The Wager – Chapter 2 – ‘Two Visits, Two Mistakes’

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I was almost honoured to be approached by Skellig Historical Society after reading the first chapter of great grandfather’s once notorious, now sadly novel. As you are perhaps aware, great grandfather was one of Skellig’s most generous benefactors, having been fascinated all his life by the history and unique culture of islands.

Leman Bodley, former chair of the society, told me a great anecdote about great granddads’s lewd performance at the bicentennial of the sinking of Hollands Melvaart, which of course I can’t share for legal reasons. Buy me a dozen quarts of the black stuff and perhaps you’ll wet it out of me.

In any case, the surviving members of the society are all interred together in a retirement community near Clara Lara, and seemed to greatly enjoy the last excerpt, as far as their carers could discern. It seemed only right to give them another slice of history, as they have room enough remaining for only one or two before joining it themselves.

Music Concerto in E flat major Op.30; G minor Op.12, by Antonio Vivaldi, recorded from Grandfather’s phonograph.

Image: Photograph of great grandfather having a grand old time, from the family archives. Courtesy Skellig Historical Society, circa 1911

A Page from History



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My great grandfather’s book ‘An examination of the effect on character of greatly altered circumstances, as epitomised by the divergent conditions into which two young unfortunates are thrust by the wretched cynicism of their betters,’ or ‘The Wager’ caused an enormous stir upon its initial release in 1919. The book so shocked and dismayed its late Edwardian audience, that it was prohibited both in Ireland, and across the Commonwealth. The book’s content invited comparisons in The Times to ‘the depravities of Wilde, absent his wit’. Today long forgotten, I thought I’d wile away a Summer evening with what seemed likely a dry exercise, but became an entertaining one. This reading is from the second edition, released abroad in 1920.

Music Concerto in E flat major Op.30; G minor Op.12, by Antonio Vivaldi, recorded from Grandfather’s phonograph.

Image: Scan of great-grandfather’s portrait, from the dust jacket.

The Gareth Stack Show: Live – Episode 4 – ‘Of Mongooses & Men’

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Your monthly dose of lowbrow comedy and middlebrow culture with Gareth Stack, hosted by Andrew Booth. This episodes first guest was Tom Rowley of Storymap.ie, a website that lets you find and create stories to accompany your trip to Dublin. We were also joined by Dublin indie folk harmonisers Mongoose, who lent their dulcet chorus to our tired old ears. We chatted about manhood, murder, storytelling and munched down on some phallic confectionary. This month’s murderer was celebrated drummer Jim Gordon.



Choices – Episode 2 – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

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Episode 2 of the brand new series from Dead Medium Productions and Dublin City FM. First broadcast 14th May, 2014.

Ainesh learns cushion counselling from his eccentric lecturer Sean. After Emma Jane’s flirtation makes him run for the safety of his cinema books, Stillman hassles him about getting a job. Ainesh starts to realise the course might be more than he bargained for when a puppet role-play goes out of control. Ainesh goes house hunting, barely resisting the advances of an older lady, and just avoiding baptism by an over-enthusiastic priest. A mysterious dog saves the day. Dragged clubbing by his classmate Sally, Ainesh runs into Emma Jane, but before he can romance her she meets his much cooler motorbike-riding cousin, Krishna.

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Choices – Episode 1 – The Hero’s Tale

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Episode 1 of the brand new series from Dead Medium Productions and Dublin City FM. First broadcast 7th May, 2014.

Ainesh Sharma is sacked from his minimum wage job for being a smart aleck, and is placed by the social welfare department in a course called ‘Choosing Therapy’ – a radical form of psychotherapy which teaches that everything in life is our choice. The course proves to be quite the indoctrination. Ainesh is befriended by two mysterious classmates, Stillman and Emma Jane.

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The Gareth Stack Show Live: Episode 3 – Bathos

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This weeks show featured interviews with horror writer Graham Tugwell, and esoteric religious expert, writer and publisher Andrew Philip Smith. We also have two fantastic short stories from Irish writer Patrick O’Flaherty.

The show was produced by superproducer Ronan Misteil, and presented by Andrew Booth. Special guest was Gareth Stack. The show is produced live at the studios of Radiomade.ie. All jingles produced by Roger Gregg and the Crazy Dog Audio Theatre.



Gareth Stack Show Live – Comedy Chernobyl

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Vital update of most important importance: we’re switching to a monthly format. If God protects us from the spectre of global thermonuclear war, next show should be April 3rd. If you’d like to see more of this kind of thing, like us on Facebook.

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This weeks show featured interviews with controversial comedian Robert Coyle, award winning conceptual artist Jonah King, and Caoimhe Lavelle and James Moran from the Bluebottle Collective.

The show was produced by superproducer Ronan Misteil, and presented by Andrew Booth. Special guest was Gareth Stack. Prank call featured was by Siam Collective, with permission. The show is produced live at the studios of Radiomade.ie. All jingles produced by Roger Gregg and the Crazy Dog Audio Theatre.