West Kerry sweeps the boards at Oireachtas Media Awards

CORCA Dhuibhne swept the boards at the Oireachtas Media Awards which were hosted recently in the Galway Bay Hotel.

Ceann Trá director and writer Louise Ní Fhiannachta took home yet another accolade as her documentary on Páidí Ó Sé – Rí an Pharóiste – was declared Television Programme of the Year.

An Saol ó Dheas, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta's Baile na nGall based magazine programme, which is produced by Dún Chaoin's Pádraig Ó Sé, won Radio Series of the Year and the programme's presenter, Helen Ní Shé of Clochán Dubh, Baile na nGall also won Radio Broadcaster of the Year.

There was another nod towards West Kerry when the youngest nominee on the shortlist, Doireann Ní Fhoighil, won Actor of the Year for her role in the short film Rúbaí (which was also directed by Ceann Trá Louise Ní Fhiannachta). The short film tells the story of a young girl who, as her classmates prepare for their First Communion, announces she is an atheist and refuses to participate.

The awards celebrate achievement and excellence in the Irish language media sector and honour actors, journalists, presenters, programme makers and others within the sector.

The gala event was hosted by RTE newscaster Aengus Mac Grianna.

"The awards are developing every year, but this year was exceptional," said Liam Ó Maolaodha, Director of Oireachtas na Gaeilge. "We established a new judging system which has proven very successful, for the first time ever people all over the world were able to watch the ceremony online."