TG4 has beaten off international competition to take the Factual Series award at the Celtic Media Festival 2010 which opened in Newry, Co Down this evening.
Mobs Mheiriceá took the Factual Series prize at this year's event, in competition with major series from Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Mobs charts the rise and fall of the Irish Mob in the USA over the last century. The winning programme chronicles the life James 'Whitey' Bulger, one of the most revered and most vilified Irish American mobster of all time. He is still on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List. Many believe that Jack Nicholson's character, Frank Costello in the mafia film The Departed, is based on Bulger.
The series was produced for TG4 by the sisters Eileen and Bríd Seoighe of Abú Media, an independent production company based in Indreabhán in the Connemara Gaeltacht.
The Celtic Media Festival is one of the most prestigious and long established festivals in these islands and is held each year. It presents awards in a range of programme categories. Entries go through a national pre-selection phase in each of the Celtic countries with the best advancing to the International Festival. TG4 has seven projects shortlisted in the various categories in this year's Festival.
TG4 Director General Pól Ó Gallchóir, said that prizes such as the Celtic are of particular importance for the Irish service. "It is gratifying to see our programmes standing up to competition from the best from Scotland, Wales and indeed Ireland", he said. "Awards like these reaffirm our conviction that quality will travel well."
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