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Shampain is presenting a TG4 show Éire Eile about Irish alternative subcultures

Shampain is presenting a TG4 show Éire Eile about Irish alternative subcultures


Cóilí Collins, more obviously known as Shampain is presenting a new documentary series on TG4 called Éire Eile.

Éire Eile looks at subcultures and scenes that young Irish people are engaged in , whether hip-hop with Hazey Haze in Limerick, queer punk in Belfast with Problem Patterns, the trad revival with Mary Wallopers, drag performers, Bohemians FC or electronic music.

The 8 episodes see Collins interview those involved in these scenes.

It was produced by Black Gate Productions.

Shampain says:

“The most moving part of making the series was witnessing the strength of communities and the empathy that exists within them. I grew up in a very rural area and people who didn’t understand me oftentimes made no attempt to understand my interests and just thought I was weird. Meeting these groups of people and doing it all as Gaeilge was an extremely positive experience and something that has really changed the way I see the world, because if people have each other’s backs and don’t give in to fear we could all get along with each other but more importantly learn from each other’s experiences in life.” 

All episodes of Éire Eile will be available on the TG4 Player / TG4 YouTube channel from June 2nd.


Ep 1: Queer Punk – Reibiliúnaithe 

For decades, punk music has given a voice to the city of Belfast. In this episode, Shampain explores the flourishing queer punk scene reaffirming Belfast’s punk legacy around a new cause. 

Ep 2: HEMA- Ullmhacht 

In this episode, Shampain draws swords with The Exiles, one of Galway’s Historical European Martial Arts clubs. Spending time with members and taking part in a session, he explores the vitality of hobbies and social groups, no matter how niche. 

Ep 3: Trad- Fréamhacha 

In this episode, Shampain spends time with the likes of The Mary Wallopers, who are pushing the boundaries of traditional Irish music with reckless creativity and spirit while galvanising a youthful audience that few thought would be reached again. 

Ep 4: Rebel Wheelers- Seasmhacht 

Basketball is known for high flying manoeuvres above the rim, but the breaks of the game take place below it. In this episode, Shampain heads to Cork to meet the Rebel Wheelers, a wheelchair basketball club who make hoop dreams a reality for all, regardless of physical ability. 

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Ep 5: Limerick Hip-Hop- Seanchaithe 

In recent years, Limerick has become a bastion of an unlikely genre. In this episode, Shampain meets with the legendary Hazey Haze and the up and coming Strange Boy, to find out how Ireland’s third largest city became its hip-hop capital.

Ep 6: Bohs- Aontaithe 

As the global football landscape is increasingly dominated by sportswashing and financial disparity, Bohemians FC offers a vision of a football club run by the people, for the people. Shampain meets the fans, players and coaches who call Dalymount Park home. 

Ep 7: Drag- Flosc 

Shampain explores the role that community plays in shaping our collective and personal identity as he is welcomed into Ireland’s flourishing drag scene to experience firsthand what it takes to be a queen. 

Ep 8: Give Us The Night- Oíche 

For the final episode of the season, Shampain is back in his comfort zone as he takes us into the electronic music scene that has defined Irish youth culture in recent decades. Despite this, the scene is fighting an uphill battle to stay alive, led by the Give Us The Night Campaign. 

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