‘Scéal na Gaeilge’ wins best TV series/programme at the Oireachtas Communication Awards

The Oireachtas Communication Awards are an annual event to celebrate excellence in Irish language TV, Radio, Journalism and Web media.

One coveted prize is awarded to a series or program chosen from all TV genre, Drama, Documentary, Current Affairs, Light Entertainment, Reality, etc. This year the award was won by ROSG for their ground-breaking series Scéal na Gaeilge.

Interviewed at the award ceremony, Producer Ciarán Ó Cofaigh said;

‘It’s a great honour for us to win this award as it is the highest accolade given for Irish Language media.  I believe we have shown that a documentary series can be presented in a fun, visual and informative style, whatever the subject matter.  In this case it was a subject very close to my heart, the history of the Irish language.’

Scéal na Gaeilge is a 2-part documentary series which traces the journey of the Irish language from earliest times to the present day.

Through a mixture of animation, green screen and location filming, this series reveals the history of the Irish language by shining a humourous light on the historical and mythological stories that are associated with it.

Fun, fresh and frisky, Scéal na Gaeilge is presented and written by Alan Titley, directed by Diarmuid Goggins and produced by Ciarán Ó Cofaigh for ROSG.

 

Tugann an phríomhdhuais teilifíse seo aitheantas do chlár nó shraith teilifíse a bhfuil ardchaighdeán bainte amach aige i measc na seánraí éagsúil teilifíse, drámaíocht, faisnéis, cúrsaí reatha agus eile.

Siad ROSG an comhlacht léiriúcháin a bhí i mbun léiriú ar an tsraith cheannródaíoch seo.

Ag labhairt faoin ngradam ag an searmanas bronnta, dúirt léiritheoir na sraithe, Ciarán Ó Cofaigh;

‘Is mór an onóir dúinn an gradam seo a bhaint amach.

Thaispeáin muid, i mo thuairim, gur féidir clár físiúil, spraíúil agus spéisiúil a dhéanamh ar ábhar ar bith.  Sa gcás seo roghnaithe muid  an t-ábhar is tábhachtaí dhom féin go pearsanta, sin scéal na Gaeilge.’

Dhá chlár faisnéise is ea Scéal na Gaeilge a leanann aistear na teanga ó thús ama go dtí an lá atá inniu ann.

Tríd meascán míreanna beochan, cúlraí scáthlán glas agus taifeadadh ag láithreacha stairiúla, nochtann an tsraith seo stair na Gaeilge le radharc spraíúil ar na scéalta stairiúla agus miotasacha a bhaineann léi.

Físiúil, úr agus bríomhar, tá Scéal na Gaeilge curtha i láthair agus scríofa ag Alan Titley, stiúrtha ag Diarmuid Goggins agus léirithe ag Ciarán Ó Cofaigh do ROSG.

 


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'Na Cloigne' nominated at the Celtic Media Festival

Na Cloigne, the supernatural drama series produced by ROSG, is selected to represent Ireland in ‘Drama Series’ category at the prestigious Celtic Media Festival

This series is a contemporary Irish language supernatural thriller broadcast on TG4 last year, has been chosen from a host of Irish TV drama productions to be selected as the Irish entry in the ‘Drama Series’ category at the Festival.

The Celtic Media Festival is an annual celebration of the best of film, television, radio and digital media from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany and the Isle of Man. The event, which will take place in Scotland in April, promotes the richness of Celtic heritage, language and culture.

The standard at the Celtic Media Festival is high, with the event attracting major drama productions from major broadcasters such as BBC, RTE, UTV, TG4 and Channel 4.

The shortlist for the ‘Drama Series’ category at the Celtic Media Festival is:

Na Cloigne ROSG, Ireland
Sherlock Hartswood Films, Wales
Lip Service Kudos Films, Scotland
Single Father Red Production Company, Scotland
Istoriou Breizh Pois Chiche, Brittany
Pen Taler Fiction Factory, Wales

Na Cloigne, which translates as ‘The Heads’, features a young couple at the centre of an investigation into the violent and gruesome murders of two women. Directed by Robert Quinn and produced by Ciarán Ó Cofaigh for ROSG, a Conamara based film and television production company, the series was originally broadcast as a three part series on TG4 early last year and a feature length film version was broadcast on TG4 over Halloween.

The miniseries focuses on the discovery of the naked and decapitated bodies of two young women in the woods. Local artist Nuala (Siobhan O’Kelly) and her adulterous boyfriend Seán (Dara Devaney) find themselves at the heart of the brutal murder inquiry as jealousy, lust and insecurity drives their relationship to breaking point. The programme moves into paranormal territory when the mysterious Superintendent Ó Sé (Barry McGovern) arrives on the scene to try and unravel the murder mystery.

This follows last week’s announcement that Na Cloigne had received six nominations for the upcoming 2011 Irish Film and Television Awards in a variety of categories including ‘Single Drama / Drama Serial’, ‘Director Television’, Writer Television’, ‘Make-Up and Hair’, ‘Original Score’ and ‘Irish Language’.

Na Cloigne was funded by TG4, and BSÉ/IFB and the BAI and private investment through 481.

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