RTÉ Wins Radio Station Of The Year Plus 5 Category Awards

26 April 2012: Station Of The Year Award adds to the 40th anniversary celebrations

The Radio Station of The Year Award was presented to RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta at the Celtic Media Awards 2012. RTÉ also won across a range of categories, from Factual, Entertainment, Feature Length Drama, Animation and Radio Personality.

Raidió na Gaeltachta, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, was named Radio Station Of The Year for the second year in a row. It was praised for its high production values and its diverse content. The jury were impressed by the fact that it broadcast daily from different parts of the country, in the dialect of the region, therefore creating a strong connection with its audience.

Five stations shortlisted for the prize - BBC Radio Cymru, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio nan Gàidheal, Isles fm 103 and RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta. Raidió na Gaeltachta presenter Frances Nic Géadaigh from the station's Doirí Beaga team in Donegal also took home the award for Radio Personality of the Year.

RTÉ also won an award for "Behind The Walls", the documentary by the late Mary Raftery. It outlined the history of the State's psychiatric hospitals and received the award for excellence in the Factual Series category. The satirical series "The Savage Eye" won in the Entertainment category. "The Boy In The Bubble" , a stereoscopic 3D animated short, won the Animation category. "Stella Days", the film starring West Wing actor Martin Sheen, won the Best Feature Length Drama award. The RTÉ/Newbridge Films co-production, set in 1950s Ireland, portrays the tensions between the increasingly modern world and the traditions of the church and society.

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