Féile na Gaeilge / Irish Language Day

Thrilled to be joining Irish Arts Center this spring as a part of their new season! Tickets are on sale to the public now —learn more about Bark of Millions and reserve your seat https://irishartscenter.org/event/feile-na-gaeilge-irish-language-day-2024


Tribute to Teresa Deevy

TX on Thursday, Nov 10th, 2022, at 22:15 on RTÉ One


A new documentary by internationally acclaimed Performance Artist and ISL interpreter Amanda Coogan, who has collaborated with the Dublin Theatre of the Deaf, to create a piece of theatre in honour of Irish Deaf playwright Teresa Deevy, a major 1930s star of the Abbey.

Amanda Coogan goes on an extraordinary journey to discover why a Deaf Irish playwright of powerful works like ‘Possession’, has largely been forgotten.  In the 1930s Teresa Deevy was the rising star of the Abbey Theatre with six hit plays performed on its stage.  Her portrayal of the lives of many rural Irish women of the time and the choices they faced, did not fit withDe Valera’s “comely maidens dancing at the crossroads”, nor with the vision of Ernest Blythe, the newly appointed artistic director of the Abbey, who rejected her work, and ended her career at the National Theatre. Rather than be silenced, Teresa began to write for the radio and her plays were eagerly awaited every Sunday evening on Radio Eireann.

Amanda is intrigued by this Waterford woman who was deafened in her late teens and sets out to discover more about her, so that she can faithfully create a work that does justice to Teresa’s ballet “Possession”, a reimagining of The Táin from the perspective of Queen Maeve which has never been performed.

Amanda works with Alvean Jones and Lianne Quigley of the Dublin Theatre of the Deaf to create the piece.  Collectively they work with students of Theatre in SETU in Waterford and members of the Dublin Theatre of the Deaf, in Dublin. The film features scenes from rehearsal and includes a unique conceptual performance by Amanda as she creates her work in studio.

Amanda meets with the recently appointed Artistic director of the Abbey Caitriona McLaughlin from Donegal, Chris Morash, the Seamus Heaney Professor of Irish writing at TCD, Róisin Berry the Archivist at Maynooth University Library, and Una Kealy and Kate Mc Carthy of SETU in Waterford to discuss Teresa’s work.  Teresa’s grandniece Clare Brazil who stayed with Teresa in her flat in Waterloo Road in the 1950s, provides unique insight.  She also meets with Jonathan Bank of the Mint Theatre in New York who has revived 3 of Teresa’s plays and believes that the Abbey made a mistake in rejecting her work.

Rehearsals began in Waterford and Dublin in February 2022 and the performance took place at the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin in a week in July 2022.


Tribute was produced by Bernadine Carraher, directed by Claire Dix, shot by Andrew Cummins and edited by Cara Holmes.

Produced by Mind the Gap Films for RTÉ One with funding from RTÉ.



My Tribe Series 2 takes a Torc

Jennifer Healy, Producer of My Tribe – Mo Threibh, took home the Factual Entertainment Torc at The 2022 Celtic Media Festival in Quimper for Series 2 of our bilingual music subcultures documentary series.

Series 2 focussed on the Hip Hop, Indie, Rave and Metal music scenes in Ireland, meeting the original and modern day members of these tribes.

Congratulations to the team including Director Conor O’Mahony, DOP Andrew Cummins, Editor Mary Crumlish, PA Ola Majekodunmi, Exec Producer Bernadine Carraher, Research Consultant Dr Caroline Ann O’Sullivan, Graphics James O’Doherty, Sound Niall O’Sullivan, VO Peter Coonan, Music Supervision Planet of Sound, Post Production teams at Gorilla Post and Outer Limits, our colleagues in RTÉ – Brian Páircéir and Niamh Ní Churnáin, and our colleagues in the BAI.

Biggest thanks of all goes out to our wonderful cast of characters who gave their time and energy to bring us into their worlds, showcasing the importance of these underground music scenes.



Series Two of music documentary ‘My Tribe – Mo Threibh’

My Tribe – Mo Threibh (Series 2) charts the rise, fall and revival of music subcultures in Ireland from the break-dance loving Hip Hop scene to the ‘Mad-for-it’ Indie kids and the much-maligned Ravers to the long-haired Metallers. This bilingual series delves into the archives to reveal the fascinating origins of these subcultures while also meeting the modern-day members of these tribes. This is Volume 2 of the story of Ireland’s most enduring music tribes, sound-tracked by the essential anthems of these scenes including songs by Erik B & Rakim, The Pixies, Underworld and Thin Lizzy. Broadcast weekly on RTÉOne from Monday 8th March 2021.

We’ve got your Christmas Eve telly sorted!

The Big Christmas Rewind

Christmas Eve, 6:20PM, RTE One

In this Christmas cracker of a show Irish celebrities and their real-life or TV families sit down together to rewind through a nostalgic, heart-warming and hilarious mix of the best of Irish Christmas telly from years gone by.
Nothing says Christmas like getting cosy on the couch with your family, and joining us in a fabulous retro set to roll back the years and share their own Christmas memories are a host of household favourites:
PJ Gallagher, Demi Isaac Oviawe & Jennifer Barry (The Young Offenders)
Saoirse-Monica Jackson & Dylan Llewellyn (Derry Girls)
Eilish O’Carroll & Fiona O’Carroll (Mrs Browns Boys)
Doireann Garrihy & Francis Brennan
Vogue Williams & her mum Sandra Wilson
Christy Dignam, his daughter Kiera and granddaughter Ava
Pat Shortt & his daughter Faye
Mairead Ronan & her son Dara
Mary O’Rourke & her grandchildren Sarah & Scott

Each group reacts to a collection of gems from the archives, featuring the best ads, news reports and TV shows from Christmases gone by, from 1950s gift ideas to 1980s kids’ Christmas lists, national treasures like Monica Sheridan, Brendan Grace and Gay Byrne, cooking fiascos, stolen Christmas trees, dangerous toys and iconic Toy Show moments.
Our guests reminisce and relive Christmas traditions and trends, with each generation offering a different take as they explore how much things have changed – and how much they’ve stayed the same. For some it’s a glorious trip down memory lane, for others it’s Ireland as they’ve never seen it before.
They’ll tackle the great festive debates and share memories of favourite toys and foods. They’ll also open presents, pop crackers and play games, in this unmissable celebration of everything we love about an Irish Christmas.

The Big Christmas Rewind is a Mind the Gap Films production for RTÉ One.
Producer: Fran McNulty; Director: Martin Gaughan; DOP: Andrew Cummins; Sound: Daniel Gaughran; Production Designer: Fiona Cunningham, POV Design.

It’s a very Mind the Gap May on RTE One!

We’re delighted to be taking over the schedule (well, briefly) on RTE One with two smashing new documentaries on 22nd and 23rd May from our immensely talented producers Jennifer Healy and Anne Heffernan.

Division: The Irish Soccer Split (Wednesday 22nd May, 9:35PM, RTE One) explores how the island of Ireland came to have two football teams, in a riveting story as fractious as the country’s own past. Our once-united, all-island team split during the War of Independence and since then rivalry between the teams has reflected the political and social turmoil on the island.  Featuring insightful interviews with players from North and South: Niall Quinn, Gerry Taggart, Alan McLoughlin, Bryan Hamilton, Don Givens, Allan Hunter, Mick Lawlor and Brian Kerr, together with expert historical commentary and a wealth of video and photographic archive this fascinating film asks what the future holds for the beautiful game on this island.

Producer: Jennifer Healy; Director: Maurice Linnane; DOP: Andrew Cummins; Sound: Stephen Mc Dowell & Mick Cassidy

Emma London Calling Division: The Irish Soccer Split

London Calling (Thursday 23rd May, 10:15PM, RTE One) is the story of 5 Irish Deaf people who are unemployable in Ireland and have moved to the UK, where their deafness is not an issue for employers. While some have settled there, others long to return home to their families. Their choice is between a successful career in London or a disability payment or dole queue in Ireland. Sharon Osborne, Thomas Mulloy, Eoin Burns, Emma Nolan and Joanne Chester share their experiences in this powerful film.

Producer: Anne Heffernan; Director: Garry Keane; DOP: Michael O’Donovan

London Calling – Eoin Burns on Cork 96FM with PJ Coogan

Eoin Burns joined PJ Coogan on The Opinion Line on Cork’s 96FM to talk about our new documentary London Calling.

Below is a full transcript of the interview. You can also listen back to the show here.

Don’t forget to watch London Calling on Thurs 23rd May at 10:15PM on RTE One!


PJ: So, you have really impressive qualifications and, as you can see out the window here, the construction industry is thriving in Ireland again now. But you can’t get work here. Is it that employers can’t see past your deafness? Is that what it is?

EB: Really the construction industry, I was told, when I was doing my degree, that the construction industry is more professional in the UK. And I was told to go there and to become chartered, a construction manager, and that possibly I could return to Ireland. But I’m happy with my job in England. The attitude is fantastic; it’s first class.

PJ: To a layman like myself, it would appear that having an engineer that can’t hear anything, might be a problem on a busy construction site. Are there things you need to help you to work?

EB: That’s a good question. Really just because I’m Deaf doesn’t mean that I can’t work. Because I’m a Deaf person I have a very strong visual sense and that compensates. Sometimes the word ‘deaf’ is misleading to be honest. It doesn’t mean that I’m stone deaf. I use my hearing aids to hear. I can hear beeping, like if a truck or whatever is reversing. I can hear that. And before I start a job we always have a safety briefing as well. So I know the drill, do you know what I mean?

PJ: So how different is it to the situation here? How quickly after you went to the UK were you actually able to find work?

EB: Emm… It was easier, and I felt that there was a big difference. Like when I was looking for a job and I was looking online, at companies’ websites and that, I could see these ‘two ticks’ that were on the website and that means that the company is certified to be inclusive, so that means there are no barriers.

EB: The company I’m working with now is very inclusive and I could see this ‘two ticks’ symbol on the corner of the webpage, which meant that that company was certified to be inclusive, etc. And that company had three stages for interviews. The first stage would have been a telephone interview and I said to the company where I work at the moment, I said to them ‘I’m Deaf’, and they said ‘Oh that’s no problem. Come over, fly over. We’ll pay for your flight.’ And that’s what happened. I’ve had to fly over to other companies for ‘telephone’ interviews, even though… I had to be physically there and I had to pay for the flights myself. Most of the companies are much more inclusive.

PJ: Obviously you need an interpreter for meetings and things and there’s funding there. That’s the fascinating part, there’s very generous funding there in Britain.

EB: It’s the polar opposite to what we have in Ireland. We don’t have any scheme like that here. And I’m gutted for Deaf people in Ireland, and people with disabilities as well, because they need those kinds of supports…

PJ: Sorry to interrupt. How does it work? You need an interpreter all the time. How is it organised?

EB: It’s very simple. I look at my upcoming meetings, and then I identify which meetings I’m going to need an interpreter for, or an electronic notetaker. And then what I do is I contact the interpreters and the notetakers directly and I ask them if they’re available. And I sign a booking form and then the company pays for that afterwards, and then I claim back the funding from the government. And it’s all paid for; we don’t pay a penny towards it. And it’s extremely fantastic.

PJ: And how easy is to get an interpreter? Say if you had a meeting tomorrow at midday, how would you get an interpreter?

EB: Because I work in London – it’s a global city, like, there’s 8 million people there – so there are plenty of interpreters. At the same time I can see your point. I have to be proactive, so I have to look in advance and then sometimes if there is a last minute meeting I’m able to get interpreters sometimes and sometimes I’m not. So it’s kind of luck of the draw. So if it’s short notice, it depends.

PJ: And your employers are quite happy to allow you keep… book stuff in advance, and they’ll work your schedule around for you?

EB: Well, I suppose it’s just normal stuff: sometimes meetings get cancelled, and sometimes the meetings get moved. And I’m able to make those adjustments to suit the interpreter. My employer knows that; they’re aware of the logistics of organising that.

PJ: Now if you had to do the same thing here, Eoin, would you be able to do it? Would there be the availability of interpreters for example?

EB: Well, there probably would be interpreters available, the big question is who would pay for it? That’s my big question. I mean, it’s proven to work in the UK and it’s worked in the UK for so long and the quality of Deaf people has proven that it can work. What more convincing do the authorities need in Ireland?

PJ: If you had to use, say, another public service in the UK, like if you had to go to hospital, for example, would you have an interpreter there?

EB: Absolutely. When I book an appointment, there’s a form that asks whether I need support or not. Or the person behind the counter might ask me ‘Do you want an interpreter?’, and then I’m like ‘Yes or no’. But I just kind of laugh at how easy and how good it is. And here in Ireland it has happened once or twice before, credit to the public authorities here, but in the UK, it’s mainstream and it’s by default.

PJ: In other words it doesn’t cost them a second thought; this is how they work.

EB: They’re just aware that it’s there. And they’ve got… BSL is recognised over there, and that contributes to the attitude. I’m very encouraged to see ISL recognised here in Ireland in the last couple of years. So, I have a feeling and a big hope as well that the tide is turning and that we can replicate and study the UK model.

PJ: But we need to come so much into the present day. We are very much behind, aren’t we?

EB: Yes. I feel like we’re treated like third class citizens. And I don’t understand why that is. We’ve been through the education system, we’ve proven that we can match our hearing peers, and then when it comes to the workplace, all our hard work… you know, we just meet with a wall after all that hard work. So the government needs to knock down that wall.

PJ: Clearly this documentary, London Calling, is a very important piece of television, and you’d like everybody to watch it, right?

EB: Yes, please, please yes. It’s great… like, I don’t want a ripple effect, I want shock waves. It’s the time for everyone to smell the coffee. You know, it really is a no brainer. So I don’t know what’s stopping us from doing it.

PJ: Well Eoin, thank you very much for coming in today. Thank you Suzanne for your translation and your interpretation. And I wish you the best of luck in your career. I hope… I’m sure that one day you hope you’d be able to move home and work in Cork at the same level.

EB: Hopefully. Yeah. Thanks very much.



My Tribe – New Bi-lingual Music Subcultures Series

Brand new four-part bi-lingual series My Tribe reveals the underground worlds of some of music’s most defining youth culture movements – the Rockabillies, the Mods, the Skinheads and the Punks. It takes the viewer inside these scenes where music is life, clothing is precise, and attitude is everything. The series delves into the archives to reveal the fascinating origins of these subcultures while also meeting the modern-day members of these tribes to find out what makes them so enduring. This is the definitive story of Ireland’s musical tribes from the 1950s to today, sound-tracked by the essential anthems of these scenes including songs by Bill Haley, The Jam, The Specials and The Undertones.

My Tribe was produced by Jennifer Healy, directed by Conor O’Mahony, shot by Andrew Cummins and edited by Eamonn Power, with narration by Peter Coonan. The series takes the viewer behind the sensationalist newspaper headlines to discover the real Rockabillies, Mods, Skinheads and Punks and the passion, dedication and sense of belonging that their tribe gives them. These are worlds that are rarely seen or experienced on Irish television, lifting the lid on the underground scenes of these fascinating subcultures.

MONDAYS @ 7.30PM from 25th march 2019 ON RTÉOne
(Repeat on Sundays @1.10pm pm RTÉOne)

Produced by Mind the Gap Films for RTÉOne with funding from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland Sound and Vision scheme and Section 481.


Mother Father Deaf

Producer Anne Heffernan and Sundance-nominated Director Garry Keane’s latest project is insightful, moving and powerful documentary Mother Father Deaf. The programme explores the world of CODAs – Children of Deaf Adults. Three CODAs and their families describe what it’s like to be brought up in both the Deaf and hearing worlds. Mother Father Deaf was broadcast on RTÉOne in March 2019, with simultaneous fully signed version on the RTÉ player.


Our new series Healthy Appetite!

New 8 part series all about fabulous food starts 18th April 2018, 8:30pm on RTE One.