Monday, 16 January 2012

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Public Holiday

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Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Public Holiday
Annual San Francisco Parade and Celebration

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Bernadette: Notes On A Political Journey

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Bernadette Devlin McAliskey

The Queen’s Film Festival Belfast, will screen Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey on Friday, January 27, at 6:40 pm. The 88 minute documentary will be introduced by Dr. Liz Greene, lecturer in film studies at Queen’s University Belfast. A Q&A session with the director, Lelia Doolan, will follow the screening.

Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, was elected to the British Parliament for the Mid-Ulster constituency in 1969, aged 21.

Doolan, born in Cork in 1934, has an impressive background; former head of light entertainment at RTÉ television; artistic director of the Abbey Theatre; chairperson of the Irish Film Board; and a founder and director of the Galway Film Fleadh.

Friday, 6 January 2012

New Year’s Resolution

The World of Odd Bodkins.

AKA Dan ÓNéill

ODD BODKINS ON Soñar. Vol. 3 No. 1

Well, it’s a safe bet that many of you made a New Year’s Resolution to spend less time in front of the Television.

As Dan ÓNéill discovered, this may take more resolve than one might think.

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Hugh Daniel O'Neill

Thirty years ago Hugh Daniel O’Neill was described as, “an innovator, a creator and a professional troublemaker” in a Forward to a collection of Odd Bodkins.

For seven years his Odd Bodkins cartoons ran daily in The San Francisco Chronicle and in 350 other newspapers throughout the world. At its peak, the strip had a readership of fifty million.

When he was hired at age 21 —the youngest cartoonist ever hired by a national syndicate— he was given three simple rules: no religion, no politics and no sex in the strip. He did his best to comply — he kept sex out of Odd Bodkins.