In Tom Crean’s Footsteps on RTE Documentary on One

My first RTE Documentary on One; ‘In Tom Crean’s Footsteps’ will be aired on RTE Radio one on Saturday August 5th at 1pm with a repeat on Sunday 6th August at 7pm. It will be available to listen to online from Friday 4th August.

Tom Crean is an Irish hero.  In 1916, he was part of Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance Expedition to the Antarctic and one of the greatest adventure stories ever told. When the Endurance became trapped in pack ice and sank the crew piled into three small lifeboats and sailed to the unihabited Elephant Island.  But rescue was 1500 kilomteres away, through some of the world’s roughest oceans and Crean, along with Shackleton and a small crew, somehow navigated a flimsy wooded boat through mountainous waves and freezing temperatures to the island of South Georgia. Exhausted and starving, the men then trekked 48km across sheer peaks and deep crevasses before raising the alarm and rescuing their crew.

One hundred years later their feat is still celebrated as one of the greatest survival stories.

Now, Tom’s granddaughter Aileen, her two sons and her partner will attempt to follow the men’s treacherous journey across South Georgia.  Aileen Crean O’Brien grew up listening to the stories of her famous grandfather, Tom. He died before she was born, but her home was full of memorabilia from his expeditions, including his sailor’s ‘diddy box’ which she found as a child in her mother’s bedroom. It contained his Albert and polar medals and Aileen was determined to one day follow in his footsteps.

Aileen, Bill, Morgan and Cian have been training for the expedition for the last two years by dragging tires up and down the Kerry hills.   To keep to the same route as Tom Crean on South Georgia they will have to drag heavy sleds called pulks around crevasses; deep cracks in the ice and across glaciers. They will encounter katabatic winds, sheer cliffs and some of the roughest seas in the world.

RTE Documentary On One follows the family from the Tom Crean Fish & Wine Restaurant in Kenmare, Co. Kerry to the Crean glacier, Crean Lake and Shackleton Waterfall of South Georgia.

Can Aileen honour Tom’s memory and complete the six day sea crossing and four day traverse of this isolated island at the bottom of the world?


*** Thanks to Aileen and family for letting me tell their story, Shona McCarthy for telling me about Aileen Crean’s granddaughter in Kenmare and Rob Mulhern from Doc on One for Production Supervision.

Sound Conversations every week on RTÉ Radio One Extra


I’m very pleased that Sound Conversations, which I made with La Cosa Preziosa will air every Wednesday at 17.45 and 23.45 on RTÉ Radio One Extra   starting on Wednesday December 16th.  It was funded by The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the Television Licence Fee.  It will follow the same line up as previous airings on Flirt FM:

Episode 1 – Kevin Brew

Kevin Brew from RTE Radio Drama on One. He has produced for Radio 1’s Rattlebag and The Arts Show while making series such as Sound Stories, Mixtape, and Sound Stories Live.

Kevin Brew

Episode 2 – Bernard Clarke

Bernard Clarke, award winning sound artist and presenter of RTE Lyric FM’s Nova programme. Bernard takes us behind the scenes of Lyric FM & discusses his creative journey.

Bernard Clarke

Episode 3 – Liv O’Donoghue

Liv O’Donoghue, choreographer and performer whose work has been presented widely throughout Europe including the UK, Sweden, Germany, Latvia, Italy, Austria and Norway.

Liv O’Donoghue

Episode 4 – Steve Fanagan

Steve Fanagan, musician and award winning sound designer, editor and re-recording mixer, based at Ardmore Sound and Screenscene.

Steve Fanagan

Episode 5 – Ronan Kelly

Ronan Kelly; radio producer and feature-maker, of RTÉ’s much loved ‘Doc on One’. He takes us to The Grand Canal in Dublin and discusses his work.

Ronan Kelly…


Episode 6 – Marta Toropow

Marta Toropow; gifted sound healer and teacher who has been working in Sound Healing for over eight years. She explains the healing properties of particular frequencies.

Marta Toropow

Episode 7 – Tony Langlois

Tony Langlois; lecturer in media, sound artist and musicologist. He spoke to us on the steps of the famous Church of St. Anne’s (with the Shandon Bells) church in Cork.

Tony Langlois

Episode 8 – Dave Lordan

Dave Lordan; poet, educator and author He spoke to us in a very busy Temple Bar and Meeting House square, where he performs a poem.

Dave Lordan:…

Episode 9 – Roisin Coyle

Roisin Coyle; visual artist. She spoke to us at the Long Walk in Galway about how sound has become increasingly important in her work.

Roisin Coyle

Episode 10 – Garret Farrell

Garret Farrell; sound re-recording mixer. He spoke to us in the spare room in his house in Dublin about his career path and the differences in mixing a short and a feature film.

Garret Farrell…

Episode 11 – Softday

Softday; sound artists Sean Taylor and Mikael Fernstrom. They chat in one of their ‘bunkers’ in a cafe in Limerick about over 15 years of collaboration and their various projects.


Episode 12 – Brendan Rehill

Brendan Rehill: audio engineer and sound artist. He brings us to the grounds of Trinity College to escape the bustle of the city and to chat about his technical and creative work.

Brendan Rehill:

Episode 13 – Mairead O’Connor

Mairead O’Connor: radio producer. We walk around People’s Park in Limerick City and discuss her move from education to radio and her award winning work with Grey Heron Media.

Mairead O’Connor:

Episode 14 – Colin J. Morris

Colin J Morris: composer and audio engineer. We met him at his studio in Greystones, where he discussed composing music for film and TV, field recording and parenthood.

Colin Morris:

Episode 15 – Anthony Kelly & David Stalling

David Stalling & Anthony Kelly: Sound artists. In The Royal Marine Hotel, we discussed the nature of collaboration, how sound creativity can be inspired by childhood, and more.

Anthony & David:


Sound Conversations included in Syntone’s Selection of Radio Programmes


Thanks to Syntone, a French website dedicated to radiophonic art for including Sound Conversations in it’s list of podcasts and programmes focusing on sound and listening to check out.  It is a great privilage to be included with programmes by Amanda Robles and Audrey Ginstet, Thomas Baumgartner and probably my favourite podcast at the moment – Tim Hinman’s Sound Matters.

The Poet’s Corner

This programme was made with the support of the BAI’s Sound & Vision Funding Scheme.

‘The Poet’s Corner’ is a series of fifteen short ten minute slots on Athlone Community Radio’s ‘For Arts Sake’ Programme. Fifteen different local poets will perform their works and will speak with the presenter about their style, influences and experiences in poetry.

Broadcast every Wednesday between 6 – 7pm on Athlone Community Radio 88.4fm and online

Producer/Presenter – Alan Meaney
Sound Engineer – Heidar Al Hashimi
Editor – Joseph Kelly
Music – Terry Donovan

Thanks to Paula Healy for the artwork.

The lineup for the series is as follows:

Carmel Feeney – May 22nd
Eugene McGivern – May 29th
Linda Jo Quinn – June 5th
Jinny Fallon – June 12th
Jason Gill – June 19th
Claire Lydon – June 26th
Alex Jocher – July 3rd
Shane McLaughlin – July 10th
Aoife Doolan – July 17th
Ursula Ledwidth – July 24th
Seamus McKenna – July 31st
Catherine Ivers – August 7th
Noreen O’Rourke – August 14th
Amanda Gunning – August 21st
Helga Rasfeldmings – August 28th

I’m With The Band


Currently in pre-production.  I’m With The Band documents the work of Athlone band Bite The Killer Cat, from the songwriting process to the release of their first CD. In addition to interviews regarding the band’s background, influences and future plans, the series covers some of the many aspects of being in an original band, such as recording, performing, shooting a music video, and the preparation involved in releasing original material. Produced by Alan Meaney.  Presenter, sound engineer and editing by Amanda Gunning.  This programme is funded with the support of the BAI’s Sound & Vision funding scheme.

Check out Bite The Killer Cat’s website