A production by RTÉ Radio 1’s Drama on One, Sparkplug by Little John Nee, has received a Special Mention at the Prix Italia.

Awarded in the Best Radio Drama category, Sparkplug competed with over 90 broadcasters from five different continents.

Speaking about the result, Lorelei Harris, Editor of Arts, Features and Drama on Radio 1, said: “This is a very significant award for RTÉ Radio Drama.

"While we have been successful in many major international competitions in the past, this is the first time the Prix Italia Jury has recognised excellence in an Irish Radio Drama."

She added: "I am delighted, and send my congratulations to all involved in the production."


The drama tells the story of a bluesman and vintage mechanic who lives in his uncle's disused barn. Despite being set in tough times, the story promises comic storytelling blended with beautiful original music.

Listen to Sparkplug by Little John Nee by clicking here for the RTÉ Drama on One website. 

In addition there were 105 entries in the radio documentary category at the Prix Italia this year and RTÉ Radio 1's Documentary on One Message in a Bottle made the shortlist. Click here to listen back to Message in a Bottle: