Annual National Gallery Draw with Don workshop

Don’s annual drawing workshop in the National Gallery will take place this afternoon Tuesday 31st December from 3-4pm. Admission is free.

Children’s Book Festival 2013

Well done to all the libraries, schools and booksellers for their efforts in helping children enjoy books. It was great to meet new young readers this month, as always.

Blackrock Animation Festival 2013

Don is one of several creatives taking part in the 2013 Blackrock Animation Festival on Saturday 12th October. All details available here

Moone Boy

For any Moone Boy fans, you might be interested to know that Don will appear in Series 3 which will be aired in 2014. He was delighted to be involved with the very talented Chris O’Dowd and the rest of the crew.

Before working in RTE as a graphic designer and then presenter, Don used to act professionally – including in the Gate Theatre. It was through theatre that he met his wife, Gay, in a production of Playboy of the Western World – that Gabriel Byrne also acted in. Not many people might know that when Don was hired as as extra for the film The Big Red One starring Lee Marvin and Mark Hamill, Don was also Mark Hamill’s stand-in!

Don has a huge love of film and theatre and even though he works primarily as an artist and writer, he has cropped up now and again in various productions over the years including Roy and his son and son in law’s TV series, Fran.

Don and his eldest daughter Sarah in the late 70s on the set of The Big Red One
Don and his eldest daughter Sarah in the late 70s on the set of The Big Red One

Don and Chris O'Dowd on the set of Moone Boy
Don and Chris O’Dowd on the set of Moone Boy


Ardmore Pattern Festival

Looking forward to this year’s Ardmore Pattern Festival again. A beautiful part of Ireland, such a well organised event and lots of budding artists to draw with!

James Joyce

Don and James Joyce (by sculptor Rowan Gillespie) in Dublin’s Merrion Hotel after enjoying the Art Afternoon Tea. Highly recommended.

Don and James Joyce at the Merrion Hotel

Don’s Wild Watch, RTE Junior

RTE are launching a new digital radio service for children. As part of this, Don’s brand new radio show, Don’s Wild Watch will be aired every Saturday morning at 11:30 for half an hour. It will be a fun filled programme looking at Irish wildlife which will include amazing facts, visits to various places around the country, getting up close and personal with owls, badgers, seals and deer etc.

National Gallery annual drawing workshop

Don will be giving his annual drawing workshop for children in the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin 2 at 15:00 on Friday 28th December 2012.

Cartoon exhibition

I’m exhibiting a collection of my new original cartoons this weekend in the tea rooms in the People’s Park, Dun Laoghaire from 10-5, Saturday and Sunday in aid of Aware. Call in if you are in the area.

Paddington Bear

My children loved Paddington Bear when they were younger, they really are classic stories.

Don in Paddington Station with Paddington Bear