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In Tom Crean's Footsteps

Following in the footsteps of your ancestors can be a difficult journey, particularly when your Grandfather was the famous adventurer, Tom Crean. 100 years later, his granddaughter Aileen sets out to retrace this historic journey. Will she succeed? (2017)

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Documentary maker: Tim Desmond

Tim grew up in Cork city becoming a teenager just as punk exploded onto the music scene and not too long before the pope came to Ireland in 1979. After an initial involvement in ‘pirate’ radio and for a time, RTÉ Radio in the early 1980’s, Tim joined the great exodus out of Ireland, moving to the UK in 1985. Returning to Ireland, Tim set up in business, until at the age of 38 he decided to return to education and re-enter the media.

After studying Social Science and journalism as a mature student in UCC Tim Returned to RTÉ full time in 2007 and has worked with the Doc On One team since 2013. Documentary making has taken all around Ireland and across Asia, Africa and Central and South America, with a particular focus on issues of social Justice and the legacy of war. He produces his own documentaries and supervises the production of documentaries with independent documentary-makers.

Tim has written, presented and produced award winning documentaries including: No Time To Lose ( Prix Italia winner 2017), Ireland's First Superstar (IMRO Gold Music Documentary 2019), An Unholy Trinity ( Silver, New York Festivals 2018), The Summer Of Astral Weeks ( Gold New York Festivals 2019, Silver IMRO Music Documentary 2019).

In 2019 Tim co-authored a book The Murder Of Doctor Muldoon with Ken Boyle, based on the Documentary ‘An Unholy Trinity’.

Tim lives in Dublin with his wife Adrienne. 

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