Ó Tholg go Tolg won the Young People Award beating off stiff competition from Scotland, Wales and Brittany today at the Celtic Media Festival 2012, taking place in Derry.
Produced by of Red Pepper Productions, the series was commissioned by TG4. This is a 10 part series in which Áine Goggins and her intrepid camera woman Maeve Hackett couchsurf their way across Europe. The girls meet dozens of interesting and unselfish people, of all ages and from all walks of life, who not only open their doors but also share some intimate details of how they live their lives.
The Irish language plays an essential role in Ó Tholg go Tolg as it allows the Áine and Maeve to immediately gauge the people they meet and the situations they find themselves in, knowing nobody else can understand them!
The Celtic Media Festival (CMF) is a unique event one of the most prestigious and long- established in these in these islands and is held each year, rotating between venues in the various nations and regions. It combines a three-day conference that attracts broadcasters, producers, media and students with a programme competition across the full 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. CMF awards are highly-coveted. TG4 has nine works shortlisted in the various categories in this year’s Festival, taking place over three days in Derry, a foretaste of the City of Culture 2013 there.
TG4 Director-General, Pól Ó Gallchóir, said that awards such as these are of particular importance “It is gratifying to see our work 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 and appeal to a wider audience, irrespective of original language. Accolades such as these from an international jury of fellow professionals are the highest praise of all,” he said.
Linda Ní Ghríofa, TG4 (091) 505050 or (087) 9172864