Clare FM has picked up another Radio award, this time at the Dundee Celtic International Film and Television festival.
“Living with Dara”, which was produced by Paula Carroll and edited by Tracey Moloney, took the award in the Radio documentary section in a field that included entries from a number of BBC and IBA stations in Britain.
The programme tells the story of a young autistic boy, Darragh Whelan, and his mother who are natives of Scariff in county Clare.
Producer Paula Carroll says its a huge honour to win an award at such a prestigious event. She also picked up the BCI’s new adventures in broadcasting award along with the PPI’s radio documentary award.
Clare FM’s chief executive Liam O’Shea says the station made quite an impression on the judges who described it as the smallest station with the biggest impact.
Last month producer Mark Dunphy took home three advertising awards in the Retail, Greenhorn, and Motor Categories.
There is further good news for Clare FM today with the station producing the winner of the Réalt DJ Irish language competition, which was organised by the BCI and Foras na Gaeilge.
The competition was won by Caitriona Ní Chatháin from Ennis whose winning entry was submitted as a regional final entry in the competition by Clare FM, who are one of six local commercial radio stations involved in the Réalt DJ competition. Caitriona presented a guest slot on the station’s Irish programme An Clár Gaeilge, which is presented every Saturday by the station’s Eagarthóir Gaeilge Emer Connolly.
Caitriona will have a weekly slot on the new Irish language radio chart show, to be broadcast on many local radio stations throughout the country. In addition, both Caitriona and fellow regional finalist from Clare, Anita Ní Fionnacháin, will contribute to An Clár Gaeilge from time to time.
The regional finalists represented Clare FM, Spin 1038, Midlands 103, and Mid West Radio.
The Réalt DJ competition is one of a series of initiatives undertaken jointly by the BCI and Foras na Gaeilge to actively encourage and promote the use of the Irish language on radio. The competition focused on a selected number of stations in 2003/2004 and through the BCI’s Irish language co-ordinator, Lisa Ní Choisdealbha, worked with the stations in promoting the competition in schools and colleges. Following its success, it is planned to expand the competition to include more stations in September 2004.
Commenting on the announcement, the BCI’s Chief Executive Michael O’Keeffe said: “I would like to congratulate the overall winner Caitriona Ní Chatháin and all the regional finalists in this competition. I would also like to pay tribute to the radio stations who were involved with this venture. Through their enthusiasm and commitment they have contributed to a vibrant approach to the use of Irish on the airwaves. The Commission, in conjunction with Foras na Gaeilge, looks forward to the expansion of this competition early in the Autumn”.
Clare FM’s CEO Liam O’Shea is keen to promote the use of Irish on the station, particularly through An Clár Gaeilge, and this award is a major boost for the station’s continued interest in the Irish language.
This latest award for Clare FM follows the weekend’s news that the station received an award at the Dundee Celtic International Film and Television festival for its documentary ‘Living With Dara,’ which was produced by Paula Carroll.