Dungarvan to play host to Celtic Media Festival in April 2015

Three-day event will be staged in the southeast after pitch led by Nemeton TV owner

RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta presenter Michelle Nic Grianna, who won a Celtic Media Festival ‘Torc’ award for her ability to move fluidly from hard-hitting news topics to lighter segments.

RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta presenter Michelle Nic Grianna, who won a Celtic Media Festival ‘Torc’ award for her ability to move fluidly from hard-hitting news topics to lighter segments.

 

The Celtic Media Festival, a broadcasting industry get-together that rotates around the Celtic nations and regions, will be staged next April in the media mini-hub that is Dungarvan, Co Waterford.

Irial Mac Murchú, the chief executive of studio, satellite services and production company Nemeton TV, was the lobbying force behind the selection of Dungarvan, telling delegates that this was not his first pitch to bring the festival to the southeast. About 100 people are employed in the local broadcasting industry, while the selection was also influenced by the fact that it boasts the An Rinn Gaeltacht area.

The three-day festival, which was held in Inverness in Scotland last week, also dishes out television, film and digital awards called Torcs, with this year’s Irish winners including RTÉ drama Love/Hate, RTÉ/ Praxis Pictures’ documentary Close to Evil and BBC Northern Ireland’s current affairs documentary The Disappeared.

Also among the winners were RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta’s Michelle Nic Grianna, who was named radio personality of the year, while TG4’s sports documentary Páidí Ó Sé – Rí an Pharóiste won the “Spirit of the Festival” award.

The festival has been produced in recent years by Irish woman Catriona Logan, who will also oversee the 2016 event. Broadcasting types should clear their diaries now.