A brand new comedy web series presenting a sideways look at the lives of animals from all across north Louth will debut on YouTube on Monday. The brainchild of writer, actor and producer Martin Maguire, the Cooley Creatures series has been part-funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, as part of their Covid-19 Response Award funding stream.
The six-part series was created without a film crew, without film studios and with all participants working remotely and socially distancing. One of six successful recipients of funding in Louth, a total of €18,000 was awarded in the county – from an available pot of €1 million available via the scheme.
Featuring six 90-second tales from creatures all around the region – farm animals to domestic pets, wild birds to forest foxes and deer – they all feature, giving viewers a fly on the wall perspective on animal life – or at least what we might imagine it to
The first episode launches on this Monday (July 13), with two new episodes per week available on YouTube for the next three weeks.
A former producer and Programming Director at Today FM, Cooley Creatures is the first project from Martin’s production company Hatch50 to make it to market with a new online series from the infamous comedy character Eamon Lowe following soon after. That is due to start filming in August.
In 1993, he was the youngest ever winner of a Jacobs Radio Award for a 6-part radio comedy series The Richard Cranium Show (LMFM). He wrote, performed and produced the PPI Award Winning ‘Eamon Lowe Show’ on Today FM in 2007 – a series of six 30-minute comedy shows recorded before a live studio audience in Dundalk’s Spirit Store. He also co-wrote Love Is The Drug, the IFTA award winning comedy-drama based in Drogheda, which aired on RTE in 2007.
‘Cooley Creatures’ offers the opportunity to bring new refreshing Irish content to the market and develop an online audience,” Martin said. You can watch all episodes of Cooley Creatures, as they appear, on YouTube. You can see a teaser below.