Aidan Stanley


Aidan is an independent documentary-maker, born in Cork and educated there before leaving for Canada in his early twenties. He then went to live in Washington D.C. and graduated with a Fine Arts B.A. degree from the University of Maryland a few years later. On returning to his hometown, he joined RTÉ and presented and produced radio programmes. In conjunction with Ian Wilson of Radio 2FM, he also ran The Lark by the Lee, an annual free concert series in Cork’s Lee Fields. He directed and produced Four Big Days in the Life of Dessie Banks, a radio play by Enda Walsh, which won the BAI National Drama Award in 2001. He also represented Ireland at the Prix Europa Awards in Berlin.

Beginning with The Butter Road, he also presented and produced many television documentaries. He has always had a passion for the arts, joining the boards of the Triskel Arts Centre, Cork Film Festival, Everyman Theatre and Cork Midsummer Festival. Aidan began working with the festival in 2010 as an interviewer as well as being tasked with looking after the festival archive. He joined the Festival Committee last year taking responsibility for the workshop strand.

He currently divides his time between Schull and Cork City.