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Ken Lynam

Ken Lynam was born and grew up in Dublin. He came to London after studying Arts at university, and found work with Task Force –  the organisation working with pensioners in Notting Hill, an area which at the time was bursting with radical ideas and activity. As a local activist he joined Andy Porter in setting up what became CAC Video, (later on, West London Media Workshop), to provide a video resource for the Community Action Centre and the wider community, as a complement to the existing print and darkroom resources. They were joined by Alfonso Santana who had grown up in the area. Ken worked at WLMW from 1975-1980, working with a variety of community and activist groups to help them produce video programmes. Notable among the videos was the Powis Square TapeBlack Homelessnees, the Hounslow Hospital, the Pensoners tape, and the News at West Ten Project, working with local young people to create a local news service.

He went on to set up the Irish Project with Don Magee and Andy Porter and co-produced/co-directed The Irish in England parts one and two, which opened Channel Four’s first People to People strand. He then worked as a Media Resources Officer in a London comprehensive, but carried on producing, most notably Suspect Communities, about the operation of the Prevention of Terrorism Act, and The Wild Geese – the story of late Eighties emigration from Ireland. Both for Channel Four. 

He returned to Ireland in 1994, continuing to produce Television programmes,  notably, ‘Home Sweet Home’, a six part series on the history of social housing in Ireland for the national broadcaster (RTE), and ‘Wrapped’, an experimental drama with young people (also for RTE). In 2002 he began working for a local housing association, eventually becoming its Development Manager, but maintained his interest in video. In particular, and having learned to play the uilleann pipes in London, he produces instructional videos for Na Piobairi Uilleann(The Association of Uilleann Pipers), which are distributed internationally, and regularly records concerts and recitals for the organisation. He is currently working on a programme about the Irish anti-nuclear movement, having recorded the first ever events organised by the movement in 1978 and 1979.