Philip Campbell Company Director
Philip spent over a decade developing various Irish Language community projects, and campaigning for recognition of the Irish Language, including the creation of an Irish Language Broadcast Fund. During this time he was a part-time radio presenter and actor, and he finally took the big plunge to realise one of his ambitions to create his own business when he formed Tobar Productions 10 years ago.
Damian is a native of Lurgan, Co. Armagh but has lived in Belfast since enrolling at Queen’s University (Irish and Celtic Studies with French) in 2003. Upon graduating he was accepted onto the Irish Language Broadcast Fund’s trainee scheme and subsequently the ILBF’s trainee producer scheme in 2008. Since that time he has been working as an in-house producer and director at Tobar towers. In his spare time he is a (very) amateur stills photographer (film, not digital!) and an extremely avid cinema-goer. He hopes one day to make an Irish language short film, and in turn an Irish language feature film. His favourite film is the 2007 seminal classic ‘There will be Blood’, his all-time favourite album is Weezer’s ‘Pinkerton’ and his favourite book is Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Road’.
Diarmuid Ó Tuama Programme Development
Diarmuid taught for 31 years, which was “long enough” in his own words but he has since decided to work! His career culminated in him becoming a school principal. He has a passion for Gaelic sports which he played some years ago. He was very bad at hurling and worse at Gaelic football. He also played some handball without much success. He enjoys reading and loves history and spends a lot of time pottering about his garden. Diarmuid has been working part-time for Tobar for the past 5 years as a researcher, language advisor and team entertainer!
Originally from Omagh, Michaeline left her beloved Tyrone to study Irish and English in NUI Galway. She moved to Belfast in 2010 to take part in the ILBF New Entrants Training Scheme. She was placed with Tobar and the rest, as they say, is history! She is now a producing her own documentary and in the future hopes to concentrate on writing and development. Her main interests are Irish, Welsh, travel, theatre, books and cooking.