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The Grandfather Canoe

Two hundred years after a revered and sacred canoe disappeared from the banks of the St John River in Canada, it turned up in a building in Galway.

Documentary maker: Pat O'Mahony


Pat is a Dublin-based freelance TV and radio producer/director/presenter who has made five documentaries for the Doc On One slot.

His most recent was in 2012, the BAI-funded A Silver Lining where he spent a week with the Stockholm Gaels as they attempted to defend their Scandinavian Championship title, to show how, as GAA clubs around Ireland are being devastated by young club members leaving the country in droves, the flip side is that bizarrely the GAA abroad has never been stronger.

In 2011 he made Twitter On Trial , a unique experiment that, with the help of five experienced Twitterers and one complete Twitter newbie, attempts to put this 5 year old social networking service through its paces.

In 2010 he made One Evening In July about his friend and colleague, Olan McGowan, who broke his neck in a diving accident in 1995 and has been a wheelchair user ever since, and The Forgotten Visit about US President Richard Nixon's little remembered visit to Ireland in 1970 which he witnessed as a young 9 year old.

In 2009 he made Pat's University Challenge for Radio 1, for which he spent a week in DCU while it was celebrating its 20th year as a fully fledged university - and where he himself studied for his Communications degree from 1983-'86.

Pat has also produced and/or directed numerous television programmes since returning from London in 2009, including in 2012 the pilot of RTE 2's Six In The City format, and Now That's What You called News 2009/10/11, three annual end-of-year internet news reviews for RTE 1. He's currently making a documentary for RTÉ 2 on the Best Of Eurovision Tour that featured six of Ireland's seven Eurovision Song Contest winners.

During his 11 year UK stint Pat presented an Irish-themed radio show on GLR (now BBC London); he was a reporter on BBC 1's prestigious weekly Watchdog consumer TV programme; he produced Reporters At War, an Emmy-winning series for Discovery on the history of war journalism; he produced and directed films for Channel 4 and Five; and he briefly popped over to Dublin to present Witnness TV from the two-day precursor to Oxegen for TV3, to produce the pilot edition of RTE 2 television's The Panel, and to produce and present Second Generation, a series on six well-known second generation Irish in the UK, for RTE Radio 1.

Before departing these shores Pat was the producer/presenter of Access All Areas, a long-running series on the Irish music industry on RTE Radio 1, as well as a presenter/reporter on a variety of music (Feile TV, Dave Fanning Show, The Garden's Voice), current affairs (The Sunday Show, 5-7 Live, The Live Register) and general features (Head 2 Toe, Off Your Trolley, Gortnaclune '94, Options, Summer Express) radio and TV programmes for RTE. He also was a presenter on a UTV environmental series, Green Pages.

In his pre-broadcasting career, Pat wrote for the likes of Hotpress, In Dublin and The Dublin Event Guide and was the first full-time Entertainments and Publications Manager at NIHE, Dublin (now DCU) Student Union.

He graduated from NIHE, Dublin in 1986 with an honours degree in Communications Studies.

You can follow Pat on twitter @patomahony1

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