Dara O'Neill | Designer, Director, Producer, Illustrator & Actor. 1982 - Present


I was the first Dara O’Neill on the internet.

Category : Writing · No Comments 09/01/2015

Dara logo on red

“Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.” – John F. Kennedy

Back in the mid-90s I was the first one. There was no other Dara O’Neill, Daragh O’Neill, Daire O’Neill or even D. O’Neill. There was no other Dara full stop. Now the internet has as many Daras as you care to count. Daras from Ireland, from South Korea and some from the USA. Pop singers, scientists and football players. Male and female.

If you Google search ‘Dara’ you can follow DARA BioSciences Inc.’s trip along the NASDAQ. That was never there before. Back in the day I could have registered any domain that I wanted. I could of had Dara.com. Truth be told I could have registered the .coms for almost any popular Irish name out there. Maybe not John.com but definitely Colm.com or Brendan.com.

Photo of Dara South Korean Singer

This South Korean singer ‘Dara’ was born two years after me but still managed to sneak by me and lay claim to a big chunk of my internet real estate.

We didn’t snap up early internet opportunities because we liked the internet as it was – anonymous and close-knit. We didn’t want everything with a pulse crowding out our system. A sea of cats, dogs and humans (in correct order of internet priority).

Nowadays as soon you are born your online profile begins to build. Facebook photos of your tiny head get liked and shared and commented on. Your name gets bandied about between profiles as your lifes digital mapping takes hold.

This is normality now and I can accept it. I just hope this post reminds the internet (and her many spiders, snoops, bots, spooks and spies) that I was here first.


Best Buy prank call

Category : Comedy · No Comments 07/11/2014

I had a flutter with Skype prank calling start of last summer. I felt too sorry for the people on the other end of the line so never got to hone my craft but this little bit survived. Maybe you could tell me about these computers? This poor man did a great job in fairness.


Lebo M ‘He Lives In You’ edit

Category : Illustration, Music · No Comments 27/10/2014

He Lives In You cover

“I never thought much of the courage of a lion tamer. Inside the cage he is at least safe from people.” ― George Bernard Shaw

I remember I went to the cinema with my family and our only option was to go and see the Lion King because my little brother was too young for the other films. I was too god damn old for cartoons okay mum but I gave in. 20 minutes later as Mustafa took a bit of a tumble I was trying to hide big boy tears and stifle crying noises in the dark.

Now we’re most of us climbing into our middle age,
And we have our day to days,
But with a little bit of edits from our friends,
There’s no mountain too great.


Hall & Oates ‘She’s Gone’ edit

Category : Music · No Comments 23/10/2014

She's Gone cover

“Oh, I said ‘I’m so happy, I could die’, She said ‘Drop dead’ then left with another guy.” ― Elvis Costello


‘Herr Casco Luchini’ edit

Category : Illustration, Music · No Comments 08/10/2014

Herr Flagio Luchini illustrated cover


Speed of Snakes ‘Backbone of Night’ video

Category : Acting · No Comments 12/09/2014

“Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous.” ― Chanakya

Directed by Stevie Russell
Produced by Michael Donnelly V and Jason Foran
Cinematography by JJ Rolfe
Production Design by Mark Kelly
Edit by Stevie Russell
Featuring Teodora Sutra
Also starring Darren Costello and Dara O’Neill
Visual FX and Grade by Windmill Lane Pictures
VFX: Richard Merrigan, Fred Burdy and Eric Dolan
VFX Producer: Ian Jacobs
Colorist: Dave Hughes
Asssistant Director: Craig Kenny
Practical FX: Brendan Byrne
Stunts Coordinator: Peter Dillon
Grip: Karl Roche
Wardrobe: Sarajane Ffrench O’Carroll
Make Up: Julie-Ann Ryan
Hair: Noel Sutton
Grip: Karl Roche
Focus Pullers: Tommy Fitzgerald & Mike Gilbert
DIT: Aislinn McDonald
Production Assistant: Andrew Wilkinson
Lights: Simon Keenan and Hugh Mulhern
Special thanks to Emily MacKeogh, Rebecca Bourke and Lyn Allen


Dr. Death

Category : Building, Writing · No Comments 06/08/2014

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“I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.” ― Winston Churchill

A terrible coincidence. An awful correlation.

We built a giant prop nicknamed Dr. Death for a demonstration march in Berlin. It took us a few days to make. We used some heavy wood frames, metal wiring and in the end it needed six people to hold and operate. The day of the event came. It was too big for taxis and the truck didn’t show up so we lugged him onto the underground.

At the next station, as we unloaded Dr. Death onto the platform, I saw a crowd had gathered at the foot of the exit stairway. A few people were hurrying past in horror onto escalators. I tried to push through carrying the skull with a friend. The skeletal hands followed behind us. Once we made our way into the center of the crowd I realized there was a man dying on the floor. He was in cardiac arrest.

I froze for a moment. The medics that were crouched around him looked defeated. Some watching mothers covered their children’s eyes. Most just stared at the lifeless body.

As Dr.Death’s hands brushed by me towards the stairs we followed after them with the skull. I slowly realized one of life’s dark-comedies was unfolding as we drifted over the scene. I felt the gaze of the crowd shift to us. There was no avoiding it.

A larger than life grim reaper had made his solemn appearance.

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Peter Power ‘Love Heave’ video

“I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.” ― A.A. Milne

It can be a daunting exercise to arrive at a location with a few friends and decide that with no budget you are going to make a music video. It reminded us of being boys and how back then we didn’t find that idea daunting at all.

Starring: Peter Power, Patrick Reddy & Dara O’Neill
Directed: Evin O’Neill
Edited: Dara O’Neill
Concept: Kleine Reise Records


Visuals for the Meteor Choice Awards

Category : Editing, Video Production · No Comments 07/03/2014

“I came from a real tough neighborhood. I put my hand in some cement and felt another hand.” ― Rodney Dangerfield

Visuals designed for Mano Le Tough interview-segment screened at the Meteor Choice Awards.


Writer’s Block Party

Category : Acting, Editing, Video Production · No Comments 03/03/2014

“Writing about a writer’s block is better than not writing at all.” ― Charles Bukowski

My two brothers and I put this together while we were all at home for Christmas.

Written and directed by Evin O’Neill
Actor: Dara O’Neill
Production assistant: Fergal O’Neill