Dónal Maguire (Writer/Producer) is from Drogheda in Co. Louth and migrated to England in 1963. He has lived in Haslingden, the Lancashire town in which Davitt's family settled, since 1978.

Dónal worked as a teacher in a London Secondary school for 5 years followed by 25 years working with young offenders in Blackburn Lancashire. He has a lifelong interest in traditional musics - Irish music and song in particular - and is widely respected internationally in this milieu. He has performed throughout Britain and Ireland and also in the USA, Australia and western Europe. All his recorded work has received high critical acclaim, including the most recent project "Michael Davitt; the forgotten Hero?" This focuses on broadside ballads reflecting his life and times, and provides a rich source of material for the film to draw upon.

See www.donalmaguire.co.uk for further details.


Paul Vernon Lydiate(Producer/Director) spent 12 years producing large-scale live events for English Heritage and field producing for film and TV companies from around the world. His projects range from BBC historical documentaries to Hollywood feature films, giving him extensive experience in the production management of film projects. Two years of subsequent retraining, culminating in a City & Guilds Diploma (with distinction), left him well-equipped in the fields of camera operation and film editing. A short film he directed, produced and edited at this time was a finalist in the documentary section of that year's Exposures Film Festival. For the past six years Paul has run the CAR Video Unit in Rossendale, during which time he has produced and directed two, 45-minute historical documentaries. These are entitled 'Pals', a film about the tragic experience of the Accrington Pals battalion at the Battle of the Somme in 1916, and 'Memories of the Mills' concerning the heyday and decline of the Lancashire textile industry. Both these films have been recently broadcast on Channel M.
For further information see www.munin.co.uk