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Water Discharge in Irish Politics

DUBLIN – November 2014. Anyone observing the ongoing water charge dispute bedevilling the Irish Government at the moment, can’t help notice the deep divide that exists within Ireland.  There is a clear and obvious disconnect between the Government and the people, which is being exacerbated by the rather ham-fisted manner in which Irish Water is being dealt with. Of greater …

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Lost Dublin Map

Here is a small office project we are working on. The idea is simple to create a map with the locations of lost buildings, monuments and streetscapes for the city of Dublin. This is very much a work-in-progress which we hope to evolve over a period of time by adding additional functionality. When you enter the map, click on one …

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The Golden Wrecking Ball – Dublin’s ugliest buildings

There comes a time, when you have to call it as it is – just like the boy in The Emperor’s New Clothes. Dublin has some of the ugliest buildings in Europe – ghastly eyesores which destroy the once proud and beautifully designed streetscapes of The Fair City. For the uninitiated or the visually impaired here is the top ten visually ugliest …

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Dublin – Altstadt – Neustadt

Most European cities have what the Germans call an Altstadt (Old City) and a Neustadt (New City). The new city of course is not new at all, quite often dating from the 18th or 19th Century and the Altstadt was the original or medieval city. Whether it is Prague, Dresden, or indeed Kaunas this division is evident in many European cities. Dublin …

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The Phoenix on the Elbe

Between the nights of the 13th February – 15th February 1945, two months before the end of the 2nd World War, the historic city of Dresden was attacked by 722 heavy bombers of the British Royal Air Force (RAF) and 527 of the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) who dropped more than 3,900 tons of high-explosive bombs and incendiary devices …

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Kunstrepublik

After a three-month break and a lot of travelling, Funkshot has returned with a new focus for this season – we call it Kunstrepublik, a portmanteau of two German words for art and republic. This is the inevitable follow on from last season’s Sprezzatura when we focused on the Renaissance man. Funkshot has always placed strong emphasis on thematics, setting …

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Where’s your pride? Restoring Dublin’s Architectural and Civic Heritage.

“A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing.” Oscar Wilde  One of the great failures of the Irish education system since the foundation of the state has been the sheer neglect which civics has been afforded in both primary and secondary education. This may be due to a number of factors: firstly, the …

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Gulliver in Dublin! Ask the Yahoos why not?

(Dublin, August 15 – 2014) He was the author of one of the most famous books ever written, and yet in his native city there is neither a memorial statue to him or indeed a statue to his greatest creation. Jonathan Swift (30 November 1667 – 19 October 1745) the Dublin author of Gulliver’s Travels is almost unique among Irish …

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The Downton Abbey Effect – A case for reconstruction

It is a curious fact that is worth considering – almost 160 million Chinese viewers tuned in to watch the most recent series of Downton Abbey. It would appear that the programme is hugely popular with the educated and aspiring Chinese middle class. One of the  ‘knock-on’ effects has been the upsurge in visitors from the Far East (and China in …

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Civic Pride?

Here is a classic example of municipal laziness and a clear lack of civic pride. Below is a series of photographs of the Rutland Fountain on Merrion Square just down from Government Buildings. As you can see it is enclosed by a railing, and the is water turned off. But if you look at the drawing from the National Library, …

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A blight not a landmark!

Over the last month a debate has raged over the proposed demolition of two disused chimneys belonging to the former electricity generating plant on Poolbeg peninsula at the entrance of Dublin bay. To say they are ugly is an understatement, the chimneys (the first constructed in 1969, the other in the late 1970′s) have served their purpose and the owners, the …

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Ἀθηνᾶ

Ἀθηνᾶ (Athena) is the title of the latest instalment in our Odyssey photo shoot series which we will be publishing on Funkshot shortly. Drawing inspiration from the Irish neoclassical movement of the late 18th Century, and in particular the paintings of James Barry - Ἀθηνᾶ was two months in the planning and was photographed on Sunday 13th July on location in …

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Odyssey

Now that June has arrived and with it the first glimpse of summer sunshine (fingers crossed it lasts) the Funkshot team have been busy preparing for the next instalments in our Odyssey series of photo shoots. It’s hard to believe that it’s seven months since we completed The Parcae in Tailor’s Hall. Long time readers of Funkshot will know that …

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Aoibheann’s Pink Tie

Yesterday members of the FunkTV team together with Sarah Kavanagh (Miss Kildare 2014)  headed for Dunboyne Castle in aid of Aoibheann’s Pink Tie which supports families of children diagnosed with cancer who are attending St John’s Oncology Ward in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital. For more information on the very good work done by APT you can visit the homepage here. (Photographs …

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Pasjans na Dwóch

https://vimeo.com/91870935 ” to tytuł niezwykłego koncertu Grzegorza Turnaua i Andrzeja Sikorowskiego, który będziemy mieli przyjemność obejrzeć już 17 maja w The Liberty Hall w Dublinie. Po latach znajomości obaj artyści postanowili stworzyć wspólny projekt muzyczny. Nie jest to pojedynek, lecz poetycka próba przekonania słuchaczy, by nie przenosić stolicy do Krakowa; że jak pada to na Brackiej, a fontanny się dziwią, …

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Boot Camp

Here’s just a small selection of behind the scenes photographs from the second episode of ‘The Cover’. Our twelve Funkshot girls were certainly put through their paces by Michael Doyle and Sharon Hennessy in our Model Boot Camp. For more photographs check out the following link.

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Frontier

Funkshot is producing a factual documentary on the subject of graduate migration from EU and Non EU member states to Ireland over the last decade. We are particularly interested in hearing from non-nationals with advanced degrees and professional qualifications who find themselves working in menial jobs that do not correlate with their educational and professional qualifications. The documentary is called …

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The Judges

Well, here they are! Valerie Roe, Michael Doyle and Sharon Hennessy, the three judges who will make the final decision as to who makes it on the cover of Funkshot Magazine. Principal filming has already commenced and such was the quality of the participants that twelve girls instead of ten were selected for the exclusive boot camp with Michael Doyle.

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Casting for The Cover

Last week we started casting for our cover girl competition, which has attracted a lot of attention. An international cast of girls turned up at Dublin’s Vanilla Nightclub for auditions where they were met by the FunkTV production team and of course our panel of judges: Michael Doyle, Valerie Roe and Sharon Hennessy. Our thanks to Karla Fox and the …

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Funkshot Polski

(Dublin 8 May 2014) Last Thursday, the Funkshot (Polski) team had the pleasure of interviewing the Polish ambassador to Ireland, His Excellency Mr Marcin Nawrot. Since our establishment in October 2012, Funkshot has developed strong links with the Polish community in Ireland; the appointment of Magda and Grezegorz to Funkshot marks our continued and ongoing commitment to Ireland’s second largest …

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The Cover

(Dublin 26 April 2014) Michael is Ireland’s top hairdresser, Sharon co-owns the Miss Ireland franchise and Valerie is the Queen of Public Relations. Together they make a formidable team and they are going to be the judges who decide who will make it onto ‘The Cover’ On Tuesday 6 May, Funkshot Inc will be hosting an open casting for our …

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The Cutting Edge with Michael Doyle

https://vimeo.com/92450500 Dublin 22 April 2014. Funkshot is pleased to announce that the first episode of The Cutting Edge with Michael Doyle is now available to view on FunkTV. Filmed last Tuesday 15th April in The Peter Mark Academy, St Stephen’s Green and the Peter Mark Style Club on Dublin’s trendy South William Street – Michael Doyle is Ireland’s leading hairdresser …

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C’est tout bon!

Dublin – April 21 2014. Introducing C’est tout bon! The third instalment in our continuing Freedom Spirit series of commercials. As readers of Funkshot will know, the original Funkshot Urban Beach video was made in Cannes back in September 2o12 – so it was inevitable that we returned there last week to make our new commercial.  

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Cafuné

Cafuné - Brazilian Portuguese – “The act of tenderly running one’s fingers through someone’s hair.” Here is the new photo shoot from Funkshot entitled Cafuné starring FunkTV presenter Viviane Silva – who as you can see, is sizzling hot. Cafuné was completed in the brilliant sunshine of St Stephen’s Green, Dublin over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. Photographer – Walmir Américo, MUA – Susan Shaek Hair …

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The Source

Santa Monica- 17 April 2014. In California we have a saying…..Surfing is the source! Here is the second commercial from Funkshot Inc in our Freedom Spirit series. Of course, the whole branding of Funkshot is based on the free-spirited surfer; everything from our wave orb logo to our corporate colour scheme. Our Freedom Spirit series goes to the heart of …

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The Fringe

Dublin 17 April 2014 Here are some more behind the scenes photographs taken by Funkshot photographer Walmir Amèrico from Tuesday’s filming with Michael Doyle. In the chair is Funkshot (Czech Republic) presenter Hanna Grolichova getting a fringe. Photographer – Walmir Amèrico Make Up Artist – Lorraine Bourke Hair – Michael Doyle, Creative Director – Peter Mark.

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The Cutting Edge

Dublin – 17 April 2014. During the very successful filming of our new programme slot with Michael Doyle, Funkshot Documentary photographer Walmir Amèrico was on hand to capture the crew at work. Here is a selection of behind the scenes photographs taken by Walmir as Michael worked his magic on Sarah Kavanagh, Miss Kildare 2014.

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Funk News

Dublin, April 16 2014. Funkshot Dublin is pleased to announce that yesterday Michael Doyle – Creative Director of Peter Mark completed filming the first episode of his new programme for FunkTV. Since its foundation in 1961, Peter Mark has grown into Ireland’s best known hairdressing brand and one of Europe’s most successful hair styling groups with 71 salons nationwide. Michael …

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Bleu est la couleur

Cannes, France – April 13 2014. To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the death of George Braque who along with Picasso, was one of the founders of Cubism – there is an excellent exhibition running at the Centre d’Art La Malmaison in Cannes until April 27th. The exhibition highlights the relationship between the artist and many 20th century avant-garde writers …

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A New York State of Mind

NY – April 11 2014 Around the corner from our office on 1st Av is a really great Sushi place called Hane’s. Periodically, we head there for a pow-wow n’ chow to mull over ideas with the creative team from FunkWorks. There is no shortage of talent here in NYC, and given the nature of our business it made absolute sense …

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Funklook – Printemps 2014

Now that spring has arrived, it’s time to pack away the winter coats and heavy gear. Always optimistic and anticipating a glorious summer (we hope) the Funklook returns. In line with this season’s concept Sprezzatura, today we are releasing our Printemps collection. If last season was dominated by Urban Exploration and the ruggedness of Venice Beach, California, this year we …

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Sprezzatura

During the Renaissance, Baldassare Castiglione, in his guide The Book of the Courtier, wrote about how an ideal courtier should have polymathic traits. Castiglione’s guide stressed the kind of attitude that should accompany the many talents of a polymath, an attitude he called “sprezzatura”. A courtier should have a detached, cool, nonchalant attitude, and speak well, sing, recite poetry, have proper bearing, …

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Making the cover

(Dublin, April 3 2014) As readers of Funkshot Magazine will know, we take great pride in our daily cover – ensuring that it captures not just your attention but your imagination too. If you take a look at the gallery section on this website you will notice that our thematic photo shoots are of the highest quality and the locations …

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Funkshot Magazine – It’s Life, but not as you know it!

Inspiration comes from so many places, and now that we have over 5ooo daily subscribers to Funkshot Magazine – it’s time to say a little bit more about it. At Funkshot we take a global perspective in line with our mission To Inform – To Educate – To Stimulate. We want our magazine to be enjoyed everywhere by ensuring that …

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Um Passista em Dublin by Walmir Américo

Funkshot Reporter Dublin is home to a thriving Brazilian community estimated to be something in the region of 35,000 nationals who are bringing their South American colour and creativity to the streets of the Irish capital. One of those colourful Brazilians is Diego Piaza known by his soubriquet Um Passita em Dublin. Here is a gallery of documentary photographs taken by …

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Funkshot – A magazine like no other!

NY  (Tuesday 25 March) Funkshot Magazine is unique. But don’t take our word for it, check it out for yourself. So, what makes Funkshot different to every other magazine you see on the shelf? Well, for a start Funkshot is published online – which means you can access it on your phone, tablet, laptop or desktop. Secondly, Funkshot is updated …

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Miss Kildare 2014

Monday 24 March – Funkshot Magazine and FunkTV were invited to exclusively cover  this year’s Miss Kildare beauty pageant at the Celbridge Manor Hotel. For Stateside readers, Kildare county is adjacent to Dublin – Ireland’s capital city and is one of the most hotly contested heats in the Miss Ireland beauty pageant. This year’s champion, was Miss Sarah Kavanagh, with …

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See It – Feel It – Funk It! – The New Funkshot Commercial

Well, it’s been in the making for the last couple of weeks – between filming, editing and re-editing. But at long last, the new Funkshot commercial is ready and today we released it! We have to admit, it’s a little bit cheeky, but then so is Funkshot! Thanks to all those who were involved in making it happen. Sharon, Jonathan, …

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iWave Campaign

As the days get longer, we start dreaming of summer and the beach. On Funkshot, we have a saying – ‘Surfing is the source!‘ and today we are releasing some of the test ads from our iWave campaign for summer 2014. Surfing is a hazardous sport and requires incredible discipline and fearlessness in the face of the elements. In life, …

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St Patrick’s Day by Walmir Americo

Funkshot are pleased to introduce the very talented documentary photographer Walmir Americo. St Patrick’s Day by Walmir Americo (c) 2014 – All Rights Reserved.

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Parade Footage from FUNKTV

Here’s some footage from this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin. It’s a little bit jumpy in places, but it captures the colour of the parade from a great vantage point on Dame Street.

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HAPPY ST PATRICK’S DAY FROM FUNKSHOT DUBLIN

Well we had the best vantage point from which to take photographs of this year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin. So here is a huge gallery of beautiful pictures from this year’s parade. All of the photos were taken by our Dublin based producer.  

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FUNK IT!

Here are some out-takes from our forthcoming FUNK IT! commercial which was  produced and filmed in Dublin last weekend.

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Rio Carnival Out Takes

(Funkshot Reporter) – Rio de Janiero Here are some outtakes from this year’s carnival in Rio.

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Be Informed

As readers of Funkshot will know our continuing mission is to inform, to educate and to stimulate. Whether its original photo shoots, great articles and very soon great programmes – we are only just beginning! This week we released our exclusive interview footage of the contenders for Ireland’s Eurosong contest which has proved very popular. There is a fair amount …

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Euro Song Exclusive – FunkTV

FUNKTV EXCLUSIVE This year’s Eurovision song contest takes place in Copenhagen on Saturday 10th May. Last November, RTE (Ireland’s State Broadcaster) announced that it had selected five music industry mentors to source an act and a song to compete in the National Song Contest final which will take place on Friday 28th February. The mentors selected were: Hazel Kanneswaren, Cormac Battle, …

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