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Seo Linn’s Stiofán Ó Fearail is a rising star at Irish language Media Awards

Seo Linn’s lead singer, Stiofán Ó Fearail, who stunned the audience at the recent RTÉ Centenary show on Easter Monday, broadcaster Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh and journalist Cathal Mac Coille are amongst the nominees for this year’s Oireachtas Media Awards which will take place on Friday, 13th May in Salthill Hotel, Galway. This awards ceremony, which honours journalists, presenters, programme makers, actors and others within the Irish language media sector, again will be presented by RTÉ newscaster, Aengus Mac Grianna.

“I wish to congratulate all of the nominees on this year’s shortlist”, says Liam Ó Maolaodha, Director of An tOireachtas. “The Media Awards recognise the achievements and accolades of Irish language broadcasters throughout the year and celebrate the constant growth of the industry. We are delighted that all of this year’s nominees reflect such a high standard”, he said.

As expected, the theme of 1916 is prevalent in this year’s nominations with a range of programmes based on this theme making the short list. They include 1916: Seachtar Dearmadta which is nominated for Television Series of the Year and is produced by Abú Media and narrated by Brendan Gleeson. This show is a follow up to Abú Media’s IFTA winning series 1916: Seachtar na Cásca, an historical documentary series about the seven men executed in Kilmainham Gaol after the Rising. Nominated for Best Film/Programme is Sheehy Skeffington: Síochánaí, produced by Dearcán Media. This film tells the story of the killing of Francis Sheehy Skeffington by British troops after he witnessed the killing of a boy who was out after curfew during the Rising.

This year, a new category of Best Short Film has been added which is aimed at attracting new talent from the Irish language film industry. Screenings of the short films will be held in Salthill Hotel, Galway, on Friday 13th May ahead of the awards ceremony that evening.

Well-known broadcaster Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh is taking centre stage in the radio categories this year. She has been nominated for Radio Broadcaster of the Year for her weekly magazine show, Bláthnaid Libh, on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta. That same show is also nominated for Best Radio Programme alongside Splanc on Newstalk which is presented by Rónán Ó Muirthile. Morning Ireland broadcaster Cathal Mac Coille has been nominated for Journalist of the Year for his column in Tuairisc.ie.

Joe Steve Ó Neachtain is up for Best Actor for his role as Peadar in Ros na Rún, which he has been playing for twenty years. Róisín Ní Chéileachair is in the running for her role as Móna in TG4’s brand new show EIPIC (Magamedia) which tells the story of five rural teenagers who take over a disused post office to start a musical revolution.

Nominees for best website include raidiofailte.com, tuairisc.ie, tg4.ie and meoneile.ie.

Full list of nominees…

CARTEGORY: TELEVISION

TELEVISION SERIES

Cuimhní ón mBlascaod                  Praxis Pictures

EIPIC                                         Magamedia

Imeall                                        Redshoe Productions

1916: Seachtar Dearmadta            Abú Media

Folk Aduaidh                               Sonas Productions

FILM / TELEVISION PROGRAMME

Vóta 2016                                  Comh-léiriú de chuid TG4 & Nuacht TG4

I mBéal na Stoirme                      An Idée Originale/Lugh Films/South Wind Blows Productions

An Klondike                                Abú Media

Sheehy Skeffington: Síochánaí        Dearcán Media

Deoch an Dorais                          Magamedia

BROADCASTER

Páidí Ó Lionáird                          7Lá / Vóta 2016 – TG4

Róisín O’Hara                             Róisín- TG4

Tristan Rosenstock                       Imeall- TG4

Dara Ó Cinnéide                          GAA USA / Seó Spóirt- TG4

Síle Nic Chonaonaigh                             Dúiche- TG4

BEST ACTOR

Róisín Ní Chéileachair                            Móna: EIPIC

Joe Steve Ó Neachtain                  Peadar: Ros na Rún

Seán T. Ó Meallaigh                     Pádraig Connolly: An Klondike

Tara Breathnach                          Máthair: Maidhm

CATEGORY: RADIO

RADIO PROGRAMME / SERIES

Liza mo Stór agus Scéalta Eile       RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta

Bláthnaid Libh                                      RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta

Splanc                                        Newstalk

Blas                                           BBC Raidió Uladh

BROADCASTER

Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh                             RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta

Rónán Mac Aodha Bhuí                  RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta

Miriam Ní Mheachair                             FM 104

Eoghan Ó Néill                            Ráidió Fáilte

Cormac Ó hEadhra                       RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta

CATEGORY: PRINT

JOURNALIST/COLUMNIST

Cathal Mac Coille                         Tuairisc.ie

Méabh Ní Thuathaláin                   Nós.ie

Alan Titley                                 Crobhingne, Irish Times

Alex Hijmans                              Tuairisc.ie

Maitiú Ó Coimín                          Tuairisc.ie

WEBSITE

www.tuairisc.ie                         Tuairisc.ie

www.tg4.ie                                TG4

www.meoneile.ie                      Below the Radar

www.raidiofailte.com              Raidió Fáilte

YOUNG STAR OF THE YEAR AWARD

Stiofán Ó Fearail                         Seo Linn/Cleas Act TG4

Sinéad Ní Uallacháin                    RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta

Fiona Ní Fhlaithearta                             TG4

Lisa Madden                               Iriseoir/láithreoir Neamhspleách

Micheál Ó Ciaraidh                      Cúla 4

Edel Ní Churraoin                        Raidió Fáilte

 

For more information:

Natasha Fennell, Stillwater Communications T: 01 6770630 R: natasha@stillwater.ie

Helena Mullins, Stillwater Communications T: 01 6770630 R: helena@stillwater.ie

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