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Category Archives: Teilifís (Television)

Irish Language Rights Are No Rights At All

Coincidental to the temporary silencing of a compliant Irish press by a billionaire businessman whose past dealings have become mired in controversy, the Irish Times reports on the Fine Gael-Labour coalition’s new rules … Continue reading

June 11, 2015 · 20 Comments

Here Be Dragons, Book Images Of The Internet Archive On Flickr

Susceptible as I am to the marriage of history with technology, being the original antiquarian-technophile, my love affair with the Internet Archive (a digital library offering free access to a legion of books, … Continue reading

May 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Risking The Ire Of Outlander Fans

Scottish blogger Tocasaid has cast a cold eye over the Anglo-American television adaptation of the genre-defying Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon, and drawn the wrath of fans everywhere. Personally I like time-travelling tropes … Continue reading

March 26, 2015 · 3 Comments

La Rebelle De Raqqa

From France 24, the story of Haya El Ali, a young Syrian woman who befriended female members of the Islamic State in her hometown of Raqqa. Using a camera hidden in her … Continue reading

March 25, 2015 · 2 Comments

Al Jadeed, Rima Karaki And Running The Show

Al Jadeed or الجديد‎ is a 24-hour news and current affairs television station based in the Lebanon and broadcasting across the Arab world. During a recent interview between popular presenter Rima Karaki and … Continue reading

March 9, 2015 · 11 Comments

Those Leaked Al Jazeera Emails On Charlie Hebdo

The National Review Online, the web-version of the right-wing American current affairs magazine, has published a series of “leaked” emails from the Al Jazeera news network under the somewhat disingenuous … Continue reading

January 10, 2015 · 20 Comments

The Irish Famine Of 1925

These are the people, the right-wing Nationalist forces, that initiated and won the counter-revolutionary civil war of 1921-23 and this is the conservative Irish Free State they replaced the liberal … Continue reading

October 28, 2014 · 20 Comments

The Embarrassment Of Being Irish

So after eighteen years of an online presence our self-proclaimed “national public service broadcaster”, RTÉ, has finally got around to providing a web-based Irish language news site (though you might … Continue reading

September 16, 2014 · 5 Comments

Too Little Too Late

September 15, 2014 · 22 Comments

Cultus Obscuram, Once Upon A Time… Space

  Il était une fois… or “Once Upon a Time…” is an ongoing animated series produced by the multi-talented French television-maker Albert Barillé and his Procidis studio in Paris. Since … Continue reading

May 17, 2014

Cultus Obscuram – Mr Rossi, Signor Rossi

Sometimes looking back at Ireland in the 1970s and ‘80s I wonder if the entire nation was quite right in the head. It was a truly surreal time. Forget the … Continue reading

May 10, 2014 · 1 Comment

Big Boost In Funding For Scottish Language Broadcasting

Some more good news for the Scottish language (Scottish Gaelic) with the announcement by Alex Salmond, Scotland’s First Minister, that a further £2.1 million pounds (2.5 million euros) will be … Continue reading

April 17, 2014

Culture Wars In Ireland And Britain

Hot on the heels of my post discussing the urgent need for the reform of public service broadcasting in Ireland comes news of a veritable revolt by journalists within RTÉ’s normally … Continue reading

March 20, 2014

Irish TV And Cinema? Some Hope

I was going through my collection of Blu-ray and DVD movies and box-sets over the weekend, not to mention several hundred hours of digital content on my main HTPC, and … Continue reading

March 18, 2014 · 3 Comments

To Phone Or Not To Phone

I’m normally one of those fevered device-swapping, early-adopting geeks eager to get his or her hands on the next tech device before the present one has barely accrued a layer … Continue reading

October 3, 2013 · 11 Comments

Cultus Obscuram – Nightmare Cafe

Another entry in the Cultus Obscuram and this time it is Wes Craven’s TV show “Nightmare Café“, a short-lived supernatural drama from the early 1990s played mainly for dark laughs. … Continue reading

September 7, 2013

Irish TV? We Should Be So Lucky!

So, essentially a big fuck you to the Irish-speaking citizens and communities of Ireland from former Trotskyite rebel-without-a-cause Pat Rabbitte, the minister of communications, as he dismiss out of hand … Continue reading

July 18, 2013 · 7 Comments

No Second Troy

One of the last monolingual Irish-speakers in Ireland being interviewed by the British historian Michael Wood for his 1985 BBC documentary “In Search of the Trojan War”. Does he look like a member … Continue reading

May 20, 2013 · 3 Comments

The Lenovo IdeaCentre Q190 – A Proper HTPC

While many consumers have bought into the commercial push for so-called Smart TVs the majority of the products on the Irish market are far from smart (yet). Very few have true … Continue reading

May 11, 2013

RTÉ – Reform Or Die

Here’s an interesting snippet from the ever-vigilant NAMA Wine Lake. Guess which TV station was the only television broadcaster in Ireland to make a profit in 2011? Not the country’s official “national” broadcaster … Continue reading

April 15, 2013

Truth Is The First Casualty Of War

Last Monday I watched the second part of TV3’s drama-documentary series, “In the Name of the Republic”, where once again Eunan O’Halpin claimed to offer an analysis of the alleged actions of the Irish Republican Army … Continue reading

March 28, 2013 · 30 Comments

In The Name Of History

I’ve just finished watching a history-documentary (and I use that term advisedly) on Ireland’s British-owned private television channel, TV3, called “In The Name of the Republic”. Presented by Eunan O’Halpin it set out to investigate the alleged “disappearance” of … Continue reading

March 18, 2013 · 6 Comments

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