Profile: New TG4 Series ‘Eipic’


Deirdre Molumby profiles the new TG4 series Eipic, a six-part Irish language drama follows five rural teenagers who form a band.

A new comedy musical drama Eipic is available exclusively online today at, before its official broadcast on Thursday evening (Feb 4th) at 10pm. The six-part Irish language drama follows five rural teenagers who form a band, partly in rebellion and partly out of boredom. The series is set against the backdrop of the 1916 centenary celebrations and interrogates the possibilities for revolution, theirs being a specifically musical one, in the contemporary age. The soundtrack is vibrant and features tracks such as the Jam’s ‘Town Called Malice’, ‘Frankly Mr Shankly’ by The Smiths and ‘Video Girl’ by FKA Twigs, all translated as Gaeilge.

Set in the fictional midlands town of Dobhar, and filmed in Woodford, Co. Galway, each of the episodes follows one of its five leading teenage characters. The first takes the perspective of Sully (Fionn Foley) as he forms the new band and comes head-to-head with Oisín (Cian O’Baoill), the new, attractive, rich kid in town. The second episode follows the introvert Mona (Róisín Ní Chéileachair) as she struggles with her irresponsible and juvenile mother, as well as trying to keep the ever-bickering band, which also includes the nerdy but well-meaning Aodh (Daire Ó Muirí) and the vain, glamorous Bea (Fionnuala Gygax) from falling apart.

Fionn Foley and co-star Fionnuala Gygax attended the screening alongside writer Mike O’Leary, who previously worked on Skins, and executive producer Paddy Hayes (Corp + Anam) of Magamedia.

“It’s a teenager’s point of view of the 1916 rising,” Paddy Hayes explains. Mike O’ Leary continues: “It became a touchstone to explore other issues such as sexuality, identity etc., which contrast against the backdrop of the centenary. We were writing this around the time of the referendum last year and it felt very much like a reaction to the contemporary moment. We also wanted it to reject jaded adult cynicism and instead reflect the optimism of the young generation in the series.” Hayes adds: “It’s been great to have new, refreshing faces like Fionn and Fionnuala to tell this story. The energy in the show is really an attribute to the actors.”

Fionnuala Gygax talks about her character, Bea, and about what audiences should expect from the series overall: “My character is a bit outrageous from the beginning. She’s a little silly and superficial initially but you see more depth to her as it goes on. She’ll surprise people with her opinions on things, I hope, and she’ll be a great source of craic, she’s definitely a bit wild.

“As the weeks go on, you’re going to get a deeper insight into each individual member of the band. At the start you see the band as a unit but as the series goes on it delves deeper into their personal lives and they go on their own personal journeys. Cracks will form in the band and different layers and dynamics between the characters will be revealed.”

Eipic will be the first post-watershed teen drama to be broadcast on Irish television. Indicated from its first two parts, the remainder of the series promises to be funny and touching with an electrifying soundtrack.

Eipic stars Fionn Foley, Róisín Ní Chéilleachair, Cian Ó Baoill, Fionnuala Gygax, Daire Ó Muirí, Andrew Bennett, Clive Geraghty, and Tara Flynn. The series is written by Mike O’Leary, produced by Ciara Nic Chormaic (Am an Ghátair), and directed by award winning Louise Ní Fhiannachta (Rúbaí, Páidí Ó Sé: Rí an Pharóiste). Eipic is designed by Nicola Moroney (Corp + Anam) and edited by Conall de Cléir (Cré na Cille), with Colm Hogan (An Klondike) as DOP.

The series was produced with funding from TG4, the BAI Sound and Vision scheme and the Section 481 support measures.


Vote for ‘4 Queens’


The Filmbase / TG4 funded short film 4 Queens is competing in an online festival and needs as many public votes as possible before March 28th.

Vittoria Colonna’s short film is a black comedy about 4 elderly sisters who play a game of poker with their xanax, valium and pearls to decide who will take care of their ailing mother.

VOTE GREEN FOR BLACK HUMOR!  The Filmbase funded short, 4 Queens, is competing internationally in the Viewster Online Film Festival for black humor!

You can watch the short in full on the festival website before you vote by clicking on the stars:



Call For : Presenter


Illustration: Adeline Pericart


Adare Productions are seeking a new presenter for a studio-based talent show for TG4.

Previous TV experience is not necessary. The suitable candidate must be fluent in Irish, confident and have good communication skills.

All interested applicants should sent their CV to for the attention of Tom Evans.

Any applicants with a showreel can email it to the same address or post it to:

Tom Evans, Adare Productions, 35 Patrick St., Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.

Applications must be received by 5pm, Tuesday, 16th April, 2013.


Opry an Iúir – new ILBF country music series on TG4

Opry an Iúir is a new Irish Language Broadcast Fund country music series recorded in front of a live audience. Produced by Big Mountain Productions and presented by Marc Roberts and Lynette Fay it airs on Wednesdays at 10.30pm on TG4.

Ireland’s very own Grand Ole Opry – the old Town Hall in Newry – opens its doors for a unique series of hour long concerts, each with a different star of country music: Hugo Duncan, Mike Denver, Sandy Kelly, Nathan Carter, Dominic Kirwan and Mick Flavin.

All are seasoned campaigners and have been recording, touring and gathering fans at home and abroad for many years. We’ll find out just how many years, and why they keep at it. The fans too, get their say. Each artiste is profiled as we look back on where they’re from, what they did as they were growing up and what they’re musical influences were.

There will also be a special edition of Opry an Iúir at Christmas featuring Philomena Begley who is celebrating 50 years in show business this year. She will be joined by her son Aidan and special guests including Daniel O’Donnell.

Opry an Iúir, Wednesdays at 10.30 pm on TG4 (repeated Saturdays at 10.10pm)


New documentary for TG4 about Hill 16 – Cogar Sunday 23rd at 21:30

This Sunday 23rd September at 21.30 ex players, current players and fans all contribute to a new documentary on TG4 entitled Cnoc 16 (Hill 16) about the iconic terrace in Croke Park.

Everyone knows what ‘Hill 16’ is, but how many know the rich history which dates back to World War 1 when its first name was “Hill 60” after a battle in World War 1? Or up to the 80s where barbed wire fenced in the fans from all counties but especially Dublin GAA fans who would make it their own over the years.

Producer/director Shane Tobin comments:

“I can’t think of a more iconic structure in Irish history and one so interlinked with our national conscious yet that so much remains unknown. We address the birth of the terrace and its renaming as Hill 16 in the 1930s to the 1960s but most of all we look at the link between the GAA fans and players who make it such a special place especially for Dublin GAA since the 1970s. With the GAA revolution in Dublin adding the vibrancy and color to it but also placing huge pressure on it as a physical structure and we are blessed there was no tragedies on it over the years”.

“We hope we did justice to the amazing story with our great crew who worked on it aswell as the amazing access and support we received from the GAA all the way through the filming this special piece which explore the myth of the structure which means so much to so many people including ourselves and it was a pleasure to make the piece”

Shot over the course of the 2012 GAA championship this documentary was made as part of the Cogar strand was shot on location in Dublin and was filmed on the RED EPIC camera at 4K with additional filming on the Sony EX3. Cathal Watters was the DOP for the project; Offline editing was done by Áine Furlong and Online by Rory Gavin at Reelgood studios. Denis Clohesy composed music and Máire de Staic was the Assistant producer and Michelle Hourican was the researcher.

This is the second production from Square One productions following on from “Dhá Chúirt” which it will air again tonight Wednesday 19th September at 21.30.

The company are currently in production on Míolta Móra na hÉireann / The Irish Whales for TG4 about the most famous group of Irish American Olympians for release in 2013.


Irish Language Short-film scheme announced

From Scéal 1 film 'Eoinín'

Following the success of the previous schemes Síol, Údar, and Scéal, Scéal 2 is a development scheme that offers talented new Irish-speaking writers/directors an opportunity to adapt a well-known story from Irish language literature or folklore towards a half hour short film. The chosen story can be adapted from an Irish language short story, poem, folklore or any work that represents the Irish tradition of storytelling. Successful applicants will be given the opportunity to develop the story from the basic script to the eventual production and broadcast stage.

The scheme is open to Irish language writers from all over the country, whether they have screen experience or not, and to directors who wish to gain experience in television drama through Irish. All applicants will need to have a proficiency in the Irish language.

The first series of Scéal has completed filming and is currently in post-production. It will be screened on TG4 early in 2013.

24 August 2012 is the closing date for applications. The successful applicants will develop their scripts over a series of workshops with guidance from a professional script editor.

All information on the Scéal scheme is available at


From Scéal 1 film 'Bás Arto Leary'.


Ag leanacht leis na scéimeanna Síol, Údar agus Scéal, tá an dara bhliain den scéim gearrscannáin, Scéal 2, fógartha. Scéim fhorbartha í Scéal 2 a thugann deis do thallann nua scríbhneoirí/stiúrthóirí le Gaeilge, saothar aitheanta ó litríocht nó béaloideas na Gaeilge a athchóiriú don teilifís agus a thabhairt ó chéim bhun scripte go céim an chraolta. Is féidir an bun scéal a roghnú as gearrscéal, dán, scéal béaloidis nó aon saothar a léiríonn scéalaíocht na Gaeilge.

Tá an scéim seo ag TG4 oscailte do scríbhneoirí Gaeilge ó cheann ceann na tíre, bíodh taithí scáileáin acu nó ná bíodh, agus do stiúrthóirí ar mian leo taithí a fháil ar dhrámaíocht teilifíse i nGaeilge. Réamhriachtanas a bheidh i gceist do gach rannpháirtí go mbeidís líofa sa Ghaeilge agus in ann páirt a ghlacadh trí Ghaeilge i ngach leibhéal agus céim den scéim.

Tá an chéad sraith de Scéal anois taifeadta agus táthar i mbun iarléiriú air. Beidh sé le feiceáil ar TG4 go luath in 2013.

Is é an 24 Lúnasa 2012 an spriocdháta le haghaidh iarratas. As na hiarratais ar fad roghnófar gearrliosta scríbhneoirí le freastal ar cheardlanna ceirde, faoi stiúir eagarthóra scripte, ag a ndéanfar forbairt bhreise ar gach togra.

Is féidir gach eolas faoi Scéal a fháil ar shuíomh TG4;


‘Scéal Na Gaeilge’ on TG4 this Paddy’s day

Alan Titley


As a broadcasting event to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge, production company, ROSG is presenting their latest series, Scéal na Gaeilge (The story of Irish).

Scéal na Gaeilge is a 2 part documentary series which traces the journey of the Irish language from earliest times to the present day.

Through a mixture of animation, green screen and location filming, this series reveals the history of the Irish language by shining a humourous light on the historical and mythological stories that are associated with it.

Light in tone, Scéal na Gaeilge is presented and written by Alan Titley, directed by Diarmuid Goggins and produced by Ciarán Ó Cofaigh for ROSG.

Ciarán Ó Cofaigh, the producer of Scéal na Gaeilge, says:

‘With Scéal na Gaeilge we have attempted to do something new with the standard historical documentary series. By presenting this series in a fast paced, fun and irreverent style, I hope that we can attract those who have an interest in the language as well as those who don’t. In my opinion the Irish Language belongs to us all, and the history of the Irish Language is the history of Ireland.’

Everything you wanted to know about the Irish language but were afraid to ask, Scéal na Gaeilge will take you on a fun, energetic and informative journey along the cultural path of our nation.

ROSG is the Conamara based company behind such award winning productions such as Cré na Cille (Graveyard Clay) and Na Cloigne (The Heads).  Scéal na Gaeilge was funded by TG4, The BAI and Foras na Gaeilge Scéal na Gaeilge will be broadcast on TG4 on the 17th March at 20:30 with the second programme airing at 20:30 on the 19th March 2012.


Mar cheiliúradh ar Seachtain na Gaeilge, tabharfar Scéal na Gaeilge, an tsraith is déanaí ón gcomhlacht léiriúchán ROSG, chuig an scáileán.

Dhá chlár faisnéise is ea Scéal na Gaeilge a leanann aistear na teanga ó thús ama go dtí an lá atá inniu ann.

Tríd meascán míreanna beochan, cúlraí scáthlán glas agus taifeadadh ag láithreacha stairiúla, nochtann an tsraith seo stair na Gaeilge le radharc spraíúil ar na scéalta stairiúla agus miotasacha a bhaineann léi.

Is clár úr agus bríomhar é Scéal na Gaeilge atá scríofa agus curtha i láthair ag Alan Titley, stiúrtha ag Diarmuid Goggins agus léirithe ag Ciarán Ó Cofaigh do ROSG.

Deir léiritheoir Scéal na Gaeilge, Ciarán Ó Cofaigh:

“Le Scéal na Gaeilge, rinne muid iarracht rud éigin nua a dhéanamh leis an ghnáth sraith faisnéise stairiúil. Tríd an tsraith a chur i láthair ar bhonn fuinniúil, spraíúil agus maigiúil, tá muid ag súil go meallfaidh sé an té a bhfuil spéis acu sa teanga, chomh maith leis an té nach bhfuil.

I mo thuairim, baineann an Ghaeilge le chuile dhuine, agus is ionann stair na hÉireann agus stair na Gaeilge.”

Tabharfaidh Scéal na Gaeilge ar aistear spraíúil, fuinniúil, oideachasúil thú, agus muid ar thuras tríd oidhreacht cultúrtha na hÉireann.

Is iad ROSG, atá lonnaithe i gConamara, an comhlacht a thug na léiriúcháin iomráitigh Cré na Cille agus Na Cloigne dúinn.

Craolfar Scéal na Gaeilge ar TG4 ar an 17ú Márta ag 20:30 GMT / 15:30 EST leis an dara chlár ag craoladh ag 20:30 GMT / 15:30 EST ar an 19ú Márta 2012.

Scéal na Gaeilge maoinithe ag TG4, An BAI agus Foras na Gaeilge.



Film on the 75th anniversary of the biggest disaster ever to hit Arranmore Island, Donegal on TG4

Tubaiste Árainn Mhór is a gripping new Irish Language Broadcast Fund film on the 75th anniversary of the biggest disaster ever to hit Arranmore Island, Donegal. It airs on Wednesday, 14th December at 9.30pm on TG4.

The Arranmore disaster claimed the lives of 19 islanders when a boat carrying those returning from the tattyhoking season in Scotland hit rocks a few hundred yards from the shore. The islanders who witnessed the aftermath, re-visit the pain of that dreadful day.

The only survivor, Paddy Gallagher lost 7 members of his family and was unable to speak about the horror of that night for 50 years. Much of the documentary was filmed in the house where Paddy spent months recovering before returning home.

This film is produced by Tobar Productions and was funded by the Irish language Broadcast Fund and TG4