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The Secret Life of the Shannon
Stunning new nature series The Secret Life of the Shannon featuring score by Rónán and music from Kíla to be broadcast on RTE 1 starting Sunday 26th May 6.30pm
Bats, squirrels and the humble Irish pike are getting set for the Hollywood treatment in a ground-breaking documentary to hit our screens in the coming weeks.
With technology previously used in Christopher Nolan's Inception, a small Irish film company has captured an intimate portrait of Irish wildlife in never before seen slow motion detail. Snapping kingfishers and dragonflies at 1000 frames per second, the two-part documentary to be shown on RTÉ uncovers surprising secrets about the private lives of Ireland's wildlife.
Scored by Ronan Ó Snodaigh of Kila, the series reveals new animal behaviour, showing for the first time water bats hunting at night and remarkable underwater footage of the mating dance of Shannon's great predator, the pike. The elusive kingfisher is shown hunting underwater and slowed down by 40 times is seen in all its vivid colour and grace.
Wicklow film-makers Crossing the Line hit the international stage last year with an Emmy nomination for their film about tigers in India and are currently filming gorillas in the Congo for the BBC - but they are delighted to be bringing it all back home for the Secret Life of the Shannon.
"We have filmed on seven continents and honed our techniques and technology over the past 20 years," says camera man and director John Murray. "So it's great to be bringing all that knowledge back to the banks of the Shannon, where we've found just as much mystery and beauty as anywhere around the world."
Emmy-award winning wildlife presenter Colin Stafford-Johnson, who also got the Emmy nod last year, explored the little-known islands, lakes and tributaries of the Shannon over two years, paddling his canoe to discover the teeming life of our largest river. The two-part film follows the river from dawn to dusk through four seasons and captures the changing moods and atmosphere of the river - as well as the acrobatic antics of our red squirrels, magnificent whooper swans ending their migration and the exquisite orange tipped butterfly.
The filmmakers also gain access to a series of remote places few ever experience - shooting high in the tree canopy for weeks following the intimate goings-on of a little egret colony as parent birds brood their young in a giant nesting platform some 30 feet in the air.
Broadcast as part of the RTÉ Goes Wild Season - a month long season of wildlife themed programmes on RTÉ, the Secret Life of the Shannon is set to cast a whole new light on the trials, struggles and surprising domestic dramas of Ireland's rich riverside wildlife.
‘The Secret Life of the Shannon' will be broadcast on RTÉ 1 at 6.30pm
on 26th May & 2nd June 2013. It consists of 2 x 1 hour episodes.
A Dance Odyssey
Rossa recently had the opportunity to write a piano score for a really interesting documentary- 1943 - A Dance Odyssey -which follows the lives of five former students of wartime choreographer Erina Brady, who helped to bring modern dance to Ireland from her native Germany. It was screened on RTÉ 1 on April the 1st. but if you missed it here's a 2nd chance to watch it on the RTE Player here:
A Dance Odyssey - RTÉ
Rinne Rossa ceol a chumadh don chlár fáisnéise rí-spéisiúil seo faoi theacht damhsa chomhaoiseach chun na hÉireann. Craoladh é ar Lá Fhéile na nAmadáin ach tá seacht lá déag fágtha le gur féidir é a fheiscint ar Sheinnteoir RTÉ - feach an nasc thuas.
Rónán wrote the music for this short film 'Origin' - kind of a cross between Parcours and Fionn Mac Cumhaill! Theme wise it is spot on for the moment for Ireland. Another short film that caught our eye was 'Just Saying' by Kennedy films - an urban, street-worn poetic vision of Dublin.
Seo scannán dárbh ainm 'Origin' a dhein Rónán ceol a chumadh agus a chur leis. Agus scannán eile atá ar an dtéama chéanna ná 'Just Saying' - dán-scannán d'fhéadfá a rá.
We've been having great fun in these workshops. RTÉ's News2Day were out in The Axis Arts Centre in Ballymun and did this little news item. The bit about Kíla starts at 2.30. Above is a pic from the item with Rossa teaching a young a beat or two!
An-chraic go deo! Sin tuaraim baill an bhanna faoi na ceardlainne atá ar bun faoi láthair. Féach thuas Rossa faoi lán seoil le buachaill óg iin ionad Axis i mBaile Muna.
Scléip - Kíla
Ba ag comortas dar teideal Slógadh (féach thíos) a fuair kíla an deis cleachtadh agus iomaíocht ar bhonn náisiúnta agusle Blian an Gaeilge tagtha tá an-áthas ar Kíla iad fhéin a nascadh le Scléip 2013. Beidh olldhuais Kíla á bhronadh ar an bhuíon nó an oirfideach is fearr sa Chomórtas. Bronnfar duais ar leith agus freisin bronfar deis dóibh seinnt roimh Kíla os comhair slua ag ceann dá gceolchoimeacha mhóra.
It was at a national competiton called Slógadh (see below) that Kíla was given it first taste of performg to a national standard and with Blian na Gaeilge upon us Kila are delighted to announce their association to the new national performing competition Scléip 2013. A new prize will be added to this performance competition; Rogha Kíla ,where the best band or performers will be ajuicated by members of Kíla in the finals. the winners will be given a special award and will be offered the chance to perform in front of a Kíla crowd at one of their bigger concerts.
Bealtaine - May
Life Festival - 26th May
*The Human Music stage*
Kíla are onstage at 8.30.
Meitheamh - June
Helium Festival 8th June
**This festival is in aid of Ataxia Ireland**
Eoin Dillon's Sunday Session
Seisiún Domhnaigh Eoin
Bowes. Fleet Street
We have frequently been asked, by visitors to our shores, where they can find a 'real' Irish session. Throughout the year, Eoin Dillon hosts a wonderful session, in Bowe's pub on Fleet Street, a stone's throw from the Liffey, deep in the heart of Dublin. It is a session rooted firmly in music and song. It starts at around 9pm and is on every sunday evening..