Thursday, November 15, 2007


Bertie at some function with spooky writing. The video clip is actually very humorous. It's the first time ever that I have heard him being genuinely self-deprecating and making light of it.


Harry McGee said...

Correction. Sorry, that should have been spooky lighting. Typos can't be corrected when you transfer video from YouTube!

Gavin said...

In Leitrim during the election campaign?

Ronan Gallagher said...

Harry, having had literally hundreds of people downloading this clip in the last 24hrs and driving up my viewing figures I was wondering where all the visitors
were coming from. Now I know. A side effect of this has been a huge rise in viewing figures for the film which this clip is taken from. As a filmmaker you have brought me Nirvana or in plain terms, an audience I might not have had. Many thanks.
The clip is from a short film on the opening of the John McGahern library in Leitrim in Oct 2006 and the comments were a reference to his troubles which had first emerged back then. The film is called 'Amongst Friends' (which Bertie surely was) and can be viewed in full at

Another interesting point is that that Bertie as Taioseach acknowledged the hurt caused to McGahern and his wife Madeline (who was present) which probably is as close as they will get to a State apology for the sacking of McGahern from his teaching post and the banning of his work. The (ahem) spooky lighting (or was that a veiled reference to his speech writers) was to illuminate the Taoiseach's speech (a contradiction in terms some would say) due to the overhead lights breaking down.

Hope this clarifies things and again many thanks. Now I have to go and ring me Mum and tell her that I made 'De Paper'.


Ronan Gallagher
Iron Mountain Movies