Belfast-based drama series takes Celtic Prize
For the second year in succession a TG4 drama series has beaten off international competition to take the Youth Award at the Celtic Media Festival 2010 in Newry, Co Down.
Seacht an episode from the drama series took the prize against stiff competition from Welsh and Scottish and other programmes from Ireland.
The series is co-funded by TG4 and BBC Northern Ireland and is produced by Stirling Film and Television Productions in Belfast and also received funding from the Northern Ireland Irish Language Broadcast Fund. Colm O'Donnell of Stirling Film and Television, the production company was on hand to collect the bronze Celtic Torc award at today’s prizegiving.
The International Celtic Media Festival is one of the most prestigious and long established festivals in these islands and is held each year. It presents awards in a range of programme categories. Entries go through a national pre-selection phase in each of the Celtic countries with the best advancing to the International Festival. TG4 had seven projects shortlisted in the various categories in this year's Festival and so far three of these have won their categories.
TG4's Director of Commissioning, Micheál Ó Meallaigh, said that a second Youth Prize at the Celtic is of particular significance for the Irish language channels. "Winning this category in open competition with projects in English as well as the other Celtic languages provides proof that we are in tune with our own youth audience and that our drama output bears favourable comparison with the best in these islands," he said.
Pádhraic Ó Ciardha - TG4 - (087) 265 7689