The Dead Key

Brendan Grattan was a young writer with the world at his feet, until a sex scandal caused him to spend the rest of his life in disgrace and silence.

Back in Ireland for Brendan’s memorial, his niece Stephanie begins to doubt the official explanation of his disgrace. Was Brendan innocent after all? And if so, did his dishonour hide another, infinitely more terrible secret?

Her probing introduces her to different associates from Brendan’s life; Marina, his mysterious former Russian lover and British spy David Prentice who demands to know if her uncle has passed on any ‘secrets’ after his death.

The Dead Key unfolds over two episodes through Brendan’s posthumous narrative, spoken into a recording left for his niece, and Stephanie’s efforts to explore the mystery. A contemporary spy thriller and tale of family loyalty.

The programme was funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the Television License Fee.

BROADCAST TIMES: ‘The Dead Key’  Episode 1 was broadcast on Newstalk 106-108fm on Sunday June 7th 2020 at 7am, with repeat broadcast on Saturday June 13th at 9pm.

Episode 2 was broadcast on Newstalk 106-108fm on Sunday June 14th 2020 at 7am, with repeat broadcast on Saturday June 20th at 9pm.

PODCAST: Podcast available at You can also listen at the bottom of this page, on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or wherever you find your podcasts.

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‘The Dead Key’ was written and directed by Jason Gill.  It was produced, recorded and edited by Alan Meaney.  

Brendan played by Martin Kelleher, Stephanie played by Sarah Gordon, Sheila played by Anne Hoey, Sergei played by Pawel Starkowski, Marina played by Irena Cvetkovic, Fin played by Ollie Hegarty, Prentice played by Harry Smith.

Thanks to Martin Howard and Shannonside FM, Francesca Lalor, Hopscotch Multimedia, Athlone Little Theatre, The Cvetkovic family. Image by Everyday basics @zanardi.

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The Vampires of Killaspleen

John Carver is an American out of his depth, when he arrives in the village of Killaspleen. Both the locals and the Guinness don’t seem to agree with him. Incumbent Garda Sergeant Sheila is also feeling uncertain. Her predecessor left a note saying ‘call Drake if anything weird’. And there is something weird going on in Killaspleen; a young woman on her way home from the pub is chased through the woods with her attacker attempting to bite her neck. Garda Sheila contacts Paddy Drake, an overbearing and peculiar elderly gentleman who lives in an ancient estate in the village. His wife Elisabetha hasn’t been seen for years and the locals have begun to talk. Magdelena, their teenage daughter is dressed as a goth and seducing the besotted local men. Things come to a head when John Carver and Drake’s paths collide, bringing love, a sense of family and the solving of the case in the woods.

‘The Vampires of Killaspleen’ was broadcast on Shannonside FM on Thursday 27th December at 2pm.

The drama has been shortlisted for the 2019 IMRO Radio Awards in the Drama Category.

Writer/Director: Jason Gill
Producer/Sound Engineer/Editor: Alan Meaney
John Carver – Joe Steiner
Paddy Drake – John McGlynn
Elisabetha – Anne Hoey
Jameson – Martin Kelleher
Garda Sheila – Annette Dowling
Magdelena – Martina Dolan

This programme is made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the television licence fee.

Design by Hopscotch.


‘Redemption’ is set the Irish village of Kilthumper. Against the backdrop of impending emigration, depopulation and financial hardships, it tells the story of one small rural GAA club and its fight for survival.

If they lose their next match, Kiltumper’s football team will drop to Intermediate status, and the club’s tiny faithful fear they won’t even be able to field a team if that happens. The club’s two best young players, the Boland brothers, are on the point of leaving for Australia, their full forward is possibly the worst footballer in Ireland, and the members are at each other’s throats.

However, the community pulls together before the final game of the season, the legend that is Pat “the Tank” Shaughnessy comes out of retirement and the Boland family resolve to make the best of what life throws at them.

Redemption was aired on Clare FM on St. Stephen’s Day 26th December 2018 at 6pm.

Written by Joe Considine & Don Garry
Directed by Jason Gill
Produced, Recorded and Edited by Alan Meaney
Ethel O Mahony – Nicola Doyle
Olan Marten – Pat ‘The Tank’ Shaughnessy
Arthur Ford – Jim Burke
Martin Kelleher – Mikey Boland
Martin O’Donohue – Gearoid Boland
Bosco Clarke – Finbar Boland
Maeve Plunkett – Mary Boland
Gerry Howard – John Cahill
Pat McNamara – Tadhg Doyle

This programme is made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the television licence fee.

Thanks to Bernie Harten, Ennis Players, Hopscotch Multimedia, Clare FM

The Time Before The Tarn

‘The Time Before The Tarn’ is a radio drama, set in a near future. The phenomenon of the TV show has reached new heights of addiction and engagement. With multiple storylines evolving, it is a constant presence through which people live their lives. This compulsion is the background to the story of Mark; a shy coder and office worker for the oppressive UROK Corporation. Mark’s life revolves around work – an endless string of coding at the company’s office and ‘The Tarn’ – the fictional interactive TV show that consumes the rest of his waking hours. The action moves from the castles and battles of ‘The Tarn’ to Mark’s train commute to work. Interspersed throughout is his conversation with a mysterious man who inquires about his life, ‘The Tarn’ and about new worker Jane. She enters Mark’s life as a bright spark on a humdrum office day and he soon becomes enamoured with her. She encourages him to meet outside, to question his reality and obsession with ‘The Tarn’. But Jane is not all that she seems…

‘The Time Before The Tarn’ was broadcast on Midlands 103 on Thursday December 27th at 7pm.

Written and directed by Jason Gill
Produced, recorded and edited by Alan Meaney
Music by Kevin Free
Mark – Ronan Flynn
Psychiastrist – Martin Kelleher
Robert – Cathal McCormack
Jane – Martina Dolan
Skylan – Joe Gill
Priestess – Anne Hoey
Young Man – Joe Steiner

This programme was made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the television licence fee.

Thanks to Hopscotch Multimedia, Ruth Gill, Catherine Ivers.