The Craic We had the Day We Dined for Ireland

February 8, 2008 at 11:50 am Leave a comment

On the day that Martin McGuinness joined Ian Paisley in condemning the Real IRA for threatening a return to violence, Ding Dong Denny O’Reilly struck a blow for traditional Republicanism by winning the overall prize, and best animation, at last night’s Irish Digital Media Awards.

This morning an angry Ding Dong rejected allegations that he had sold out on his principles by attending the €250-a-plate awards dinner. ‘In some ways it wasn’t easy watching a film about the famine being celebrated by people stuffing their faces,’ he admitted. ‘But the British have illegally occupied far too much of cyberspace and, even though cyberspace doesn’t really exist, it is still our duty as Republicans to claim it back for Ireland. Also, it is nice, after so many centuries of struggle, to be able to have both a feast and a famine at the same time.’

Paul Woodfull, creator of the unreconstructed Republican balladeer, was more circumspect about his portrayal in animated form. ‘I’m still getting used to seeing myself represented in photographic form,’ he said. ‘So it was nice that Brown Bag films were able to tweak Ding Dong’s appearance.’

The winning entry was an animated version of Ding Dong explaining the history of Ireland in five minutes to a confused tourist. The animation is by Brown Bag Films in Dublin’s Smithfield Market. It used to be available on YouTube, but it has been removed, presumably by British securicrats. However, you can see it here on Brown Bag’s website. (Warning – this is a very slow connection, so you are probably better off downloading it from the link than watching it on the Brown Bag site.)

Here is the full list of all of the award-winners: >>>

Digital Media Ireland Awards 2008

Overall Winner – Ding Dong Denny O’Reilly’s History of Ireland

Best Internet Service Provider – UPC Internet

Business to Business Innovation –

Business to Consumer Innovation – Life & Work of WB Yeats, Martello Media

Best Commercial Website –

Best Non-Commercial Website – Power of One

Best Financial Services Website – Permanent TSB

Best Entertainment Content (Mobile or Website) – Phantom105.2 FM

Best in Blogging – The Waiting Game, Fiona McPhillips

Best Independent Podcast Production – Dublin Tourism iWalks

Best in Design (Website or Mobile Content) – BT2 Digital Brand Platform

Best Digital Film or Animation – Ding Dong Denny O’Reilly’s History of Ireland

Best Digital Advertising/Marketing Campaign – Powerade “Never Give Up”

Best Digital Advertising/Marketing Agency – ICAN

Best e-Learning Product or Course – GAA Fun Do Learning Resource

Student Digital Storytelling Award – Stephen Stewart, NUI Maynooth


Entry filed under: Culture, Fun, Ireland, News, Video.

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I also write Bionic Bohs, a blog about following Bohemians football club in the 1970s.


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