Director General Pól Ó Gallchóir has hailed the recognition for the range and quality of TG4’s output as reflected in the 5 awards at the weekend’s Oireachtas na Gaeilge Media Awards, presented in Galway. The channel’s recipients included a double award (and a prominent share in the third) for its main newsreader, another double win for a hard-hitting television drama series and a special award for Díospóreacht na gCeannairí, the historic first-ever televised Leaders’ Debate as Gaeilge broadcast during the during the recent General Election campaign.
The full list of TG4 recipients at Oireachtas na Gaeilge 2011 Media Awards is:
For the second year in a row, the TG4 Nuacht presenter took the TV Personality award for her and for the first time also won the Gala Gael Star of the Year award which is on a public vote. The alongside her key role in the Special Award prizewinner (see below) made it a very special night for the woman from An Spidéal who has been a member of the Nuacht TG4 team from the outset.
This powerful 4 part drama won many plaudits for its honest and unvarnished portrayal of the complexities of modern Ireland – as seen through the eyes of a television news crime reporter. Darach Mac Con Iomaire’s script and direction in this Paddy Hayes production for Magamedia, received funding from the BAI’s Sound and Vision scheme and from Section 481 supports and from the Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann.
The Clare native starred as Cathal Mac Iarnáin, the central character in the gritty Corp + Anam, whose investigations as tv crime reporter bring him into very deep waters and much closer to home than he would have expected. De Faoite’s passionate portrayal also highlighted his range of acting talents in a very challenging role.
This award went to TG4’s unique and historic televised Leaders’ Debate between Enda Kenny, Micheál Martin and Éamon Gilmore at the height of the recent General Election campaign. Moderated masterfully by Eimear Ní Chonaola, this was the first ever such televised debate “as Gaeilge” and attracted a huge audience and considerable media coverage in itself. It was a coproduction between TG4 and Nuacht TG4.
Linda Ní Ghríofa, TG4, 091-505050