TG4 has beaten off international competition to take both of the Factual programming Award at the opening day of the Celtic Media Festival 2011 which opened in Stornoway in Lewis on the Western Isles in Scotland this evening. The Factual Series Award went to 1916 Seachtar na Cásca, the acclaimed profiles of each of the seven signatories of the 1916 Easter Rising Proclamation and the Factual Single Programme went to An Píopa (The Pipe), Risteárd Ó Domhnaill’s documentary of the small Rossport community, some of whose members have taken on the might of Shell Oil and the Irish authorities.
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.”
Linda Ní Ghríofa, TG4, 091-505050