The year previously, “Surrender on Grand Canal Street”, about Eamon De Valera’s alleged 1916 surrender on her Lower Grand Canal Street windowsill, premiered on Newstalk 106 – 108 fm on Saint Patrick’s Day, 2017. Narrated by Deirdre, it featured Lower Grand Canal Street residents The Kilbane Family; historian, and author of “De Valera, Long Fellow, Long Shadow”, Tim Pat Coogan; Una Kavanagh as Elizabeth O’Farrell; Lower Grand Canal Street business owner and nephew of Elizabeth O’Farrell, Ian Kelly; Lower Grand Canal Street Coffee Shop Owner, Colin Harmon; and grandson of Eamon De Valera, Ruairi O Cuiv. Sound supervision was by Neil Kavanagh.
To peruse Deirdre’s many radio documentaries so far, visit her mixcloud page.
“Georgie’s Vision”, the first ever documentary about the fascinating but little-known Mrs WB Yeats was broadcast on RTE Lyric FM in September 2016. “Georgie’s Vision” was funded by BAI and featured Olwen Fouere channelling the voices of George Yeats; Pat Laffan as WB Yeats; Ingrid Craigie and David Heap, intertwined with exclusive interviews with poet John Montague; Caitriona Yeats; Biographer Ann Saddlemyer; Professor Margaret Mills Harper and former Abbot of Glenstal Abbey, Mark Patrick Hederman. Sound supervision was by Brendan Rehill.
We all know about Maud Gonne, but have you ever heard of George, aka Mrs WB Yeats? Tune in to “Georgie’s Vision” to learn more about this extraordinary but self-effacing genius who was the catalyst for her husband’s greatest poetry, yet said “thank-you for leaving me out”.
“Instructions” for the optimum listening experience: Put some violets around the room, light some incense, pour yourself a glass of whatever you fancy and tune in…
So far, Deirdre has produced and researched 4 BAI-funded feature radio documentaries about WB Yeats which premiered on RTE Lyric FM, including “Doreen – Telling the Dancer from the Dance”, (2011), about the Abbey Theatre School of Ballet; and the 2 part series “WB Yeats – Words for Music Perhaps” (2013), which among other things featured an exciting collaboration with DIT Conservatory of Music who performed original scores for WB Yeats’s Plays for Dancers, composed by Walter Morse Rummel and Edmond Dulac.