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RTÉ Radio Scoops Top Awards at Prestigious New York Festivals

18 June 2013: RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ lyric fm were among the big winners once again at the prestigious New York Festivals Awards 2013, with 11 awards across a range of categories.

With nominees representing radio stations from 28 countries, finalists included broadcasters from Australia, Canada, France, India, Spain, the United Kingdom and the USA, among others. RTÉ was honoured with a total of 11 awards.

RTÉ Radio 1’s acclaimed Documentary on One series received six awards, with wins in the Health/Medical documentary category, in the Sports & Recreation documentary category, in the 'Best Narration' category, in the 'Social Issues' category, the History category and the Profiles/Community Portraits category. In addition, the Documentary on One received three finalists nomination certificates. RTÉ Radio 1’s Drama on 1, received two awards in the Best Writing and Best Director category, while also receiving two finalist certificates.

RTE lyric fm collected awards for The Lyric Concert, The Lyric Feature, and the programme ‘Sonnets for the Cradle’.

Jim Jennings, Acting Managing Director, RTÉ Radio, said: “To be recognised at an International level, across a multitude of genres, is testament to the enduring quality of RTÉ Radio 1 and lyric fm. RTÉ remains committed to producing exceptional programming. When that programming is award-winning, it is doubly satisfying.”

RTÉ Radio was named New York Festivals International Broadcaster of the Year in 2011 and 2012.

Winning RTÉ Radio programmes at the 2013 New York Festivals Radio Awards:


1) 'Documentary On One, Superdog' - in the Health/Medical documentary category (Aoife Stokes and Ciaran Cassidy)

2) 'Documentary On One, Fire and Water' in the Sports & Recreation documentary category (Pól Ó Conghaile and Sarah Blake)

3) 'Documentary On One, Seen from a distance' in the 'Best Narration' category (Zoe Comyns and Sarah Blake)

4) 'Documentary On One, Take No More' in the 'Social Issues' category. (Grey Heron Media Production for the DocOnOne)


1) 'Documentary On One, Message in a Bottle' in the 'History' category (Peter Mulryan and Liam O'Brien)

2) ‘The Lyric Concert - Kundraan and the Arctic Light’ in the 'Craft' category for Best Live Sound

3) ‘The Lyric Feature Out With Paganism’ in the Religious programmes category


1) 'Documentary On One, The Secret Chicken Society', in the 'Profiles/Community Portraits' category (Liam O'Brien)

2) RTÉ lyric fm ‘Sonnets for the Cradle’, Best Music Special

3) ‘Drama On One - The Dreaming of Roger Casement', written and directed by Patrick Mason, in the 'Best Director' category

4) ‘Drama On One - Doping Games', by Hugo Plowden, in the 'Best Writing' category


1) 'Documentary On One, A Knock on the Door', in the 'Human Relations' category (Ciaran Cassidy/Joe Duffy/Liam O'Brien).

2) 'Documentary On One, From Belief to Unbelief', in the 'Religious Programs' category (Joe Armstrong and Nicoline Greer)

3) 'Documentary On One, Míne Bean Uí Chribín - My Granny', in the 'Social Issues' category (Bláithín de Burca and Ronan Kelly)

4) ‘Drama On One - The Dreaming of Roger Casement', written and directed by Patrick Mason, in the 'Best Actor' category - for Ciarán Hinds

5) ‘Drama On One - The Disappeared', by John A. Connolly, in the 'Best Regularly Scheduled Drama Progam' category