Radio presenter, actor and Gaeilgeoir Eoghan McDermott has had a non-stop career, finding his way into media in what might consider a slightly quirky way.
“I had an interest in Irish in school, from going to the Gaelteacht and stuff, and knew I wanted to pursue it at third level.
“I worked in TG4 for a little while and studied politics and Irish in college. Then I became head of the dance society in college, and tried my hand at professional dance.”
“I was a professional dancer for years, and I lived in New York for a while,” McDermott told Dublin Gazette.
“I was doing some shows with Chris Brown and a TG4 producer who was in the audience asked me if I wanted to audition for a new show they were working on called Seacht.
“I got the part, then went on to host [TG4’s] music show, then that lead to radio. I’ve always tried to acknowledge the role Irish played in my growth in media.”
McDermott is returning to the Irish language channel this week with new documentary series Tabú, looking at a number of issues in Irish society.
“Pop culture and entertainment has always been my fodder, and so this is my first straight up documentary on quite a serious subject. I hope Tabú will spark some interesting conversations.”
The first episode is ‘Random Acts of Violence’, looking at the effects random attacks can have on victims and those around them.
“I was assaulted in late 2016, and when TG4 approached me about doing the show, they asked me was there any subject I was particularly passionate about.
“So many people contacted me after my assault to say something similar happened to them, or that they knew someone it happened to. It was pretty grim, how many people it had happened to.
“It’s a really serious issue in Irish society at the minute, as are all the issues we’re discussing in the series.”
Other episodes in the docu-series will discuss medical cannabis, online shaming, rural decline in Ireland, and domestic abuse.
The issues that are tackled are remarked as somewhat ‘taboo’ in mainstream media, diving into some of the lesser-discussed aspects of current life in Ireland.
“I don’t think people give TG4 enough credit.
“Because they’re small, and stuff is Gaeilge, I think they have to fight a little bit harder and make a little bit more noise.
“I think they’ve been brilliant over the years, very innovative. They don’t always get the numbers they deserve sometimes. They’re always willing to push the boat out a little bit, they’re quite an important channel in Ireland I think.”
Although it’s airing on the primarily Irish-language TG4. Eoghan says that the show will also have some English speaking parts.
The first episode of Tabú is available on TG4’s website, with the rest of the series airing every Wednesday at 9:30pm.