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Operation Transformation is back and the search is on for new Leaders

Presented by Kathryn Thomas, the 14th series Operation Transformation will return to RTÉ One television in January 2021.

The nationwide search for the five new Operation Transformation Leaders is on.  Are you ready for change?  Do you think you have what it takes to lead the nation into 2021? Then we want to hear from you.

Returning to set the health and wellness plan for the new leaders is fitness coach Karl Henry; principal clinical psychologist Dr Eddie Murphy; dietitian Aoife Hearne and general practitioner Dr Sumi Dunne.

We can all agree that 2020 has been a year like no other.  Since the arrival of Covid-19 to Ireland at the end February, we are all still trying to find ways of getting and staying healthier in body and mind while living with restrictions.

Have you always struggled with your weight? Are you struggling more since the arrival Covid-19? Are those extra stones and pounds keeping you from leading the life you want? Do you want to make your bad habits a thing of the past?

If you are ready to make the change then apply now at or for more information email the casting team at

In accordance with Government and HSE Covid-19 guidelines all production team and crew members are committed to personal safety for the duration of the production.  We will abide by all Government and HSE guidelines with regards to Covid-19 restrictions and guidelines throughout the production.

Celtic Media Festival Announces Call For Entries With Two New Categories

Following the massive success of the online awards for the 41st Celtic Media Festival earlier this year, Celtic Media Festival has opened the Call for Entries for the 2021 Torc Awards for Excellence, taking place next year in Quimper, Brittany.

In 2020 the Celtic Media Festival made the decision to move the awards online, due to Covid-19 restrictions, and are delighted to be opening Call for Entries for the Awards in 2021. The CMF Torc Awards for Excellence are due to take place in Quimper in 2021.

The Celtic Media Festival honours the best in Celtic programming and broadcast talent from across the Celtic nations. Each year the festival and the awards evolve to reflect a dynamic and ever changing industry; in 2021 two new screen categories have been added;  Feature Documentary and Live Music Programme, taking the number of categories up to 26, spanning everything from Factual Series to Arts, Drama Series, to Sport, Current Affairs to Radio Station of the Year. Past winners of the Torc Awards for Excellence include Kaye Adams for Radio Presenter of the Year, BBC’s Line of Duty and Poldark, RTÉ’s Love/Hate, Scottish comedy phenomenon Still Game, Stephen Bennett’s moving documentary Dunblane – Our Story, Channel 4’s incredible The Ballymurphy Precedent, as well as Welsh crossover hit Keeping Faith/Un Bore Mercher, starring Eve Myles.

Content makers may submit entries for these prestigious awards at Full details of the festival programme, delegate registration, and how to purchase tickets will be announced early next year.

For full information on the Call for Entries and awards categories please visit

Catriona Logan, Festival Director, said: “We’re so happy to be opening the Call for Entries for 2021. After the success of the online awards earlier this year, I know we’re all keen to meet again at CMF 2021 in Quimper. We’re working towards that and we know, however the awards are presented, there will still be the high-quality programming we’ve come to expect at Celtic Media Festival. The introduction of 2 new categories represent the evolution in storytelling from the Celtic Nations and Regions and we can’t wait to see what they have to offer.”

RTÉ announces a new season of The Lyric Feature   

RTÉ announces a new documentary season featuring some of Ireland’s best creative talent and audio makers, starting 13 September.  

Broadcast Sundays 6pm on RTÉ lyric fm and available to stream or podcast from the RTÉ Radio Player and from Apple Podcasts, Spotify and other major podcast platforms. 

In a time where our opportunities to come together and experience artistic performances have been diminished, RTÉ lyric fm has continued to commission and make new programmes in collaboration with some of Ireland’s best creative talent and most imaginative audio makers.

Beginning on 13 September with a beautifully crafted radio ballad by Brían Mac Gloinn of the folk duo Ye Vagabonds, who swept the boards at last year’s RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards, ‘The Rescue of the Stolwijk’ tells the story of a daring sea rescue of 18 Dutch sailors whose cargo ship the SS Stolwijk was wrecked off the Donegal coast in 1940. Mac Gloinn has written and performed new songs and woven these together with the testimony of Andrew Early, the last living islander who remembers the day, and with the accounts of the descendants of both the lifeboat crew and the rescued sailors. The result is a fitting celebration of the courage of the lifeboatmen and the human ability to deal with adversity by working together.

On 20  September performance takes centre stage with a recording of Theo Dorgan’s epic poem ‘Sappho’s Daughter’ by two of our finest actors Olwen Fouéré and Barry McGovern all set to a haunting evocative score by one of the most original developers of Irish traditional music Colm Mac Con Iomaire. Written by Dorgan after what he describes as a visitation on the island of Lesvos where Sappho was born, it’s a tale which is by turns pastoral, dramatic and erotic, a tonic for the many of us who have resisted the urge to travel in recent times.

Themes of travel and the sea re-emerge in later programmes in the series. The award-winning novelist Sara Baume takes Regan Hutchins to Cape Clear to seek out birds that have taken a wrong turn in their migratory paths in ‘The Vagrant Birds of Cape Clear’. Pat Boran, who lives near Bull Island, takes listeners on a poetic exploration of the place in ‘Bull Island Haiku’.

J.J. O’Shea and guests including Paula Meehan and Paddy Bushe are in Ballinskelligs to discuss what is claimed to be the first ever Irish poem, ‘The Song of Amergin’. Legend says this mysterious poem was spontaneously recited by the Milesian poet-prince Amergin as he placed his right foot on the shore of Ireland for the very first time. In ‘Over Nine Waves’ original music and song composed for the programme is woven around discussion of the poem. The songs are ‘My Love Was a River’ composed by J.J. O`Shea and Marc Eagleton and sung by Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, ‘Birds on the Same Tree’ composed by Michel Meiffren and sung by Emma Langford, and a new setting of ‘The Song of Amergin’ composed by J.J. O’Shea and sung by Charlie O`Brien.

Meanwhile Eco Eye’s Anja Murray takes in the broader sweep of our island in ‘Wild’. With an original score by Margie Jean Lewis, Anja and guests go back to our hunter-gatherer past and the impact of successive waves of human activity on our landscape, and map out a future where we can live in harmony and sympathy with our wild island.

For more information see

For images or information, please contact Eoin O Kelly,

RTÉ nominated for 33 IMRO Radio Awards

RTÉ has received 33 nominations from the IMRO Radio Awards 2020 shortlist, in a year when radio has shown its continuing importance to Irish life.

With an increase in entries on 2019, IMRO say all entries were judged via zoom and that due to government guidelines, there will be a Virtual Live Stream event on Friday 2nd October 2020 in place of the usual gala dinner.

Chair of the Judges Peter McPartlin commented on the outstanding creativity and broadcasting quality this year particularly through the difficulties of lockdown when so many radio programmes were being broadcast from the homes across the country to the homes of listeners.

RTÉ’s shortlist of nominees are below:

Specialist Music Programme Céilí House RTÉ Radio 1

Breakfast Programme 2fm Breakfast with Doireann and Eoghan RTÉ 2fm

Music Special / Music Event Tracy Clifford’s Studio 8 with Dermot Kennedy RTÉ 2fm

Irish Music Programme or Initiative Gradaim Cheoil NÓS RTÉ Raidió Na Gaeltachta

News Programme – Full Service This Week Special Report – Carers and Covid-19 RTÉ Radio 1

Current Affairs Programme – Full Service Saturday with Cormac Ó hEadhra – Rationing PPE in Nursing Homes RTÉ Radio 1

Sports Strory – Michael O’Hehir – Remembered at 100 RTÉ Radio 1

Sports Story – Dublin’s 5 In a Row (Saturday Sport) RTÉ Radio 1

Sports Story – The Clara Jug – Four Days In Portrush RTÉ Radio 1

Documentary Documentary on One – The Case of Majella Moynihan RTÉ Radio 1

Documentary Documentary on One – Benjy the Little Gay Bull RTÉ Radio 1

Arts, Music & Culture Documentary ANIMALS – Flea RTÉ Radio 1 Extra

Arts, Music & Culture Documentary Documentary on One – The Whistleblower RTÉ Radio 1

Arts, Music and Culture Documentary The Lyric Feature: Ethel Voynich – Music, Mystery and Manuscripts RTÉ Lyric FM

Short Feature Dublin Inner City Regeneration Series RTÉ Radio 1

Short Feature Keywords – Am I?/Common Ground RTÉ Radio 1 Extra

Magazine Programme Countrywide RTÉ Radio 1

Drama Drama On One – Christie by Sean O’Gorman RTÉ Radio 1

Drama Drama On One – Eureka Dunes by Philip Davison RTÉ Radio 1

Drama Drama On One – Krakow by Peter Sirr RTÉ Radio 1

Drama Drama On One – Leaba an Bháis le Darach Mac Con Iomaire RTÉ Radio 1

Specialist Speech Programme All This Happened, Chapter 2: We Shall Overcome RTÉ Radio 1

Specialist Speech Programme Awesome Irish Women…from the Past! (Episode 5: Fighters) RTÉ Jnr Radio

Specialist Speech Programme Musical Map of Ireland RTÉ Radio 1

Craoltóireacht le Gaeilge Ár bPéire – Dónall Mac Ruairí RTÉ Raidió Na Gaeltachta

Craoltóireacht le Gaeilge Bladhaire RTÉ Raidió Na Gaeltachta

Community Social Action Shine Your Light RTÉ Radio 1

Station Imaging RTÉ 2fm

Podcast of the Year Ecolution RTÉ Radio Jnr

Podcast of the Year The Nobody Zone RTÉ Radio 1

News Reporter of the Year Cian McCormack RTÉ Radio 1

News Reporter of the Year John Cooke RTÉ Radio 1

Sports Broadcaster of the Year – Full Service Marie Crowe RTÉ 2FM

Speech Broadcaster of the Year – Full Service Damien O’Reilly RTÉ Radio 1