Media Appearances by Fergal Kearney
I have had a long and varied career in the arts, tourism, photography and media broadcasts. With an intimate knowledge of Northern Ireland, and in particular the area around South Derry and the Sperrin Mountains, I have been a regular contributor to television, radio and print journalism over many years.
BBC Northern Ireland Broadcasts
My relationship with BBC Northern Ireland goes back to the early 1990s where I contributed regularly to radio features on the various events and festivals which I organised in and around Magherafelt. These were all live studio broadcasts which included the shows ‘Frankly Anne Marie’ (BBC Radio Foyle), ‘Arts Extra’ and ‘Your Place and Mine’.
I was also a guest reader of Seamus Heaney poetry on BBC Radio Ulster’s Honorarium for the poet on the occasion of his 70th Birthday in 2009.
I also had guest spots on Q Radio Network on the 1st anniversary of Seamus Heaney’s death in August 2014.
BBC Radio 4
I worked with the producers of BBC Radio 4 shows Open Country, and Poetry Please during 2016 on programmes dedicated to Seamus Heaney. Recording of the broadcasts took place in August 2016 in and around Bellaghy and County Derry. Both programmes focused on Seamus Heaney’s links with the area and how the countryside and people of his native Bellaghy influenced his lifelong work.
BBC One Northern Ireland
This series exploring life in, on and around three of Northern Ireland’s major rivers included the River Bann. I worked with the production team and director/presenter Darryl Grimason on the programme, featuring the Eel Fishery at Toome, the Lough Neagh Weir and the poetry of Seamus Heaney’s ‘Lough Neagh Sequence’. The programme was first broadcast in October 2014 and repeated in June 2015 and January 2016.
BBC Two Network
A favourite on BBC2, in this show antiques experts set off on a road trip around the UK and Ireland searching for treasures and competing to make the most money at auction. For Series 12 Episode 2 they were in Northern Ireland and visited me in Bellaghy to hear about Seamus Heaney and the landscapes and people that inspired his work.
This programme included one full day with the production researcher scouting filming locations and one full day of filming in and around Bellaghy. This was the interlude feature on this episode, first broadcast in January 2016.
If you are interested in working with me on any independent or network broadcasts, you can find out further information on me in my Press Kit.