The Fingal Film Awards at The Wright Venue last night hosted by Comedian Eddie Naessens. Awards presented on the night included ‘Best Documentary’, ‘Best Feature Film’ and ‘Best International Film’, Best Animation Film’, as well as a special award for the ‘Best Newcomer Writer & Director in Fingal’ award. The night also saw “The Young Folk” performing, supported by new emerging Fingal Band “Machine Gun Baby”.
Some of my work will be used as the National Volunteer Week nationwide media and PR campaign this year (print, broadcast media and Irish Rail advertising).
Check out http://volunteer.ie/ for more information on interesting ways to help your community!
..have a ‘deadly’ weekend!
DSPCA Dog Day Out, Marlay Park.
Dublin SPCA hosted their annual Doggy Day Out at Marlay Park. Hundreds of mutts from across Dublin gathered in Rathfarnham’s Marlay Park today along with their owners to take part in the annual Doggy Day Out in aid of the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA).
With a variety of events to choose from, such as ‘Scrufts’ the all-inclusive dog competition to a demonstration from Dog Sled Ireland, to Dog Training Sessions with ‘King of Paws’ Alex Pitrelli to doggy speed dating.
My adopted dog Mylo was there catching up with some old friends and everyone at DSPCA (who knew him as Jer) seemed to remember him fondly and one describing him accurately as being a bit of a Monkey!
Guinness officially recognized the record for the world’s largest gathering of zombies on October 30th, 2010 at the 3rd annual New Jersey Zombie Walk on the Asbury Park Boardwalk in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Guinness recorded 4,093 zombies at the event.
On July 23rd, 2011 The Dublin Zombie Walk in Dublin, Ireland had an estimated 8,000 Zombies in attendance, but confirmation is still pending from Guinness.
The walk was from the Leeson Street entrance of St Stephens Green to Eustace Street in Temple Bar in order to highlight the work of two worthy causes, the Irish Cancer Society and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). This particular fund-raising exercise was initiated by Dubliner Eamonn Doyle & Pauline Swaine who believed that the sight of 4,000 zombies on the streets of the city will help raise much needed funds for these charities. “The walk is organised with stewards and collectors who will escort the living dead through the streets and ensure that no innocent bystanders get infected! But we hope that people will dip into their pockets and make sure the collectors can deliver some much needed funds to these two charities by the end of the day.” This is a planned annual event so look out for the Dublin Zombie Walk team next year!
Playing for an hour and a half Villagers gave us their entire albums worth as well as a few new tracks, ‘Memoir’ and ‘Beatitudes’ including standout encores of ‘Ship of Fools’ and ‘That Day.’ A striking light show topped it all off and Villagers left the stage, to the emotion of their proud families who happened to be nearby.
Beach House played much of their third album, Teen Dream. They dedicated ‘Norway’ to the victims of the massacre in Oslo and jokingly attribute another track as a cover of a future Justin Beiber single. Oh you, you nearly had me there.
At Copsewood Aviaries, Kilmacanogue Ed Drew has a wide variety of animals and birds at the business he has been running for 15 years including, chipmunks, rabbits and peacocks. While some are for sale, his nine monkeys are kept as pets. Fascinatingly he also rents some of the animals to Television and Film productions, the animals have’t complained about their fame yet and can be heard tweeting constantly about it
Open Sat, Sun & Bank Holidays
10am – 6pm
Or by appointment on : 086 262 0201
You can find Copsewood Aviaries here :
Dublin Zoo in the Phoenix Park is the largest zoo in Ireland and one of Dublins most popular attractions. Opened in 1831, the zoos main roles are conservation, study, and education. Its stated mission is to “work in partnership with zoos worldwide to make a significant contribution to the conservation of the endangered species on Earth”.
Covering over 59 acres of the Phoenix Park, it is divided into areas named World of Cats, World of Primates, The Kaziranga Forest Trail, Fringes of the Arctic, African Plains, Birds, Reptiles, Plants, City Farm and Endangered Species. There were over 963,053 visitors to Dublin Zoo in 2010.
The zoo is part of a worldwide programme to breed endangered species. It is a member of the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP), which helps the conservation of endangered species in Europe.
The day I was there they were filming all new The Zoo, TV Series.
Find out more about Dublin Zoo