Saturday, February 13, 2016

Shackleton – The Voyage of the James Caird

When the mighty Endurance becomes trapped in the Weddell Sea, Ernest Shackleton’s dream to cross the Antarctic becomes a fight to save the twenty-seven souls that set sail with him. With five others, he takes to the sea in the lifeboat, James Caird, and sets a course for South Georgia, 800 miles away across treacherous waters. This graphic depiction brings to life the ceaseless struggle against the harshest environment on Earth, and culminates in the most dramatic real-life open-boat journey in the history of mankind. 

It is a graphic retelling of the greatest feat of leadership and survival ever recorded. 

Music Antartic Tears taken from the CD Shackleton's Endurance. 
Music courtesy of composer Brian Hughes.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

1916 Heather Humpries TD Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Kildare Decade of Commemorations

Teachers and pupils from Patrician Primary School, Newbridge (who formed a guard of honour

Minister Heather Humpries, Mayor Fiona O'Loughlin,
 Eric Hennelly-Flanagan, Riverbank Arts centre and author Mario Corrigan Local Studies.
Heather Humpries 
TD Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht inspecting Shackleton graphic novel work in progress.

Heather Humpries 
TD Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht inspecting Shackleton graphic novel work in progress.

On Thursday 11 June Minister Heather Humpries 
TD Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht  and John Concannon Director Ireland 2016, visited Aras Chill Dara to meet the Kildare Decade of Commemorations Committee. Also present were Mayor Fiona O'Loughlin, teachers and pupils from Patrician Primary School, Newbridge (who formed a guard of honour, representing those men from Newbridge who died in WWI); pupils and teachers from Gaescoil Collaiste Chill Dara, Naas; Naas Local History Group; Marian Higgins, Acting Co. Librarian; James Durney, Historian in Residence; Mario Corrigan, Local Studies; artist Dave Butler; Eric Hennelly-Flanagan, Riverbank Arts centre; Peter Carey and Peter Minnock, KCC. Photos by Tony Keane.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Mario On Irish TV Kildare Matters 45

Alan travels to Naas to commemorate the anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania. There he finds out about Thomas McCormack, a Robertsown man, who survived the tragedy. 
We meet his daughter, Vera, now 90 years old.

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Still a huge reaction to our programme about Kildare man Thomas McCormack who survived the Lusitania disaster 100 years ago!! In this mini-doc Mario Corrigan talks me through his research and we hear from Vera McCormack, a daughter of the Kildare man who survived.

Alan travels to Naas to commemorate the anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania. There he finds out about Thomas McCormack, a Robertsown man, who survived the tragedy. We meet his daughter, Vera,

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Mario On Who Do You Think You Are? with actress Rosie O'Donnell

Author Mario talks to American actress Rosie O'Donnell  from the American version of 
Who Do You Think You Are? Details in video description on YouTube.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Coman's Wood Children's workshop with Mario

These amazing pieces of art are from from 1st Year Holy Family Newbridge - some read the whole book while some read excerpts from it. Part of the deal was to maybe do a drawing which they presented to Mario. A few loved the book but many had questions and comments which will prove useful in the next project. 
Great feedback. Many thanks to the teacher Sarah Allen. . The students read the books as part of the new Junior Cert curriculum which allows and encourages them to read books not actually specified on the curriculum.

Scroll - Claire Sweeney 1S

Wraith - Erica Harrieven


Flight - Amy Brown 1S

Lough Key Castle - Ally Collins