My radio documentary ON YOUR BIKE will be air on Newstalk 106-108fm on Sunday October 8th at 8.00 a.m. and will be repeated on Saturday October 14th. at 10.00 p.m. It can also be listened to as a podcast after the broadcast, via the following link:
The programme takes a lively look at Ireland’s first greenway, the Westport to Achill route. Seen through the eyes of a group of social cyclists who set to travel it in one day, ON YOUR BIKE also tells the history of the former rail line, and explores the colourful lives of the diverse range of people who work, live and cycle along its route.
ON YOUR BIKE was edited and produced by Brian Gallagher. The programme was funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the Television License Fee.
On Wednesday 23rd of August Pawns was launched i n Balbriggan Library by the Mayor of Fingal, Mary McCamley. Great to have the book launched in a location that actually features in the novel! (more…)
My latest book, Pawns, is out now. I hope you enjoy it.
My radio play FITTING IN will be air on Newstalk 106-108fm on Saturday June 10th at 10 00 p.m. and will be repeated on Sunday June 11th at 8.00 a.m. It can also be listened to as a podcast after the broadcast.
Fitting In tells the story of the moral dilemmas faced by a medical rep in a large pharmaceutical company. His ongoing struggles to conform with the company culture come to a head when a drug is withdrawn from the market, and he has to decide where his loyalties truly lie.
Starring Aonghus Og McNally, Mark O’Regan, and Michael Ford, FITTING IN was written and produced by Brian Gallagher. The programme was funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the Television License Fee.
My radio play MIDFIELDER will be air on Newstalk 106-108fm on Monday April 17th at 11 00 a.m. and can also be listened to as a podcast after the broadcast.
Midfielder is the story of a former soccer player, Billy Murray. With wry humour Billy recalls the social and work adjustments he had to make on going to Seventies England, to follow his dream of being a professional footballer.
Starring Mark O’Regan, Stephen Jones and Marion O’Dwyer, the programme was funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the Television License Fee.
World Book Day was less hectic this year than in 2016, when I wrote One Good turn, the Irish entry for World Book DayA. World Book Day 2017 was still an active day, however, and I had the pleasure of meeting pupils in Killicomaine Junior High School in Portadown.
Great turnout at the O’Brien Press Spring launch of children’s books, and a chance to catch up again with Marita Conlon McKenna. (more…)
My radio documentary Park People was broadcast on Newstalk 106-108 fm on Saturday, November 19th, and can be listened to as a podcast at: ww.newstalk.ie/documentaryonnewstalk
Park People looks at the diverse and colorful range of people that live, work and play in Dublin’s Phoenix Park. From polo players and nuns at Mount Sackville, guides at Aran an Auchatarain, and kids visiting the zoo, to with map makers, bicycle renters and Gardai in the Depot – the Phoenix Park has room for them all.
From a private tour of his residence with the US Ambassador, to a look behind the scenes with the Director of Dublin Zoo, the programme takes the listener on a fascinating journey around the national treasure that is the Phoenix Park.
October was a very busy month, with the Children’s Book Festival running in schools. libraries and bookshops all over Ireland.
It was a hectic time for me, starting with fifteen talks in five days spread across libraries in county Tipperary. It was great to meet so many enthusiastic young readers, and the hospitality from the librarians was wonderful – I certainly piled on the calories from all the cakes and buns I was offered!
The rest of the month was taken up with meeting readers in counties Clare, Galway, Kildare and Dublin, many of whom had been reading Friend or Foe as part of their schools’ 1916 centenary commemorations.
By the end of the month I had done thirty-nine talks and had an array of different throat tablets! It was tiring but also great fun. And now that I’ve had time to catch my breath again, all I can say is roll on next year…