Thrilled with the IFTA nominations announced!


The IFTA nominations were announced this morning and I’m absolutely thrilled that the 3 tv programmes I cut last year have all been nominated in various categories. The six nominations are really exciting and while I’m proud of this achievement I’m also aware that I have very lucky last year to work on such great projects. That doesn’t always happen and I’m really grateful that the shows have been recognised. Working in this industry you are constantly meeting new people and forging new friendships. So it is great that the new friends I’ve made have racked up these nominations.

I’m also delighted for all my friends at abu media for their 4 nominations and Mick Mahon for his 2 nominations, surely Mick has to get one this year!

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Ceoldrama – Insceal -Dir: Colm Bairead

Absolutelty thhrilled that Ceoldrama was nominated in 3 categories. ‘Childrens/Youth’, ‘TV Director’ and ‘Irish Language’. I love this series and hopefully it’ll pick up a gong on the big night

An Ceoldrama
Doc McStuffins

Irish Language
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An Ceoldrama
Páidí Ó Sé – Rí an Pharóiste

Director TV
Anna Rodgers, Somebody to Love
Colm Bairéad, An Ceoldráma
Tom Johnston, Áine Lawlor: Facing Cancer
Maurice Sweeney, John Sheahan: A Dubliner

Blian In Arainn Mhor – Power Pictures – Dir: David Power

I’m delighted that ‘Blian in Arainn Mhor’ got nominated in the prestigious doc series category. It would be great if David Power, the perennial IFTA bridesmaid finally got his hands on a gong. His body of work certainly deserves it and I was thrilled to work on this lovely popular series.

Documentary Series
1916 Seachtar Dearmadta
Bliain in Árainn Mhór
The Estate
John Lonergan’s Circus

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Its fantastic that ‘Paidi O’Se:Ri an Pharoiste’ also recieved some nominations. This crittically acclaimed series was one of TG4’s most popular shows of last year and I loved working on it and I’m delighted for Louise, Laura and Paddy that they got nominations in ‘Sports’ and in ‘Irish Language’ categories

Páidí Ó Sé – Rí an Pharóiste
R.O.G. The Ronan O’Gara Story
We Got Game

Irish Language
1916 Seachtar Dearmadta
An Ceoldrama
Páidí Ó Sé – Rí an Pharóiste

Bliain in Árainn Mhór nominated for an Oireachtas award

Earlier this year “Bliain in Árainn Mhór”, the 4 part series I cut for Power Pictures and TG4 was broadcast to strong ratings and positive reviews. Everyone involved in the show was delighted with this and was absolutely thrilled when the series was nominated for the prestigious Oireachtas awards last week.

Organised by Oireachtas na Gaeilge, the Oireachtas Media Awards look to celebrate the TV and Radio presenters, actors, journalists and programme makers who have excelled in their contribution to Irish language media in the past year. This year the nominations feature a very broad range of programmes that reflect the high quality work being done through Irish.

Its possible for members of the public to have a say in the voting process by following the link here and casting their votes.

Don’t be put off by the first page (they are looking for your name, organisation and email, you do not need to enter your phone number) or the fact thats it’s all in Irish its actually quite straightforward. If you do decide to vote, why not throw a vote in the other categories to my buddies and their entries “Lon sa Speir”, “Seo Sport” and “BBC Blas” but the most important one is to vote for “Bliain in Árainn Mhór”. It would be great if it could win the award and with your help you never know…

The entire series was uploaded to youtube should you wish to remind yourself of the show, the links are all on this page.

In other award news, Traolach O’Murchu has informed me from his wintery den in Canada that the short we did together, Kara, has picked up another award on its travels. This time for lead actress Laura Erangey at the Bootleg Film Festival in Edinburgh a few weekends ago. Well done to her and to Traolach, whose mantlepiece must now be buckling under the weight of all those awards he’s picked up over the years!

Best Actress - Laura Erangey - Bootleg Film Festival Edinburgh 2013
Best Actress – Laura Erangey – Bootleg Film Festival Edinburgh 2013

The Celtic Media Festival takes place at the end of this month in Swansea and I’m delighted that Rás Tailteann is among the nominations. Its up for the sports gong and its in a tough competitive field (which also includes the excellent Jump Boys by Luke McManus) but it would be great if it won. The CMF from what I hear is always a great weekend and i’d love to be heading over, my schedule doesn’t suit but the film’s producer and director will be there and hopefully they will bring home the torc!