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Jon Williams to leave RTÉ

Jon Williams, Managing Director, RTÉ News & Current Affairs has confirmed today, (21 June 2022) that he will leave RTÉ at the end of July.

In a note to staff today he said:

“In 2017, we faced significant challenges and set out to future-proof RTÉ News & Current Affairs, identifying three editorial priorities: to become a genuinely ‘digital-first’ news organisation; to deliver more regional content; and to work more closely as ‘one News and Current Affairs’ division. Fast forward five years, and last week’s Reuters Digital News Report demonstrated that, today, not only is RTÉ the most trusted news source in Ireland, but RTÉ News is also the clear market leader online, while cementing its place as the number one choice on radio and TV.

We’ve gained new, younger audiences by creating and curating different types of content for social platforms. We’ve strengthened our weekend evening bulletins – frequently the most watched of any RTÉ programmes – with an increased presence outside Dublin. And whether it’s RTÉ Investigates, our recent deployment to Ukraine and the work on climate change, today the newsroom and current affairs are working more closely together than ever.

RTÉ News & Current Affairs was Ireland’s lifeline during the pandemic, with our trusted team providing the antidote to the fake news of anti-vaxers. We brought innovation to our coverage of the 2020 General Election. Our reporting of Brexit continues to be indispensable to many, not just in Ireland but across Europe – and in Britain too. We were on the ground as Russian troops crossed into Ukraine, reporting on the humanitarian crisis there, and here. Ní hamháin i mBéarla ach i nGaeilge freisin, rud a léirionn an rói tablachtach a bhíonn ag foireann Baile na hAbhann gach lá, ag bailiú nuachta i mBéarla agus i nGaeilge. RTÉ News is the first Irish news organisation to be independently audited as part of the Journalism Trust Initiative and awarded the European standard for trusted journalism. And we’ve worked with the NUJ, and others to ensure that RTÉ’s journalists are safer as they go about their work – whether the threat is online or outside.

We’re in the process of doubling RTÉ’s footprint overseas and we’ve begun to become a more diverse news organisation, on air and off. I’m proud that the Six One News was the first news programme in Ireland to be presented by two women – only broken-hearted that Keelin didn’t get longer to enjoy her success.

Nine years after I left London for New York and then Ireland, it’s time to go home. I chose to stay in Dublin during the pandemic, alone and unable to see those I love for long periods of time. I don’t mind admitting that I found that hard – and like so many others, it forced me to reassess my priorities and to prize family. 

I’m grateful to so many people in the field, in the control room, in Dublin, across Ireland and beyond. The truth matters. Ireland is a better place for RTÉ. We stand on the shoulders of giants and to have had the opportunity to lead RTÉ News and Current Affairs has been the greatest privilege. I’m proud – and grateful beyond measure – for all that we have achieved together. I know RTÉ News and Current Affairs will continue to do great work. And know that I will be cheering you on from afar.”

Dee Forbes, Director General, RTÉ paid tribute to Jon:

“I would like to thank Jon Williams for the passion and dedication to journalism that he has brought to his role since day one. He has also been a hugely valued member of the RTÉ’s executive board and on behalf of the wider organisation I want to thank him for his contribution to RTÉ during his five and half years. As Jon returns to the UK to spend time with his family, he can do so in the knowledge that he has left a strong legacy.” 

RTÉ Weather TV Bulletin gets taken over by Minecraft

Today’s RTÉ Weather bulletin following the One O’Clock News saw weather presenter Helen Curran transformed into a Minecraft version of herself along with the Weather Map of Ireland.

To celebrate the first-of-its-kind broadcast of the Minecraft children’s competition esports final, ‘Ireland’s Future is MINE’, the RTÉ Weather bulletin was also interrupted with a special guest appearance by Irish Minecraft superstar RoPo*.

Watch RTÉ Weather presenter Helen Curran here:

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Ireland’s Future is MINE TV final is the culmination of an All-Ireland digital competition by RTÉjr & Microsoft’s Dream Space which saw Irish schoolchildren re-imagine an Ireland of the future using Minecraft Education Edition.

The final TV programme sees teams aged 7-12 from Moyvore National School in County Westmeath, and St. Hugh’s National School in Dowra, County Leitrim go head-to-head.

The final is hosted by well-known RTÉ Young People’s Presenters John Sharpson (Home School Hub; Bright Sparks) and Mary Claire Fitzpatrick (Ace My Space; Martin’s Shed) and has a stellar judging panel, with Irish YouTube & TikTok Minecraft superstars RoPo & Classic Reilly on hand to keep a watchful eye on the two skillful teams as they battle it out in the unique Arena.

Ireland’s Future is MINE airs on RTÉ2, RTÉjr and RTÉ Player at 5pm today (Thursday) and available on catch up.


* Ronan Power, aka RoPo, is an Irish YouTuber and member of the ‘Little’ club – the hugely popular Minecraft content creators. Ronan has 1.75 million subscribers to his YouTube channel, The Mine Vengers. He is one of the judges on Ireland’s Future is MINE

RTÉ Statement: Dublin Pride

RTÉ is disappointed with the decision to end a partnership we had developed together with a range of bodies over the last three years. Standing with the LGBTQ+ community, during Pride month sends an important signal that RTÉ is here to serve everyone, and over the last three years RTÉ has sought to include these communities and extend understanding through a range of specially produced content, campaigns and partnerships.

Public discussion – sometimes uncomfortable, difficult, and contentious – is central to RTÉ’s prescribed purpose. RTÉ is acutely aware that discussions on issues such as gender and identity are deeply personal to many. It is important we listen to them, their families and those close to them, and it is also important that we allow our audiences engage with and understand the issues involved.

RTÉ will, consistent with its statutory obligations, respond to any formal complaints concerning the broadcasts.

RTÉ will continue to stand with our LGBTQ+ staff and the wider community during Pride month and beyond. In time, we hope that we will once again get the opportunity to continue to develop our partnership with Dublin Pride.


RTÉ Toy Show Appeal Grants announced with over 1.1 million children and families across Ireland set to benefit

•    All counties to receive grants with 154 charities and community groups securing funding •    €6.6 million was donated by the public last November to help change children’s lives for the better   

The RTÉ Toy Show Appeal and the Community Foundation for Ireland announced today that over 1.1 million children and their families will benefit from donations raised during the 2021 Late Late Toy Show Appeal.  Over a memorable weekend last November, an audience of 1.8 million viewers helped raise over €6.6 million to help change children’s lives for the better. The monies raised will now be used to support the work of registered children’s charities and community groups across the island of Ireland. 154 charities are to receive grants, up from 55 last year, and for the first time, at least one project in every county will benefit.   Over the past number of months charities working at local, regional, and national levels were invited to apply for a grant under three thematic pillars: addressing essential needs from food to medical equipment, improving well-being including hospital and medical care, mental health supports and grief counselling, and creativity and play.  The RTÉ Toy Show Appeal in partnership with the Community Foundation for Ireland has announced today that the following four charities are to receive transformative grants of more than €300,000.   Exchange House Ireland in Limerick promotes equal opportunities for Travellers in areas of health, education, training, accommodation, and enterprise on a nationwide basis.  Baboró International Arts Festival for Children in Galway inspires all children regardless of geographic, economic, physical, intellectual, or cultural status to engage with the creative arts.  Spraoi agus Spórt in Donegal provides affordable and inclusive opportunities, activities and experiences for children, families, young people, and adults.

Parents Plus develops and delivers evidenced-based parenting, mental health, and educational interventions for vulnerable families.  The remainder of the donations will be split amongst 150 charities across the island of Ireland including well-known organisations like the Jack and Jill Foundation, Barnardos, Family Carers Ireland, the ISPCC, the Irish Wheelchair Association, Children’s Books Ireland, ARC Cancer Support Services and Oscars’ Kids Ireland.  Local projects and organisations in every county of Ireland will also receive grants to help with a diverse range of needs including homelessness in Galway, migrant supports in Cork, sexual abuse victims in Carlow, and the mental health of young people in Wicklow to name just a few.  Over £525,000 has been awarded to 14 charities and organisations in Northern Ireland including Kids Together Belfast, Kinship Care Northern Ireland, and Clonmore Youth Club. The full list of organisations can be found here Speaking about the announcement host of The Late Late Show, Ryan Tubridy said: “The Irish public has simply blown us away with their generosity and kindness of spirit. The donations given will enrich the lives of children across our island who need it most to give them the support, care, and encouragement that they need. We want to offer a huge thank you to every single person who donated. We were truly overwhelmed with the response.”   Speaking about the impact of the RTÉ Toy Show Appeal, The Late Late Show producers Katherine Drohan and Jane Murphy said: “We are constantly inspired by children and with the unwavering generosity of TV viewers, RTÉ will continue to work to bring the magic of the Toy Show to every child in Ireland in order to change their lives for good”. Director-General of RTÉ, Dee Forbes said: “The Late Late Toy Show is an evening where generations unite, and the country celebrates some incredible and inspirational children. Viewers once again responded to the call to give with extraordinary generosity, and those donations will make an enormous difference to the work of so many organisations. The fact that this money will impact the lives of over 1.1 million children is phenomenal and we are very grateful to everyone who gave, which is what makes all these grants possible”.  Chief Executive of the Community Foundation for Ireland, Denise Charlton said: “Children, parents and amazing organisations are seeing the magic of the RTÉ Toy Show Appeal turned into actions which will transform young lives. From addressing essential needs, improving wellbeing to supporting creativity and play the generosity of television viewers is bringing not only vital support but also colour and joy to children, families and to wider communities. Offering support and benefit to 1.1 million lives is an incredible achievement. It is one which every viewer in every county should be proud of.” The RTÉ Toy Show Appeal is a designated fund to help a range of children’s charities and causes around Ireland, to be managed on RTÉ’s behalf by The Community Foundation for Ireland All of the monies raised are received by The Community Foundation for Ireland who run an open grant round where children’s charities across Ireland are invited to apply for a grant. All grant applications are independently assessed by an expert panel who make a final recommendation for funding.

The Community Foundation for Ireland, now over 20 years in existence, works with individuals, families, companies, and other trusts and foundations to support a diverse range of not-for-profit organisations. Since 2000 The Community Foundation for Ireland has awarded almost €100 million in grants. The Community Foundation for Ireland is a registered charity, (Charities Regulator Number: 20044886) and is committed to the highest standards of trust and governance.

This Is Art! Winners Announced


This Is Art! Winners Announced | Prizefund of over €10,000


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The Creative Ireland Programme and RTÉ have today announced the winners of the second This Is Art! national competition which celebrates young artists of all abilities.  The winners, below, come from Co. Cork (2), Co Wicklow, Co. Wexford and Co. Mayo and according to the independent panel of judges, the standard of entries was once again extremely high this year, right across the age categories.

Working to the theme, ‘This Is Extraordinary’, almost 2,000 entries were received from young artists of all abilities, aged 18 and under, all over the country who created an original piece of art that will be showcased in an online art gallery for generations to come. In so doing, the competition promotes artistic practice among young people and encourages and supports creativity, originality and self-expression.

Selected works from this year’s entries will feature on billboards across the country and on social media as part of a campaign by The Creative Ireland Programme and RTÉ.

Winners by Age Category

The 2022 This is Art! winners are:

  • Age 7 and under: Caterina Chiu Paone from Mitchelstown, Co. Cork – ‘Sleeping on a Rainbow’.
  • Age 8 – 11: Phoenix Boniwell from Ballinspittle, Co Cork – ‘The Ghost of Garretstown’
  • Age 12 – 15: Elizabeth Wilson from Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow – ‘Papillon’
  • Age 16 – 18: Sarah McLoughlin from Killinick, Co. Wexford – ‘Stuck in my Room’
  • Group category:  Lottie & Rosie Billington (sisters) from Westport, Co. Mayo – ‘Surf On Turn’
Each winner will receive the This Is Art! Grand Prix Award – a specially commissioned trophy handmade by visual artist, Shane Keeling and presenter of the RTÉ series This Is Art Club!
Tania Banotti, Director, The Creative Ireland Programme, says: “On behalf of the Creative Ireland Programme I want to congratulate the winners of This is Art 2022 on their exceptional work . Creative Ireland is delighted to support any opportunity for young people to be creative in whatever form that takes and this year we thrilled to see the broad range of styles and techniques employed by everyone who entered This is Art. Like the judges we were genuinely impressed with the breadth of imagination and skills employed by all of our young artists. We would also like to thank our This is Art partners who have delivered this wonderful creative programme.”
What the winners said
Caterina (0-7): “I’ve been drawing cats since I was 2 and it makes me feel really happy that other people like my work.”
Phoenix (8 – 11): “This is a really big deal for me and I’m extremely excited. It makes really happy that professional artists saw my work and they could understand the message and they thought it was cool, it means a lot to me.”
Elizabeth (12 – 15): “This Is Art! 2022 was the first competition I ever entered apart from school and the fact that I won was kind of insane. After I submitted, I looked through the gallery and I got a bit nervous because there were so many really good artists that were absolutely amazing.”
Sarah (16 – 18):  When I heard I got first place, I was thrilled, how out of all of Ireland I won, it’s crazy. I think winning this competition will definitely give me the confidence to just keeping going with my art and I’ll be excited to see where my style goes in the future.”
Lottie & Rosie (Group):We love making mad stuff out of art so it’s really exciting that we won, we were dumbfounded, so excited about it. Art can be anything, it doesn’t have to be paint or what we did in the garden, there’s loads of forms of art and you can use anything for art, it doesn’t have to be a real thing, it can be abstract.”
What the judges said 
Aideen Barry (Visual Artist) on Caterina’s piece (0-7): Oh how I loved this Caterina, the creativity and the consideration you put into constructing such an amazing mix media assemblage. The Cat looked like he really was dozing on the rainbow. Such a wonderful work. Congratulations.”
Amanda Coogan (Visual Artist) on Phoenix’s piece (8 – 11): “This was one of the most extraordinary works I have ever seen made by a young person, the dedication to creating such a wonderful costume that made your protagonist so convincing, I was submerged into the world you had created and as a person from Cork I totally got the connection to the mysticism and otherworldly-ness of your chosen location of Garretstown. Well done, Phoenix. Amazing work.”
Tadhg Crowley (Senior Curator, The Glucksman, UCC) on Elizabeth’s piece (12-15): “An absolutely gorgeous painting! Elizabeth demonstrates an incredible level of skill in the way she manages the paint. From the paintbrushes in the jar to the folds on the clothes, the sensitive colouring of the faces and shades of the hair. Really beautiful. This skill is matched by an imaginative and unique interpretation of the self-portrait and makes Elizabeth’s artwork a deserved winner.”
Aideen Barry (Visual Artist) on Sarah’s piece (16 – 18):“You look like such an interesting person and it appears to me that art in all its forms is at the centre of your world. Your representation in this weird almost 360 degree lens affect in your painting really kind of captured the idea of living in a fishbowl feeling, which I think we can all relate to during this strange time of pandemic living. Such a wonderful painting, I look forward to seeing much more of your work in the future.”
Amanda Coogan (Visual Artist) on Lottie and Rosie’s piece (Group): Lottie and Rosie, I adore your piece. What a brilliant collaboration; making such a fun piece together! I admire how you transferred a drawing on paper into a three-dimensional real-life sculpture. That you used everyday objects and transformed them into a rt and that you both perform in the piece too! Your uncles shed is a treasure trove and hurls are magical! Super congratulations and hope you continue to make more great collaborative works together. 
See below for the list of judges.
The Prizes


  • Grand Prix: Each 1st place winner receives the coveted TIA Grand Prix Award of a specially commissioned sculpture by ceramic artist.Shane Keeling
  • Bursary: The 16 to 18 category winners will be offered bursaries towards furthering their art education along with prize vouchers for art supplies and materials.
  • Certificates: 100 young artists will also receive hand printed Certificates of Commendation along with prize vouchers for art materials.
  • Group: Group category winners will also receive a bursary towards an art experience for their school or community group.
The Judges
  • Annie Fletcher – Director of IMMA, Irish Museum of Modern Art
  • Tadhg Crowley – Senior Curator, The Glucksman
  • Aideen Barry – Visual Artist
  • Amanda Coogan – Visual Artist
  • Will Sliney – Illustrator
About The Creative Ireland Programme
The Creative Ireland Programme is a culture-based, all of government programme which places creativity at the centre of public policy. It is designed to promote individual, community and national wellbeing. The core idea is that participation in cultural activity drives personal and collective creativity. It is built around five pillars one of which is Creative Youth: enabling the creative potential of every young person in Ireland.
You can find out more at

Yes you will, Yes! For Bloomsday 100, Shut Your Eyes and See the World of James Joyce with RTÉ 

Airing of complete dramatisation of Ulysses on RTÉ Radio 1 Extra, the first streamed broadcast of Dubliners, and series of articles and documentaries available at Ulysses.


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This year marks 100 years since the publication of James Joyce’s peerless modernist classic, Ulysses, and RTÉ will celebrate Bloomsday, June 16th, with a series of broadcasts, articles, and archive clips to mark the occasion, brought to you by RTÉ Drama on One.

The 1982 RTÉ complete dramatisation of Ulysses will be broadcast (for the third successive year) on June 16th and 17th on RTÉ Radio 1 Extra, followed by the first streamed broadcast of all 15 stories from Dubliners, and Joyce’s only extant play Exiles

The full dramatised production of Ulysses – originally broadcast in 1982 to celebrate the centenary of Joyce, and totalling 29 hours and 45 minutes in duration – will begin at the same time as both Stephen Dedalus’ and Leopold Bloom’s journey through Dublin begins in the book: 8am on June 16th.

A dedicated section at includes the podcasts of the unabridged RTÉ Players production of Ulysses, as well as the companion series, Reading Ulysses, the new RTÉ documentary 100 Years Of Ulysses, and the Walking Out audio series featuring Irish writers on Joyce’s masterpiece. It also features numerous long reads exploring various aspects of Joyce’s work, alongside a collection of clips from RTÉ Archives. Supplementary material is also available at the RTÉ Drama on One website,

Ulysses – James Joyce – Bloomsday | RTÉ (

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Irish-Canadian Co-Production Produced by Peer Pressure and Shaftesbury, in Association with Mermade and Gaze Pictures

RTÉ together with AMC Networks’ IFC today announced the greenlight of the new original comedy-drama series, SisterS, created by, written by and starring Emmy Award-nominee Sarah Goldberg (Barry) and Susan Stanley (Hotel Amenities). The series has been in development with Peer Pressure, Shaftesbury, RTÉ and Emmy Award-nominee Declan Lowney (Ted Lasso, Alan Partridge). Lowney is the establishing director and is set to direct the first three episodes of the six episode, half-hour series.

RTÉ continues to be the home of quality Irish drama with filming now underway in Dublin for SisterS, a dark comedy-drama about two women, born continents apart, in Canada and in Ireland, who discover they are half-sisters and embark on a road trip to find their alcoholic father. Real-life best friends Goldberg and Stanley make their writing debuts and star.

An Irish-Canadian co-production, the IFC original series is produced by Peer Pressure and Shaftesbury, in association with Mermade and Gaze Pictures. AMC Networks’ IFC and streaming service Sundance Now hold the US rights to the series, Crave in Canada, and RTÉ in Ireland. Fremantle will distribute the series in all other territories. Filming is currently underway on location in Ireland, continuing through June 28, 2022, with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

Co-creators and co-stars, Sarah Goldberg and Susan Stanley said, “We are thrilled to be making SisterS, a character-driven comedic drama about how the absence of a parent in childhood can affect life in your thirties, and the macabre humour that can come with trauma.”

Director Declan Lowney said, “I am beyond myself with excitement at the thought of spending time with Susan and Sarah. I look forward to the thrilling balancing act required to bring the drama and comedy of these beautiful scripts to life. SisterS is a gift of a show for any director, and I’m so thrilled to be part of their family.”

Justin Healy, Commissioning Editor RTÉ Comedy said, “We are thrilled in RTÉ to have SisterS going into production. From the outset it’s been a very exciting project with an incredible team attached. Sarah, Susan and Declan have created something very special that was a joy to bring through development. This project has serious pedigree and thanks to our production partners, Irish and international audiences are in for a treat, Irish style.”

Blake Callaway, General Manager, IFC said, “SisterS made me want one. The messy bonds of friendship and family are a perfect fit to IFC and Sundance Now’s unique mix of slightly off comedies. Sarah and Susan have found so much humor among the wreckage of flawed, failed, and absent parenting. These siblings and their breakout creators are going to be just fine.”

Richard Cook and Angela Squire, Directors of Peer Pressure said, “From the moment we read the script, met Sarah and Susan and saw the chemistry between them, we knew this project was very special and that we wanted to collaborate with them, to bring their story to the screen. It is an accolade to their fresh and completely authentic writing that Declan Lowney joined us in the development of SisterS. We are excited for Peer Pressure to debut in the scripted space as emerging creative writing duo, Sarah and Susan, make their TV writing debut.”

Shaftesbury Chairman and President Christina Jennings said, “I am thrilled to be partnering with Peer Pressure to support the impressive writing debuts of creators and stars, Sarah Goldberg and Susan Stanley. SisterS is as darkly hilarious as it is personal, featuring exceptional Canadian and international talent and a tour de force creative team.”

Kira Carstensen, Global Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Mermade said, “Sarah and Susan have captured a brilliantly honest and darkly comedic take on family relationships, both estranged and present. We are excited to take viewers on a wildly funny and entertaining ride.”

Ruth Coady, Film & Television Producer and Founder of Gaze Pictures said, “I am thrilled to join the team to realise the debut of Susan and Sarah’s SisterS. Their bold exploration of a complicated, passionate and extremely funny ‘sister’s’ dynamic is magnificent. I am excited for the audience to be introduced to these two superb female characters.”

SisterS will air on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player in Spring 2023. Production is currently underway in Ireland.


Dungloe in Ireland announced as venue for the 44th Celtic Media Festival in 2023

The Celtic Media Festival – The International Summit of Screen and Sound, drew to a close tonight as the final Torc Awards for Excellence were announced. France 3 Bretagne took home the coveted award in Single Documentary with Dañsal dindan ar glav, which tells the moving and personal story of Hélène, a cancer survivor. In Drama Series, BBC 1’s tense six part Vigil took home the award while in the Radio Presenter of Year category Michelle Nic Grianna from RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta won.

The winner of the International Pitching Forum – with a fantastic development prize of £10,000 – was also announced this evening. Dhivya Kate Chetty, Banoyi Films wowed the judges with her pitch for The Crossing; an observational documentary (series) charting the ordinary and extraordinary stories; the comings and goings; too-ings and fro-ings on the ferry crossings between Liverpool & Dublin, and Liverpool & Belfast.

The final Torc Award for Excellence was the highly anticipated Spirit of the Festival award which went to BBC ALBA’s Afro-Gàidheil. An intimate portrayal of identity, the viewer is taken on a journey by singer Cass Ezeji to meet Gaelic speakers of African heritage as she tries to find her place in a culture where she rarely sees herself represented.

Closing off the evening was the announcement of Dungloe in Ireland as the venue for the 44th Celtic Media Festival in 2023.

Catriona Logan, Festival Director, said: “This has been a really special Celtic Media Festival as it’s the first one we’ve been able to do in person since 2019. The spirit of the Celtic Nations and Regions is as strong as ever, with Breton drama Fin Ar Bed 2 (At The End Of The World) striking a world distribution deal during the festival which is fantastic. Congratulations to all the winners of the Torc Awards for Excellence and the International Pitching Forum, we look forward to welcoming everybody to Dungloe in Ireland next year for the 44th edition.”

Festival organisers revealed the Celtic Media Festival 2022 Day Three winners:

Winner: A Killing In Tiger Bay
Country: Wales
Production Company / Broadcaster: BBC Wales / BBC Wales

Winner: Documentary on One: Miracle in Galway Bay
Country: Ireland
Production Company / Broadcaster: RTÉ Radio 1

Winner: Lesbian.
Country: Wales
Production Company / Broadcaster: Rosemary Baker & Agata Mastalerz / Channel 4

Winner: Samhlú 2020
Country: Ireland
Production Company / Broadcaster: Fíbín Media / TG4

Winner: The Rolling Wave
Country: Ireland
Production Company / Broadcaster: RTÉ Radio 1

Winner: Ons
Country: Galicia
Production Company / Broadcaster: Maruxiña Film Company SL, Bando À Parte Lda and Televisión de Galicia S.A

Winner: Runrig: There Must Be A Place
Country: Scotland
Production Company / Broadcaster: Blazing Griffin Pictures / Sky Arts

Winner: Dañsal dindan ar glav
Country: Brittany
Production Company / Broadcaster: France 3 Bretagne – France Télévision

Winner: Vigil
Country: Scotland
Production Company / Broadcaster: World Productions / BBC One

Winner: Raidió na Life
Country: Ireland

Winner: Michelle Nic Grianna – RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta
Country: Ireland
Production Company / Broadcaster: RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta

Winner: Trusadh – Afro-Gàidheil
Country: Scotland
Production Company / Broadcaster: MacTV / BBC ALBA

Winner ‘Ex Static’ to get final spot at Junk Kouture World Final 

Ex Static by Zuzanna Cieslewicz from Old Bawn Community School, Tallaght, voted RTÉ Wild Card

Zuzanna Cieslewicz’s design, ‘Ex Static’ has been voted RTÉ Wild Card by the public and will now go on to take the final spot at the Junk Kouture World Final in Abu Dhabi later this year. The RTÉ Wild Card was announced today on the Tracy Clifford Show on 2FM after weeks of online voting on

Ex-Static was among five wild cards shortlisted by the Junk Kouture judges – Louis Walsh, Roz Purcell, Soulé and Stephen McLaughlin – one from each of the five regions, each with its own inspiration and story. The five RTÉ Wild Cards were revealed on on Thursday 19 May, following the Junk Kouture TV Highlights Programme on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player, when voting opened to the public. As the RTÉ Wild Card, Zuzanna’s design becomes the 10th design to represent Ireland at the World Final.

Junk Kouture Powered by RTÉ is not just about sustainability and great design, it’s also about the people who take part, the inspiration behind the designs and being empowered through creativity.

Commenting on her winning design, Zuzanna, who is a student at Old Bawn Community School, Tallaght, Co. Dublin, said: “My design is inspired by a tech-gothic style. The shiny plastics, black garbage bags and wires reminded me of old, broken or abandoned tech, so I decided for my headpiece to be an old tv. I added gothic style features for detailing and as I thought the black colour would suit the “trash” part of my outfit. My design is made from plastic trash bags, grocery store fruit bags, old insulation foam cardboard, old tape and string. I used different crochet techniques for detail pieces, crocheting the gloves and corset accessories. I used the double crochet and slip stich techniques in my design. I used the spare wires we had in school and wire scraps from my personal art projects to not be wasteful. I also decided to use household items to limit waste.”

You can continue to enjoy the documentary, Junk Kouture: Behind The Seams and the Junk Kouture Dublin City Final 2022 TV Highlights on RTÉ Player.

Hosted by presenter Órla Morris Toolen, Junk Kouture: Behind The Seams follows five Junk Kouture participants on their journey to the 2022 Dublin City Final and highlights the creative process behind the design all before hitting the final runway at the live event. Five teams from the North, South, East, West and South-East of the country explore key pillars of Junk Kouture including youth activism, climate change, inclusivity and diversity, fashion design and self-expression. Watch as the designers make their imprint on the world one Junk Kouture design at a time.


In Junk Kouture Dublin City Final 2022 TV Highlights, 60 haute-couture designs made from 100% recycled material created and modelled by talented young designers aged 13-18 from post-primary schools around the island of Ireland who battle it out as they make their bid to be chosen for the first ever Junk Kouture World Final later in 2022. This is a programme of creativity, performance, and inspiration, a celebration of young people.


Good luck to Zuzanna and the nine other designers representing Ireland at the Junk Kouture World Final later this year.

For more on Junk Kouture, visit and


The first of this year’s prestigious Torc Awards for Excellence were announced yesterday at Celtic Media Festival, The International Summit of Sound and Screen in Quimper, Brittany.

Alongside winners from S4C, BBC Two and BBC Radio Cymru, RTÉ’s The Tommy Tiernan Show took the Torc Award for Best Entertainment.

Catriona Logan, Festival Director, said: “Congratulations to all the winners of today’s Torc Awards for Excellence. We are so happy to be welcoming everybody back for our first in person summit since 2019. We have a packed programme of events in store, and look forward to another successful Celtic Media Festival.”

Winner: ​​Prif Weinidog Mewn Pandemig
Country: Wales
Production Company / Broadcaster: Zwwm Films Cyf / S4C

Winner: Different League: The Derry City Story
Country: Ireland
Production Company / Broadcaster: State of Grace Films / Stray Bear Films BBC TWO

Winner: Affairs of the Art
Country: Wales
Production Company / Broadcaster: Beryl Productions International Ltd

Winner: Dim Byd ar y Radio
Country: Wales
Production Company / Broadcaster: Cwmni Da / BBC Radio Cymru

Winner: The Tommy Tiernan Show
Country: Ireland
Production Company / Broadcaster: Power Pictures Ltd & Mabinog Ltd / RTÉ

Winner: ​​Kestav
Country: Cornwall
Production Company / Broadcaster: Morris Made

Winner: Perthyn – Huw
Country: Wales
Production Company / Broadcaster: BBC Radio Cymru / BBC Radio Cymru


  • The Celtic Media Festival celebrates its 43rd edition in 2022 from the 7th to the 9th of June in Le Chapeau Rouge in Quimper, Brittany, France
  • The Celtic Media Festival will be taking place in person for the first time since 2019 in the location originally destined for the 2020 festival.
  • The Celtic Media Festival is an annual 3-day summit which combines a major conference of seminars and masterclasses with the presentation of the coveted Torc Awards for Excellence.
  • The Torc Awards for Excellence are presented to the best productions in TV, radio, film from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, the Isle of Man, Cornwall, Brittany and Galicia
  • Categories include Factual Series, Arts, Drama Series, Sport, Current Affairs and Radio Station of the Year. For further details, please see:
  • The Celtic Media Festival is supported by broadcast, film, cultural and economic development organisations throughout the Celtic countries
  • The festival is core funded by: BBC Wales, BBC Northern Ireland, RTÉ, TG4, MG ALBA, Northern Ireland Screen – Irish Language Broadcast Fund, BBC Scotland, S4C, Televisión de Galicia, BBC England, Screen Scotland, Screen Ireland and the British Irish Council. In 2022, support is also provided by the Regional Council of Brittany and the City of Quimper

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