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Peadar Mercier

Twenty-five years after the death of Peadar Mercier, his son Mel gathers together the traces of his father's musical life. Peadar was the first ever professional bodhrán and bones player and was a key member of The Chieftains. (2016)

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Documentary maker: Sarah Blake

Sarah Blake joined RTÉ Radio in 2004, and has since been working across various formats in Lyric FM, 2FM, and Radio 1.  

From 2004 to 2008, Sarah worked with RTÉ Lyric fm where she produced programmes including ‘The Lyric Breakfast’, ‘The Lyric Pitch’ and was the founding producer of Lyric’s Contemporary Music programme ‘Nova’ with Bernard Clarke.

From 2006 - 2008, Sarah was on the committee of UNESCO’s International Rostrum of Composers (an annual forum for broadcasters to promote and exchange Contemporary Classical Music) and organised the 2008 session that took place in Dublin.

During her time in Lyric Sarah also produced Electrolight – A History of Electronic Music, which won First Prize in the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland’s ‘New Adventures in Broadcasting’ Awards in 2008 and Before and After Science – The World of Brian Eno, which won a Bronze Medal in the ‘Best Music Special’ category at the New York Radio Festivals Awards in 2006.

She joined RTÉ 2fm in September 2008 as a producer on The Gerry Ryan Show, Countdown to 306 - Leaving Cert Exam programme, and live broadcasts from the Oxegen and Electric Picnic music festivals.

In February 2009, Sarah graduated from the European Broadcasting Union Masterschool in Radio Features. She joined the Documentary on One team in November 2009.

In 2011, Sarah was awarded funding by the Simon Cumbers Media Fund, to travel to The Gambia, West Africa, to follow the Gambia Ireland Volunteers in Education project, which sends retired Irish teachers to the country to provide training and mentoring for their local counterparts. The resulting documentary, ‘Old School, School, New School’, went on to win the 'Best Media Broadcast' at the 2012 Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (MAMA).

In 2012, her documentary ‘Olivia’s Farm’ was a finalist in the 2012 Agricultural Journalism Awards’; ‘Maurice - A Final Journey’ was awarded Gold in the Best Documentary Category at the PPI Radio Awards, and Best Investigative Radio Documentary at the Association for International Broadcasting Awards.

Sarah has provided production supervision on a number of award winning documentaries including 'The Common Thread' - 2015 Gracie Award for Outstanding Documentary from the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation; 'They Had No Choice - The Irish Horse at War' - bronze medal in the New York Festivals 2015;  'Michael Jackson's Irish Driver' - gold in the 2014 PPI Radio Awards; ‘Fire and Water’ – gold medal winner in New York Festivals 2013; ‘Seen from a Distance’ - gold medal winner in New York Festivals 2013 and Åke Blomström Memorial Prize; ‘A Silver Lining’ - Best GAA Related Radio Programme at the 2012 GAA McNamee Awards; ‘I Could Have Danced All Night’ – finalist in 2011 Celtic Media Awards; ‘The Carberrys – Running in the Family’ – finalist in Best Sports Documentary in the New York Festivals 2011.

She is a native of Limerick and holds a B.A. in Music from Trinity College Dublin and an M.A. in Music Technology from the University of Limerick.

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