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


Film review — Bipolar Rock ‘N’ Roller

This portrait of combat sports commentator Mauro Ranallo doesn’t pull many punches when it comes to his personal struggles with mental health. I’m not sure how successful it is at dispelling myths or erasing stigma, but it’s certainly heartening to see how many people in his life were willing to look beyond the ‘crazy’ to the real person and their value. More…


An affecting portrait of the voice of combat sports, Mauro Ranallo. #video


Remembered we had a PS3 that’s doing nothing so set it up in my office to play Blu-rays. And now I’ve discovered my monitor has had its own speakers the whole time http://bit.ly/2IEYUHm #tweet


You know this is a low-interest PPV when Green Shirt Guy doesn’t have his usual front-row seat #tweet


It boggles my mind how expensive it is, in 2019, to play Blu-rays through a computer #tweet


Bang of Polvo off this black midi album, going by the first couple of minutes #tweet


I’m finally able to tell you that the new Child’s Play reboot is actually really good, and you should go see it. Review up soon #tweet


So the WWE/BT Sport deal is officially announced. And since that’s a channel I actually get, I might start watching Raw and SD again come the new year (probably not) #tweet


I’ve just realised you can sing the lyrics for Denver the Last Dinosaur to the tune of Badstreet USA #tweet


Desk cleared off in anticipation of my new computer. Man, I have a lot of loose cables for things #tweet


Every summer, without fail - a little sunshine, heat and humidity, and eir’s broadband infrastructure shits the bed #tweet


Delighted with the quick service (and lovely food) at the new @UmiFalafel branch on Mary St this afternoon #tweet


A few years ago Tom very kindly signed my CD copy of Riposte. Apparently he hadn’t seen one in the wild since 1987 https://t.co/NU7PF0rvqr #tweet


Stuck on the M1 west of Skerries. Have to be in Smithfield in an hour for a screening. Sigh #tweet


Dublin tweeters: anywhere I can get an anti-static wristband in the city centre? Maplin’s gone so my options appear slim #tweet


Bed to bus in 24 minutes. Amazing what waking in a panic after oversleeping will do #tweet


Best thing this week: seeing everyone’s warm tributes to and memories of Philomena Lynott #tweet


A week later and I think my injured toe is finally on the mend. I didn’t have to hobble around the house just now so I’ll take it #tweet


Sleater-Kinney are one of the best live bands in the world. (Far better than on their records since The Hot Rock IMO.) Don’t miss ‘em https://t.co/CulCHDLO7d #tweet


Just got my exemption from jury service. Thank fuck for that! #tweet


Got excited about a Zaytoon opening on the Northside, until I saw it’s in Swords. Swords is not the Northside. It’s next to Malahide ffs #tweet


Here’s a question for wrestling journalists to follow up: what happens to WWE Network subscription rates in Ireland and the UK after WWE moves from Sky to BT Sport? https://t.co/kJlEgAVTYy #tweet


Are you cold? I’m cold. It’s cold #tweet


King Crimson’s discography is streaming on your service of choice (probably) so I’ve got Three of a Perfect Pair playing here right now #tweet


Had a looooong day. Now finding it hard to unwind #tweet


Who would’ve thought finding a headphone jack splitter/switcher to connect one set of speakers to two computers would be so difficult? #tweet


#NowPlaying Fetid - Steeping Corporeal Mess #tweet


Film review — I’m Gonna Git You Sucka

The gag timing leaves a lot to be desired, but the Wayans are almost there with this one, so very close to the formula that would click in near every respect with Don’t Be a Menace… Who knew at the time that would be their peak? More…


I’ve gone half-deaf in my left ear again. Thanks, sinus congestion! #tweet


I’m sure it’s been asked and answered before, but *how* did Cornette swing getting the Heavenly Bodies vs R’n’R Express on WCW and WWF PPVs in 1993? #tweet


I’m watching Cactus Jack vs Paul Orndorff at SuperBrawl III and I’m obsessed with Paul’s right arm; I’d honestly never noticed it before but now I can’t take my eyes off it #tweet


Glad yis are all enjoying yourselves at Metallica or The Cure. I’m trying to find the spoons to get out and see the Meat Puppets tomorrow night #tweet


Imagine if a bunch of arseholes picked a random word, say ‘biscuit’, and mass reported tweets with said word in a co-ordinated campaign. Twitter wouldn’t look at the motivation; they’d respond by suspending talk about biscuits. Biscuits! #tweet


Got my first front-page headline (kind of) on a big-time regional paper. I’ll take that as a win #tweet


It’s the sixth of June in a temperate zone of the northern hemisphere and I’ve just had to put the heating on #tweet


These new desktop speakers I got are great, but they make my office smell of wet paint #tweet


Ahh Shingo… #njbosj #tweet


Oh what delightful weather we’re having #tweet


Got drenched on the way home from the shops. But I did meet a jaunty chihuahua on the way out, so swings and roundabouts #tweet


Film review — The Wanderers

Early 1960s Americana nostalgia, apparently, but cut with enough racism and sexism to make for uncomfortable viewing. I mean, even at the time, let alone 40 years after it was made. More…


Seems like half the internet just crashed #tweet