Eoghan McDermott on...
I think some of the Big
Brother stuff is a bit questionable — the way the rows are handled — and shows like The Bachelor where you’re supposed to get married at the end, that’s bizarre. But the premise of
Love Island is quite sweet really — boy fancies girl, will they, won’t they, do they, don’t they? You’re watching the formation of a relationship and, be they body beautiful or not, that’s the kind of thing we’re all interested in in real life.
Some are just going through the motions but then it’s a case of being really well-researched and being able to tap into something that might ignite them, or get a laugh from them. A laugh is as good an insight as anything because you’ve got through to them.
...compulsory Irish in schools
You have to put some value on what’s culturally rich but if I was Minister for Education tomorrow, I’d make the oral 80% of the exam. I’ve never met a kid who has gone to the Gaeltacht and left with less of an appreciation or ability or flourish for the language. Three weeks of immersion and you can learn more than 14 years of syllabus.
I have two sisters, both amazing. Roe, who’s younger than me, is a journalist and writer and a Fulbright scholar. Gender politics is her thing and she’s incredibly smart. Aoife has a PhD and is a university lecturer and she’s only a year older than me. So, yeah, I feel a bit of an underachiever.
…being claimed by Limerick
I have been described as a Limerick man and I was born there but only because mam and dad were teaching there. I think I was there about five minutes and they moved back to Dublin. Nothing wrong with Limerick but I’m a Dub.
If I could play one complete album on the show it would be Michael Jackson’s greatest hits. I’m a huge fan. But other than that I’m an indie kid.
I find it quite taxing. The default on Twitter seems to be real animosity without any civility. It’s a necessary evil.
…making more documentaries
It would have to be something I’m very interested in. I’m fascinated by American politics. I flew to New York in 2008 for the announcement of the election results in Times Square and there was a lovely sense of young people being politically engaged and inspired by something. Obama hadn’t achieved anything yet but he had used good rhetoric and made people feel good and now it’s the opposite — terrible rhetoric making feel terrible. I’d like to explore how that happened.