Celtic Soul follows Canadian actor and funny man Jay Baruchel on an epic road trip through Canada, Ireland and Scotland with his new friend, well-known Irish soccer journalist Eoin O’Callaghan. It’s a story that spans 200 years of colorful history and that will take the duo eastward from Montreal to Westport, Ireland – where Jay’s ancestors set sail for Canada, like so many others – and finally Glasgow, where Jay will fulfill a lifelong dream: to watch a match at Celtic Park, one of the wildest and most hallowed grounds in world football.
Baruchel continues to cement his leading man status with many exciting projects on the horizon. He currently stars in the critically-acclaimed FXX comedy series Man seeking woman based on Simon Rich’s book, The last girlfriend on earth and executive produced by Lorne Michaels. Baruchel is also the voice of ‘Hiccup’ in the DreamWorks How to train your dragon franchise. He co-wrote the film Goon with Evan Goldberg and was nominated for two 2013 Canadian Screen Awards (Canada’s Academy Awards) in the Best Supporting Actor category and for Adapted Screenplay. Baruchel is now reprising his role in Goon: last of the enforcers, which he also co-wrote and on which he made his directorial debut. His other film credits include Sony’s hit comedy This is the end, the Academy Award-winning Best Picture Million dollar baby, and the blockbuster hit Tropic thunder.
Canadian-born Baruchel is a lifelong Montreal Canadiens fan and Celtic FC supporter.
Eoin has worked at the highest level of sports broadcasting in Europe and North America for over a decade. Beginning his career as a reporter with RTE in his native Ireland, he headed to Canada in 2009 and provided extensive coverage of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games for both RTE and the BBC. Later that year, he landed a coveted hosting role with ‘Fox Soccer Report’ – Fox Soccer’s flagship TV show which broadcasted nightly across the USA, Canada and the Caribbean to over 40 million people. He has reported for a litany of internationally-renowned broadcasters including the BBC and Setanta Sports.
In addition to his TV work, Eoin writes extensively for a variety of sports outlets. A soccer columnist for Yahoo Sports in North America, he also contributes frequently to sports website The42.ie and The Irish Examiner newspaper.
McNamara launched Markham Street Films Inc. in 2002 with partner Judy Holm. They produce film, television and award-winning documentaries. The feature length documentaries McNamara has written and directed have all won Geminis and been nominated for others, including Radio Revolution: the Rise and Fall of The Big 8; 100 Films & A Funeral; Acquainted With The Night. McNamara has also won awards for directing episodes of MSF’s series Driven By Vision and Fanboy Confessional. Recently he wrote and directed both Lights Out and The Cholesterol Question for CBC’s Nature of Things; Ice Sweat & Tears for CBC’s Doc Zone, and The Trick With The Gun for Super Channel. He also directed the TMN television adaptation of William Shatner’s Broadway show Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It.
McNamara is currently writing a screen adaptation of the novel Heaven is Small and developing a feature length documentary, WORK, for CBC’s documentary channel.
He also plays ukulele and collects scratchy vinyl musical recordings.