Deirdre’s hour long photo-documentary “Journey to YU (in the footsteps of Rebecca West)”, inspired by photographer Dragana Jurisic’s exhibition “YU: The Lost Country” premiered at the Belgrade-Irish Festival in March 2015; and subsequently screened at Dublin’s Photoireland Festival in Temple Bar Gallery and Studios in July 2015; Guth Gafa International Documentary Festival in Kells, County Meath in October 2016; and the 1st Sarajevo-Irish Festival on March 16th, 2016. The radio version, “Journey to YU” was broadcast on RTE Lyric FM in November 2015, and March 2016, and you can listen back on RTE Lyric FM here.
Deirdre’s 2-part BAI-funded radio series “WB Yeats: Words for Music Perhaps” (including a collaboration with DIT Conservatory of Music), was first broadcast on RTE Lyric FM in November 2013 – listen back here: Previous radio documentaries include “Irish Monsoon Wedding” (Newstalk), “Doreen – Telling the Dancer from the Dance” (RTE Lyric FM/ Funded by BAI) and “Ogoki – Call of the Wild” (Newstalk/ Funded by BCI) – which you can enjoy here:
An isolated Indian reservation in Northern Ontario, Canada is the setting for “Ogoki – Call of the Wild”. It was here in the 1970s and 80’s that the Mulrooney Family, from Limerick lived for seven years. Over two decades later Deirdre and her mother Mary return to the reservation and hear the Ojibway Indians share their shocking and moving history. Featuring Pearl Achneepineshkum (nee Wenjack), telling the tragic story of her brother, Charlie Wenjack (subsequently subject of Tragically Hip October 2016 song “The Secret Path”).
A Deirdre Mulrooney documentary, funded by the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland, first broadcast on Newstalk 106 – 108fm in December 2008.
In this heart-warming love story, the East meets the West, the Sea meets the Hills, and Darjeeling harmonises with the Cork lilt as Eileen and Brendan O’Brien make the long and arduous trip from Cork to the foothills of the Himalayas to give their only daughter Emma away in an elaborate Nepali wedding ritual involving destiny, and many bottles of whiskey… Irish Monsoon Wedding tells what has once again become an archetypal Irish story – of parents coming to terms with the loss of their children to foreign shores, or, in this case, to a far-off mountain-top above the clouds in India. Bittersweet tears are balanced by the joy of a colourful, intercultural wedding celebration complete with intricate Nepali rituals. This exotic tale unravels against a backdrop of Edith Wilkins’ wonderful Centre for Street Children, and Fair Trade Organic Darjeeling Tea, available for sale here in Dublin and Cork. A monsoon of tears, of singing, of laughter and of course that essential ingredient for any love story – true love.
A Deirdre Mulrooney Production, first broadcast on Sunday February 26th, 2012 on Newstalk 106 – 108FM.
Sound Supervision by John Davis