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The RTÉ Short Story Competition 2021 in honour of Francis MacManus is now open for entries. 

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Writers have until Friday 7th May to submit their short story to the competition, which will be judged by writers Lisa McInerney, Declan Hughes and Lucy Caldwell. 

Since its inception 35 years ago, the RTÉ Short Story Competition has been a critically important launch pad for new and emerging writers in Ireland. Set up in 1986 to honour writer and broadcaster Francis MacManus, the competition recognises and rewards the best new Irish fiction writing for radio. The top prize is €3000. Ten stories will be shortlisted and broadcast. 

Free to enter, last year’s competition, which coincided with Ireland’s first lockdown, attracted record numbers of entries – over 4,000.        

Judge for 2021, Lisa McInerney, says: “I’m delighted to join the judging panel for this competition, not least because it acknowledges the short story as oral as well as written tradition. One of the reasons Irish people have such an affinity for the short story, I think, is our lively, playful vernacular, our love of timing and tall tales, and commanding the attention of an audience. What I love to find in a short story is a fresh twist in the telling, whether through a  clever turn of phrase, or special clarity of character. And all the better if we can hear the heart beating in every sentence.” 

Fellow judge, Lucy Caldwell says: “When you’re writing your story for the RTÉ Short Story Competition, you are writing for the listener, even more than for the reader.  I still think it’s a kind of magic, that a stranger’s voice can travel over that mysterious thing called airwaves, and reach us, enter us, disarm or distract or maybe even change us.  These are your super powers.  Use them wisely – use them well.  I can’t wait to hear your stories.” 

And Declan Hughes says“The Irish short story is in rude health, with a vigorous infrastructure of literary journals and magazines, awards and independent publishers providing opportunities for writers at every level to place new work, produce collections and win prizes. I read a lot of work in progress and can testify to the seemingly inexhaustible supply of energy and talent out there. I’m very much looking forward to reading the submissions for RTÉ’s Francis MacManus Short Story award, which has played an important role in the development of Irish short fiction for over 30 years.”  

Series producer Sarah Binchy saysAt 35, the competition now happily inhabits both the digital and the analogue world – you can enter online or by post, and we podcast and publish all the shortlisted stories online, as well as broadcasting them on RTÉ Radio 1. But it continues to do what our colleagues who set it up in 1986 in honour of Francis MacManus intended: to discover some of the best new Irish fiction writing for radio each year. I’d encourage anyone who’s serious about their writing to  enter, and I’m looking forward to what this year’s writers have in store for us.”   

A shortlist of ten stories will be announced in September, and the top prizewinners will be announced on an Arena special programme some weeks later. 

The overall winner will receive €3,000, while €2,000 and €1,000 will be awarded to the second and third place prize winners respectively. A further seven runners-up will receive €250 each, and all 10 shortlisted stories will be published on and broadcast in a season of new writing on RTÉ Radio 1 in the autumn.   

The RTÉ Short Story Competition has been championing new talent for decades; past winners and shortlisted writers include Claire Keegan, Danielle McLaughlin, Anthony GlavinChris Binchy, Nuala O’Connor, Liz Nugent, Colin Walsh and Sarah Gilmartin. 

All shortlisted stories are produced for radio, voiced by some of Ireland’s most talented actors. In recent years these have included Cathy Belton, Eamon Morrissey, Ali White, Ingrid Craigie, Janet Moran, Kathy Rose O’Brien, Emmet Kirwan and Andrew Bennett.    

For competition rules, information on how to enter, and to read and listen to past winning stories, see   


Lisa McInerney 

Lisa McInerney’s work has featured in Winter Papers, The Stinging Fly, Granta, The Guardian, Le Monde, The Irish Times, BBC Radio 4 and various anthologies. Her debut novel The Glorious Heresies won the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and the 2016 Desmond Elliott Prize. Her second novel, The Blood Miracles, won the 2018 RSL Encore Award. Her third, The Rules of Revelation, will be published in May 2021. 


Declan Hughesis a novelist and playwright. His first novel in the acclaimed Ed Loy series, The Wrong Kind of Blood, won the Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel and the Le Point magazine prize for best European crime novel; his most recent novel is All The Things You Are. Co-founder and former artistic director of Rough Magic theatre company, his plays include I Can’t Get Started, Digging For Fire and Shiver. He teaches creative writing at UCD and is Literature Adviser to the Arts Council.  

Lucy Caldwell  

Lucy Caldwell is the author of two collections of short stories, three novels, several stage plays and radio dramas, and is the editor of Being Various: New Irish Short Stories (Faber, 2019).  Her short stories have been widely broadcast and anthologised and her work has won many awards, including the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the Dylan Thomas Prize and a Major Individual Artist Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.  Her latest collection, Intimacies, will be published by Faber in May 2021. 

RTÉ marks Seachtain na Gaeilge 2021

RTÉ marks Seachtain na Gaeilge 2021 as 

  • RTÉ and TG4 weather presenters swap places 
  • Peppa Pig gets set to make her debut as Gaeilge 
  • and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra tunes up for a special collaboration 

RTÉ is Official Media Partner with Conradh na Gaeilge for this year’s Seachtain na Gaeilge. Running from Monday the 1st March – Wednesday 17th March, RTÉ will offer a comprehensive schedule of Irish-language content across television, radio and online, supported by a specially created RTÉ  marketing campaign encouraging everyone to use their cupla focal.


Highlights include: 


In addition to dedicated Cláracha Gaeilge, lots of RTÉ programmes across the schedule will be taking part in Seachtain na Gaeilge 2021. 

Cláracha Gaeilge 

  • A new four part series of Mo Thréibh (My Tribe) begins on RTÉ One on Monday the 8th of March at 1930. With narration by Peter Coonan, the series goes behind the newspaper headlines to discover the real Hip Hop crews, Indie kids, Ravers and Metallers, exploring the passion, dedication and sense of belonging that their tribe gives them. These are worlds that are rarely seen or experienced on Irish television, lifting the lid on the underground of some fascinating subcultures. 
  • A one-off special, Cúpla Focal, takes a wry look back at how we taught Irish on TV throughout the decades remembering Buntús Cainte, Anois is ArísDilín Ó DeamhasTelefís  Scoile,Now You’re Talking, Turas Teanga and many more gems. Tuesday 16th of March at 1900  
  • A new series of Cosc returns to tell the story of censorship in Ireland as far back as the foundation of the state, and looks at some of the more surprising and controversial examples. In this series we look at the banning of The Dubliners classic ‘Seven Drunken Nights’, John McGahern’s novel The Dark, and the ban and ending of Corporal Punishment.  

RTÉ TWO and RTÉjr 

From Wednesday 14 April th, RTÉ2 will dedicate an hour every  Wedneday (8-9pm) to quality home-produced content ‘as Gaeilge’ from RTÉ and TG4. And we’re busy preparing for Peppa Pig as Gaeilge too, coming to RTÉjr and RTÉ Player very soon. There’s plenty of new Irish-language content for kids in Seachtain na Gaeilge as well: 

  • Mya Go returns for a new series.  This pre-school series focuses on a young girl whose enthusiasm for life affects everyone around her. Mya Go lives in the bustling town of Everyday with the Go family, and spends her days discovering the world around her. Weekdays from 8.05 on RTÉ Jnr.  
  • Bóín agus Beach begins on Monday the 8th of March on RTÉjr. Mixing charming storytelling with the natural world, these original stories are told through the wide-eyed wonder of Ladybird and Bee. Weekdays at 7am and 840am on RTÉ Jnr.  
  • RTÉ Home School Hub – Seamus the Dog will be playing lots of Games during Seachtain na Gaeilge to help everyone learn some new Irish words.  And brothers Niall and Seán McDonagh from High Rock Productions will be popping up on Home School Hub with their unique comic take on the ups and downs of learning Irish.  Weekdays at 10pm on RTÉ2 


To celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra is collaborating with renowned singer/songwriter John Spillane – the gorgeous ballad ‘All the Ways you Wander’ will be translated into Irish by poet Simon Ó Faoláin and sung by Sligo singer Niamh Farrell. At a time when we are all thinking of relatives and friends far away, the song is a reminder that, though apartwe will soon be together again. The unique recording will be released across RTÉ social channels. 


As St. Patrick’s College Maynooth celebrates its 225th Anniversary, RTÉ will air a bi-lingual mass celebrated by Fr. Tomás Surlis on RTÉ One on St Patrick’s Day, while RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta will broadcast Mass from Letterkenny Cathedral at 11am. The Mass will be celebrated by the Bishop of Raphoe, Bishop Alan Mac Eochagáin, music will be provided by the Cathedral’s Cór Gaeilge. 


Expect to hear more than a cúpla focal across RTÉ’s radio services throughout Seachtain na Gaeilge: 

  • RTÉ 2FM will broadcast daily bilingual news and sports bulletins; 
  • StaidAIR continues on RTÉ 2fm throughout the seachtain  
  • On March the 13th and 14th RTÉ Radio 1’s Céili House with Kieran Hanrahan (Saturday at 9pm), The Rolling Wave with Aoife Nic Cormaic (Sunday at 9pm) and Simply Folk with Ruth Smith (Sundays at 10pm) will all broadcast bilingual shows to kick off St. Patrick’s Week in style.  
  • Also on RTÉ Radio 1 on St. Patrick’s Day, Mise Freshin will see Múinteoir Ray Cuddihy take over from Ray D’Arcy as he explores the timeless and enduring themes of Irish folk and traditional music and its evolution through contemporary HipHop and beyond. (3.30 – 5pm) 
  • Also on St Patrick’s Day a special edition of the Irish-language podcast Beo ar Éigean will be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1. The ladies will also feature in the RTÉ Guide with their top 10 sentences that nobody should leave home without knowing, as Gaeilge. 
  • On RTÉ Raidió na GaeltachtaBladhaire, presented by Áine  Bhreisleáin, will be talking to organisations from all over the country on their plans for Seachtain na Gaeilge  


RTÉ Player will curate the best of Irish-language content over the course of Seachtain na Gaeilge. The 20 part Irish-language educational series Turas Teanga will be available to help you learn a few new words.  

On RTÉ.ie, well-known names will reveal their favourite sayings in Irish and, each day, the Today show will hop on board as Maura and Dáithí add their favourites. Make sure to check out for the latest news and events from Seachtain na Gaeilge, as well as special RTÉ and RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta content, while RTÉ Player will showcase a range of Irish-language content from RTÉ and TG4.   


Virtual weather swops will be popping up over the course of Seachtain na Gaeilge, as once again RTÉ and TG4 join forces.  RTÉ’s Weather Presenters will appear on TG4 and TG4’s Weather Presenters will appear on RTÉ.   

For all the latest on Seachtain na Gaeilge on RTÉ, check out,, as well as RTÉ’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts using #snag.  

For more on Seachtain na Gaeilge, visit   


  • Award-winning musician and songwriter John Spillane is one of Ireland’s most accomplished songwriters whose work has been covered by the likes of Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon and Sean Keane. His new album ’100 Snow White Horses’ will be released on the 2nd April. John will be accompanying the orchestra on guitar on this special recording. 
  • Niamh Farrell has been singing all her life. In 2013, she was spotted by friends of David Gray and has since toured the world with him and sings on his new album ‘Skellig’. She is an accomplished singer in English and Irish and is also a full-time nurse in A&E in St Vincents hospital in Dublin. She says one would not exist without the other. 
  • Simon Ó Faoláin is an award-winning poet and archaeologist. His very first collection ‘Anam Madra’ (A Dog’s Soul) won the Glen Dimplex Irish language award 2008 and the Eithne and Rupert Strong Award 2009 for a first collection in Irish or English. 
  • High Rock Productions was established in 2011 by brothers Sean and Niall McDonagh. We are dedicated to bring educational material to life using interactive, entertaining shows, workshops and presentations. We are writers and performers of comic theatre with a passion for education. This unique combination of talents means that we can deliver high educational value to participants as well as enjoyable entertainment.  High Rock Productions has worked with over 50,00 students in over 150 schools nationwide since 2011. 


Seachtain na Gaeilge 2021 ar RTÉ  

Seachtain na Gaeilge 2021 ar RTÉ  

  • Anonn agus anall idir láithreoirí aimsire RTÉ agus TG4
  • Peppa Pig ag ullmhú le teacht i láthair i nGaeilge
  • agus Ceolfhoireann Coirme RTÉ ullamh do chomhar speisialta

RTÉ Páirtnéir Oifigiúil na Meán Cumarsáide ag Conradh na Gaeilge maidir le Seachtain na Gaeilge na bliana seo a bheidh ar siúl ó Dé Luain, an 1 Márta, go dtí Dé Céadaoin, an 17 Márta.  Beidh sceideal cuimsitheach d’ábhar Gaeilge á chur ar fáil ag RTÉ ar an teilifís, ar an raidió agus ar na meáin dhigiteacha chomh maith le feachtas margaíochta arna cheapadh go speisialta ag RTÉ d’fhonn spreagadh a thabhairt don uile dhuine leas a bhaint as na cúpla focal.


Seo a leanas roinnt de na buaicphointí:


Chomh maith leis na Cláracha Gaeilge, beidh cuid mhór cláracha eile ar fud sceideal RTÉ páirteach i Seachtain na Gaeilge 2021.

Cláracha Gaeilge 

Cuirfear tús le sraith nua ceithre chlár de Mo Threibh (My Tribe) ar RTÉ One, Dé Luain an 8 Márta ag 1930. Peter Coonan atá i mbun na reacaireachta ar an tsraith a sheachnaíonn barrscéalta na gceannlínte ionas go léirítear na criúnna Hip Hop, an t-aos Indie, na Ravers agus na Metallers mar atá siad dáiríre, cíoradh á dhéanamh ar an rud a gcuireann siad croí agus anam ann agus ar an gcaidreamh a cheanglaítear leis an treibh lena mbaineann siad. Réimsí den saol iad seo ar annamh léiriú orthu ar an teilifís in Éirinn ach foilsítear sa tsraith seo roinnt den ábhar spéise a bhaineann le fochultúir dhiamhracha.

Ar an gclár speisialta Cúpla Focal, beidh an tsúil ghéar á caitheamh siar ar mhúineadh na teanga ar an teilifís le himeacht na mblianta, ar shraitheanna de leithéid Buntús Cainte, Anois is Arís, Dilín Ó Deamhas, Telefís  Scoile, Now You’re Talking, Turas Teanga agus seoda nach iad… Dé Máirt, 16 Márta ag 1900

Leantar i sraith nua de Cosc le scéal na cinsireachta in Éirinn ó ré bhunú an Stáit aniar agus scrúdaítear roinnt de na samplaí is mó iontais agus conspóide. I rith chláracha na sraithe seo, scrúdófar an cosc a cuireadh ar amhrán cáiliúil na Dubliners, ‘Seven Drunken Nights’, an t-úrscéal The Dark le John McGahern, ar “the ban” agus an tráth ar cuireadh deireadh le Pionós Corpartha.

RTÉ2 agus RTÉjr 

Gach Céadaoin ón 14 Aibreán ar aghaidh, beidh uair a chloig (8-9i.n.) d’ábhar ardchaighdeáin de chuid RTÉ agus TG4, arna léiriú i nGaeilge in Éirinn, á chraoladh ar  RTÉ2. Agus táthar gnóthach ag ullmhú Peppa Pig as Gaeilge chomh maith, clár a chuirfear ar fáil ar RTÉjr agus ar an RTÉ Player go ríghairid. Beidh ábhar nua Gaeilge do leanaí le feiceáil i rith Sheachtain na Gaeilge chomh maith:

Tá Mya Go ar ais le sraith nua.  Sraith do leanaí réamhscoile seo atá bunaithe ar chailín óg atá chomh tógtha sin leis an saol go dtéann sí i bhfeidhm ar an uile dhuine atá ina timpeall.  Tá Mya Go ina cónaí i mbaile mór bríomhar Everyday leis an gcuid eile de mhuintir Go agus caitheann sí an lá ag cur eolais ar an saol atá thart uirthi. Luan go Aoine ag a 8.05r.n. ar RTÉ Jnr 

Beidh Bóín agus Beach ag tosú Dé Luain an 8 Márta ar RTÉjr le scéalta deasa faoi shaol an dúlra de réir mar a chuireann sin ionadh ar Bhóín Dé agus ar Bheach. Luan go Aoine ag a 7.00r.n. agus 8.40r.n.

RTÉ Home School Hub – Beidh Cluichí éagsúla ar siúl ag Séamus Madra i rith Sheachtain na Gaeilge a chuideoidh leis an uile dhuine cur leis an stór focal Gaeilge atá acu.  Agus beidh Niall agus Seán McDonagh, beirt deartháireacha ón gcomhlacht léiriúcháin High Rock Productions isteach is amach ar Home School Hub lena ndearcadh greannmhar féin ar an spraoi agus ar an gcantal a théann le foghlaim na Gaeilge.  Luan go Aoine ag a 10.00 ar RTÉ2.  


Mar cheiliúradh ar Sheachtain na Gaeilge, tá Ceolfhoireann Coirme RTÉ ag obair i gcomhar leis an amhránaí/cumadóir iomráiteach John Spillane – tá an bailéad cumasach ‘All the Ways you Wander’ á aistriú go Gaeilge ag Simon Ó Faoláin agus beidh an leagan Gaeilge á chanadh ag Niamh Farrell as Sligeach. Tráth a bhfuil gach duine ag smaoineamh ar ghaolta agus ar chairde i bhfad ó bhaile, meabhraítear san amhrán seo dúinn gur gearr go mbeifear i gcuideachta a chéile arís.  Beidh an taifeadadh speisialta á sheoladh ar fud chainéil shóisialta RTÉ.

Cláracha Creidimh 

Agus ceiliúradh á dhéanamh ar chothrom 225 bliain ó bunaíodh Coláiste Phadraig, Má Nuad, craolfar Aifreann dátheangach ar RTÉ One Lá Fhéile Pádraig á léamh ag an Athair Tomás Surlis, agus beidh an tAifreann á chraoladh as Ardeaglais Leitir Ceanainn ar RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta ag a 11r.n. Beidh an tAifreann á léamh ag an Easpag Alan Mac Eochagáin, Easpag Ráth Bhoth, agus Cór Gaeilge na hArdeaglaise a bheidh i mbun an cheoil.


Beidh níos mó ná cúpla focal le cloisteáil ar sheirbhísí raidió RTÉ i rith Sheachtain na Gaeilge:

  • Beidh feasacháin dhátheangacha nuachta agus spóirt á gcraoladh gach lá ar RTÉ 2FM;
  • Leanfar le StaidAIR ar RTÉ 2fm i rith na seachtaine
  • Ar an 13 agus an 14 Márta, leaganacha dátheangacha a chraolfar ar RTÉ Radio 1 de Céili House le Kieran Hanrahan (Dé Sathairn ag 9 i.n.), The Rolling Wave le Aoife Nic Cormaic (Dé Domhnaigh ag 9 i.n.) agus Simply Folk le Ruth Smith (Dé Domhnaigh ag 10 i.n.) chun tús maith a chur le seachtain na Féile Pádraig.
  • Ar RTÉ Radio 1 freisin, ar Lá Fhéile Pádraig, beidh an Múinteoir Ray Cuddihy in ionad Ray D’Arcy ar Mise Freshin’ agus cíoradh á dhéanamh aige ar théamaí bithbhuana cheol na ndaoine agus cheol traidisiúnta na hÉireann de réir mar a tharla a mhúnlú i gceol HipHop anall go dtí an lá atá inniu ann agus níos faide ar aghaidh. (3.30 – 5 i.n.)
  • Craolfar eagrán speisialta freisin ar Lá Fhéile Pádraig den phodchraoladh Gaeilge  Beo ar Éigean ar RTÉ Radio 1. Beidh na mná le feiceáil freisin ar an RTÉ Guide lena rogha 10 gcinn d’abairtí Gaeilge nach ceart d’aon duine a bheith amuigh dá n-uireasa.
  • Ar RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, beifear ag caint ar Bladhaire, arna chur i láthair ag Áine Ní Bhreisleáin, le heagraíochtaí ar fud na tíre faoina gcuid pleananna féin maidir le Seachtain na Gaeilge.


Beidh an chuid is fearr den ábhar Gaeilge i rith Sheachtain na Gaeilge á chaomhnú ar RTÉ Player. Beidh Turas Teanga, an tsraith 20 clár foghlaim teanga ar fáil ionas gur féidir focail nua a fhoghlaim.

Ar RTÉ.ie, beidh na nathanna cainte is fearr leo i nGaeilge á gcur in iúl ag pearsana cáiliúla agus beidh ceangal le Today gach lá nuair a bhíonn Maura agus Dáithí ag roghnú an chuid is fearr leo féin. Bí cinnte go seiceáiltear maidir leis na scéalta agus na tuairiscí is deireanaí faoi Sheachtain na Gaeilge, chomh maith le hábhar speisialta de chuid RTÉ agus RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.  Beidh réimse d’ábhar Gaeilge de chuid RTÉ agus TG4 ar taispeáint ar RTÉ Player.


Beidh scéalaithe na haimsire ag teacht agus ag imeacht i rith Sheachtain na Gaeilge, agus babhtáil ar siúl idir RTÉ agus TG4.  Beidh láithreoirí aimsire RTÉ le feiceáil ar TG4 agus láithreoirí aimsire TG4 le feiceáil ar RTÉ.

Bíonn an nuacht is deireanaí maidir le Seachtain na Gaeilge ar RTÉ le fáil ar,, chomh maith le cuntais RTÉ ar Facebook, Twitter agus Instagram faoin gclibín #snag.

Tá níos mó eolais faoi Sheachtain na Gaeilge féin ar fáil ar


  • Tá an ceoltóir gradamúil agus an cumadóir amhrán John Spillane ar dhuine de na daoine is cumasaí in Éirinn i mbun amhráin a dhéanamh agus cuid dá shaothar á sheinm agus á chur i láthair ag leithéid Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon, Seán Keane agus eile. Beidh albam nua dá chuid ‘100 Snow White Horses’ á sheoladh ar an 2 Aibreán.  Beidh John ag seinm an ghiotáir in éineacht leis an gceolfhoireann ar an taifeadadh speisialta seo. 
  • Tá Niamh Farrell ag canadh ó thús a saoil.  Thug cairde le David Gray suntas di sa bhliain 2013 agus tá turas na cruinne tugtha in éineacht leis aici ó shin i leith agus í le cloisteáil ag canadh ina chuideachta ar an albam nua dá chuid, ‘Skellig’. Amhránaí cumasach í i mBéarla agus i nGaeilge agus oibríonn sí go lánaimseartha chomh maith leis sin sa rannóg A&E in Ospidéal Naomh Uinseann i mBaile Átha Cliath.  Dá réir féin, níorbh leor rud amháin agus níl an dá ghné dá saol iomarcach. 
  • Is file agus seandálaí é Simon Ó Faoláin a bhfuil gradaim gnóthaithe aige. Bronnadh gradam Gaeilge Glen Dimplex ar an gcéad chnuasach dá chuid, ‘Anam Madra’, sa bhliain 2008 chomh maith le Gradam Eithne agus Rupert Strong 2009 don chéad chnuasach i nGaeilge nó i mBéarla. 
  • Sa bhliain 2011 a chuir beirt deartháireacha, Sean agus Niall McDonagh, High Rock Productions ar bun. Táthar tugtha do bheocht a chur in ábhar oideachais le seónna siamsúla idirghníomhaíochta, le ceardlanna agus le cur i láthair.  Scríbhneoirí agus fuirseoirí sinn i réimse amharclannaíocht an ghrinn agus tá an-spéis againn i gcúrsaí oideachais.  Fágann an meascán áirithe sin gur féidir linn ábhar atá fiúntach ó thaobh oideachais de a chur ar fáil do rannpháirtithe chomh maith le siamsaíocht.  Tá obair déanta ag High Rock Productions le breis agus 50,000 dalta i líon is mó ná 150 scoil ar fud na tíre ón mbliain 2011 i leith. 


– Singer will give her debut performance of the song on The Late Late Show tonight

– Maps will be available on platforms including Apple Music & Spotify today

RTÉ has today launched Ireland’s 2021 Eurovision entry, Maps, by Lesley Roy. Dubliner Lesley will get her second chance to represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam this May, following the cancellation of last year’s show due to the ongoing pandemic.

The first airplay of Maps takes take place on RTÉ 2FM Breakfast with Doireann & Eoghan this morning at 8.35am, followed by the launch of the song’s video via Eurovision’s YouTube channel at 9am.

Lesley will take to the stage on The Late Late Show on RTÉ later this evening for her debut performance of Ireland’s 2021 Eurovision entry and an interview with Ryan Tubridy.

Speaking today, Lesley Roy said: “I’m thrilled to see through this project and represent Ireland at Eurovision 2021 with Maps. I’m so happy with the song and so passionate about it and Eurovision. I’m working each day towards representing Ireland in whatever version of Eurovision goes ahead in May. It’s a true honour and I want to have the best time I possibly can on the stage for Ireland. This has been a year in the making and I’m thrilled to finally get it out there for everyone to hear. Maps was specifically written for Eurovision. It’s heartfelt, it’s uplifting, and I hope people love it.”

Michael Kealy, Head of the Ireland Delegation for Eurovision 2021, said: “I’m really excited about the release of Lesley’s song, Maps, today. It was unfortunate that she didn’t get the opportunity to compete in Eurovision last year, but I’m delighted that we are back with a song we feel is even better. Lesley is absolutely focussed on getting to perform on stage in Rotterdam, and I believe that this song is going to do really well with Eurovision fans worldwide.”

Maps, an up-tempo and rousing number, was written and produced by Lesley, along with Eurovision producer Lukas Hallgren (She Got Me, 4th place ESC 2019), Philip Strand (producer/songwriter Normandie, Deepend), and Emelie Eriksson, (Stockholm based songwriter at Baggpipe Studios). The video for Maps, directed by Ais Brady, was shot against the stunning backdrop of the Wicklow mountains.

Ireland is scheduled to perform in the first semi-final at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest on Tuesday, May 18th, at the Rotterdam Ahoy Arena, with the final taking place on Saturday, May 22nd.

– Latest updates on Eurovision 2021 can be found at

About Lesley Roy

Lesley Roy is a singer/songwriter from Balbriggan Co. Dublin, who released her debut album, Unbeautiful, in 2008 on Jive/Sony Records, which was executive produced by Max Martin. As a songwriter, Lesley’s career has been prolific, lending her talents to numbers performed by artists including Adam Lambert, Miss Montreal, Medina, Jana Kramer, Marlee Scott, and Deorro.

Other Voices returns to RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player

Other Voices returns to RTÉ2 on 4 March with Hozier, Fontaines D.C., Elbow, Pillow Queens, Rhiannon Giddens and more


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Ireland’s longest-running music TV show Other Voices will return to RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player on March 4th, with an array of dynamic and diverse performances, captured in a variety of different locations, including Dingle, Cardiff and Ballina.

The series, presented by May Kay and Huw Stephens, now in its 19th season, will run for 10 weeks, from March 4th at 11.05pm, and will feature compelling and uplifting performances from some of the most exciting Irish voices creating the soundtrack to our lives right now.

Hozier will kick off the season with an intimate, stripped-back, performance, featuring new string arrangements by Ireland’s Crash Ensemble. Viewers can also expect striking performances from two Choice Music Prize nominated acts – the indie rock four piece Pillow Queens and singer-songwriter Niamh Regan both of whom released stunning debut albums in 2020.

Other Voices Founder Philip King said: ‘The Other Voices Series coming to you on television this year features a range of truly remarkable performances from Irish artists who opened their hearts and raised their voices in a powerful and emotional musical response to the events of what has been one of the most complex and difficult years in Ireland’s history. We have been so lucky to have the support of Minister Catherine Martin which has been essential in enabling us to produce Other Voices this year and it is a privilege to work with these amazingly talented and creative artists and with the wonderful crews that make them audible and visible.’

Justin Healy, Executive Producer at RTÉ, said: ‘RTE is very proud to be involved in this long-running and much-loved series. The Irish music scene, despite its immense challenges right now, has arguably never been so rich in new talent and we’re delighted to feature so many of them on Other Voices this season. Viewers can enjoy the show on Thursdays on RTÉ2 or on catch-up at their convenience on RTÉ Player.’

The series will include three special episodes: Grammy nominated five piece Fontaines D.C. will showcase their unique sound in the iconic location of Kilmainham Gaol; Other Voices fan favourites Elbow come to us from Ballina and Dingle. The series will also feature a special highlight episode of the upcoming Other Voices Cardigan with performances from rapper BERWYN, post-punk-poet Sinead O’Brien, acclaimed violinist Aoife Ní Bhriain and more from Cardiff.

Legendary Irish musician Damien Dempsey, renowned folk singer-songwriter Rhiannon Giddens, alt country musician CMAT and For Those I Love – the project of multi-instrumentalist & producer David Balfe – will also feature in the series.

Full list of artists featured on Other Voices Series 19:

  • Ailbhe Reddy
  • Ani Glass
  • Aoife Nessa Frances
  • Aoife Ní Bhriain
  • Brigid Mae Power
  • Catrin Finch
  • Cinder Well
  • CMAT
  • Conchúr White
  • Crash Ensemble
  • Damien Dempsey
  • Elbow
  • Fontaines D.C.
  • For Those I Love
  • Foxjaw
  • Hozier
  • Juice Menace
  • Luz
  • Mark Lanegan
  • Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh & Gerry O’beirne
  • Nealo
  • Niamh Regan
  • Peter Broderick
  • Pillow Queens
  • Rhiannon Giddens
  • Séamus & Caoimhe Ui Fhlatharta
  • Sinead O’Brien
  • Son (Susan O’Neill)
  • Sun Collective
  • The Gentle Good

RTÉ becomes first broadcaster in Ireland and UK to achieve ISO 50001 standard

RTÉ exceeds national public sector energy targets

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RTÉ has achieved the globally recognised international energy management standard, ISO 50001, becoming the first broadcaster in Ireland and the UK to achieve the standard.

The ISO 50001 standard was developed to support organisations committed to efficient energy management to address their impact, conserve resources and achieve cost and emissions reductions.

RTÉ, by increasing energy efficiency by 51.8% in 2019, has exceeded the targets set for the public sector in the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP) – to reduce increase energy efficiency by 33% by 2020.

Commenting on this achievement, RTÉ Director-General, Dee Forbes said: “Receiving ISO500001 represents an important achievement for RTÉ and provides valuable recognition of our efforts to successfully integrate energy management into our overall operations and drive greater efficiency. RTÉ, through a dedicated team, has worked in partnership with SEAI for many years to implement best practice standards in energy monitoring along with innovations in energy reduction, with some important results. RTÉ is committed to leading by example to achieve the highest standards in energy management and the recognition provided by ISO50001 represents an important milestone in our journey to greater energy efficiency.”

The following factors have been central to RTÉ’s successes in energy management:

  • Energy metering and monitoring to identify areas for energy improvement.
  • Building Management System development to ensure efficient system operations & scheduling.
  • Extensive use of renewals, including LED lighting, high efficiency heating and cooling systems.
  • Investment in energy projects, such as photovoltaic solar panel roof projects on RTÉ’s Donnybrook campus.
  • To date this photovoltaic solar panel system has generated 81 MWh of renewable electricity – the equivalent of powering the production lighting and air conditioning requirements of 58 Late Late Shows.

The RTÉ energy team is led by RTÉ Facility Engineering Manager, James McConnologue who is also a certified energy manager (CEM).

Commenting on RTÉ’s energy management and ISO50001 certification, Mr McConnologue said: “RTÉ’s journey to ISO50001 has been underpinned by hard work and continual improvement by our in-house team. Investment in energy monitoring, refinement of controls systems to best match system loads and harnessing all available energy reduction opportunities in capital investment/renewals have been the key instruments in our success. We have always strived to be an exemplar organisation and to provide leadership, not just in the public sector, but in the wider community, and to support our key staff through continuing professional development to maintain these standards. ISO50001 affords us the opportunity to continue our energy management journey and to use our influence to deliver energy savings right across all aspects of RTÉ business”

To view RTÉ’s Energy Policy, click here.

For more on ISO 50001, click here.

The #RTEVirtualParade is back – Come and join us

The #RTEVirtualParade is back, this year in partnership with St Patrick’s Festival

People all over Ireland and the globe will have the chance – once again – to join the celebrations this year’s St. Patrick’s Day and share their home-parade with the world, using the hashtag #RTEVirtualParade on their preferred social platform.

Last year, the first #RTEVirtualParade, the hashtag was the #1 and #2 social trend for much of St Patrick’s Day, including periods as a global trend. With almost 1,300,000 views of user content on the @rte Twitter account alone on the day, the 2021 virtual parade promises to be even bigger.

Go online and come join us.

WATCH our promo here, voiced by actor, Pat Kinevane.

New Irish drama ‘Kin’ starring Aidan Gillen and Claire Dunne set for global stage

The brand new eight-part drama series Kin, produced by BRON Studios and Headline Pictures, in association with RTÉ, Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group) and Creative Wealth Media with support from Fís Éireann/ Screen Ireland and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI), is set for a global stage. It has been announced that international streaming service AMC+ have acquired the rights to the drama for North America, Australia, New Zealand, Iberia, Latin America and the UK. The deal was negotiated by Davoli Davoli on behalf of BRON Releasing. The eagerly anticipated home-grown Irish drama which will be broadcast on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player this autumn, has also been pre-sold in Scandinavia to on-demand service Viaplay.

Kin which is currently filming in Dublin, boasts a stellar Irish and international cast lead by breakthrough Irish actress Clare Dunne (Herself), Charlie Cox (Daredevil), Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones), Ciarán Hinds (Game of Thrones), Sam Keeley (The Cured), Emmett Scanlan (Peaky Blinders), Maria Doyle Kennedy (Outlander) and newcomer Yasmin Seky.

The series is written and co-created by Peter McKenna (The Last Kingdom, Red Rock) who is also showrunner/executive producer, and co-created by Ciarán Donnelly (Altered Carbon, Vikings).

Kin underlines the unbreakable bonds of blood and family as it charts the lives of a fictional Dublin family embroiled in a gangland war and the consequences of their choices. The series’ local storyline, talented Irish cast and shooting location adds it to the growing ranks of strong and prestigious television series coming out of Ireland. It is directed by Diarmuid Goggins (Bulletproof) and Tessa Hoffe (Wayne).

Jim Jennings, RTÉ’s Director of Content said: “RTÉ is delighted to be working with Bron Studios to bring this quality Irish series to viewers in the autumn. We are also proud that this homegrown drama with a wealth of Irish talent is set for the international stage. It’s an endorsement of the quality of the series from the writing, to the production and acting that AMC, the network that has given us Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead will make Kin a key title in their autumn AMC+ line up. We are delighted to co-produce with international partners such as Bron Studios, along with Irish production company Metropolitan and Screen Ireland, to extend our footprint and finances to ensure that we deliver quality Irish drama for audiences at home and showcase Irish talent internationally.”  

Executive Producer and President of BRON Studios’ Television’s David Davoli said “RTÉ has been an important partner in this venture and have helped guide us in crucial ways, particularly during a global pandemic. We are grateful to have produced this series with some of the best cast and crew that Ireland has to offer and could not have done that without the help of RTÉ and local Irish production company, Metropolitan. We hope that the viewers in Ireland enjoy what BRON and Headline have produced, that we have made an Irish show that is authentic in every way, and that they will be able to watch Kin for many years to come. It’s only fitting that the AMC+ will now carry this show to the international stage.” 

Andrew Byrne Television Project Manager Screen Ireland said: “We are delighted to see quality Irish drama and talent take centre stage once again. We continue to focus our investment in high end tv drama that resonates for audiences locally and globally and builds robust international partnerships for the benefit of the Irish creative screen sector into the future.” 

Executive Producers on the series are BRON Studios’ David Davoli (The Defeated, Bag of Bones), Samantha Thomas (Jessica Jones, Daredevil), Steven Thibault (Pieces of a Woman, Capone) and Aaron L. Gilbert (Bombshell, Joker, Fences), Headline Pictures’ Christian Baute (Man in the High Castle, Funny Games), Laurence Lenica and Frank Calderon, and Donnelly. James Flynn (Vikings, Into the Badlands) and Morgan O’Sullivan (Penny Dreadful, The Tudors) are producing through their Metropolitan Films banner, with Emma Fleischer as supervising producer and Edmund Sampson as line producer. Dermot Horan, David Crean and Shane Murphy are Executive Producers for RTÉ, Andrew Byrne for Screen Ireland and Fredrik Lundjburg, Nanna Mailand and Filippa Wallestam are Executive Producers for NENT Studios.

RTÉ to air Element Pictures’ Conversations with Friends



RTÉ today announced that it will air the much-anticipated Element Pictures production of Sally Rooney’s Conversations with Friends next year.

Following the outstanding success of Normal People, the award-winning production company today announced the casting for the BBC and Hulu TV adaptation, in association with RTÉ, of Sally Rooney’s debut literary sensation, ‘Conversations with Friends’.

Alison Oliver, an emerging talent from Lir Academy (whose graduates include Normal People’s Paul Mescal) will play Frances, Sasha Lane (American Honey, The Miseducation of Cameron Post) will star as Bobbi, Joe Alwyn (The Favourite, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk) as Nick and Jemima Kirke (Sex Education, Girls) as Melissa, in this unique series that is both a complex coming of age drama and a very modern love story.

Element Pictures is once again collaborating with director Lenny Abrahamson and writer Alice Birch who will work alongside writers Mark O’Halloran (Rialto), Meadhbh McHugh (Asking For It) and Susan Soon He Stanton (Succession) on the 12-part drama for BBC Three in partnership with Hulu, made in association with RTÉ.

Filming will take place this year in Dublin, Belfast and international locations yet to be confirmed, with the Oscar-nominated director at the helm of Normal People,  Lenny Abrahamson (Room, The Little Stranger, Frank) returning and sharing the directorial duties with Leanne Welham (Pili, His Dark Materials).

Conversations with Friends follows Frances (Alison Oliver), a 21 year old college student, as she navigates a series of relationships that force her to confront her own vulnerabilities for the first time.

Frances is observant, cerebral and sharp. Her ex-girlfriend, now best friend, Bobbi (Sasha Lane) is self-assured, outspoken and compelling. Though they broke up three years ago, Frances and Bobbi are virtually inseparable and perform spoken word poetry together in Dublin. It’s at one of their shows that they meet Melissa (Jemima Kirke), an older writer, who is fascinated by the pair.

Bobbi and Frances start to spend time with Melissa and her husband, Nick (Joe Alwyn), a handsome but reserved actor. While Melissa and Bobbi flirt with each other openly, Nick and Frances embark on an intense, secret affair that is surprising to them both. Soon the affair begins to test the bond between Frances and Bobbi, forcing Frances to reconsider her sense of self, and the friendship she holds so dear.

Lenny Abrahamson, Executive Producer and Director, comments: “I feel so excited to be collaborating with four such superb actors to bring Sally’s brilliant novel to the screen. Over the last few months it has been a privilege to work alongside Element Pictures and our extraordinary team of writers to get the scripts to a point where we all feel so excited to start shooting. I’ll be joined by a world class crew (many of whom worked on Normal People) and supporting cast and I’m particularly happy to have Leanne Welham come on board. I’ve been an admirer of her work for a long time and I have no doubt she will bring great skill and subtlety to the episodes she directs.”

Ed Guiney, Executive Producer and Company Director of Element Pictures, adds: “Alison, Sasha, Joe and Jemima are the dream cast to lead Conversations With Friends and all of us at Element are so excited about the incredible scripts from our amazing team of writers which we have been developing with the oversight of the brilliant Lenny Abrahamson. We can’t wait to start filming with Lenny, Leanne and our wonderful cast and crew to bring Sally’s extraordinary novel to the screen.” 

Dermot Horan, RTÉ’s Director of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, said: ‘Normal People was such a phenomenal hit on RTÉ last spring, and has broken all records on the RTÉ Player. We’re so delighted to once again work with Element, on this new exciting new production.’

Conversations with Friends is an Element Pictures production for BBC Three and Hulu, in association with RTÉ, and was commissioned by Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama, and Fiona Campbell Controller of BBC Three. The 12×30 drama has been adapted from the debut novel by Sally Rooney, who is on board as Executive Producer. Further executive producers are Ed Guiney (Normal People, The Favourite, Room, The Lobster), Emma Norton (Normal People, Rosie, The Souvenir: Part II) and Andrew Lowe (Normal People, The Favourite) for Element Pictures, Rose Garnett (Normal People, The Favourite, The Souvenir) and Tommy Bulfin (Normal People, Line of Duty, Peaky Blinders) for the BBC and Lenny Abrahamson. Catherine Magee (Normal People, Resistance, Rebellion) is series producer and Jeanie Igoe (Ramy, Miss Juneteenth, The Green Knight) is producer.  Alice Birch, Mark O’Halloran, Meadhbh McHugh and Susan Soon He Stanton have adapted the novel for TV.

Following Rooney’s critically acclaimed debut novel ‘Conversations with Friends’, she was awarded 2017’s Sunday Times Writer of the Year Award.  Her literary phenomenon of the following year, Normal People, was adapted for TV by Element Pictures, alongside Sally Rooney, Alice Birch and Mark O’Rowe. The Emmy and TCA-nominated, RTS-winning show starring Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal received huge critical acclaim and high viewership figures on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player last spring.

Conversations with Friends will air next year on BBC, Hulu, and RTÉ.

RTÉ seeks public opinion for Public Service Statement | #rtehaveyoursay
RTÉ is asking members of the public to say what they think about RTÉ and what they want from it in the coming years.
Under the Broadcasting Act (2009), RTÉ is required to consult with the public and prepare a Public Service Statement every five years. This statement sets out the principles to be observed and activities to be undertaken by RTÉ in order to fulfil its public service objects.
RTÉ is now asking the public, through an independent survey, to give their view on RTÉ and what they want from it. These views will guide what RTÉ will do over the years ahead.
The anonymous survey is being conducted by Behaviour & Attitudes (B&A) on behalf of RTÉ and all members of the public are invited to give their opinions, whether they regularly consume RTÉ’s television, radio or online services, or not.
The survey will remain open until Sunday 21st March 2021.
To participate in the survey, in English or Irish language, visit:
About the survey:
No personal information will be collected by or provided to RTÉ, in keeping with B&A’s privacy policy. Findings cannot be linked back to participants in any way. RTÉ will only see aggregated and anonymous survey results. B&A is a trusted provider to RTÉ and further information, including their privacy policy is available at
RTÉ Public Service Statement
To view the last RTÉ Public Service Statement in English, visit:
For the Irish language version, visit:

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