Ravencrest Films wins 15 Minutes of Fame Award

Paul Gosker of Ravencrest Films has won the Best Drama Award for Mooney at the inaugural 15 Minutes of Fame Award in Florida.

Mooney was chosen amongst 120 short films, of which 44 were shortlisted to be shown at the festival. 13 Films were chosen to receive awards in vaious categories.

Mooney is the first production by Ravencrest Films. Partly based on real events, the film tells the story about a heroin addict who constantly makes wrong choices, and how these choices effect his life.

10 Jobs Lost at Fóinse

The Irish language newspaper, Fóinse, published weekly is to cease publication at Carraroe with the loss of ten jobs. Staff received notifice of redundancy yesterday (25th June 2009). This weekend’s addition is set to be the last.

The newspaper has closed due to falling revenue and disagreements with grants from its main funder, Foras na Gaeilge, The CEO of Foras na Gaeilge, Ferdie Mac an Fhailigh express he was shocked at the announcement.

Copy of Poetry Manuscript Lost

The only copy of a new collection by Irish poet, Desmond O’Grady was lost at the Spancihill Horse Fair in Clare this week.

Barney Sheehan (75) from Limerick had the only copy and is appealing to the public for the return of the unpublished manuscript.

My Limerick City, the title of the publication was due at the printers this weekend for publishing. A reward of several hundred Euros is being offered for the return of the draft.

RTÉ has dismissed calls give free ads to state bodies

City Channel boss, David Harvey, told the Communications Minister, Eamon Ryan, he should compel RTÉ to use unsold ad airtime ‘for practical purposes which are in the national interest’ and that the ad slots should be given to state bodies which have had their advertising budgets cut.

The minister has yet to respond to the request, whilst RTÉ dismissed supporting the RSA campaigns in such was as invidious as RTÉ supports the RSA editorially.

…On Writing

A book should depict a landscape of heavenly souls in a dreamscape; a mysterious beauty that’s clear and foggy.

It should be clear in the sense that I see the sun shining in the Maldives, Spain or Italy as it highlights the clean clarity of the sand. …And the sun shone sea; a clear deep beautiful blue that the sun also permeates so you can see the sea swishing waves and the sand happily glancing in the bottom of the sea as the sky is blue and that God sends his smile to show that nature is beautiful and happy.

I hear the sparrows, robins and thrushes; the songbirds whistling about their happiness and their love of life and for their love of their lives. I hear the waves swishing gently towards the shore; and also the gulls; to some they are cacophonous, but to me there is a beauty to its song, because they are associates of the sea and I want to be there; to escape there and be with them.

But there’s more to that then the cover of the book or indeed its pages; it should also be foggy for the above reasons; we want to lie on the sand sunning ourselves and worshipping the god; that is the book. We want to hear those waves, hear those birds; their clarity, their cleanliness takes us away to another dimension to heaven to within the pages of the book.

We want to let our sun-kissed bodies dive into the blue sea not knowing what’s in the fathomous depths of the blue yonder; the blue that is the sky and the blue that is the sea; we don’t know where it ends, or where it begins.

This is so strange; the sea and sky are so clear, but its clarity is also foggy. We want to ask ourselves ‘why does it contradict itself?’ That’s what makes it so beautiful and mysterious; I want to dive into the sea of the book and find what mysteries it has for me.

Claire Keegan collects Davy Byrne’s Award

Irish novelist Claire Keegan has won €25,000 the Davy Byrne’s Award at the eponymous Dublin pub that James Joyce made famous in Ulysses.

Keegan’s short story, Foster, was chosen from a list of six by Richard Ford, the American novelist. As Ford was not present, The Irish Times literary editor Caroline Walsh recited Ford’s speech praising Keegan’s gift for writing.

Organised by The Stinging Fly Press, administered by Declan Meade, in association with The Irish Times, and sponsored by Davy Byrne’s, Walsh presented the award to Keegan.

The runners-up, Mary Leland, Molly McCloskey, Eoin McNamee, and Susan Stairs each collected €1,000. The competition attracted over eight hundred entries, and was longlisted to thirty for Ford to adjudicate.

Is copyright under threat?

I was never happy with Google’s ‘duplication’ of writer’s works without their permission, or e-reader software and hardware that allows consumers read books off computer screens. This allows for easy simulation and distribution of material without consent of the owners of that material.

Unfortunately, a Swedish group have founded a ‘political’ party to break down copyright laws, and to make ‘information’ open to the public. It is sad to see that Ireland is forming new ‘political’ party much like that of their Swedish founders. I am not going to give them the ignominy of an advertisement, as this party is going to campaign for the dismissal of copyright laws and thus will ruin the lives of struggling musicians, writers trying to make a living from their works.