The Family of Things – Episode 6

The Family of Things is a new audio transmedia project from Athena Media. It’s a podcast series about ideas, life and how we live it. Helen Shaw meets actor and writer Mark O’Halloran the creative force behind the darkly comic films Adam & Paul and Garage. Mark talks about growing up in a big family in Ennis and his journey to become a writer and performer. He describes how limiting Ireland was as a young gay man and how a year spent in Amsterdam liberated him. He found a creative soul-mate in director Lenny Abrahamson and the two made the acclaimed independent film Adam & Paul in 2004. Mark shares life, love and loss in an open and revealing conversation stretches from his recent time filming in Havana for his new film ‘Viva’ to his poignant experiences in Iran.
 

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The Family of Things – Episode 5

The Family of Things is a new audio transmedia project from Athena Media. It’s a podcast series about ideas, life and how we live it. Sean nós singer and songwriter Iarla Ó’Lionáird is Helen Shaw’s guest in this edition of The Family of Things. Iarla is the voice of the acclaimed Irish ensemble The Gloaming whose album by the same name has received multiple award nominations. Iarla grew up in Cúil Aodha in Co Cork in an Irish speaking community in what he calls ‘ a hive of song’ and along with his ten brothers sang, as a child, in Seán Ó Riada’s choir. He talks about his relationship with his voice, his language and his creative journey from singing the cows back home to releasing his work through Peter Gabriel’s label Real World Records. Today he performs across the world not just with The Gloaming but also with operatic work by Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy.

 

All episodes are available for free online and you can subscribe to The Family of Things via RSS or on iTunes

The Family of Things – Episode 4

The Family of Things is a new audio transmedia project from Athena Media. It’s a podcast series about ideas, life and how we live it. In the fourth episode the guest is Hans Zomer, Director of Dóchas, a development network, and lead organisation on the European Year of Development in Ireland. Hans talks about being shaped by his Dutch presbyterian roots, his family’s experience of World War 2 and his childhood growing up in Cameroon. He speaks five languages but says he now feels Irish and dreams in English. 2015 is an action year for world development with two landmark UN events aiming to secure a new set of development goals and a global agreement on the environment and climate change. For Hans it is a challenge to all of us to ask and answer how can we make a positive difference in 2015?

The first three episodes of The Family of Things featured poet Nessa O’Mahony and author Denise Deegan and Dr.Shane Bergin.

All episodes are available for free online and you can subscribe to The Family of Things via RSS or on iTunes

The Family of Things – Episode 3

The Family of Things is a new audio transmedia project from Athena Media. It’s a podcast series about ideas, life and how we live it. In the third episode of the series presenter Helen Shaw speaks with Trinity based physicist Dr. Shane Bergin. Shane says people often think science is ugly but necessary. Dr. Shane Bergin, while he thinks it is beautiful and essential. Shane talks of his passion to communicate science to the world and to inspire the next generation of scientists through his teaching work at TCD.


Shane is behind the award winning project ‘Dart of Physics’ and in this interview he describes nano-science and its future. As a scientist, researcher and teacher Shane is often in the public ear and eye through his work but he shares his love of music, his delight in cooking and baking (every weekend!) and talks about the people he admires including Irish President Michael D. Higgins and Nobel poet Seamas Heaney.
While Shane unpacks the world of science and education he also brought his favourite instrument along – the ukulele!

The first two episodes of The Family of Things featured poet Nessa O’Mahony and author Denise Deegan.

 All episodes are available for free online and you can subscribe to The Family of Things via RSS or on iTunes

The Family of Things new Podcast series from Athena Media

The Family of Things is a new audio transmedia project from Athena Media. It’s a podcast series about ideas, life and how we live it. In the series presenter and producer Helen Shaw talks to interesting people about what motivates them and their own passion for their work. In the first episode Irish poet and author Nessa O’Mahony shares her life and stories and reads from her poetry collections including her latest work ‘Her Father’s Daughter’.

Athena Media has also just released Nessa O’Mahony’s first collection Bar Talk as a kindle e-book and we’re about the release an audiobook of that first collection.
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It’s Your Right wins Silver award at the Appys

The transmedia project Athena Media have been working on throughout 2014 included an iPad app which won the silver award in the “best children’s app” category at the Appys. The Application which is free to download on iTunes includes many of the stories which are featured on our audio and video channels. You can also follow the project at www.itsyourright.ie.

Leon from Athena Media & Karen from the OCO at the Appys event

It’s Your Right iPad app shortlisted for an Appy

Throughout 2014 Athena Media have been working on the It’s Your Right project for the Ombudsman for Children’s Office with the culmination of the transmedia campaign an iPad app encompassing the stories and characters we were lucky to meet through the project. The iPad application which is free to download on iTunes aims to teach and help children understand their rights.

The application has been shortlisted for an Appy, one of Ireland’s premier digital events and it rounds off a wonderful year of critical acclaim for Athena Media’s work which included an impressive haul at the New York Radio Festival. The winners are announced on the 20th of November which is serendipitously Universal Children’s Day.

Women Mean Business 2014

Athena Media’s latest podcast is the product of the ongoing relationship with Women Mean Business. This video podcast brings together the highlights of the 2014 Women Mean Business conference and awards.

The WMB Conference & Awards 2014 took place in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin October 6th.It was the 8th year for the event which has become one of the most prestigious events for women in business and leadership in Ireland. Key speakers included Niamh Bushnell (Dublin’s first Commissioner for Start Ups) Deirdre Somers (CEO Irish Stock Exchange), Elaine Coughlan (Atlantic Bridge), Paula Fitzsimons (Going for Growth), Margaret Hearty (InterTradeIreland) and Margot Slattery (Sodexo Ireland). Five awards were presented to outstanding women in business in Ireland. Contact womenmeanbusiness.com for full details. Rosemary Delaney is the founder and MD of WMB Publishing. The sponsors of this year’s event are Newstalk, Boots Retail Ireland Ltd. with The Pensions Authority as network partners for the networking session.

The keynote speaker of the day was Lucy Gaffney Chairperson of Communicorp Group.

Full events details and a gallery of images and biographies on the winners of the day are on Women Mean Business.

This is an Athena Media production for WMB Publishing Ltd. All rights rest with WMB Publishing Ltd. The narrator voice is Helen Shaw of Athena Media who facilitates the event.

Women Mean Business (WMB) Conference & Awards 2014 from Athena Media on Vimeo.

It’s Your Right application released

Athena Media has been working on the It’s Your Right transmedia project for the Ombudsman for Children’s Office since February. The aim of the project has been to educate and inform children and young people about their rights largely through the voices and stories of children themselves. This is accomplished through a series of video and audio podcasts, compiled and brought together in an iPad app which also features additional information on a quiz.  The podcast channels are hosted at audioboom (formally known as audioboo) and vimeo. The iPad application can be downloaded via iTunes. The Irish Times ran a feature on the It’s Your Right campaign and app which you can read here.

One of the highlights of the project was the “Shield” song by Ellen and Carla which they had wrote prior to getting involved with It’s Your Right, throughout the project the song evolved and developed into a wonderful version accompanied by strings and a primary school choir.

‘Shield’ by Ellen and Carla – LIVE at St. Peter’s College Dunboyne from ItsYourRight on Vimeo.

Gold Award Winning Herosongs available as a showcase iPad app

Athena Media is celebrating the news that 4 of its projects won at the New York Festival Radio Awards, including 2 golds, for Herosongs and Citizens: Lockout 1913, as well as a silver award for Science is Everywhere and James Joyce: The Dead reaching a finalist certificate. Full details are available on the awards here.

An episode of Herosongs, heroes of 1913-1916, presented by Thérése McIntyre has been made into a showcase iPad app available for free on iTunes now. The application contains the full episode, additional information, pictures, lyrics, resources and a full transcript to give listeners a broader experience.