That's another native of Boyle, Co. Roscommon, claiming international acclaim for creative talent - no not That One, or even That One, this is ANOTHER ONE - Paul Young, who is co-founder and CEO of the business in question. Is there something funky in the water up there? (Besides the occasional bout of Cryptosporidium.)
But what is this business that is one of my favourites, you say? Oh come on, you must be at least passin' interested in what's going on here, unless it's a very slow lolcatz day on the interwebs. This is worth your attention, I promise ya, it's *drumroll* Cartoon Saloon!
I was already well familiar with the excellent work of the team at Cartoon Saloon, from the fantastic writing of Colmán Ó Raghallaigh at the Cló Mhaigh Eo publisher, with The Táin being a particular favourite - because I'm awful biased like that.
Then the Secret of Kells came onto my radar (long before it was Oscar nominated, I'll have ye know), and I was blown away. Here is artwork that captures the spirit of Ireland, the myths and legends, the land and the stories, expressed in a way that sings and weaves a unique spell of entrancement. Visually, I've never seen or felt anything even close to this level of accurate visual and artistic expression of the true magic of Ireland.
When I started watching Chris O'Dowd's Moone Boy, I was fairly tickled by the short animations peppered throughout, and I recognised the work of Cartoon Saloon before I read about their involvement. Pure class.
There's so much more to these talented feckers, both in the back catalogue (you can get a proper run down on what they've achieved on their own website), and yet to come I'm sure. Just remember though, they may be based in Kilkenny, but Roscommon was the original spawning pool for at least half of that genius. So there.