Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown supports the arts

by Gazette Reporter

DLR First Frames Scheme aims to open the door to new and emerging Irish film talents. Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s purpose in promoting this opportunity is to support emerging filmmakers to make vibrant and compelling films and to increase awareness of the variety and flexibility of locations available in the region.  DLR’s Economic Development Unit is supporting this opportunity to support employment in the film making industry in the County.

dlr First Frames is fully funded by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s Arts Office and Economic Development Unit, and managed by IADT.  Mentoring support is provided by the National Film School, IADT with additional equipment and facilities from IADT.

Music: Kevin Brady


Kevin Brady is a Professional musician from Dublin, Ireland with over twenty five years performance & recording experience both nationally and Internationally. He started his musical studies from an early age performing on both piano and trumpet. He later attended the Drummers Collective in New York, his teachers included Kim Plainfield, Bobby Sanabrias and Gene Jackson.

He received a First Class Honours Master’s Degree in Music from C.I.T. Kevin is currently Head of Percussion at The Newpark Academy of Music in Blackrock and is a Lecturer at Dublin City University. In 2020, he became a recipient of the Musician-In-Residence Scheme provided by The Arts Council of Ireland and The Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council.

Kevin has performed throughout the World at music festivals & at many of the most prestigious venues such as The Sydney Opera House, London Jazz clubs Ronnie Scotts & Pizza Express. He has performed with Peter Bernstein (Guitar), Seamus Blake (Sax), Norma Winstone (Vocals), Pee Wee Ellis (Sax), Bill Carrothers (Piano), Larry Coryell (Guitar), Perico Sambeat (Sax) and many more.

As well as releasing his own music and albums with his critically acclaimed piano trio featuring U.S. pianist Bill Carrothers, Kevin was the first Irish Jazz Drummer to be signed to an Internationally recognised Record Label.

He has performed and recorded on over 75 studio recordings with artists & groups such as Van Morrison, The Irish Baroque Orchestra, Monica Huggett Luka Bloom, Jimmy McCarthy, Grada, Louis Stewart, Dave Geraghty and more recently Hally & The Hymns.

Kevin has been an Endorsed artist for many years with Evans Drumheads & Bosphorus Cymbals and he will be releasing his fourth studio album entitled ‘Plan B’ this October with the Internationally renowned record label in London ‘ Ubuntu Music’.

Kevin Brady

Puppetry: Niamh Lawlor


Niamh Lawlor is a Visual, Film and Theatre Artist working primarily as Púca Puppets. Based in Sallynoggin.  Her project Wonder Puppets has been inviting children with Autism and Aspergers and their families to enjoy playful interactions with puppets online.

Initiated last June through a commission from Dún laoghaire Rathdown Arts Office for Creative Ireland’s Cruinniú na nÓg it’s continuing thanks to an Arts Council Bursary Award. Next will be a series of sock puppet making family workshops, so if you have a child on the spectrum between 6 – 10 years and would like to take part please contact [email protected] or keep an eye on Púca’s Facebook page.

For a taster of Púca’s other work search Béirín on RTE player or visit https://www.rte.ie/player/movie/beirin-beag-bui-e1/86296616004 and


These are short lullaby films for young children and Físín Award winners, Béirín Beag Buí i dTír na Síog (Little Yellow Bear in the Land of the Fairies) was edited during lockdown thanks to an award from DLRCoCo.

Puppetry: Niamh Lawlor

MART: Studio


MART Gallery & Studios is an artist-led arts organisation based in Dublin founded in 2007. Our mission is to be a leading advocate for the arts by providing sustainable creative art studios and to promote contemporary visual art through an engaging curatorial programme, to local and international audiences.

MART is the largest supplier of artist studios and sustainable workspace for the creative community in Dublin. We support on average over 125 members in seven studio buildings! We do this by working with local landlords and authorities to refurbish spaces that can facilitate artists’ studios and workspaces for creatives. Through a range of studio spaces we cater to emerging and established practitioners working in all forms of creativity, who in turn provide a strong cultural and economic impact on the local and national creative economy.

From this Summer, the Grainstore in Cabinteely is been taken over by Mart to provide Arts studios and work spaces – this is a great addition to the arts infrastructure in the County as artist workspaces are always in demand.


Writing: Catherine Talbot

A Good Father is a psychological suspense novel about a man who kills his family. I wanted to explore the idea that jealousy could be the driver of such an act, through a character who has no overt mental health issues. The intention of this exploration is to unsettle the reader and make them consider how a man could do such a thing. Is there even a conclusive answer to this question? By telling the story solely through the eyes of Des, I am trying to illuminate the fact that many female victims of domestic violence or coercive control do not have a voice.

At the core of my work is an exploration of the notion of love. How can we inflict hurt on the people that we love most in the world?

I wrote this book before COVID-19 struck. I had no idea that it would hit the zeitgeist of lockdown with cases of domestic violence and coercive control regrettably on the rise.

I am so excited that the novel is finally out there into the world and I am delighted that it is striking a chord among readers.

A Good Father is her debut novel which is published by Penguin Sandycove. In 2020 Catherine received Literary Bursaries from the Arts Council and also Creative Ireland through Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Arts Office.

You can contact  Catherine Talbot at   twitter @caittalbot   Instagram catherinetalbotwriter

Folklore: Mick Fortune


Michael grew up in a family immersed in story, superstition and folk belief in an area known as ‘The Macamores’, an old Gaelic stronghold stretching along the east coast of County Wexford. He completed his BA in Fine Art, specialising in video and performance, at Limerick School of Art in 1999 and his MA in Screenwriting at DLIADT in 2003.

Growing up in an environment steeped in folklore has awarded Michael a natural understanding of the crossover between traditional and contemporary beliefs and customs, and the fluid borders where fact and fiction meet. As a result he has been commissioned to undertake multiple folklore collections on film throughout Ireland over the past fifteen years, in rural and urban communities, with young and old. At the core of Michael’s recordings are people and his genuine connection and engagement results in uniquely rich and personal material.  

In October 2016 ‘The Michael Fortune Folklore Collection’, a 21 DVD Box Set recorded between 2005 – 2016 will be launched in The National Library of Ireland in Dublin. The collection will be launched as part of a day long seminar entitled “Vizzards and Collicks” based around the Hallowe’en tradition in Ireland and will feature some of the country’s leading authorities on folklore.

Folklore: Mick Fortune
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