Popular Raidío na Gaeltachta broadcaster, Rónán Mac Aodha Bhuí has been shortlisted for two of the Oireachtas na Gaeilge communication awards. The Gaoth Dobhair based presenter has been nominated for his role in the series “Rónán ar an Camino” which was widely enjoyed by large audiences throughout the country.
The series followed Rónán’s trip along part of the Camino de Santiago, an ancient religious pilgrimage in Northern Spain, on both a personal journey and a quest to find out what its attraction is. The series was produced by Waddel Media for TG4.
The hugely popular programme, Ronán Beo @ 3 has also received a nomination in the radio programme category. The show contains a mix of news, health, live music and events and as a result of the success of his programme, Rónán was awarded “Radio Presenter of the Year” at Scotland’s Celtic Media Festival in 2011. The show will compete against Cormac ag a Cúig, Spioradáltacht ar Leith, Splanc and BBC’s Blás.
Other films in this category are “Lón sa Spéir” which was produced by Sónta Teo. The series investigated the story of the “Men at Work” iconic photograph. “Súil Siar ar Mise Éire” a wonderfully crafted story will also compete in this category alongside the hugely popular series “Imeall.”
A new category has been incorporated into the list of awards this year with Irish language websites battling it out to take the first ever award. Beo.ie, gaelport.com and meoneile.ie among those that have been shortlisted.
High Standard maintained
The director of Oireachtas na Gaeilge, Liam Ó Maolaodha said that despite significant cutbacks in the communications industry the standard has remained exceptionally high. “Irish language media has greatly utilised the significant technological advancements that have been made and it is on that basis that we are offering an award for the best Irish language website,” he said.
The awards will be presented at a Gala evening in the Galway Bay Hotel in Galway on May 17, 2013. The Master of Ceremonies on the evening will be Nuacht’s Aengus Mac Grianna.
Údarás na Gaeltachta sponsors the event.