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€280k funding for RTE One Irish crafts programme

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has signed new contracts with 21 independent producers and broadcasters under the Sound & Vision II scheme. Programmes include documentaries on newspapers, ageing, crafts and literacy.

TWENTY ONE NEW radio and television projects have been funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, covering a range of diverse subjects.

The proramme which received the greatest amount of money under the Broadcasting Funding Scheme, Sound & Vision II, was In Good Hands, by Gmarsh TV productions. This series will be broadcast on RTE One and was awarded funding of €280,000. It will centre on Shaw Smith, one of Ireland’s finest archivists and filmmakers, who will return to some of the crafts he featured in the series Hands three decades ago. The series will feature six artisan trades that survive in a world of mass production, cheap imports and next-day deliveries.

Independent radio producer Brian Gallagher was awarded funding of €4,497 for Brewery Days, about a teenager who leaves school at the age of 14 to work in Guinness in the 1950’s. It will be broadcast on East Coast FM.

Write to Read, the second programme, follows a group of children in a disadvantaged school who are participating in a literacy programme. It will be broadcast on Newstalk 106-108FM and received €4,671.

Real Films Ltd received €19,349 towards The Moon is an Orange Triangle on Highland Radio, which will give a unique insight into the worlds of seven autistic children.

West Dublin Access Radio received €8000 to produce Cá Bhfuil an Obair, a four part series on providing career guidance to transition year students. It will be produced, researched, and presented by transition year students from Coláiste Chillian, in Clondalkin and St Dominick’s Secondary School, in Ballyfermot, in conjunction with team from West Dublin Access Radio.

LMFM Radio received €3,700 for the production of The Story of Dundalk Pile Lighthouse and €3,780 to produce to produce a documentary on the Rundle Family who resided in Clogherhead, Co Louth in the late 1800’s.

Raven Productions was awarded €15,400 to produce Scléip, a five-part radio series on the annual talent contest at Gaelscoileanna. It will be broadcast on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.

Home News, produced by journalist and broadcaster Brian O’Connell, will focus on several Irish newspapers outside the Republic of Ireland and their readers. Brian will travel to Sydney, New York, London and Belfast and received funding of €19,000. It will be broadcast on RTÉ Radio One.

Radio producer Caroline Brennan recieved €6,000 towards The Amulet, a radio that documentary documents the work of visual artist, Marie Brett with a group of women who have suffered bereavement through the loss of an infant. It will be broadcast on both Dublin City FM and CRY (Community Radio Youghal).

A further €3,500 has been awarded to Heather MacLeod, for the production of Diabetes: the forgotten type ones for Dublin City FM.

Meanwhile, Paul Wright was granted €13,800 for The Untold Story Of John Devoy & America’s Fight For Irish Freedom, and €12,000 towards the making of a three part radio series Celebrating Saint Brigid, which will be broadcast on Dublin City FM.

Radio producer Doireann Ní Bhriain received €14,776 for Age and the City, a series about ageing in an urban context. She also received €8,500 funding for Music Generation, which will bring music education to young people all over Ireland. Both series will be broadcast on RTÉ Radio One.

Near FM received €8,800 for Summer in the Suburbs, which will feature four outside broadcasts from family fun day festivals. Another Near FM project, Rivitin’ History received funding of €8,800 towards production. Near FM also received funding of €10,000 to produce Not for the Money, about volunteer organisations.

Dublin South FM was awarded €12,266 for Reaching Out, a series of 26 interviews with the aim of highlighting less well known services in the community. Dundalk FM received €9,000 to produce Ruaille Buaille, a series of 20 Irish language programmes.

Finally, Conor O’Toole, from UCC FM received €6,300, to produce Church Art and Architecture in Cork, about four familiar landmark Catholic churches in Cork City.

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