to know some of the families and staff of LauraLynn House, Ireland’s only pediatric palliative care hospice. We build powerful, intimate portrayals of families who have made LauraLynn a home away from home.  Beyond LauraLynn, we meet other families who are trying to care for their child in a hospice at home setting, with the support of community nurses, and organisations like the Jack and Jill Foundation. We see the daily struggles as parents become round the clock caregivers administering medications and trying to keep their children comfortable.

Three of the stories in ‘No Time to Die’ are of families living in the moment: making the most of their time with their children. Two of the young children have inoperable cardiac conditions, while another has Lissencephaly, a condition that causes abnormal development in the brain. The fourth family featured are the Thompsons from Donegal. Brian and Sharon Thompson lost their little baby girl Victoria at nine months old.

The documentary offers a profound exploration of a very difficult and emotive subject area. Children are not supposed to die. That is not the natural order of things; parents and grandparents should not outlive their children or grandchildren. However, there are approximately 1,400 children living with a life limiting condition and in the region of 350 childhood deaths occur every year from these conditions.

Ultimately, the film is a moving and evocative portrait of lives lived out against the backdrop of palliative care home visits, of bustling hospital corridors and wards, of night shifts, of doctor consultations, of quiet family moments and the inexorable sound of the ticking clock. ‘No Time To Die’ is a reflection on life, love and loss within a unique and moving part of Irish life and a specialised area of the Irish healthcare system.

You can watch, 'No Time to Die' at:

Apr 2012 - Jan 2013

Director/Motive TV

We Got Game

WE GOT GAME...The Golden Age of Irish Basketball

The Guardian..."File under random and brilliant"

What happened basketball in the 1980s in Ireland was a kind of sporting miracle. “We Got Game”, recalls a period, when Irish basketball became big and sexy, filled with unique larger then life characters, as black America and small-town Ireland collided.

In this documentary, we revisit a time when teams such as the Neptunes and the Blue Demons dominated the sports pages and basketball went from being a small, almost secretive sport to one of the biggest and best spectacles in Ireland in the 80’s.

‘We Got Game’ looks at the origins of the sport in this country before it suddenly explodes into ‘Technicolor’, when in 1979 the maverick Paudie O’Connor of Killarney parachutes in the first two American professional players to play in the Irish league. The whitest country in the world, in the midst of a crippling recession, was suddenly electrified and enthralled by the most spectacular athletes, team sport in Ireland had ever known. The majority of these players were young black Americans straight out of big-time college basketball, who had marginally missed out on the NBA. It heralded a landmark not just in Irish basketball, but in Irish life. If you grew up in the 1980s, the first black person you ever saw in the flesh was probably an American basketball player.

We see how the Cork clubs supported by their own Roman Abramovich type backer’s eventually caught and overtook Killarney as the top teams by bringing in some of the all-time greats of this era, namely Terry Strickland, Jasper McElroy and Ray Smith. 

There’s the incredible story and relationship of Mario Elie and Kelvin Troy who played a season together with Killester. Mario went on to win three NBA championships, while Kelvin, his equal, still lives in Ireland, inspiring hoop dreams in new younger generations.

We meet Dave Hopla, the shooting coach to NBA stars like Kobe Bryant, as he recalls his three years playing in Belfast at the height of the Troubles. We meet Liam McHale and Deora Marsh who transformed Ballina into one of the main forces in Irish basketball.

Interviewees include Terry Strickland, Jasper McElroy, Dave Hopla, Paudie O’Connor, Tony Andre, Mario Elie and Kelvin Troy. The programme is narrated by Jerome Westbrooks. 

This is not just a documentary about basketball in Ireland, but a fascinating insight and social history of a recession hit Ireland, which found hope and enthusiasm in the exploits of a few basketball stars from the States. Featuring unique archive and interviews with all the key protagonists of these glory days, this journey takes us from the basketball outposts of Ballina and Killarney right to the heartlands of the game, the USA. 

See 'We Got Game' at:

Apr 2012 - Aug 2012

Director of Photography/Mike Birkhead Associates



A BBC Natural World Special

Machli’s story is unique - a compelling, beautiful and dramatic story of a tiger’s 15 year life in Ranthambhore, India’s foremost tiger reserve. We witness the milestones in her life - her first encounters with the prey species, the battles with dangerous crocodiles and sloth bears that share the reserve, life-threatening fights with huge male tigers; and how she manages to live side by side with humans, even those humans out to kill her.

Colin Stafford Johnson, who first filmed one-year old Machli in 1998, returns to Ran- thambhore. He remembers her life and says goodbye to this remarkable tiger that he has spent almost 2 years with.

Machli is now 15 years old. Colin must seek her out and find out whether she survived the last monsoon. This is the last opportunity to film the world’s most famous tiger.

Filmed by Garry Keane for  the BBC 

you can watch this documentary on:

May 2011 - Aug 2011


Chaplin...The Waterville Picture



Charlie Chaplin was born in London in 1889 and lived to a ripe age of 88. In his lifetime he became one of the most popular cinema stars in the world. His story has been well documented on countless occasions but one important facet of it has been left untold until now, Chaplin’s love of Waterville, Co. Kerry, the town, its environs and its people.

Chaplin...The Waterville Picture is a fascinating insight into Charlie's relationship with the Kerry town and its people over a fifteen year period and the legacy that endures today.

With invaluable access to the Chaplin archive, showing never before seen family footage and behind the scenes material, as well as clips from some of his most famous movies, this unique film tells the only Charlie Chaplin story yet untold.


Film clips of, The Kid (1921), The Gold Rush (1925), The Circus (1928), City Lights (1931) and later masterpiece’s like Limelight (1952) and A King in New York  (1957) are featured in the documentary


Nov 2010 - Jan 2011

Producer/Director/Real Films

The Writing in the Sky

IFTA Winner 2012: 'Best Director in TV' Garry Keane

IFTA Winner 2012: 'Best Sound in TV' Killian Fitzgerald/Aza Hand

IFTA Nominated: 'Best CInematography' & 'Best Editing'

Set against the wild seas of the Sligo coast, an enthralling portrait of Dermot Healy, the man Roddy Doyle calls “Ireland’s greatest writer.”

'The Writing in the Sky' is the story of a writer and his place, of his horse, his dog and of three thousand migrating barnacle geese.The writer is Dermot Healy, an outstanding poet, playwright, novelist and autobiographer who is, according to Roddy Doyle, “Ireland’s greatest writer.”  The place is Ballyconnell, on the wild coast of Sligo, the dog is Tiny, the horse is Lucky, and the geese arrive from Greenland around October each year for a six-month stay.  Shot over those six months, The Writing in the Sky is both the portrait of an artist and of a magnificent landscape and itsinhabitants, human and animal.

With an original score by composer Steve Lynch, narrated by the actor Sean McGinley, with contributions from poet Seamus Heaney, novelists Roddy Doyle and Patrick McCabe, and Bill Swainson, Senior Editor with Faber & Faber, The Writing in the Sky sets a wonderful writer in the place that he loves and which inspires him.

“I think of Dermot Healy as the heir to Patrick Kavanagh.”

Seamus Heaney

‘When I said Dermot Healy was Ireland’s greatest writer I meant it.”

Roddy Doyle

"Sensitively Crafted"

Sunday Post

"Many of the shots could have been hung on the walls of a gallery"

Sunday Times

"Evocative...up there with the best"

Irish Times

Director: Garry Keane

Producers: Garry Keane, Aideen Kane

Duration: 52 mins

You can watch this documentary at:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Jun 2009 - Dec 2010


Jim Bolger...The Master of Cool

“A lot of the time I quite enjoy being out of step.” Jim Bolger


Jim Bolger has been at the heart of horse racing in Ireland for over thirty years. In that time, he has become a renowned trainer & bloodstock breeder, known the world over.

Jim has forged a unique path and developed and cultivated one of the most complete cradle-to-grave operations that you will find anywhere in the racing world, employing over 100 people in rural Ireland.

The Master of Cool is a part-observational, part-historical documentary, a fascinating insight into the man himself and the secluded, high stakes world of buying, training, breeding and racing horses in Ireland. 

Director: Garry Keane

Producers: Garry Keane, Dian George

Duration: 52 mins

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Sep 2008 - Dec 2009


GAA 125

GAA 125

The GAA is the biggest and most successful amateur organisation in the World.

This new definitive ten part series charts its125 year history and looks at how the organisation grew and developed and became engrained in the very fabric of Irish society. An important social and sporting study, The GAA 125 is not only a history of games but of a people and a society.

The beginning;

In the first two decades of its existence, the GAA had managed to steer its way through political in-fighting, financial disaster and nationalist splits. And yet, it continued to step away from the brink of disaster.

How it managed to survive, was down to the sheer determination of its members.

The organisation had limped into the twentieth century, scarred but intact.

But worse was yet to come. The GAA would now have to withstand and survive, some of the most troubling periods in Irish history.

They were troubled years but by end of twenties, 2,000 clubs were affiliated to the GAA. Their place in Irish life was irreversible.

Directors: Garry Keane & Maurice Sweeney

Duration:  10 x 26 mins


Sep 1989 - Jul 1992

Film & Television

Sep 1987 - Jun 1989

London College of Printing


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