Donal Di­neen

The pre­sen­ter and DJ on Kevin Barry’s mag­nif­i­cence, and his ad­mi­ra­tion of Kerry com­pa­triot Jessie Buck­ley

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Kevin Barry’s Night Boat to Tang­ier is a comic mas­ter­piece. It’s based around two ag­ing drug deal­ers who travel to Spain for the last time. That’s the bones of it, but it’s an in­cred­i­ble study of a friend­ship. In typ­i­cal Kevin Barry fash­ion, he seems to write about how Ir­ish char­ac­ters feel bet­ter than any­one I know. I have no doubt that Barry is up there with the greats – we’re lucky he op­er­ates in our lifetime.


I was lucky enough to see Michael Kee­gan-Dolan’s pro­duc­tion of Giselle in 2003. It was a game-changer for me. I had never seen dance pre­sented so vis­ually be­fore – un­ex­pected stuff that hits you like a comet and forces you to see the world dif­fer­ently af­ter­wards is the best. Ev­ery pro­duc­tion since has been strik­ingly beau­ti­ful.


The Live­long Day by Lankum is an ab­so­lute tri­umph. They’re at the epi­cen­tre of a huge shift in tra­di­tional mu­sic’s tec­tonic plates. They are both rein­vent­ing the form and forg­ing brave new ground. When some­one takes the game up this far, all boats rise. Hav­ing said that, my al­bum of the year is Sentinel by Jape. It’s a pro­found med­i­ta­tion on love and loss set in a kind of sonic dream world. It’s a high wa­ter­mark in a ca­reer of peaks for Richie Egan.


Em­met Kir­wan never fails to blow me away, and he’s also a bril­liant writer. Some peo­ple make it look so easy don’t they? Tommy Tier­nan is another favourite. He was great in Dark Lies the Is­land. And as a Ker­ry­man, it was lovely to watch the con­tin­ued rise of Jessie Buck­ley this year. I saw her in Wild Rose and was so im­pressed with how she in­hab­ited her char­ac­ter, and with a per­fect Glaswe­gian ac­cent. She rocks hard.


The only pod­casts I lis­ten to are James York­ston’s 46-30, and oc­ca­sion­ally The Blind­boy Pod­cast. I know it’s harder to meet some­body who isn’t do­ing a pod­cast at present so I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I’m plan­ning on en­ter­ing the crowded mar­ket my­self in 2020, so make some room! The theme is cre­ative jour­neys, of all sorts. I’ll be record­ing it live at Lun­cheonette in NCAD, so we’ll have food and then I’ll make a pro­gramme. It’s been eight years since I was on the ra­dio and the state of ra­dio is so sad at present. I’ll try to bring the idea of ra­dio to a new con­text.

TV show

I’m go­ing to have to say This Ain’t No Disco. It’s mu­sic tele­vi­sion, just not on old telly, that’s all. We de­cided to do the best we could to cre­ate a place where the mu­sic could go. It’s a safe haven to store all that gold at the very least. We made four shows in 2017, and we re­turn with another four-part se­ries, which we’re fund­ing through Pa­treon. It feels good to be back, do­ing our bit.


I went to see Joker twice, and it was such a treat for the eyes. It had in­cred­i­ble set de­sign, in­cred­i­ble cin­e­matog­ra­phy, and harks back to a dif­fer­ent, clas­sic age of cin­ema. It gets a per­fect 10 from me.

The first episode of This Ain’t No Disco se­ries two is on­line now. See thi­saintn­


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