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Tánaiste welcomes launch of documentary series on Aer Lingus services

Tánaiste welcomes launch of new documentary series on

Aer Lingus transatlantic services



Due West will feature as part of Aer Lingus’ inflight entertainment offering


The Tánaiste, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence, Micheál Martin TD, has welcomed the launch of a music mini-documentary series funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs.


The series, Due West, celebrates the unique relationship between Ireland and the United States and will be screened on all Aer Lingus flights between Ireland and North America, touching down in popular destinations including New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, plus many more.


Produced by the Consulate General of Ireland in Los Angeles, Due West celebrates the cultural links between Ireland and America and showcases Irish performers.


The series features Niamh Regan, Susan O’Neill, I Draw Slow, Emer Kinsella, Megan Lowe and Mary Little performing in iconic locations across the Los Angeles region.


The Tánaiste said:


“Celebrating the strength and diversity of Ireland’s culture is fundamental to the Department of Foreign Affairs’ work in promoting Ireland abroad. Ireland is world famous for our rich creative and cultural heritage.


“Our storytellers, artists and musicians are known throughout the world and I am delighted that this initiative promotes our close ties with the West Coast of the United States.


“Ireland’s relationship with California continues to go from strength to strength, and the Ireland House Consulate in Los Angeles is an excellent example of Global Ireland in action, with close collaboration between Departments and Agencies including Screen Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, the IDA and Tourism Ireland.


“Our global network of Missions curates and supports cultural projects and initiatives to promote knowledge, appreciation, and understanding of Ireland. I am sure Aer Lingus passengers will enjoy this series as they travel between Ireland and the United States, strengthening the shared history and friendship between our two countries.


Susanne Carberry, Chief Customer Officer, from Aer Lingus said:


“Connecting, people, places and possibilities is at the heart of everything we do at Aer Lingus. We’re immensely proud of the great Irish talent emerging from our island who are making great strides in the US and of the role we play as an airline in connecting Ireland to North America.


“We’re delighted to partner with the Department of Foreign Affairs and air the Due West series as part of the inflight entertainment on our transatlantic flights, showcasing Irish talent to a global audience.”


The series will be available to view on all Aer Lingus transatlantic services until 2024. It is also available to view online at




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23 August 2023



Notes to Editor

Due West was funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and celebrates the cultural links between Ireland and America, profiling Irish artists traversing the West Coast of the US.

Due West invites you to on their journey carrying with them their craft and their stories, across the Atlantic Ocean to new eyes and ears in the Western US.


Niamh Regan

Hailing from the West of Ireland, critically acclaimed songwriter from County Galway, Niamh Regan recorded an intimate live session at Permanent Records Roadhouse in East Los Angeles.


Directed and Filmed by Alannah Campion, Christine Schwan & Justin Schwan

Editor: Laura Sheeran

Sound Engineer: Jared Carrigan

Location: Permanent Records Roadhouse, Los Angeles


I Draw Slow

Americana Dublin-based band, I Draw Slow, recorded their live session in the heat of the California desert at sundown.


Artist: I Draw Slow

Directed, Filmed and Edited by Alannah Campion, Christine Schwan & Justin Schwan.

Assistant Editor & Consulting Producer: Laura Sheeran

Location Sound: Jared Carrigan

Sound Engineer: Adrian Hart

Location: Tranquility Base Camp, Santa Clarity Valley



‘Double: body as source'

A multidisciplinary collaboration created by Irish artists in the Western US, weaving together their crafts of dance, visual art, and music, responding to the poem ‘Ana Liffey’ by Eavan Boland.


Violinist-Composer: Emer Kinsella

Dancer-Choreographer: Megan Lowe

Visual Artist: Mary Little

Directed and Filmed by Alannah Campion, Christine Schwan & Justin Schwan

Editor: Laura Sheeran

Sound Engineer: Jared Carrigan

Location: Bendix Building, Downtown Los Angeles


Susan O’Neill

Susan O’Neill recorded her rooftop session on a slow Sunday morning in the heart of Los Angeles. Get to know this enigmatic singer-songwriter through song and story.

Susan O'Neill, also known professionally as SON, is an Irish singer-songwriter and filmmaker, from Ennis, County Clare.


Artist: Susan O’Neill

Director/Editor/Photography: Nika Burnett

Cinematographer: Kelsey Talton

Assistant Editor: Laura Sheeran

Assistant Camera: Brian White

Gaffer: Eddy Scully

Sound: Cullen Herron

Location: Rooftop, Mid-City Los Angeles