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Mind the Gap Films

Deafening is not just an intimate portrait of four deaf people who experience the hearing world in uniquely different ways, but through its carefully designed sensory landscape, also affoards the audience an opportunity to rethink their perception and understanding of sound.

RTÉ News & weather presenter  Sarah Jane Moloney O’Regan is about to become a first-time mum of twins. Sarah Jane loves being deaf but despite this, she worries about what her twins will go through if they’re born deaf, and have to face the same barriers and obstacles she had to work so hard to overcome.

Deaf siblings, Jade and Matthew Visser were born in South Africa and moved to Waterford aged 4 and 5. They both have Cochlear Implants and put their perfect speech down to the daily (speech) therapy they received in South Africa after their operation. Now 12 and 14, they talk about their concerns about fitting into a mainstream school, the challenges of making friends and how sparring deaf in Taekwon-do puts them at a distinct advantage.

Seán Herlihy is a teacher at a Deaf school in Dublin, but is originally from the West Cork Gaeltacht, where his Irish speaking parents had to switch to speaking English when their three children were born deaf. Seán believes his deafness is a gift that allows him to travel the world without language barriers. He’s been to 81 countries, and in any corner of the globe he can meet another Deaf person and communicate fluently in sign language. In his view, its hearing people who are at a disadvantage when it comes to travel.

Deafening is an audiovisual feast that weaves seamlessly between speech, sign language and visual communication and represents a first for Irish television.

There is no programme link as it has not been broadcast yet - March 2nd 2017

Director: Garry Keane    Producer: Anne Heffernan

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Make It Out Alive

360 Production

Make it out Alive is a new formatted series made for Smithsonian USA which looks at the human impact of natural disasters.

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On October 17, 1989, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit the San Francisco Bay Area.  It was the most powerful quake to hit the United States in over 80 years.

It tore the city apart.

San Francisco’s Marina district suffered extensive damage. Built on an area where there was no underlying bedrock, the liquefaction of the ground resulted in the collapse of a number of structures and the rupturing of gas mains, which sparked huge infernos.

In Oakland, a 1.25-mile segment of the two-level Cypress Street Viaduct along the Nimitz Freeway (Interstate 880), just south of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, collapsed during the quake, causing the upper level of the road to pancake onto the cars below.

In total, sixty-seven people perished as a result of the quake, while more than 3,000 others were injured.

Among those caught within the earthquake’s deadly reach were:

Cliff Bernie, his wife Barbra and their two young children, whose house sat at the epicenter of the deadly quake near Loma Prieta Peak in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Rookie Firefighter Tim Petersen and the family of 6-year-old Julio Berumen, who were all travelling on the ill fated Cyprus freeway.

And 55 year old bookkeeper Sherra Cox and newlyweds Bill and Janet Ray who lived in the Marina district.

Of these characters featured, who will be among those claimed by the quake, and who will Make It Out Alive?

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The Piper Alpha disaster, which killed 167 oil workers, including two crewmen of a rescue vessel, is the world's deadliest ever oil rig accident.

At the time of the disaster, Piper Alpha which sat 125 miles off the north-east coast of Scotland, was Britain's biggest single oil and gas producing platform, pumping out over 300,000 barrels of crude oil and 33 million cubic feet of Liquid Petroleum Gas a day.

It was July 6th 1988. A clear summers night and the scaled down night shift workers were operating Piper Alpha, leaving the majority of the 226 crew in the canteen or in their living quarters.

At 9.55pm, a cloud of gas condensate leaking from a pump that was missing a safety valve, ignited and a massive explosion ripped through the platform.

The resulting fireball could be seen from 80 miles away.

There were three further huge explosions – at 10.20pm, 10.50pm and 11.20pm.

The fire reached over 700C, hot enough to melt hard hats on to the heads of the men wearing them, and debris was thrown hundreds of feet into the air.

Of those who died, 30 bodies were never found.

Among those caught in the explosions are:

Dive supervisor, Barry Barber, Mechanic, Roy Thomson, Scaffolders, Joe Meanen and Billy Clayton, Rigger Jim Mc Donald and Rescue boat coxman, Iain Letham.

Of the 6 characters featured, who will be among the 167 ultimately claimed by the explosions, and who will Make It Out Alive?

There is no programme link as it has not been broadcast yet - September 2017

Producer/Director: Garry Keane    

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Toughest place to be a…

Motive TV

IFTA Nominated ‘Reality & Constructed Factual’ 2016

The series takes Irish people to the developing world to work their job in places that are wildly different to home. Armed only with their skills, they live and work with a local mentor and see just what life is like working under some of the toughest conditions on the planet.

In this award winning factual entertainment format ‘The Toughest Place to Be...’, ordinary Irish workers will leave their day job behind for ten days as they travel abroad to experience what its like to do their job in an extreme, alien environment.

In this programme, Dublin City Binman, Mark Crosby goes to Manilla, the capital of the Philippines, which has a population of over 12 million people and is the most densely populated city in the world with 43 thousand people living per square kilometre.

Mark is shocked and overwhelmed by what he finds: 4 million slum dwellers, 625,000 people squatting in crowded riverfront shanties, Manilla's largest slum area Tondo which is one of the poorest and most underdeveloped areas of the country and The Payatas landfill site where a landslide of 500 ft of rubbish killed nearly 1000 adults and children working in the dumpsite.

Nearly 3,000 scavengers now work at the Payatas waste facility that was recently set up to provide employment to its informal workers safely.

"This powerful documentary is an emotional roller coaster and sheds light on one of the most horrific situations imaginable". Irish Independent

Director: Garry Keane     Producers: Jamie D'Alton/Anne McLoughlin




Motive TV

IFTA Nominated ‘Best Specialist Factual’ 2016

Bypassed is a road movie filmed over six months that follows the highs and lows of life for Irish towns and villages along the M7 and looks at the ordinary and extraordinary challenges they all face.

The film starts in Dublin and continues to Limerick in one go, stopping to take a look but never turning back.

Compelling characters, innovative documentary techniques and an immersive production helps reveal human stories, demographic trends and social issues that are unfolding in these towns and villages

We see if the much-feted economic and social recovery has filtered down to these bypassed towns as participants are drawn from across all socio-economic groups.   

The participants will be compelling stories in themselves, but also representative of their extended families, friends and neighbours.   We meet these citizens on the ordinary, everyday working weeks, but also on bigger days as they celebrate large family and community occasions. The villages and towns themselves will be additional “characters” as we film their main streets over three to four weekends: their council meetings, their festivals and parades, all the while with the specter of the M7 in the backdrop - linking and dividing in turn. 

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Director: Garry Keane     Producers: Anne McLoughlin/Jamie D'Alton

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The Night the Beatles came to Dublin   

Mind the Gap Films

The 7th of November 2013 marked the 50th Anniversary of the first and only Irish gigs by the most influential music group of all time – the Beatles. Three out of four members of The Beatles had deep Irish roots so this wasn’t just another gig by the biggest band in the world – this was a homecoming.

But was Ireland ready for them? These seminal concerts caused massive controversy and upheaval in a staunchly Catholic Ireland. They were denounced by parish priests, lambasted by the Gardaí and anyone who dared attend them was looked down upon for their perceived loose morals. Up until that point young people tended to follow in the footsteps of their parents, listening to the same music, dressing in the same style, and following the same rigid moral code.

Being a fan of The Beatles represented a move towards individuality among the young people of Ireland which challenged the status quo.

In The Night the Beatles came to Dublin we explore the highs and lows of the momentous occasion of the Beatles Dublin concerts and the massive effect it had on an Ireland that was struggling to cope with the onset of the swinging 60s. We speak to those who were there about the ecstasy of seeing the Fab Four at the height of Beatlemania, and about the damage done to the streets of Dublin as a result of rioting fans. We talk with Beatles fanatics about the importance of the band and bring the event back to life through use of archive footage, photographs and memorabilia.

The musical legacy of the Beatles can still be heard in bands today, they remain a massive influence on current trends in music and their fan base is on the rise. This documentary speaks to music fans of all generations and all backgrounds, as well as appealing to an audience interested in this fascinating period in Irish cultural and social history.

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Director: Garry Keane     Producer: Jennifer Healy

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These Walls Can Talk 

Mind the Gap Films

Winner ‘Best Social Documentary’ Jesuit awards 2016

The shocking and powerful true story behind what was one of Dublin's most iconic buildings, St Joseph's School for Deaf Boys in Cabra.

These Walls Can Talk is a complex and poignant story about a school that stood at the heart of the Irish Deaf community for over 150 years. It is where Ireland's indigenous sign language was developed and where the foundation of the modern Irish Deaf community was built and while it offered incredible opportunity to some Deaf boys, for others, that opportunity came at an unspeakable price.

In this powerful film, world-renowned Performance Artist and first born hearing child of two Deaf parents, Amanda Coogan, returns to St Joseph's to re-evaluate her perceptions of this iconic building and to decide, in the wake of its demolition, how it should be remembered.

These Walls Can Talk reveals its hidden history – its role in building a community, developing an indigenous language and hiding some of the most horrific physical, sexual and emotional abuse to be inflicted on children in the history of the State.

Mind the Gap Films were given exclusive access to document the interior of the St Joseph's building in the days prior to its controversial demolition just 3 years ago. The result was hours of footage of the classrooms, dormitories and Christian Brothers' quarters, many rooms with an almost “Marie Celeste”-like feel to them, as though the staff and students simply stood up and walked out the door, leaving 150 years of history behind them.

That history is a shocking one.  We discover that St Joseph's was a home away from home for Deaf boys from all over the country for 150 years. It was the only place in the country where Deaf boys could be educated through sign language. It turned hundreds of boys into tailors, shoemakers and sportsmen and sent them back home aged 18, ready to face the world. It was where the seed of an indigenous signed language was nourished - the language still used by Deaf men and women, in this country alone.

The education, opportunity and community developed within these walls came at a price. When the late Mary Raftery stumbled upon the horrors inflicted on Deaf boys resident at St Joseph's, she says it was the worst of all the abuse she encountered. A catalogue of physical, sexual and emotional abuse inflicted on Deaf children who had no one to turn to, many couldn't communicate with their own parents in the language they used at school, a fact exploited by the Christian Brothers who knew that these boys would not - could not - ever tell.

St Joseph’s stood out from the other institutions in the Ryan Report because parents sent their children there voluntarily, assured that it was the best and only place in the country for their child to be educated. Fathers who were abused there had no option but to send their sons to the same school, knowing abuse continued within its walls. Abuse that continued until the 1990's, with corporal punishment used 15 years after it was outlawed.

Director: Garry Keane     Producer: Anne Heffernan

Duration: 1 x 52 mins

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The Long Walk

Motive TV

IFTA Nominated 2014, 'Best Sports Documentary'

"Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is, at the same time, rewarding and maddening and, without a doubt, the greatest game ever invented". Arnold Palmer

We all know about life in the fast lane of golf, tournament victories, appearance money, product endorsements and sponsorship deals. Players like McDowell, Harrington, Clarke, McIlroy, are living the golfing dream.

But away from the glamour and prestige of the box office professionals, walk a legion of Irish golfers toiling on the periphery in the hope of making the big time.

“Respect to the journeymen, who tips away season after season, may their stroke average decline, their putting stay true and their fortunes rise marginally higher”!    

Ode to the Journeyman

In this two-part documentary we enter the pressure cooker world of professional golf played by those on the margins of the game and tell the stories of Ireland’s journeymen golfers, those fighting to hold onto their tour cards and those just fighting to get in the ring..

Ireland’s megastar golfers may have earned millions playing the game they love but if anyone thinks playing golf for a living is a doddle, think again. Instead most professional golfers face a very different type of pressure. It isn't "If I sink this putt, I win the tournament" pressure. It's "If I miss this putt I won't be able to pay the mortgage" pressure. This is the very real downside of pro golf.

In ‘The Long Walk’ we follow three golfers at a crossroads in their playing careers. Damian McGrane, on the European tour since 2003 is in a fight to hold onto his tour card for next season, Niall Turner has been a pro since 2005, but poor form and bad luck means he now finds himself in golf’s no-man’s land competing in invitational tournaments in Asia in an effort to make a living; and Noel Fox from Portmarknock who makes his annual pilgrimage to the European tour qualifying school, still dreaming of the big time but at 37 years of age the dream is starting to fade fast.

Over the course of the 2014 season we follow these journeymen pros as they attempt to hold their own in the ultra competitive world of professional golf. We chart their ups and downs, the successes and disappointments as they sacrifice everything in pursuit of their sporting dream.

Directed by Garry Keane (IFTA 2012 Director of the year) and produced by Motive Television (Winner of the 2011 Best Sports Programme) this two part series is a heart-rending story of cruel fate and broken dreams, with all the drama and tension of the back nine on the final day at Augusta.

Director: Garry Keane     Producers: Anne McLoughlin/Jamie D'Alton

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No Time to Die

Motive TV

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.

Director: Garry Keane     Producers: Jamie D'Alton/Anne McLoughlin

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We Got Game-The Golden Age of Irish Basketball

Motive TV

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. 

Director: Garry Keane   Producer: Jamie D'Alton

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The Writing in the Sky

Real Films

IFTA Winner 2012: 'Best Director' Garry Keane & 'Best Sound ' 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

Producer/Director: Garry Keane      Co-Producer: Aideen Kane

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Duration: 52 mins


Michli - Queen of the Tigers

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.

Director of Photography: Garry Keane 


The Irish New Yorkers

Real Films

IFTA Winner 'Best Cinematography' Michael O'Donovan

IFTA Nominated 'Best Director' Garry Keane

IFTA Nominated 'Best Editing' Mick Mahon

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  series uses the  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 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.

Producer/Director: Garry Keane     Producer: Aideen Kane

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Duration: 2 x 52 mins


Chaplin...The Waterville Picture

Keesla Communications

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.

Producer/Director: Garry Keane


Jim Bolger...The Master of Cool

Sports Vision

“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. 

Producer/Director: Garry Keane     Producer:  Dian George

Duration: 52 mins

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GAA 125


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

This new definitive ten part series charts its 125 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 1989Jul 1991

Film & Television

The National Film School @ IADT

Distinction & Award for: Irish Film & Television, ‘Irish Film student of the Year 1991’.

Sep 1987Jun 1989

Journalism & Media Studies

London College of Communication

Distinction Diploma 

Sept 1986July 1987

Diploma in Radio & TV Production 

Goldsmiths College London

Distinction Diploma 

Sept 1985July 1986

Sound Engineering

London College of Audio Engineering

Merit Diploma 



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