New RTÉ series Open for Business to guide and inform the business community & consumers as the country emerges from lockdown is announced

As Ireland re-opens for business once again, RTÉ has announced a new six-part business series to help Irish businesses and consumers on their journey as they try to navigate their way in this new & constantly shifting Covid-19 world.

Open for Business is a brand-new studio-based series for RTÉ One and will be broadcast from Tuesday, 21st of July at 7pm. Presented by journalists & broadcasters Richard Curran & Ella McSweeney, the series will be packed with a mix of fresh, useful information and advice to guide businesses, employers and employees – as well as consumers – trying to operate in this new normal.It is part of RTÉ’s #BoostMyBusiness, which will see content across RTÉ helping Irish businesses bounce back. RTÉ will be supporting and promoting small and medium enterprises, around the country, as they deal with the challenges and the opportunities that lie ahead. It will highlight how powerful community support can be to local life, and to the greater economy.

Businesses have never had to deal with a crisis like Covid-19 before. It has been described by the business community as a mini economic Ice Age, with 85% of businesses closing or scaling back at the height of lockdown. Right now, representative associations have expressed concern that up to 9000 small and local businesses could close their doors due to Covid-19 impacts. For consumers meanwhile, it’s a whole new world – all the things we take for granted from our shopping, travel, social, leisure experience has been turned upside down.

Open for Business will share the stories of businesses at the coalface – their difficulties, frustrations, innovation and adaptability, through case studies & interviews from around the country, studio guests and international segments. Each week, it will provide clear, up-to-date and trusted information on the range of Government and other supports available – and the truth about how easy or difficult these are to access.  Meanwhile, many consumers are also naturally nervous about the reopening of our country. Open for Business aims to shed light on what it will mean for them going forward: how things have changed, and what can they expect & experience from the new norm.

The reopening of our country brings hope – but no doubt also fear. Though Government supports such as wage subsidies and pandemic payments have gone a long way in supporting people, Ireland is only at the beginning of the journey to unlock our economy.

Speaking at the announcement of the show, presenter Richard Curran said: “Businesses up and down the country have been shaken to their core by this pandemic. It is vital that we all learn about what is happening in the world of business, whether it is the company you work for, or firms whose goods and services you rely upon. With this show, we will bring stories of how businesses are responding; analysis of what is going on and pointers to what lies ahead.”

 Ella McSweeney added: “There’s never been a more urgent time for everyone who works in businesses – both big and small – across all corners of rural and urban Ireland, as they face this massive transformation to rebuild our pandemic-battered economy.  There will be huge challenges ahead, but we also have an opportunity to build on the thriving community spirit that has emerged. I hope this show will give people the necessary information to help them get back on their feet as we emerge from this difficult time.”

 Open for Business will broadcast on RTÉ One from Tuesday July 21st at 7pmIf you wish to share your business story & experience – good or bad, ask a question, or highlight an issue, please email: openforbusiness@cococontent.ie

Open for Business is sponsored by Enterprise Ireland.


Summer listening sorted, as RTÉ Radio 1 announces new shows for season

RTÉ Radio 1 has announced a selection of new and returning factual, arts, and music series to engage and entertain listeners for the summer season.

New five-part show Reignite with RTÉ presented by Áine Kerr, will provide inspiration, tools and knowledge to help people re-start their personal and professional lives as they emerge from Covid-19.  Featuring a cast of renowned inspirational authors, coaches, business leaders and experts, the series will empower people to reassess, reboot and retrain when it comes to changing careers, restarting a business or beginning something brand new. It is part of RTÉ’s #BoostMyBusiness, which will see content across RTÉ helping Irish businesses bounce back. RTÉ will be supporting and promoting small and medium enterprises, around the country, as they deal with the challenges and the opportunities that lie ahead. It will highlight how powerful community support can be to local life, and to the greater economy.

Starting this Friday, Keywords is a new eight part series from presenter and producer Zoë Comyns, recorded over the lockdown period, that invited writers, radio producers, sound artists and musicians to record a conversation, an observation, talk about an experience or a moment, write a poem, essay or story. Each episode is guided by a keyword: Distance, Things Left Unsaid, Light, By Nature, Common Ground, Windows, Patterns and Maps. Writers and producers include Eimear McBride, Donal Ryan, Sinéad Gleeson, and Julian Gough.

Pantisocracy continues to bring together interesting folk doing inspiring things. From scientists to singers, poets to polemicists, writers to readers, Panti’s parlour is an intimate gathering of story and song. In the first episode of a new season, Panti Bliss is hosting three people who found themselves launching their beloved projects, the results of years of work, in the middle of a global pandemic and lockdown.

Highlighting ideas and insights about Ireland and the world, returning series Brainstorm, presented by Ella McSweeney, will look at such areas as sport, weather, infants’ brains, nature, food and the future of work.

The Almanac of Ireland is a compendium of stories from all over Ireland. Each episode is filled with serendipity and adventure, as presenter Manchán Magan embarks on a journey of discovery into Ireland’s cultural, linguistic, artistic, musical and culinary and natural heritage.  Over 13 episodes he explores the origins of hospitality and the healing salve of outdoor art, delves inside the brain to find the source of beauty, and admires the richness and diversity of pond life, and more.

Like Family will examine the effects of the pandemic on family life, from homeschooling to giving birth to marking milestones, all against the backdrop of Covid 19. On an August Bank Holiday Special and two programmes in September, Brenda Donohue will meet experts and revisit families to discuss, what the enduring impact of this crisis will be.

The award-winning Documentary on One will continue a season of documentaries telling the stories of the personal and impactful, the emotional and real. Throughout the season, listeners will get an inside view from one of the biggest robberies in US history; and to the Bloody Sunday massacre in Croke Park, where the grandnephew of one of the Tipperary team who played and escaped, retraces his Uncle’s journey.

In Sure ‘Twas Better, presenter Will Hanafin and his hilarious panel of Pauline McLynn, author Emer McLysaght and writer Jules Coll rummage through RTE’s 1990s archives with 2020 vision to see if it was better or worse back then.

In a new Drama on One this coming Sunday, 5 July, A Long Story Short, starring Angeline Ball and written by Tracy Martin, Karen is one of the lucky ones. Nobody she knows personally has fallen sick from Covid 19. While the world outside screeches to a halt Karen turns her focus to what’s happening on the other side of the garden fence.

Writing on One features contemporary and celebrated authors reading their own writing. Among those to feature this summer are: artist Sara Baume’s Handiwork; Belfast-based Wendy Erskine’s story To All Their Dues; Tyrone writer Benedict Kiely’s selection of essays; Rosita Boland’s essay Bali from her highly praised book Elsewhere; Offaly writer Ian Maleney’s award-winning non-fiction book Minor Monuments; and Cork bilingual poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa’s much-anticipated book A Ghost in the Throat.

Davis Now Lectures podcasts continues to publish a regular edition through the summer with forthcoming talks on Irish writing with contributors including Eavan Boland, Ailbhe Smyth, Terence Browne, Declan Kiberd, Lorna Reynolds and Thomas Kilroy

Miscellany 50 Live at the Project, a weekend of concerts, recorded in 2018 with a live audience and offering a brilliant selection of specially written and composed essays and music marking the first 50 years of Sunday Miscellany continues to broadcast on Saturday evenings. Contributors in these programmes include Melatu Uche Okorie and Kevin Barry, Lisa McInerney and Emilie Pine, and Jessica Traynor and John Kelly.

On August Bank holiday MondaySimply Folk’s Ruth Smith travels to New Orleans in search of the story of one of our best loved songs, The Lakes of Ponchartrain. A firm favourite in setlists across Ireland, the story of the song and of the creole girl still remains a mystery even to those who have sung it for years. Ruth takes us in search of the story behind the song, and along the way discovers the extensive history of the Irish in New Orleans.

RTÉ CO Presents Sounds of the Summer will feature some of the big Irish summer hits, with guests Picturehouse, Ryan O’Shaughnessy and more with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

If you are on the go this summer, take RTÉ Radio 1 with you, online, on your radio, or on the RTÉ Radio Player app.

Head of RTÉ Radio 1, Tom McGuire said: ‘Across the RTÉ Radio 1 schedule listeners will have an opportunity over the summer to reacquaint with old friends, make some new ones.  The variety of shows highlight the quality and professionalism of broadcasters within the station and in the independent sector. Sit back, listen and enjoy.’

Notes:

Broadcast information:

  •  Keywords – an 8 part series from Friday 3 July at 10pm.
  • A Long Story Short, 5 July
  • Brainstorm – an 8 part series from Wednesday 8 July at 10pm
  • Pantisocracy – 7 part series from Thursday, 9 July at 10pm.
  • The Almanac of Ireland – 13 part series from Wednesday 29 July at 10.30pm
  • Reignite with RTÉ – a 5-part series from Saturday 1 August at 10am.
  • Writing on One – a 6 part series from Saturday 1 August at 7pm
  • By the Lakes of PonchartrainAugust Bank Holiday – Monday 1.30pm
  • RTÉ CO Presents Sounds of the Summer August Bank Holiday – Monday 2pm
  • LikeFamily – 3pm on Monday August Bank Holiday and two more programmes in September 3rd and 10th at 10.30pm.
  • Sure ‘Twas Better – 3 part series from 27 August at 10pm.

RTÉ announces new RTÉ Six One News presenter

RTÉ News today announced that David McCullagh will join Caitriona Perry as the new permanent presenter of the RTÉ Six One News.

Journalist and Broadcaster David who currently presents Prime Time on RTÉ One and This Week on RTÉ Radio 1, will join Caitriona Perry to co-present the flagship programme from September 2020.

Announcing the new appointment, Director of RTÉ News & Current Affairs Jon Williams said: “David is one of Ireland’s most formidable journalists. For seven years, at Prime Time, he’s sought answers from scientists to Taoisigh, moderating – with Miriam – our Election 2020 Leaders’ Debate, and helping the programme reach some of the biggest audiences in its history during the Covid-19 lockdown. A former RTÉ Political Correspondent, and acclaimed historian, there could be no-one better equipped to join Caitriona on Six One as Ireland emerges from this emergency facing some difficult challenges, and heads towards the centenary of the foundation of the State.”

Commenting on his appointment, David McCullagh said: “After seven very enjoyable years on Prime Time, I’m really looking forward to joining Caitríona on the Six One News and continuing the work of our much loved colleague Keelin Shanley. Over the last few months the need for accurate information has never been greater, and viewers have turned to RTÉ News and Current Affairs in astonishing numbers. We aim to continue meeting that need, bringing viewers all the news of the day, as well as the big interviews that get to the heart of the issues.”

Dubliner David McCullagh graduated with a PhD in Politics from UCD. He worked at the Evening Press from 1989 until he joined RTÉ in 1993 as reporter for RTÉ News on television and on radio. He went on to be RTÉ News Political Correspondent for 12 years before joining Prime Time in 2013. In 2018 he rejoined the This Week team on RTE Radio 1 as a presenter of Ireland’s longest running current affairs programme. He also presents general, european and presidential election coverage for RTÉ.

David has also researched and presented Behind Closed Doors, on the release of State Papers under the 30 year rule, Declaring the Republic and Election ’18 recreating the results of the 1918 general election. He is author of four books: A Makeshift Majority: the first Inter-party Government (1998) The Reluctant Taoiseach: A biography of John A. Costello (2010), and a two volume biography of Éamon de Valera, Rise (2017) and Rule (2018).

RTÉ Six One News co-presenter Caitriona Perry said: “David brings vast experience as a presenter and as a correspondent to the Six One News. I’m very excited about our new partnership and look forward to working with him and the team to take the programme into the next phase.”

Caitriona Perry has co-anchored RTÉ Six One News since January 2018. Prior to this she was appointed RTÉ Washington Correspondent in late 2013. During her  tenure as Washington Correspondent she has reported on major stories such as the Berkeley tragedy and the US Presidential election and Inauguration, and co-presented special RTÉ News US Election coverage from Washington DC. Caitríona has also previously spent time as an editor and reporter on the RTÉ News at One radio programme and as a newscaster for RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ 2FM and RTÉ lyric fm, and occasional presenter of RTE News Specials, RTÉ Morning Ireland and several special Nationwide programmes on Canada, Australia and the Irish in the White House. Prior to joining RTÉ, Caitríona worked for Today FM and Newstalk. She also holds a degree in journalism and a masters degree in International Relations from DCU and has written two books on American politics.

Notes:

David will continue in his current roles until August 2020. He will be available for media requests closer to September.

Keelin Shanley was the previous appointed co-presenter of the RTÉ Six One News. Keelin sadly died on 8 February 2020.


Countrywide wins 2020 International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) star prize for broadcast (audio)

The “Climate Change and Irish Farming” broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1’s Countrywide has won the star prize for broadcast (audio) in the IFAJ 2020 Contest beating off the competition from around the world. Within the broadcast, Damien with a panel of contributors asked how we can protect the environment, wildlife, farm incomes & food supply in the climate emergency.

Producer Eileen Heron was also commended for her work on the winning broadcast, first broadcast in May 2019. The Star Prize for Broadcast (Audio) recognizes outstanding audio content produced primarily for broadcast for radio, web or podcast by journalists in IFAJ member countries. This is the second year in a row that Countrywide has one this prestigious award and fourth time overall. BBC Radio journalist Anna Jones took the runner up prize in this category.

The judges noted the challenge of bridging the topic of climate change for an audience of both farmers and non-farmers, with one judge noting “I always appreciate Damien’s knowledge and willingness to ask difficult questions.”

Speaking of the win, Damien O’Reilly said “It was a lovely surprise to win the IFAJ award once again. And it is made even more special considering the calibre of judges who gave it the nod. Anna Jones of the BBC produces some great programmes so to have her on the podium beside us gives it even more prestige”.

LISTEN to the Audio here: https://www.rte.ie/radio1/countrywide/programmes/2019/0511/1048809-countrywide-saturday-11-may-2019/


RTÉ 2FM’s Game On kicks-off with a brand new show sponsor

RTÉ Media Sales today (Wednesday 1 July, 2020) announced Green Farm as the new sponsor of the popular 2FM night time sports show, Game On.

Hosted by Champion Jockey, Ruby Walsh, former Irish Rugby International, Donncha O’Callaghan and RTÉ’s Marie Crowe, the sports magazine currently boasts an audience of 51,000.*

Broadcasting weekdays on 2FM from 6pm (6-7pm during Covid 19. Usually 6-8pm) Game On is a fast-paced sports show featuring all the top sporting stories of the day as well as action from the world of sport both home and abroad.

Brokered by OMD, the 12 month sponsorship deal includes four sponsor-credited stings per show, cross station promotional spots as well as podcast and homepage sponsorship.

Rachel Brophy, Brand Manager, Green Farm said: “We are delighted to kick off our partnership with Game On this July, not only because we are big fans of the show, but because we feel that there is great alignment between the Game On audience and the Green Farm consumer. Since relaunching the Green Farm brand earlier this year, we have focused on communicating the natural credentials of the brand and highlighting how the Green Farm range offers a convenient solution for people to meet their protein needs with absolutely no artificial additives or preservatives. The captive audience of Game On offers a perfect platform to deliver this message and we’re excited to see this partnership evolve over the comings months.”

Tara Farrell, Sponsorship Manager, RTE Radio & Audio said: “We are very excited Green Farm has chosen 2FM for their first ever media sponsorship and look forward to the next 12 months and all that it will bring.”

 Bláithín Henehan, Senior Account Manager, OMD Ireland said: “Game On is a natural fit for the Green Farm brand having both national reach and a relevant audience. This multi-platform partnership will deliver Green Farm’s nutritious range to the Game On audience 5 nights a week. As a nation starved of live sport we’re looking forward to activating this partnership.”

*JNLR/Ipsos MRBI report into radio listening published 06/02/2020


1.4 million tune in to RTÉ Does Comic Relief with over €5.5 million raised

1.4 million people tuned in to RTÉ Does Comic Relief last Friday night for what was a jam-packed night of comedy, heart-warming moments and entertainment, raising over €5 million euro on the night.  It was a particular hit with younger audiences attracting a 48% share of 15 to 34-year olds.

Viewership reached its peak at 9:40pm with 638,000 people tuning in, while donations peaked between 10pm and 11pm, with almost €11,000 coming in per minute (€10,916).

The marathon four hour show which was a celebration of Irish creative talent was a massive hit with international audiences. It was watched on RTÉ Player in over 100 countries including Egypt, Thailand and Venezuela. RTÉ Does Comic Relief clips on RTÉ Player attracted almost 500,000 streams*.

Over on RTÉ’s social platforms, #RTEComicRelief videos generated 2.5million views across all RTÉ channels on Facebook, with Hozier, The Derry Girls and Jam Media’s animation of Christy Moore’s The Voyage being popular amongst users.

On Twitter, #RTEComicRelief videos on RTÉ channels generated 2.025 million views, with Normal People attracting 937k views. The Instagram audience put Westlife, Derry Girls and Normal people in their top 3 most watched videos with a total of 450k views.

Executive Producer of RTÉ Does Comic Relief, Michael Hughes said: “I’d like to thank all of the artists and everyone who contributed to Friday night both in front of and behind the scenes. We had an incredibly short run in to pull the show together in challenging circumstances, but everyone pulled out all the stops to make it happen, from across RTÉ and the independent production sector.

RTÉ Player views between Friday night and Sunday show that RTÉ Does Comic Relief was streamed 93,700 times over the weekend.

“We knew before the show that we had an incredible group of artists lining up for RTE Does Comic Relief but the sheer breadth of Irish creative talent on show on the night was mind blowing. I’m so incredibly thankful to all the amazing artists and creative contributors who gave us such beautiful, funny and moving works, and who did so with such generosity and good will. We are indebted. I also want to thank the brilliant team at RTÉ for their tireless efforts in realising such an ambitious show. This will result in real and tangible support for our charities and community and voluntary groups supporting those most in need as a result of Covid 19” – Deirdre O’Kane, on behalf of the Comic Relief Ireland Steering Group.

Viewers who logged on to RTÉ Player and viewed rte.ie/entertainment streamed ‘Normal People Confess to Fleabag’s Hot Priest’ 85,200 times between the two sites.

Donations are still open at rte.ie/comicrelief and the fund now stands at a total of €5,570,657.20**.

Tina Roche, CEO of The Community Foundation for Ireland  said, “Thank you so much to the thousands of families and businesses who donated on Friday night. We are so grateful for all your support and know that it will make a huge difference to so many charities who have been struggling to raise funds and provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities. The good news is you can still donate online at www.rte.ie/comicrelief. Every donation makes a difference and means we can help more people.”

Note: 

All figures quoted, unless otherwise stated, are live +Vosdal.

* 489,000 streams

**Funds total is now at €5,570,657.20 with Government funding included. Before Government contribution the Irish public have helped to raise €2,785,328.60.

More:

About The Community Foundation for Ireland

The Community Foundation for Ireland believes in a fair, caring and vibrant Ireland for now and the future. We work with individuals, families, corporates and other trusts and foundations to enable strategic and impactful giving.

We have been in existence since 2000 and last year we gave out €8.15 million to communities in Ireland and abroad. We have extensive experience of grant-making from working with over 4,000 non-profit organisations at a national, regional and local level throughout Ireland and overseas. With over 1,800 community foundations globally, the community foundation model is proven and effective model for social change.

All funds raised from the RTÉ Does Comic Relief campaign will be ring-fenced and distributed by the Community Foundation for Ireland as grants following an open call which will be held in July/August 2020. The fund will be used to support communities around Ireland in the recovery and rebuilding stage after the Covid-19 lock down, helping society to adjust to the new realities. The open call will invite charities and community and voluntary groups to apply for grants to help them support those most in need due to Covid-19.

For more information, please visit www.communityfoundation.ie

About Comic Relief’s activities in Ireland

Comic Relief’s activities in Ireland have been spearheaded by comedian Deirdre O’Kane, TV producer Darren Smith, Talent Agent Jane Russell, Advertising Exec Patrick Hickey, Accountant Ciaran Medlar and Lawyer David Phelan. This group is working in conjunction with RTÉ, Comic Relief International and the Community Foundation for Ireland (CFI) across all aspects of the campaign.  The group founders have previously staged three gala nights of stand-up comedy at the 3Arena; the shows raised more than €600k, which has been distributed by CFI to a variety of Irish charities such as Focus Ireland, The Simon Community and Trocaire.

‘RTÉ Does Comic Relief’ is a licensee of Comic Relief Limited. Since its inception in 1985, Comic Relief has raised over £1 billion to support people living incredibly tough lives both in the UK and internationally. Through humour and stories of hope, we’ve shown that people can make a massive difference. We fund amazing organisations who are working on the ground to support the most vulnerable people and communities in society including many of those hardest hit by the coronavirus crisis. This includes vulnerable children and young people, people who are homeless or living in extreme poverty, women and families at risk of domestic abuse and those struggling with existing or new mental health problems.
For more info visit www.comicrelief.com

Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland)


The RTÉ Concert Orchestra and RTÉ 2FM join forces with Victoria Secret and Davina Devine for a unique take on a Pride classic

This Pride we might not be able to be together, but as media partner with Dublin Digital Pride, RTÉ is still celebrating and standing together with the LGBTQ+ community.

As part of our celebrations, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and RTÉ 2FM have joined forces with two of Ireland’s most popular drag artists, Victoria Secret and Davina Devine to create a unique orchestral lip-sync performance of Sylvester’s “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)”.

Members of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra recorded their parts separately at home; vocalist Susan McFadden sang her heart out, while Victoria and Davina cranked up the music, the wind machine and the flashing lights for a disco fantasy… in their bedrooms. Victoria even took to the streets of Dublin to give you a lip-sync performance with twirls, tassels, harps, luscious strings, hair flicks and much, much more.

Don’t miss this Pride orchestral extravaganza here:  https://youtu.be/VZEt0kfCGc8

And to get involved, we have included a list of all the important social media accounts.

You can stay up to date with RTÉ’s support of Dublin Digital Pride and the #virtualprideparade on Twitter (@rte), Facebook and Instagram (@explorerte) using #RTEPride. And you can watch our promo here: https://youtu.be/E-2GC4z9mDA

And here’s more about RTÉ’s support of Pride 2020

RTÉ is celebrating its partnership with Dublin Digital Pride and this year’s #virtualprideparade on Sunday 28th June, by hosting a special Pride weekend, on air and online, including two days of music, interviews and entertainment across RTÉ 2FM, a special RTÉ Concert Orchestra performance, and much more. Saturday 27th June will also feature a special collaboration between 2FM and Mother, the popular LGBTQ+ club night, who will play an exclusive two-hour Pride weekend DJ set.

Here’s what you can look forward on RTÉ 2FM:

On Saturday:

  • 5pm- 7pm: Conor Behan plays essential Pride anthems
  • 7pm – 9pm: Jenny Green presents Electric Disco Pride Special
  • 9pm -11pm: Mother Pride Weekend DJ set, only on 2FM

On Sunday:

  • 9am -11am Louise McSharry’s Pride Breakfast Special
  • 3pm – 5pm Stephen Byrne presents a Pride-themed show
  • 5pm – 7pm Conor Behan plays more essential Pride anthems

For more on the Dublin Digital Pride, visit www.dublinpride.ie

You can get involved by following these social media accounts

RTÉ Concert Orchestra

Twitter: @rte_co

Instagram: @rteconcertorchestra

Facebook: www.facebook.com/rteconcertorchestra

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/RTEConcertOrchestra

2FM

Twitter: @RTE2fm

Instagram: @rte2fm

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/2fmofficial/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/ RTE2fm

RTÉ

Twitter: @rte

Instagram: @explorerte

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ExploreRTE/

YouTube: www.youtube.com/RTE

Victoria Secret

Instagram: @victoriasecretdublin

Twitter: @Victoria_Secret

Facebook: www.facebook.com/victoriasecretIE/

Davina Devine

Instagram: @davina.devine

Twitter: @DavinaDevine

Facebook: www.facebook.com/davinadublin/

Susan McFadden

Instagram: @susiemcfads

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/susanmcfaddenofficial/

Twitter: @susiemcfads


Ray D’Arcy Show announces Elaine Wilbur from Galway as winner of “Page from my life” writing competition

On Thursday June 25th Ray D’Arcy announced the winner and two runners up in the Page From My Life writing competition that has been running on his radio show this summer.

Ray and his team were inundated with over 2,500 entries which were whittled down and sent off to the four judges and authors Eoin Colfer, Donal Ryan, Emilie Pine and Emer McLysaght.

The overall winner was Elaine Wilbur from Galway who wrote about childhood friendship and a sense of belonging. The 39 year old psychotherapist and mother of three boys read her story on air for Ray and his Radio 1 listeners.

On hearing the news of the win Elaine said, “I have to catch my breath. I feel absolutely overwhelmed. I can’t believe this. Oh my goodness. Wow!”

Ray D’Arcy said, “I’ll give you a chance to catch your breath while I tell you that all the judges were effusive in their praise… and they all felt it touched something inside them and they all identified with the themes you wrote about so well.”

Of the winning entry Emer McLysaght (co-author of the What a Complete Aisling trilogy) said it struck a chord a with her, “There was so much in that. It’s great when writing is relatable but it doesn’t have to be. It was relatable but it was something I could never write myself, if that makes sense… I felt like it was my childhood but written so beautifully by you! It was just gorgeous.”

Author of Artemis Fowl series Eoin Colfer said: “I think alot of writers might have been the quiet children in the group and maybe would have liked to be the action men… You can talk about all the rules you want, you can toss out all the various things that people should do but when someone comes along with talent it just blows all that out of the water. And you can’t even fully explain why it’s the winner but it is absolutely the winner.”

Author of Notes to Self Emilie Pine said, “It’s really captivating, it’s a lovely voice. We read all of these and we talked about them alot and we all said about yours, and loads of pieces, this could be the first chapter of a book, this could be the beginning of something.”

Author of All We Shall KnowThe Spinning Heart and The Low and Quite Sea Donal Ryan said, “The language is extraordinary… throughout the piece the language just sings, it doesn’t feel forced at all. The beauty emerging from it is gorgeous.”

The competition runners up were Susan Carry and Ann Battersby. 50 year old Susan Carry from Kells in Co. Meath wrote about waiting for a medical procedure and the beginning of her battle with cervical cancer. “I’ve never written a thing in my life! … I’ve had an awful year but this is the best thing that’s happened. I’m so humbled… I’m not looking for a pity party or sympathy vote or anything but a year ago I had had my colon removed and this time last year I was so ill and so weak. I cried every day…. To be able to do this and the have the energy to write this … and to get this far is just amazing. I’m blown away.”

60 year old Ann Battersby from Palmerstown in Dublin wrote a story about a road trip, her pregnancy and her partner’s betrayal. “I’m shocked. I’ve told it so many times. I’m an open book so I tell it as it is. I’ve been threatening to do it for ages and with the lockdown I had a bit of time and the competition just spurred me on to do it…To see it down in writing – I tell that story so many times because once I get to know people, I don’t have any secrets – and everybody always says “Oh my God you could write a book.” That’s only the beginning of it!”

The overall winner will receive €1000 from Easons and the two runners up have won €500 euro each. The three entries will be published in the next issue of the RTE Guide on shelves next Monday June 29th.

120 of the entries (including the three winners) will be published in a special book in aid of charity being published by Harper Collins this Autumn.

If you would like to read the winning entries:

https://www.rte.ie/culture/2020/0626/1149787-page-from-my-life-read-the-winning-stories/


RTÉ Does Comic Relief… the t-shirt! Oliver Jeffers designed t-shirt to raise funds for RTÉ Does Comic Relief

Along with assembling amazing comedy from the cream of Irish and international comedy, sport and entertainment, RTE Does Comic Relief is thrilled to announce it is also releasing a beautiful exclusive Oliver Jeffers designed t-shirt.

The t-shirt will be available for a limited period of time online at €20.00 (plus P&P) for the adult ones and €15.00 (plus P&P) of the kids ones, all proceeds after manufacturing and distribution costs will go directly to RTE Does Comic Relief’s charity partner The Community Foundation for Ireland.

Commenting on the t-shirt RTE Does Comic Relief’s host Deirdre O’Kane said, “This t-shirt is simply a thing of beauty, which given it’s designed by Oliver Jeffers is no great surprise. It’s so, SO timely in it’s message and simplicity, and SO Irish too. I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t want one or who wouldn’t wear one, so be smart and order yours now as they won’t be around forever”.

Also Commenting Oliver Jeffers said, “I am delighted to be part of this great endeavor and hope the t-shirt can play it’s part helping out those most vulnerable in our society during this troublesome chapter of our lives”.

Thanks An Post for their help in making this t-shirt a reality.

The RTE Does Comic Relief T-Shirt can be bought here https://rtedoescomicrelief.myshopify.com/password

About The Community Foundation for Ireland
The Community Foundation for Ireland believes in a fair, caring and vibrant Ireland for now and the future. We work with individuals, families, corporates and other trusts and foundations to enable strategic and impactful giving.
 
We have been in existence since 2000 and last year we gave out €8.15 million to communities in Ireland and abroad. We have extensive experience of grant-making from working with over 4,000 non-profit organisations at a national, regional and local level throughout Ireland and overseas. With over 1,800 community foundations globally, the community foundation model is proven and effective model for social change.
 
All funds raised from the RTÉ Does Comic Relief campaign will be ring-fenced and distributed by the Community Foundation for Ireland as grants following an open call which will be held in July/August 2020. The fund will be used to support communities around Ireland in the recovery and rebuilding stage after the Covid-19 lock down, helping society to adjust to the new realities. The open call will invite charities and community and voluntary groups to apply for grants to help them support those most in need due to Covid-19. 
 For more information, please visit www.communityfoundation.ie
 
About Comic Relief’s activities in Ireland
Comic Relief’s activities in Ireland have been spearheaded by comedian Deirdre O’Kane, TV producer Darren Smith, Talent Agent Jane Russell, Advertising Exec Patrick Hickey, Accountant Ciaran Medlar and Lawyer David Phelan. This group is working in conjunction with RTÉ, Comic Relief International and the Community Foundation for Ireland (CFI) across all aspects of the campaign.  The group founders have previously staged three gala nights of stand-up comedy at the 3Arena; the shows raised more than €600k, which has been distributed by CFI to a variety of Irish charities such as Focus Ireland, The Simon Community and Trocaire.
 
‘RTÉ Does Comic Relief’ is a licensee of Comic Relief Limited. Since its inception in 1985, Comic Relief has raised over £1 billion to support people living incredibly tough lives both in the UK and internationally. Through humour and stories of hope, we’ve shown that people can make a massive difference. We fund amazing organisations who are working on the ground to support the most vulnerable people and communities in society including many of those hardest hit by the coronavirus crisis. This includes vulnerable children and young people, people who are homeless or living in extreme poverty, women and families at risk of domestic abuse and those struggling with existing or new mental health problems.
For more info visit www.comicrelief.com
Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland)

 
About Oliver Jeffers
Oliver Jeffers is a visual artist and author working in painting, bookmaking, illustration, collage, performance and sculpture. Curiosity and humor are underlying themes throughout Oliver’s practice as an artist and storyteller. While investigating the ways the human mind understands its world, his work also functions as comic relief in the face of futility. Jeffers’ engagements and practice are truly international in scope. His critically acclaimed picture books have been translated into over forty-five languages, and sold over 12 million copies worldwide. His original artwork has been exhibited at such institutions as the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, the National Portrait Gallery in London, and the Palais Auersperg in Vienna. Jeffers has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books Award, Bologna Rigazzi Award, An Irish Book Award,  and a United Kingdom Literary Association Award. His seventeenth book as author and illustrator was released in September 2019, and he has illustrated several others. Oliver grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

 

 

 

 


Just Eat, Bank Of Ireland and TK Maxx announced as proud partners of RTÉ Does Comic Relief

It’s been announced today that Just Eat, Bank of Ireland and TKMaxx are the proud corporate partners of RTÉ Does Comic Relief.

Broadcasting live from the RTÉ studios this Friday from 8pm, stars from the world of comedy, entertainment and sport are pulling out all the stops to create a very special event to raise much needed funds for Irish charities.The show, which will be a mix of comedy sketches, special musical performances, lipsyncs, dance and sports challenges, is produced by RTÉ in association with Kite Entertainment. All  the funds raised will be distributed to Irish charities by The Community Foundation for Ireland.

Just Eat will be donating €1 from each order made on Friday 26th June direct to the RTÉ Does Comic Relief.

Commenting on the partnership, Just Eat Managing Director, Amanda Roche Kelly said;“RTÉ Does Comic Relief is a fantastic celebration of Irish talent coming together to support Irish communities as we support each other to emerge from this crisis. Just Eat is thrilled to be supporting the event by donating €1 euro for every Just Eat order received this Friday. It adds up to a great night in – and all in support of very worthy causes.”

Bank of Ireland have made a significant donation direct to the RTÉ Does Comic Relief fund.

Henry Dummer, Bank of Ireland CMO said; “As we look to the future it’s vitally important that the fantastic community groups and charities that have kept us all going continue to be supported. We’ve already donated €1m to the Community Foundation for Ireland so we know the superb job they do to get help to where it is needed most. Thank you to RTÉ and all the amazing talent who are giving their time for such a great cause. It’s bound to be an uplifting occasion for all sorts of good reasons’’.

TK Maxx have also come on board as a proud partner of the event.

Deborah Dolce, Group Brand and Marketing Director at TK Maxx and Homesense Europe said, “TK Maxx is passionate about supporting local charities in the communities in which we live and operate. We are proud to support RTÉ Does Comic Relief to help vulnerable groups in Ireland impacted by Covid 19”.

John McHugh, RTÉ Head of Entertainment, “We would like to thank the corporate partners who have come on board and so generously donated to the RTÉ Does Comic Relief fund. We’re very excited to bring tomorrow night’s show packed full of so many talented artists to viewers. We’re all excited and united in our mission to raise as much as we can for Irish charities”.

Darren Smith, Kite Entertainment and the Irish Comic Relief steering group said, “On behalf of the Irish Comic Relief steering group, I would like to thank all of the corporate sponsors who have so generously donated to the RTÉ Does Comic Relief fund. This along with all of the public’s donations will make a real difference to Irish charities who have been severely impacted by the Covid 19 crisis over the last few months”.

Notes:

Just Eat

Just Eat is part of Just Eat Takeaway.com, a leading global online food delivery marketplace.

In Ireland, Just Eat has over 2,500 takeaway restaurants online and consumers can access their favourite local eateries for lunchtime and evening options with a choice of over 40 cuisines. More than 80% of customers order either via the app or on mobile device with the Just Eat app downloaded over 2 million times since it was launched in Ireland five years ago.

TK Maxx

TK Maxx is passionate about supporting local charities in the communities in which we live and operate. TK Maxx Ireland is a longstanding partner of Enable Ireland supporting families and children with disabilities across Ireland for over 15 years. The TK Maxx & Homesense Foundation established a two-part funding programme worth £1.7 million to join the fight against Covid-19 and its effects on communities across Europe, including grants to the Red Cross Ireland and mental health charity Aware.  TK Maxx supports Comic Relief in the UK and since 2005, together with its customers, has raised over £25 million for Comic Relief, helping vulnerable children in the UK and in some of the world’s poorest communities.

Bank of Ireland

Bank of Ireland’s purpose is to enable its customers, colleagues and communities to thrive. The Group is one of the largest financial services providers in Ireland, offering a wide range of banking and other financial services and operating Ireland’s largest retail branch network. In the UK, the Group has long-established partnerships with the Post Office and the AA providing consumer financial services. The Group’s international business is conducted by its Corporate Banking and Global Markets teams operating from Dublin, London, and offices in continental Europe and the United States.

About The Community Foundation for Ireland

The Community Foundation for Ireland believes in a fair, caring and vibrant Ireland for now and the future. We work with individuals, families, corporates and other trusts and foundations to enable strategic and impactful giving.

We have been in existence since 2000 and last year we gave out €8.15 million to communities in Ireland and abroad. We have extensive experience of grant-making from working with over 4,000 non-profit organisations at a national, regional and local level throughout Ireland and overseas. With over 1,800 community foundations globally, the community foundation model is proven and effective model for social change.

All funds raised from the RTÉ Does Comic Relief campaign will be ring-fenced and distributed by the Community Foundation for Ireland as grants following an open call which will be held in July/August 2020. The fund will be used to support communities around Ireland in the recovery and rebuilding stage after the Covid-19 lock down, helping society to adjust to the new realities. The open call will invite charities and community and voluntary groups to apply for grants to help them support those most in need due to Covid-19.

For more information, please visitwww.communityfoundation.ie

About Comic Relief’s activities in Ireland

Comic Relief’s activities in Ireland have been spearheaded by comedian Deirdre O’Kane, TV producer Darren Smith, Talent Agent Jane Russell, Advertising Exec Patrick Hickey, Accountant Ciaran Medlar and Lawyer David Phelan. This group is working in conjunction with RTÉ, Comic Relief International and the Community Foundation for Ireland (CFI) across all aspects of the campaign.  The group founders have previously staged three gala nights of stand-up comedy at the 3Arena; the shows raised more than €600k, which has been distributed by CFI to a variety of Irish charities such as Focus Ireland, The Simon Community and Trocaire.

‘RTÉ Does Comic Relief’ is a licensee of Comic Relief Limited. Since its inception in 1985, Comic Relief has raised over £1 billion to support people living incredibly tough lives both in the UK and internationally. Through humour and stories of hope, we’ve shown that people can make a massive difference. We fund amazing organisations who are working on the ground to support the most vulnerable people and communities in society including many of those hardest hit by the coronavirus crisis. This includes vulnerable children and young people, people who are homeless or living in extreme poverty, women and families at risk of domestic abuse and those struggling with existing or new mental health problems.

For more info visit www.comicrelief.com

Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland)


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