Hello, world. I’m MacDara Conroy, and this is my blog.

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A few words from the author…

I’m MacDara Conroy, a film and music writer, production journalist, mediavore and wrestling geek, living in Dundalk (via Dublin) with the lovely Bee and our growing collection of board games.

This website is my blog and home on the web — a digital commonplace book or wunderkammer, if you will — but I also twitter, listen to music, host a radio hour, read books, watch TV and movies and videos, take photos, contribute to the hive mind, collect images and things, go cycling, look after my health, go on adventures, and more besides.

I’m also available for hire for freelance writing and editing assignments. While I skew towards the arts, I have a broad base of experience in news and features, from migrant issues to marine wildlife. You can read things I’ve written at Thumped and Burning Ambulance, and stuff I’ve subedited or contributed at Metro Éireann and Afloat.ie.

If you’re looking for someone to write or polish something for you, please drop me a line: Twitter / LinkedIn / macdara at macdaraconroy dot com

At the moment…

Breaking down the things I’m doing away from the blog:

Going

I’ve got the following items on my agenda:

  • 2017.04.23: Ash Borer/Vanum/Vircolac at On The Rox
  • 2017.05.30: NT Live: Amadeus at the Light House Cinema
  • 2017.06.20: Melt-Banana at DBD Venue

Listening

You can find my latest musical leanings at my Last.fm profile. I also listen to podcasts:

The Flop House (Film) / Rank and Vile (Film) / Reply All (Cyberculture) / Shake Them Ropes (Wrestling) / Shock Waves (Film) / The Lapsed Fan (Wrestling) / We Watch Wrestling (Wrestling)

(If I had a public profile for all my podcast subscriptions, I’d put it here; someone should get on that.)

Reading

My book list is on Goodreads, but that doesn’t include periodicals:

Watching

My movie list is on Letterboxd and my TV diary is on Trakt.tv but I also watch things I can’t scrobble on the WWE Network and NJPW World.

Playing

On occasion I’ve been known to play the odd game:

Android: Netrunner (TTG) / Desert Golfing (iOS) / Dominion (TTG) / Letterpress (iOS) / QuizUp (iOS) / Race for the Galaxy (TTG) / Star Fluxx (TTG)

Colophon

This is the umpteenth version of my personal website, which I’ve been keeping since October 1999 (and at the current domain since 2003). The blog started in November 2001 and has been running on-and-off ever since.

The current design went live in January 2017, after a decade of variations on the previous theme. It’s (mostly) hand-coded in HTML5 and CSS3, building on the responsive CSS framework Skeleton, with the Atom text editor. The font is Roboto Mono via Google Fonts. The site is published to the web with WordPress and is hosted by Blacknight Solutions.

The copyright in all original content on this website (including text and photos) is owned by me, MacDara Conroy, and licensed under a Creative Commons licence.

Disclaimer

This is a personal website. The views and opinions expressed on this site, at time of publication, are/were mine and mine alone, and do not represent the views of my current employers, or any previous employers. I make no pretensions as to the veracity, accuracy or completeness of this site’s content. Some content may also be reworked, edited or removed as I see fit. In addition, parts of this site may contain ‘unsavoury’ language, or links to other sites with such content. Just to make myself clear.