Irish productions win at Celtic Media Festival

The 32nd annual Celtic Media Festival began yesterday in Stornoway, and day one of the three-day festival saw Irish productions pick up a number of Bronze Torc Awards for Excellence:

The Education Award went to Irish production, Teens in the Wild by Firebrand Productions / RTÉ. The programme follows Clinical psychologist, David Coleman who takes a group of six troubled teenagers, on a 21-day wilderness activities and therapy course, charting the girls’ battles with issues including anger management, bereavement, separation and problems at school.

The Best Factual Single went to The Pipe by Scannáin Inbhear / TG4. This documentary chronicles the personal and community strife caused by the controversial Corrib gas project.

The Best Factual Series went to 1916Seachtar na Cásca by Abú Media / TG4.

Finally, the Bronze Torc for Excellence in Sport went to Vincent O’Brien – The Master by Orusco / RTÉ which tells the story of the legendary horse-trainer.

Only three other productions received the Bronze Torc Award for Excellence during the course of the day. Overall 98 productions, companies and personalities have been shortlisted across the 19 Bronze Torc Awards for Excellence categories – including factual, arts, drama, entertainment, sport, current affairs, children and young people’s programmes, as well as radio station of the year and radio presenter – with a total of 450 entries having been submitted from across Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany, the Isle of Man and Ireland.

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