‘I thought there was no way out. Creativity saved my life’- Inspirational speech by actor and activist John Connors

John Connors IFTA18
John Connors accepting his speech at the IFTAs 2018

“This is a huge moment for me. Seven and a half years ago I was sitting in my house in Darndale in a little box room in the darkness contemplating suicide. That’s no mess. I thought there was no way out. My brother Joe reached out to me and we spoke for hours and he said I needed something. Something to latch onto. Something where I could put this energy into. he suggested acting. I dunno why but it was just a lightbulb moment. I remembered coming out of my first class… and it was like I was walking on a cloud.

I just discovered something. This world I never knew existed called creativity. It saved my life, it really did…… Creativity can be a component to heal people.”

I’m a huge fan of John Connors. I have heard him speak out over the years about his background, his community and give voice to many people who feel disenfranchised by Irish politics and the fragmentation that exists in society today. I think he is a great role model for loads of people. He is trying to break out against all the stereotypes that society is putting on him.

He is extremely proud of his traveller background and of course he should be, but society tells him that he shouldn’t be and that being a traveller is something to be ashamed of. In his IFTA acceptance speech for ‘Best Actor’ for ‘Cardboard Gangsters’ he talks about the fact that he can’t get an agent or a casting director to look past the fact that he is a traveller.

Forget all his activism. He is also a great actor. I loved him in Cardboard Gangsters and he thoroughly deserved his award. I saw the film in the cinema and it was one of my favourite Irish films in recent years.

He also talks about seven years previously when he was sitting in a box room in his house in Darndale contemplating suicide. His credits his brother with reaching out to him and suggesting he try acting as an outlet. Suicide is an huge problem in Ireland, but in the traveling community it is an even bigger problem.

He describes finding acting and a way to release his creativity as being a ‘lightbulb moment’ and credits creativity with saving his life. He believes “Creativity can be a component to heal people.” and I believe he is 100% right. Continue reading “‘I thought there was no way out. Creativity saved my life’- Inspirational speech by actor and activist John Connors”


The Social Network (via M. B. Barlow.com)

Here is a great review of the movie The Social Network which is all over the media at the minute. For any of you who have been under a hole, the movie is about Mark Zuckerberg the founder of Facebook. I’m hoping to see the movie tonigh

The Social Network The Social Network is the story of how Facebook was formed, a rather lackluster premise but a story that is shocking and heart-warming while showing the real goings on behind billion-dollar websites. Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in the world and comes as something of a spoiled nerd but you can’t fault his genius. Played brilliantly by Jessie Eisenberg he comes off as callous and uncaring at first, ironically for creating the bigges … Read More

via M. B. Barlow.com

The Social Network


Hoping to check this out tonight, and provide you all with a review tomorrow. I’m fascinated by the rise of Facebook, and particularly Mark Zuckerberg the brains behind it all. Not only has he developed one of the most popular websites of all time, he is also the youngest Billionaire on the Forbes list. Wowser…..

I need to come up with my own Facebook!

This week’s Youtube video- Glee-tastic

I have to say that I have been watching Glee, and although I liked bits of it, I have to admit I did feel a little strange watching it. They have great writers and have some amazing one liners- but all that singing was making me a little bit sick.

That is until….. I tuned into the episode with all the single ladies in it.

What can I say- a complete classic! It made me wanna jump up an dance, and I have to say I almost pissed myself when Kurt joined the team and did the dance before his kicking.

It is def one series which deserves all the hype it gets.

Now don’t try and tell me you didn’t have a smile on your face after watching this!