Connemara native Ciaran O'Conghaile has picked up two awards for Best Drama and Best Writing for his short film Smoked Mackerel at the Royal Television Society Student Television Awards 2019.

O’Conghaile, from  Gaeltacht village of Leitir Mor in Galway, was the only Irish filmmaker in the category and beat stiff competition from the National Film and Television School in London.

Previously recognised filmmakers at this event - held at the British Film Institute in London - include Sally Wainwright and Idris Elba.

Smoked Mackerel is a coming-of-age short film about two teenage friends, and was inspired by O’Conghaile’s experience growing up on the Wild Atlantic Way.

It has screened at festivals internationally in the US and Europe, including Newport Beach Film Festival and Irish Screen America in New York.

O’Conghaile’s career began at the Galway Film Fleadh and TG4 soap Rós na Rún before he left for the UK.

He’s now the protégé of Oscar-winning producer David Puttnam and has just wrapped up a new short film exploring the lives of immigrants in the North East of England.