Grey Heron's beloved 'Sing!' series takes to the airwaves on RTE Lyric FM, for nine inspiring weeks of community music making
Posted On 12th March 2021 by Admin
Our cherished Sing! series is finally taking to the airwaves, each Friday from 7pm on RTE lyric fm from March 5th – April 30th, 2021. Sing! is an uplifting nine-part series, which takes listeners on an immersive journey to nine choirs across Ireland. Sing! captures the fun, solace, and laughter of singing together - a joy that we hope will soon again be possible.
Recorded pre-Covid, Sing! is a series which allows choir-goers and music enthusiasts to reflect on the power of making music together! For curious folks (like us!), this is the inspiration we needed to join and even establish community music groups in our local areas. Until that is possible, we will lap up the inspiration of the nine unique, immersive episodes of storytelling and of community power.
Sing! features nine wonderful choirs from across Ireland, including:
1. Glória – Dublin’s Lesbian and Gay Choir – Friday 5th March
2. Munster Rugby Supporters Club Choir – Friday 12th March
3. Serendipity Chorus Bray – Friday 19th March
4. Bravehearts Choir Cork – Friday 26th March
5. Move4Parkinson’s Choir – Friday 2nd April
6. Aspiro Choir Carlow – Friday 9th April
7. Garda Ladies Choir – Friday 16th April
8. Limerick Gospel Choir – Friday 23rd April
9. Forget Me Nots Choir – Friday 30th April
Sing! is funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the television license fee and is a Grey Heron Media production for RTÉ Lyric FM.
Sing! is presented and produced by Mary McDonnell. Choir rehearsal and performance recordings were made by Diarmuid McIntyre and Daniel Clancy. The Commissioning Editor for RTÉ Lyric FM was Gail Henry.
The series was directed by Diarmuid McIntyre.
Season 1 drops of "My Creative Life" - A joyous dive into young Irish peoples creativity
Posted On 12th June 2020 by Admin
We're delighted to annouce the launch of season one of a brand new podcast and radio series celebrating creativity in young people across Ireland - from music, circus, writing, to visual art, dance and acrobatics and more.
My Creative Life is made by Grey Heron Media for Creative Ireland and RTEjr Radio. Season One is being launched to celebrate Cruinniu na nOg, Ireland's national day of free creativity for children and young people on June 13th 2020. Cruinniu na nOg is supported by Local Authorities and RTE. Find out more at cruinniu.creativeireland.gov.ie
My Creative Life has been created from scratch under lockdown in a remarkable remote collaboration between the young people who feature and the team at Grey Heron Media
A huge thank you to all the young participants and their families for their patience, support and enthusiasm and to the amazing creative organisations that foster creativity in every county in Ireland.
Season One thanks to the Creative Ireland Coordinators & Team Members in the following Local Authorities Pippa Little (Limerick City & County), Roisin O'Grady (Tipperary), Jenny Sherwin (Wicklow), Loretta Raftery (Galway City), Rhona McGrath (Roscommon), Kate Kennelly (Kerry)
"No Body Recovered" - Our Podcast in collaboration with BBC Stories has just launched!
Posted On 21st November 2019 by Admin
Produced in a collaboration with BBC Stories, our new podcast "No Body Recovered" dives deep into the mystery of Ireland longest missing person, 6-year old Mary Boyle. Mary vanished in the middle of the day from her Grandparents farm in a remote part of Donegal in north west Ireland.
Over seven episodes, "No Body Recovered" examines the impact of not knowing what happened on those that Mary left behind. It explores the consequences that are tearing her family apart 40 years after her dissappearance.
Find out more about the disappearance of Mary Boyle in this special piece written by presenter Kevin Connolly for the BBC Website
If you'd like to interview the team behind "No Body Recovered" - please do get in touch
Prix Europa Nomination for Grey Heron's "Limerick in Tune"
Posted On 12 September 2016 by Admin
Grey Heron's radio series "Limerick in Tune" for Limerick's Live95 has been nominated for the prestigous Prix Europa 2016 in the Radio Music Category. There were 642 entries from 35 European Countries and the Jury will make a final decision on the Winner in October. As the first few episodes of the 12 part series were broadcast, we got a lovely email from the commissioning editor at Live95 who dropped us a line to let us know that "We've had extremely positive feedback from our listeners since the series began, receiving praise for the powerful storytelling, the emotive interviews and of course beautiful music and singing throughout the series.".
New Grey Heron series to air on RTE Lyric FM in October 2016
Posted On 19th September 2016 by Admin
Tune in to Weekend Drive on RTE Lyric FM on October 23rd 2016 for the first 10 minute episode in a new sound Portrait of Ireland composed by Grey Heron Media. The nine episodes of "Ireland 2016: As It Lives & Breathes" was commissioned by RTE Lyric FM to mark 100 years since the Easter Rising of 1916. The commission following on from Grey Heron's Gold Medal winning portrait of "Limerick 2014: As It Lives and Breathes" which was broadcast on both Limerick's Live95 and RTE Lyric FM to mark Limerick's year as National City of Culture.
Each "Ireland 2016" episode takes the listener on an aural adventure through 9 richly textured, carefully composed soundscapes, which paint a portrait of Ireland, the place and its people, in 2016. Each programme is a meditative, playful and sound-rich illustration of a different aspect of Ireland's character. A common narrative voice reflects through the series amidst a rhythmically engaging tapestry of voices, memories, sounds and music.
It's An Exhibition! -Three Drives Kids' Art Project audio commission to be heard for the first time on Culture Night.
Posted On 16th September 2016 by Admin
Loud, creative, exciting and immersive! In this special audio commission, the children of the Three Drives Resource Centre, Tipperary Town share what their art project is all about. It's their exhibition, and they own it! Art isn't just paint on a canvas, it's thoughts, and ideas, being bold and being proud. The piece will be heard for the first time tonight (16th September) at the 3 Drives centre for Culture Night 2016.
As you listen, you will hear the reactions of the children, as they walk, jump, and race around their exhibition. These moments have been distilled and brought together, giving a short but intense insight into the creativity and energy of the group.
In the making of this audio piece, everything was allowed! Its aim was to capture a true portrait of the group, chatting to the children about their artworks, and what it felt like to take part in the art project. Because of this simple aim, you will hear the sounds of play, laughter, excitement, high energy, interactions, and at times, sheer chaos!
But within this rich cacophony, you will also hear profound moments of reflection and realisation. These young people have been thinking about their own creative abilities, and what appeals to them as artists. Not only this, but, through the guidance of their facilitator, Teresa Normile, they have looked at their own environment and their lives. They have been thinking about what they would like to add to their community, and how they can combat problems they encounter every day, such as bullying.
This powerful aspect of the narrative weaves in and out through the piece, reminding us that the group members are both citizens of Tipperary, with voices and opinions, but also they are children, who just love and need to be creative and wild, and simply have fun!
Launch of "Speaking up for a Change" series which will be carried on 27 radio stations nationwide
Posted On 15th September 2016 by Admin
Thursday 22nd September 2016 is the launch event for the second national Series of "Speaking up for a Change" at Wood Quay Event Centre, Dublin. The five half-hour episodes which will be carried on 27 Community Radio stations throughout Ireland in October, were produced by Grey Heron Media on behalf of Craol the Community Radio Forum of Ireland. The first national series also produced by Grey Heron was broadcast nationwide in March and April 2016.
This second series is the final element of the ground-breaking Speaking Up For A Change project which was designed and coordinated by Grey Heron Media and funded by The Community Foundation For Ireland. Speaking up for a Change" aimed to remove the obstacles that prevent older people's voices from reaching the airwaves on the issues that concern them.
To enable this to happen, the team at Grey Heron created a specially tailored QQI accredited Level 3 course in media expression and advocacy that was rolled out by Grey Heron across the country through first training and then supporting Craol's network of station-based trainers as they recruited and trained older people in their communities.
The result? More than 800 hours of training delivered at 27 local community radio stations, 296 older radio producers have made 27 hours of programmes featuring thousands of voices. They explored issues as diverse as home care packages, anti-social behaviour, positive ageing, social isolation, sustainable living, homelessness, end-of-life care and rural crime. There older producers have put their views to ministers and councillors, met representative organisations and public bodies, interviewed people on the streets, in their homes, and at community gatherings.
Grey Heron has now distilled those 27 hours of programming into two powerful series for a national audience.
"Mothertongue-Fatherland" live at the Town Hall Theatre in Galway
Posted On 1st September 2016 by Admin
The Town Hall Theatre Galway on the 10th of September sees the second live colloboration between Grey Heron Creative Director Diarmuid McIntyre, renowned actor Olwen Fouere, and artist Deirdre Carr. Built around Deirdre's longform poem "Mothertongue-Fatherland", this evolving piece weaves dramatic readings, song, chant and live soundscapes interplaying with each other.
Production wraps on "The Show Must Go on."
Posted On 23rd August 2016 by Admin
Production has just completed on the "The Show Must Go On" - a colloborative film made between Grey Heron and the powerful community behind the Cappamore Show. The film which will be broadcast in early 2017 explore the collective passion and commitment that sustains this unique event which has been running for over six decades. The Grey Heron team worked closely over 5 months with a great crew drawn from the show committee who drove key storylines. Filming conditions were challenging for the final scenes on Show Day as rain poured over the Show Field for the first time since the show's foundation. Sheets of driving rain meant tractors were called to pull out many vehicles that got stuck but the good spirits of those involved beat the bad weather and there were incredible scenes captured as the rain cascaded down.
Launch of Grey Heron's "The Rescue" DVD with Co Limerick Youth Theatre & the Knocklong Development Association.
Posted On 6 July 2016 by Admin
The red carpet was rolled out in Knocklong last Friday, 1st July. The occasion was the launch of a DVD produced by Grey Heron Media which captures the spine-tingling performance of Co Limerick Youth Theatre's The Rescue, the original performance of which took place in the Knocklong Creamery complex, over a memorable weekend in May.
Over that weekend, the young performers brought an audience of more than 1000 back in time to the Knocklong of one hundred years ago, depicting the dramatic events surrounding the capture and rescue of Sean Hogan from the Station in Knocklong.
The Grey Heron team were on site for the weekend and in the weeks before, making a behind the scenes documentary film about the community's own story of rescue and revival. Responding to the huge public demand, the Grey Heron crew were asked by the Knocklong Development Association and the Co Limerick Youth Theatre to produce a parallel film which would capture the stunning performance for posterity.
The DVD that was launched at the Knocklong Community Hall last week is the result. The piece is just over an hour and features performers from ages 8 to 21 alongside a cast and crew of local adults from the Knocklong area. Speaking at Friday's screening and reception, the play's producer and writer, Fiona Quinn praised the energy, efforts and professionalism of the whole cast, crew, Knocklong community and the Grey Heron team who made the weekend's unique events and this special DVD possible.
Copies of "The Rescue" can be purchased from the Knocklong Development Association - email@example.com.
The Grey Heron documentary film on the story of the Knocklong community's own rescue will be premiered later in the year.
Grey Heron Collaboration with Olwen Fouere & Deirdre Carr on premiere performance of Tweet Tweet Mothertongue
Posted On 13 June 2016 by Admin
Grey Heron were very pleased to collaborate with acclaimed actor Olwen Fouere and poet and visual artist Deirdre Carr on the premiere live performance of Deirdre's new poem Tweet Tweet Mothertongue-Fatherland Teanga Dhuchais-Talamh Athair Snapchattin, which took place last night in Friar's Gate Theatre, Kilmallock.
Using field recordings made by the Grey Heron team, Diarmuid McIntyre composed live sound design in response to Olwen Fouere's compelling reading of this epic new poem published to mark the 100th anniversary of 1916. The performance, hosted by Caoimhe Reidy of the Friar's Gate, took place over 3 hours and was part of a wider exhibition which also included new tapestry work by Deirdre Carr.
These tapestries will be touring to locations around Ireland over the summer and Grey Heron will be creating a sound installation which will form part of the the touring exhibition.
Wild Limerick - A new 20 part journey through Limerick's wild wonders
Posted On 10 June 2016 by Admin
Wild Limerick is a new 20 part series by Grey Heron Media for Limerick's Live 95FM. Wild Limerick, presented by Dr Veronica Santorum, introduces the listener to 20 different locations around Limerick city and county that are special for nature and wildlife. Dr Santorum was the founder of the Limerick's Buzzing project and advisor to the National Pollinator Plan. She is a well-known ecologist, educator and a passionate advocate for Limerick's natural world.
In each episode of Wild Limerick, Dr Santorum brings us to a different special location where we encounter people who know and love the site well. From the endangered horseshoe bats in the cellars of Curraghchase house to the rare and beautiful bee orchids at Aughnish and from the prehistoric sea lamprey in the Mulcair River to the ruddy darter damselfly on the sparkling shores of Lough Gur we're introduced to the breath and wonder of Limerick's very special natural heritage.
The series will transport the listener from the waters of the Shannon Estuary to a city centre back garden and from the uplands of the Ballyhouras to a raised bog, opening our ears and our imaginations to the richness and diversity of Limerick's natural gems, all the while accompanied by passionate and knowledgable guides.
Wild Limerick is funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, with the Television Licence Fee. The series will be broadcast on Limerick's Live 95FM during 2016.
Short pieces for RTE Radio One's Countrywide Programme now available as a Soundcloud Playlist
Posted On 25th May 2016 by Admin
If you've missed hearing some of our recent pieces for "Countrywide", we've now made them available as a Soundcloud playlist so you can listen at any time.
Amongst the recent pieces you can hear are "Night Walk" heading up Slievereagh Mountain in the Dark, "Addicted to Sheep" on the beautiful sheep farming film. If you love strong accents, check out "Josie Ahern" and "Jackie the Farmer". With a lot of our audio and film work months in perparation, there's something delicious about heading out to record on Wednesday to create a piece for broadcast 48 hours later. (thanks to Countrywide for the beautiful photo)
"The Man in the Barn" - A Collaboration between Grey Heron Media, The Truth and RTE Radio One
Posted On 12 May 2016 by Admin
Grey Heron was delighted to colloborate over the past few months with the audio drama pioneers from The Truth Podcast to produce a very special radio drama for RTE Radio One's Drama On One.
"The Man in the Barn" is being dropped simultaneously as a podcast by The Truth and RTE Drama on One on May 12th 2016 with a broadcast on RTE Radio 1 on Sunday May 15th at 8pm.
With the support of RTE's Kevin Brew, the colloboration was planned for many months over Skype calls with Jonathan Mitchell, the founder of The Truth, and Louis Kornfeld, who wrote and features in the episode.
The entire episode was recorded on location, just up the road from the Grey Heron nest, on the farm of our friend Noreen Quish, and in the area surrounding Kilfinane. Last November we donned wellies and headed off with Jonathan Mitchell and Louis Kornfeld to record this otherworldly story with a band of experienced actors from Limerick, Joe Mullins, Maeve McGrath, and Sarah Reynolds. There's a special cameo appearance too by Grey Heron's Diarmuid McIntyre.
We're really excited for you to hear the results of this special trans-atlantic collaboration this Sunday on RTE Radio One at 8pm. If you miss Sunday's broadcast you can also listen back "The Man in the Barn" via The Truth Website at any time.
In Equal Measure - Celebrating Community and Heritage with the People of Lough Gur
Posted On 30th April 2016 by Admin
The Grey Heron team has just completed a new community TV project in collaboration with the community at Lough Gur in Co Limerick. In Equal Measure: community and heritage in Lough Gur, is an hour long programme looking at how this energetic community in east Limerick are preserving and showcasing their world-class heritage whilst building and celebrating local community life.
In the film we follow a year in the life of members of the Lough Gur community as they organise festivals and events, run the community-managed heritage sites and make ambitious plans for the future.
The camera carries us high above this beautiful landscape - the rolling hills, the ancient lake, the bronze age stone circle. We also step behind the scenes, right into the heart of community life, as the committee, volunteers and staff work together to create a year of activities from celebrating dawn at the summer solstice to the ghouls of the children's Halloween Story Telling competition. In Equal Measure celebrates the historical and natural resources of Lough Gur and the energy and commitment that the community show in caring for and preserving this beautiful place.
In Equal Measure will be premiered prior to broadcast at a special local screening at the Honeyfitz Theatre Lough Gur over the Summer Solistice.
The Ties That Bind - A New Grey Heron Media & Brian O'Connell series for RTE Radio One to air in late 2016
Posted On 15th April 2016 by Admin
Did you know that two Harvard anthropologists spent 5 years studying, in minute detail, the people of Co Clare back in the 1930s?
Over the past 6 months the Grey Heron Media team have been working alongside RTE Radio One reporter, Brian O'Connell, as he heads down home to Co Clare to get to grips with life in rural Clare today, using the work of these two ground-breaking anthropologists, Conrad Arensberg and Solon Kimball as his guide. We travel from the cattle ring at the mart to the fireside trad session, from school desk to kitchen table and from busy main street to quiet boreen, spending time with people from all over Clare and asking them to reflect on the lives they live today and why we do the things we do.
The result is a compelling series of four thirty minute programmes, funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, which gets right under the skin of life in Co Clare in 2016, exploring the relationships that bind us, the values that define us and the motivations that drive us.
The Ties That Bind will be broadcast on RTE Radio One at 3pm on the 27th to the 30th December 2016.
Limerick In Tune - A New Series for Limerick's Live 95FM
Posted On 5th April 2016 by Admin
We were excited to deliver a brand new 12 part series called "Limerick In Tune" to Limerick's Live 95FM recently. It's one of the sweetest sounding series we've ever produced!
"Limerick In Tune" is a very special new series celebrating the richness and variety of Limerick�s community choirs and bands. The series was created for Limerick�s Live 95Fm by Grey Heron Media, and it was funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.
Both city and county are represented across twelve programmes in this series, with each one exploring the people and stories behind a different choir or band. The music they create is used as a backdrop to these stories.
There are many familiar names amongst the groups featured, such as the much loved Limerick Choral Union, and the effervescent Limerick Gospel Choir. There is a variety of locations too, from the peaceful surrounds of Glenstal Abbey, to the lively community halls in NewcastleWest and Templeglantine. Another unique location featured twice in the series is the buzzing Redemptorist Centre of Music, where the passion for music is almost palpable!
The series takes the listener behind the scenes, beyond the performances, meeting the people whose passion brings the music to life. There is a focus on the friendships made along the way, and the bonds of mutual support that hold these groups together, as in The Boherbuoy Brass & Reed band, where fellow band members become almost a second family!
"Limerick In Tune" is comprehensive and varied in its approach, capturing a portrait of Limerick�s community music scene, from the young people it engages, like those at Music Generation Limerick, and the County Limerick Youth Choir, to long-established groups like the Slieve Feilim Singers and St. Mary�s Cathedral Choir. The series also looks at groups with a particular aim, like the Something To Sing About Choir, which is part of a global choir of cancer survivors.
Listened to as a whole, the series provides a deep insight into the profound benefits of being part of a community choir or band, and it also takes the listener right into the heart of the action, showcasing not only the beautiful music created, but also the process that goes into building this music-the rehearsals, the techniques, the works in progress. But perhaps most important of all, the series documents the human connections that are made through these choirs and bands, the sense of camaraderie that is evident in all twelve groups featured.
Limerick In Tune will be broadcast on Limerick's Live 95FM over the course of 2016
Grey Heron tackles Sound Design for "Voices1916" Commemoration
Posted On 3rd April 2016 by Admin
Breaking new ground, Grey Heron's Creative Director Diarmuid McIntyre devised and performed the live Sound Design for the powerful "Voices1916" over seven nights in March. Voices1916 a emotional and unsettling theatre piece built around the last letters that were written by the executed leaders of the 1916 Rising. The sound design was a blend of original music, textures and manipulated recordings which were then performed live in reaction to and in tandem with the powerful stage performances.
Unique Collaboration Wins Gold for Grey Heron Media in New York
Posted On 23 June 2015 by Admin
Grey Heron Media has won 2 awards in the New York Radio Festival Awards 2015, including a Gold Medal for their ground-breaking sound portrait of Limerick - As It Lives & Breathes.
As It Lives & Breathes came about as a result of a unique commission from two broadcasters, RT� Lyric FM & Limerick's Live 95FM, as a way to mark Limerick City of Culture 2014. It features 100s of Limerick voices, sounds and stories, all recorded on location around the city and county, from the arrival of the Granny to the Pallasgreen Passion play and from skateboarding on the city streets to cutting hay on a county pasture.
Aodan O Dubhghaill, Head of RTE Lyric FM, and Joe Nash, Chief Executive of Limerick's Live 95FM, wanted to mark Limerick's year as National City of Culture in 2014. They came together for the first time in a unique collaboration and commissioned Grey Heron Media to produce a pair of series to celebrate life in Limerick in 2014, the result was As It Lives & Breathes and, the well-received, Cultural Passions, which features 36 Limerick culture makers in conversation.
As It Lives & Breathes was written and produced by Grey Heron's creative team, Diarmuid McIntyre, Mairead O'Connor and Mary McDonnell, who also secured funding from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland for the series, from the Television Licence Fee, under the Sound & Vision scheme.
As It Lives & Breathes takes the listener on an aural adventure. Over 12 richly textured episodes, As It Lives is a meditative and playful sonic portrait of Limerick, the place and its people, featuring only sounds, voices and music recorded by the multi-award-winning Grey Heron Media team on location in Limerick city and county.
Diarmuid McIntyre, the Creative Director of Grey Heron Media, who travelled to New York to receive the award, said, "The collaborative team at Grey Heron Media are very proud of As It Lives & Breathes. The approach we took to its production, setting ourselves the challenge of capturing the character of Limerick in 2014 through only sounds, voices and music we recorded in Limerick, really fired us up creatively."
Aodan O Dubhghaill, Head of RTE Lyric FM, commenting on the international success of this Irish series, said that the As It Lives & Breathes initiative was "an innovative broadcasting partnership with a local, national and international resonance, sharing stories from in and around Limerick as it lived and breathed during City of Culture 2014 - disseminated around the globe through the medium of the 'wireless'."
Joe Nash, Chief Executive of Limerick's Live 95FM, paid tribute to the special Limerick flavour of this series. He said, "We are delighted that this series, specifically commissioned by Limerick's Live 95FM and RTE Lyric FM for City of Culture 2014 has received such prestigious international recognition. Diarmuid and the team at Grey Heron Media work closely with us on a regular basis and, in this series, they really captured the excitement, drama and humour of a wonderful year in Limerick. The BAI also deserve great credit for backing the venture, through the 'Sound and Vision' fund."
Speaking about the unique nature of the collaboration, Joe Nash said, "I also want to thank Aodan and the team at RTE Lyric FM for their willingness to pursue this co-broadcast, on an independent and state broadcaster, which is the first time it has been done for a documentary series."
Diarmuid McIntyre also commented, "The joint-broadcast of such an artistically bold series by the two broadcast partners was a vindication of the creative terms on which the Grey Heron team approached this important project, marking Limerick's special year in 2014."
The scale of the achievement of the award in such a hotly contested arena, is underlined by the other New York Radio Festival winners, including such programme makers as WYNC's Radiolab, the BBC and Deutschlandradio.
The good news didn't end with As It Lives' Gold Medal, the Grey Heron team also picked up a Bronze Medal in the History category, for their RTE Documentary on One feature, "They Had No Choice" - The Story of the Irish Horse At War, which was broadcast last September to mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War. And that wasn't all as another RTE Doc on One which the Grey Heron team contributed to, "Con Carey and the Twelve Apostles" which told the intriguing story of the twice-buried Con Carey also picked up a Finalist Award
Both broadcasters paid tribute to their teams who supported the production, including Gillian Devlin and the team at Live 95FM and Eoin O'Kelly and Olga Buckley at the Lyric Feature, and both stations' commitment to their audiences. As Joe Nash says, "I want to acknowledge Live 95FM's team at the station for their commitment to this kind of quality documentary programming, which is relevant and engaging for our Limerick audience."
As It Lives & Breathes was broadcast on the Limerick Today programme on Live 95FM and during Lorcan Murray's Weekend Drive on RTE Lyric FM, between October 2014 and February 2015.
Grey Heron have previously won international awards for their work. Their documentary Take No More , on the Kilfinane school stand-off, won Gold in New York in 2013 and went on to win Gold at the PPI Awards and the Best Documentary Award at the Association of International Broadcasters in the same year.