Brón ar an bhás: promising film-maker passes away

Tributes paid to producer

By Staff Reporter

A SUCCESSFUL producer of Irish language films, who was living on the Lisburn Road, passed away suddenly at the weekend.

Bríd Maloney, a native of Stabannon in County Louth, had lived and worked at home and abroad.   Scotland, Australia, Greece and Zambia were just some of the countries she visited.

A graduate of NUI Galway, she had a Masters degree in Journalism and several years experience working for the BBC in Northern Ireland and in Scotland.

At the time of her death, Bríd was working as a producer for Belfast based production company Clean Slate TV.

An aficionado of trad, Bríd had a particular love for her native music.

A recent show she produced ‘The Bothy Boy”, was shortlisted in the Celtic Media Festival last month.

The 50 minute drama detailed the life and musical career of Mícheál Ó Domhnaill, a guitar player, singer, composer, arranger, producer and a member of the most influential Irish group of all time, The Bothy Band.

Bríd also spent time working for Edgecast Media in Ennis and Imagine Media in Belfast.

Highly successful in her career, Bríd worked with some well known figures from TV, radio, the music scene and the sporting world.

She also interviewed the late Mick Lally, most recognisable for his role as Miley in Glenroe.

She also interviewed Dermot O’Brien, captain of Louth and the first Irish artist to go straight into the charts at number one with The Merry Ploughboy and well-known 2FM Radio broadcaster Hector.

Bríd was also was involved in extensive work with the charity Concern which took her to Africa to help with their work.

Musician and producer Dónal O’Connor paid tribute to Bríd yesterday. “I worked closely on films with Bríd but more than that we were friends,” he said. “We are all shocked at this sudden loss.”

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