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In today’s Western People

January 28, 2014 in Culture

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For readers who don’t live in Mayo, please click on the ‘Read the rest…’ link to see an article on yours truly, and After the Fact, written by Cróna Esler for today’s Western People newspaper.

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Radio 1 documentary airs this weekend

January 6, 2014 in Culture

Brendan Daly listens

Brendan Daly listens

Tune in to RTÉ Radio 1 this weekend (on Saturday at 2pm and/or Sunday at 7pm) to hear the voices of Ger Slattery, Mark Henry, Dan O’Malley, Andrew Newman, Lorraine Murphy, Ronnie Swiggers, Jane Allen and a host of other quizzing luminaries speak on quizzing and the European Quizzing Championships.

They Didn’t Suit You, is the name of a documentary recorded by Brendan Daly and produced by Ronan Kelly. Brendan tagged along with myself and the Irish quizzing team both before and during last November’s Euros in Liverpool.

The resulting programme will be (I think) about 45 minutes long and will air on Saturday, January 11th, at 2pm. It will be repeated eight days later at 7pm.

For more info, and a slideshow of some very familiar photos, please check out the page on the RTÉ Doc on One mini-site.

No luck in Naas

October 16, 2013 in Housekeeping, Quizzes

John-banditThe Irish Blog Awards were handed out on Saturday night last in Naas. For the second year running, tablequiz.net left empty-handed. :-(

I guess I should be happy, all told. The site was chosen as a finalist in two categories this year, as opposed to one 12 months ago. However, when you’ve twice trucked all the way to Kildare and received nowt but some nicely designed (if hastily scrawled) certificates, it’s takes the wind out a little.

We did have a great night (see photo!). And hey, even if we didn’t win, we were there – which is more than can be said for the winners of 10-or-so categories. ;-)

Anyway, back to the quizzing. Thursday evening will be busy as, after the usual live broadcast of After the Fact, I am the host of a table quiz in aid of Claremorris Community Radio.

There’s a great prize up for grabs, especially as we reach this time of year: a €500 voucher for Smyths’ Toys for the winning team!

The quiz is slated for 8.30pm in The Dalton Inn, Claremorris. Admission is €40 for a team of four. I hope to see you there.

Please note: I won’t be wearing the bandit mask on the night.

After the Fact series debut

August 13, 2013 in Quiz Show

Here it is, the podcast version of the first episode in the third series of After the Fact, in a suitably over-the-top player:

After the Fact: Number 1 by Claremorrisfm on Mixcloud

After the Fact is back! Tonight!

August 9, 2013 in Quiz Show

atf_robot_logoAfter the Fact, the quiz show I host on Claremorris Community Radio, is all set to return for its third series.

This return to the airwaves is taking place in the unusual time slot* of 8pm tonight (Friday) as it is part of the 2013 CCR Broadcastathon, a fundraiser in which volunteers broadcast continuously for 48 hours to help pay the station’s bills.

The Broadcastathon kicks off at 5pm this evening (I’m also one of the hosts of that show, as it happens!) with ATF then fourth on the running order. Last year’s captains, Lorraine Murphy and Andrew Newman, are both returning for another series. Tonight they will be joined by two team-mates with a heap of ATF experience, Gordon Campbell and Anne McLoughlin. The topic for this special episode will be the number one.

You can listen in online via www.ccr946.ie or watch the show (!) on www.claremorristv.com.

* Well, it’s not Thursdays at 7pm. There’s nothing otherwise unusual about it…

Not long left to vote for ‘After the Fact’

January 28, 2013 in Podcast, Quiz Show

Perhaps you haven’t heard but After the Fact, the quiz show I host on Claremorris Community Radio, was last Autumn nominated for a European Podcast Award.

The (rather long-winded) award process is about to change stages this week. On February 1st, the public voting phase ends and the category shortlists will be announced. A judging panel will then review the remaining podcasts before the winners are announced during March sometime.

So, there are just a few days left to vote for After the Fact! * If you’d like to do so, please click on this link right here: Vote for After the Fact. **

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The luck of the draw?

October 5, 2012 in Quiz Show

My radio show, After the Fact, is now six episodes into its second season on Claremorris Community Radio.

Throughout the whole of the first series, which ran to 28 episodes, we only had one draw (or ‘tie’, if you’re American).

Who knows what’s happened since but, at this early stage, one third of season two has finished with level scores.  Are the questions harder – or easier? Have the contestants gotten smarter – or dumber? Or is it all down to luck?

If you don’t have an answer for those questions yet, why not listen to last night’s show, Europe, via the widget below?! Yes, I guess I am giving away the ending but it’s the journey that’s fun!

Finally, if you’d prefer, you can subscribe to the show via iTunes.

After the Fact returns – you can watch!

September 1, 2012 in Quiz Show

That’s right quiz fans, After the Fact, the award-winning community radio quiz show returns this evening for its second series.

From next Thursday, it will revert to its regular broadcast slot; that is, Thursdays at 7pm.  However, as part of the Claremorris Community Radio Broadcastathon, we decided to present the debut tonight, Saturday, at 8pm.  As always, you can listen in to the show, via claremorriscommunityradio.ie.

However, this special event comes with special circumstances.  Firstly, we are broadcasting from a new, specially created (and incredibly spacious) studio.  More importantly though, as the Broadcastathon is being filmed and streamed on claremorristv.com, you can tune in there and actually WATCH After the Fact take place.

So please do.  The topic for the show’s questions will be, not too surprisingly, marathons.  Alas, Clancy our robot scorekeeper has already informed me that he’s a bit camera-shy and will probably remain just out of frame.