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Follow the Northern Ireland Assembly Election Results with RTÉ

– Extended Six One News, DrivetimeNews at One, Morning Ireland and The Week in Politics programmes

-Dedicated Election Results television coverage with Miriam O’Callaghan and David McCullagh

– RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta and RTÉ One broadcasting live from Belfast

RTÉ will present comprehensive coverage of the Northern Ireland Assembly Election 2022 results from Friday 6th May and throughout the weekend across television, radio and online.

RTÉ’s Northern Editor Vincent Kearney and Northern Correspondent Conor Macauley will be providing on-the-ground insight, reaction and reporting live from across Northern Ireland on the overall impact of results. RTÉ News, Radio 1 and Raidió na Gaeltachta reporters will be live in the three count centres, covering all 18 constituencies until the final declarations.

The RTÉ News app and rte.ie/news will feature coverage and breaking news around the clock from the opening of boxes right through to the completion of every count. There will be a live results feed constituency-by-constituency, count by count, along with updates on all RTE News twitter, facebook, instagram, tik-tok and youtube accounts.

As ballot boxes are opened, RTÉ Radio 1’s Morning Ireland will be co-presented live from Belfast by Gavin Jennings and Rachael English in Dublin. Updates on turnout across all 18 constituencies and analysis will be available throughout the morning on Today with Claire Byrne

There will be an extended RTÉ News at One with Bryan Dobson on Radio 1 and One O’Clock News on RTÉ One television featuring early count indications.

RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta election programme Lá an Chomhairimh starts at 1.30pm and will run until 10pm. Presenters Gormfhlaith Ní Thuairisg and Máirín Ní Ghadhra will have results from reporters in each of the count centres, as well as analysis from panelists Póilín Ní Chiaráin, Ian Malcolm, Eoin Ó Néill, Ciarán Ó Pronntaigh, Máirín Hurndall, Máirtín Ó Muilleoir and Fearghal Mac Bhloscaidh

As the first count declarations begin, RTÉ One will broadcast a special Assembly Election 2022 programme from 3pm through the afternoon with presenters Miriam O’Callaghan in Belfast and David McCullagh in Dublin. The programme will feature live coverage of the results of the Assembly Election, with updates from count centres across Northern Ireland, studio analysis and reaction.

On RTÉ Radio 1, Cormac O’hEadhra will co-present Drivetime live from the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast, with John Cooke bringing listeners the rest of the day’s stories from RTÉ in Dublin from the earlier time of 4.00pm.

Television coverage continues as Nuacht RTÉ will have the latest updates and news as Gaeilge at 5.40pm followed by a specially extended Six One News programme presented by Caitriona Perry live from the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast with all the latest election reaction.

As counting continues late into the night, the RTÉ One Nine O’Clock News with Eileen Dunne will report the latest results while Katie Hannon will present a special edition of RTÉ Radio 1’s Late Debate live from the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast at 10pm.

Saturday 8th May

On Saturday morning, Gavin Jennings will present a Morning Ireland Election Results Special on RTÉ Radio 1, live from Belfast at 8am. Dedicated coverage continues on RTÉ Radio 1 with Saturday with Katie Hannon coming live from Belfast at 1pm.

Aine Lawlor will present The Week in Politics – Assembly Election Special hour-long television programme on Saturday at 1.00pm on RTÉ One and RTÉ News channel.

On RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta An tSeachtain le Máirín Ní Ghadhra will be live from Belfast from 10.30am until 1pm on Saturday, and from 10 am on Sunday. Panelists will include Fergus Ó hÍr, Ciarán Mac Giolla Bhéin, Clíona Ní Chorráin, Somhairle Mac Uidhir, Gearóid Ó Muilleoir, Somhairle Mac Uidhir, Jake Mac Siacais and Mícheál Mac Giolla Ghunna.

On Sunday, as the results are known, RTÉ Radio 1’s This Week programme will examine the new political landscape in Northern Ireland with presenters Gavin Jennings in Belfast and Carole Coleman in Dublin.

Nuacht RTÉ/TG4  will have have detailed election coverage on bulletins on RTÉ One, RTÉ News channel, TG4 and online with a count update tracker on the RTÉ News app / Nuacht tab, updates on social media, and full coverage of all results and reaction from Northern Ireland. Nuacht TG4 will be broadcasting live from Belfast on Friday the 6th May, from 7-8pm, presented by Eimear Ní Chonaola, with live results, updates and analysis.


RTÉ Appoints Alan Tyler as Group Head of Entertainment and Music

RTÉ has appointed Alan Tyler as Group Head of Entertainment and Music, following an external competition. Alan is a highly successful senior creative leader with over 20 years’ experience in the BBC and the independent sector.

Across entertainment, comedy and events Alan has built an extensive CV in development, production, commissioning and management, in a variety of leadership roles in both the independent sector and at the BBC. He was Executive Editor, and latterly Acting Controller, of Entertainment commissioning at the BBC, with responsibility for a huge range of award winning shows across channels. These included ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, ‘Michael McIntyre’s Big Show’, ‘All Round To Mrs Brown’s’, ‘Live at The Apollo’, ‘Comic Relief’ and ‘The Mobo Awards’ amongst many others. Most recently he has been developing and exec producing projects both through his own company, North by NorthNorth Media, and with other independent production companies.

Alan will take up the role as Group Head of Entertainment and Music this month and will have overall responsibility for the development of RTÉ’s entertainment and music genre. He will work closely with the Director of Content and Deputy Director of Content and in partnership with the independent production sector, commissioning content across the genre.

RTÉ Director of Content, Jim Jennings said, “Entertainment and music create powerful connections with our audience and RTÉ is committed to delivering the very best of both. Alan has the vision, a really strong record of creative leadership and great industry experience that I’m sure will enhance our output and deliver on our ongoing ambition to serve audiences with the very best Irish entertainment and music”.

Alan Tyler, RTÉ Group Head of Entertainment and Music said, “RTÉ is an exceptional broadcaster, with an enviable portfolio of talent, content and channels. It is a privilege to be joining the team, especially at a moment when we are set to drive a search for a whole new generation of original content for our audiences. I truly believe that ambitious Entertainment and music formats can play a key role in building an unbreakable bond with both viewers and listeners. I am incredibly excited about the opportunity that brings to the creative sector and I cannot wait to get started”.


Cruinniú na nÓg 2022 – a day of free creative activity for young people

Cruinniú na nÓg 2022: Saturday, 11th June 2022

  • More than 450 free creative events for young people throughout the country
  • Eight live music stages with performances livestreamed on dedicated TV channel
  • 12 pop up dance performances
  • Youth Theatre Ireland to host introductory theatre workshops nationwide
  • 5,000 juggling balls distributed nationwide, with four circus workshops in Tipperary, Cork, Dublin and Galway
  • Four historic houses to host free Cruinniú na nÓg activities

Catherine Martin TD, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, has today announced details of Cruinniú na nÓg 2022, a day of free creative activity for young people. Cruinniú na nÓg 2022 is a collaboration between the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, the Creative Ireland Programme, local authorities and RTÉ and is the only event of its kind in the world.

At the launch of Cruinniú na nÓg 2022 at Killruddery House and Gardens in County Wicklow, Minister Martin said: “Since 2018, Cruinniú na nÓg has become a key date in Ireland’s cultural calendar. It has provided wonderful opportunities for Ireland’s 1.2 million children and young people to try something new like circus skills, animation, perform at live music gigs, explore contemporary dance, showcase new work through youth theatre and so much more. All events are free.

“This year we are delighted that most of the events will be live and in person. Alongside the events planned by our strategic partners – Dance Ireland, Garageland, Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network (ISACS), Nenagh Children’s Film Festival, Youth Theatre Ireland and the Historic Houses of Ireland – we have more than 450 events programmed by local authorities in venues around the country. We are so thrilled that the restrictions of the last two years are behind us and that this year everyone can join together to be creative, express themselves and have fun.”

The Creative Ireland Programme and its strategic partners have developed a number of creative projects, all planned to go live on Saturday 11th June 2022.

These include:

Pop-Up Dance is a Dance Ireland project which aims to connect with young people who want to dance. There will be twelve pop-up performances around the country, developed by local youth dance companies to reflect their own communities and experiences.

Garageland is back! And this year they are going live with concerts in Dublin, Meath, Donegal, Waterford, Tipperary, Kerry, Wicklow, Cavan and Monaghan. Running alongside these live concerts will be Galaxyz, a dedicated online TV channel which will live stream the concerts, screen pre-recorded performances and host industry chats.

Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network (ISACS) will host open days for young people who want to try their hand at circus skills and street spectacle at their dedicated venues in Cloughjordan, Cork, Dublin and Galway. For those that can’t be there on the day, there will be a full range of online tutorials available and 5,000 juggling balls will be given away so that young people can develop their circus skills at home.

Historic Houses of Ireland will bring the excitement of Cruinniu na nÓg 2022 to four of their gorgeous properties. Activities will include aerial acrobatics at Killruddery House and Gardens in Wicklow and a forest school a Kilmokea House in Wexford. Birr Castle will focus on astronomy and biodiversity and Enniscoe in Mayo will have a full programme of events in their historic gardens.

Nenagh Children’s Film Festival: This year the festival will run June 10th – June 12th with Crúinniu na nÓg at the heart of it. In an exciting development, the festival will collaborate with Foróige, Digital Animation Production TUS and the National Talent Academy for Animation to encourage young people to create and participate. Highlights will include screenings of a commissioned animation dedicated to young audiences and 10 film shorts created in participating schools.

Youth Theatre Ireland will host introductory theatre workshops throughout the country.

This is Art 2022. Creative Ireland and RTÉ’s wonderful art competition for young people has returned, and the winning entries will be announced on 11th June 2022. The deadline for entries is 12th May 2022.

TG4 with support from the Gaeltacht division of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, will produce Cruthaím 33 which will champion the talents of 33 children and young people from every county in the country as well as a representative of our young diaspora. Also included in the programme will be 4 films made by transition year students from Gaelscoileanna around the country.

Cruinniú na nÓg 2022 Ambassadors.

This year, Creative Ireland have asked six wonderful young people to represent Cruinniú na nOg 2022 to inspire others with their creative energy and skills.

Faith Leigh Bomah from Letterkenny boasts creativity by the bucket-load! This talented ten-year-old is never happier than when she’s immersed in two of her favourite creative hobbies: fashion design and upcycling.

The Barceló Brothers. Part of a music-making Galway family, multi-instrumentalist Gaeilgeoirí Séamus (15) and Míchéal (12) are born entertainers! Despite their youth, the pair are seasoned pros having performed with their dad Miquel at home and abroad since they were very young.

Millie Sheppard (12) and Anouk Baldin-Merer (14) have been members of the Cloughjordan Circus Club since they were just eight years old where they have learnt everything from juggling to unicycling and rola bola to acro dance.

Luke Melvin (17) is the lead guitarist and backing vocalist of INSUBS. Luke first started playing five years ago after saving his confirmation money to buy an electric guitar and start some lessons. “It feels very natural to me when I play guitar, it has become like second nature.”

For a full listing of all activities and information on how to join in for Cruinniú na nÓg – please go to www.cruinniu.creativeireland.gov.ie and www.rte.ie.


RTÉ Announces Broadcast Date for Conversations with Friends

RTÉ ANNOUNCES ITS BROADCAST DATE FOR THE HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED ELEMENT PICTURES / LENNY ABRAHAMSON SERIES, CONVERSATIONS WITH FRIENDS  STARTS 18 May on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player, the Home of Great Local Drama WATCH our promo here

RTÉ has announced that the highly-anticipated drama series Conversation with Friends, from the producers of global hit Normal People, will come to RTÉ One and RTÉ Player on Wednesday 18 May at 9.35pm. 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.Directed by Lenny Abrahamson (Room, The Little Stranger, Frank) and Leanne Welham (Pili, His Dark Materials), produced by Element Pictures (Normal People, Room, The Favourite) and adapted from Sally Rooney’s debut novel, the series stars emerging talent Alison Oliver, alongside Sasha Lane (American HoneyThe Miseducation Of Cameron Post), Joe Alwyn (The FavouriteBilly Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk) and Jemima Kirke (Sex EducationGirls).

Executive producers are Ed Guiney (Normal PeopleThe FavouriteRoomThe Lobster), Emma Norton (Normal PeopleRosieThe Souvenir: Part II) and Andrew Lowe (Normal PeopleThe Favourite) for Element Pictures, Rose Garnett (Normal PeopleThe FavouriteThe Souvenir) and Tommy Bulfin (Normal PeopleLine of DutyPeaky Blinders) for the BBC and Lenny Abrahamson. Catherine Magee (Normal PeopleResistanceRebellion) is series producer and Jeanie Igoe (RamyMiss JuneteenthThe Green Knight) is producer. Alice Birch (Normal PeopleSuccessionLady Macbeth), Mark O’Halloran (Rialto), Meadhbh McHugh (Asking For It) and Susan Soon He Stanton (Succession) have adapted the novel for TV. The 12 part drama commissioned by BBC in partnership with Hulu was made in association with RTÉ. It is co-financed by Northern Ireland Screen. Filming took place in Dublin and Belfast and Croatia. RTÉ Director of Broadcast and Co-Productions Dermot Horan said: ‘RTÉ is delighted to be working with Element Pictures again on Conversations with Friends. Sally Rooney’s novels have really resonated with Irish readers and there is great expectation that this adaptation will do the same for both RTÉ Television and RTÉ Player viewers’. RTÉ, the home of great local drama, will air the series over six weeks, with two episodes each Wednesday night, from 18 May on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player.


Winner of RTÉ Eye On Nature Wildlife Photography Competition announced Live on Today on RTÉ One

Winner announced in the RTÉ Eye on Nature Photography Competition  

Red Squirrel (Iora rua, Sciurus vulgaris) – Jimmy Mc Donnell, Co. Wicklow 

Online gallery of finalists and runners up: rte.ie/eyeonnature

A strikingly beautiful image of a Red Squirrel (Iora rua, Sciurus vulgaris) taken by Jimmy Mc Donnell from Newcastle Co. Wicklow has just been announced as the overall winner in the RTÉ Eye On Nature wildlife photography competition.

RTÉ and the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland with the Office of Public Works launched this year’s competition in January 2022 on Mooney Goes Wild on RTÉ Radio 1 and Today on RTÉ One. RTÉ Presenter Derek Mooney, was in the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, Dublin to announce the overall winner.

Earlier today all 12 finalists in the competition gathered at the National Botanic Gardens where they got to see their large-scale images displayed.  Throughout the Today show on RTÉ One this afternoon, Derek spoke with each finalist about their image and how they captured it.

The judging panel were Dr Matthew Jebb (Director, National Botanic Gardens), Anne Sommerfield (award-winning filmmaker) and Mike Brown (award-winning wildlife photographer.) This competition celebrates the flora and fauna of our island. It received an overwhelming response with more than 3,000 entries.

The judges narrowed 100 photos down to the final 12 images before selecting the overall winning image. All these photographs represent the rich natural heritage that Ireland has to offer, showcasing our island’s biodiversity.

After a difficult selection process, the judges selected Jimmy’s image as the overall winner as ‘it is the perfect combination of art and technique.  Technically it is very well taken but has an artistic feel to it. Almost a painterly quality.’

Dr. Matthew Jebb, Director, National Botanic Gardens said “It’s the pose.  There is a lot of character in that squirrel, and the beautiful colours,  It’s sharp, it’s well composed.  it’s got everything that a good photo needs.”

After he was announced as the winning photographer Jimmy Mc Donnell said: ” I’m delighted. I’ve had a wonderful day and it’s been fantastic chatting to all of the other photographers.  I’m just over the moon.  It’s the first competition I’ve ever entered so I’m thrilled to bits.

Jimmy continued to tell Derek that he took his image “in a woodland close to home, on a cool April morning and I really have to thank the red squirrel for striking that pose because it’s all about the pose and the lovely light in the background.”

Jimmy was presented with the RTÉ Eye on Nature trophy and a prize of €1,000.

An online gallery featuring the 12 finalists’ photographs along with a further eight runner-up images was launched last week at rte.ie/eyeonnature 

The 12 finalists images will be displayed in Glasnevin until June 5th.  It will then move to Dublin Castle, where along with all 12 of this year’s finalist images, the final 12 images in the 2021 competition will also be displayed. In the coming months, the exhibition will travel to other Office of Public Works sites across the country including Portumna Castle and Athenry Castle.

For more see rte.ie/eyeonnature

Notes:

12 Finalists – 

  • **Winner ** Red squirrel (Iora rua, Sciurus vulgaris) – Jimmy Mc Donnell, Newcastle Co. Wicklow
  • Badger (Broc, Meles meles) – Tristan Bane, Ards Peninsula, Co. Down. (originally from Belturbet Co Cavan) – made the final 12 in 2021 competition also.
  • Red squirrel (Iora rua, Sciurus vulgaris) – Declan Roche, from Wexford. Photo taken at Ballyfin, Co. Laois
  • Multiple mating frogs (Loscán, Rana temporaria) – Paddy Tubbritt, Avondale, Waterford City
  • Red Stag (Fia rua, Cervus elaphus) – Peter O’Toole, Killarney National Park, Co. Kerry
  • Mute Swan (Eala bhalbh, Cygnus olor) – Sue Butler, Bushy Park Dublin
  • Two Red squirrels (Iora rua, Sciurus vulgaris) – Michael Allen, Kildanogue Woods, Co. Tipperary
  • Black-headed Gulls (Sléibhín, Larus ridibundus) – Davor Goll, Poppintree Park, Dublin
  • Cormorant with brown trout (Broigheall, Phalacrocorax carbo; Eascann, Anquilla anquilla) – Philip Duke, River Dodder, Rathfarnham, Dublin
  • Hare (Giorria, Lepus timidus) – Stephen Dunbar, Glenwherry, Co. Antrim
  • Red stag (Fia rua, Cervus elaphus) – Karol Waszkiewicz, from Tralee. Photo taken Lough Leane, Killarney National Park, Co. Kerry
  • Fox (Sionnach, Vulpes vulpes) – Michael Crowley, Fermoy, Co. Cork

Merit Board Runners-up – 

  • Puffin (Puifín, Fratercula arctica) – Christine Taylor, Great Saltee Island, Co. Wexford
  • Bar-tailed godwit (Guilbneach stríocearrach, Limosa lapponica) – John Murphy, Carne, Co. Wexford
  • Damselfly (Béchuil, Pyrrhosoma nymphula) – Robbie O’ Leary, National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh, Co. Wicklow
  • Rock Pipit (Riabhóg Chladaigh, Anthus petrosus) – Gerry Butler, Great Saltee Island, Co. Wexford
  • Pine Marten (Cat Crainn, Martes martes) – David O’ Brien, Ballyfin, Co. Laois
  • Two starlings (Druid, Sturnus vulgaris) – Derek Griffin, Portarlington, Co. Laois
  • Little Grebe (Spágaire tonn, Tachybaptus ruficollis) – Philip Evans, Lough Corrib, Knockferry, Co. Galway
  • Black-headed Gull (Sléibhín, Larus ridibundus) – Allan Lynch, Rossmore Pier, Co. Galway

Celebrating spring | The Celtic Dawn Chorus is live on your radio this May Bank Holiday Sunday

RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ Lyric fm celebrate our natural world this May Bank Holiday weekend with its annual live broadcast of the Dawn Chorus.

Live from BirdWatch Ireland’s Cuskinny Marsh Nature Reserve in County Cork, Derek Mooney will present a celebration of birdsong with Niall Hatch, Jim Wilson, Éanna Ní Lamhna and Terry Flanagan, plus expert contributors from across the Celtic nations of Europe.

RTÉ Radio 1 and Lyric fm have teamed up with their counterparts in Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland, the Isle of Man and Cornwall for this simulcast in the early hours of Sunday 1st May.

Executive producer/presenter of the Dawn Chorus, Derek Mooney said: “The dawn chorus is the highlight of my year, professionally and personally. I absolutely love it and I find the whole experience refreshing. I always eagerly look forward to hearing the first song of the morning. In Cuskinny Marsh Nature Reserve, where we’ve done our live broadcast for many years now, that first singer is usually the Blackbird, typically followed closely by the Robin and then Wren. No two dawn choruses are the same, however. It really all depends on where you are in the country and which species happen to be close to you.” 

He added: “People ask me if I’m excited to hear the birds singing during the programme. I always tell them that I’m more relieved than excited! This programme is literally broadcast around the globe, live, and it would be pretty awkward to say the least if our dawn chorus didn’t feature any birds. Thankfully that’s never happened. Regardless of the weather conditions on the morning, they always come through for us.” 

Programming starts at midnight in the lead up to the Dawn Chorus live event with a special edition of Mooney Goes Wild entitled “What is a bird?”, in which Derek and his panel discuss the characteristics, behaviours and unique adaptations that set birds apart from all other animals. As part of the schedule, Terry Flanagan also presents a brand-new special episode dedicated to the Great Spotted Woodpecker, one of Ireland’s most recent avian colonists.

Continuing the build-up, RTÉ Lyric fm’s Aedín Gormley delves into the music library to reflect on how composers and songwriters have been inspired by birds and bird song through the ages for Lyrical Bird Song. And Dr. Paddy Glackin (TG4 Gradam Ceoil Musician of the Year 2022) and Dónal Lunny celebrate the wonders of nature through music and song in Celtic Fusion, in the company of some of the Celtic nations’ most notable traditional and folk performers.

The Celtic Dawn Chorus will be live from 4am to 7am on Sunday 1st May, broadcast simultaneously on RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ Lyric FM, BBC Radio Foyle, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cornwall and BBC Radio Scotland. And from 4am to 6am on BBC Radio Ulster.

Notes:

Dawn Chorus schedule – Sunday 1st May 2022  

0000-0100: What is a bird?

In this special edition of Mooney Goes Wild, Derek Mooney and his panel discuss the characteristics, behaviours and unique adaptations that set birds apart from all other animals.

0100-0200: RTÉ Lyric fm – Lyrical Bird Song Imitating the sounds of nature is a time-honoured practice among classical composers. From the Renaissance to today, many have been inspired by the many different sounds of sounds of chirping and tweeting which they have brought into their compositions capturing the sweet sounds of many birds. Aedín Gormley delves into the RTE Lyric fm music library to reflect on how composers and songwriters have been inspired by birds and bird song through the ages.

0200-0300: Celtic Fusion

Dr. Paddy Glackin, the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Musician of the Year 2022 and Dónal Lunny celebrate the wonders of nature through music and song with some of the Celtic nations’ most notable traditional and folk performers.

0300-0345: The Great Spotted Woodpecker

Terry Flanagan presents a special Mooney Goes Wild documentary about the Great Spotted Woodpecker, one of the newest and most interesting additions to the list of Irish breeding birds. Formerly absent from Ireland, a handful of these charismatic black-and-white birds flew across the Irish Sea from Britain roughly 15 years ago. Since then, the species has slowly but surely increased in number and expanded its range, to the point where its distinctive ‘drumming’ sound is becoming a feature of the Irish dawn chorus.

0345-0400: live from Cuskinny Marsh Nature Reserve, Derek Mooney, Niall Hatch and Jim Wilson look ahead to the annual broadcast of the dawn chorus.

0400-0700: The Celtic Dawn Chorus

Live from BirdWatch Ireland’s Cuskinny Marsh Nature Reserve in Co. Cork, a celebration of birdsong presented by Derek Mooney, with Niall Hatch, Jim Wilson, Éanna Ní Lamhna andTerry Flanagan, plus expert contributors from across the Celtic nations of Europe.

This is a simulcast with RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ Lyric fm, BBC Radio Ulster + BBC Radio Foyle, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cornwall and BBC Radio Scotland.


BRAND NEW | RTÉ Keep It Up | Starts May 3rd On RTÉ2 And RTÉ Player

RTÉ Keep it Up commences from Tuesday 3rd May and Thursday, at 17:00 RTÉ2 & RTÉ Player and will air Tuesday and Thursday for three consecutive weeks.

In this 6-part docu-series, basketball star and Ireland’s favourite P.E. teacher Emer O’Neill’s theory is put to the test as she brings together 9 teenage girls who have either given up sport or never played. The results are explosive. The girls will have their say and even with all opportunities, will they Keep it Up?

We follow the teenagers on their journeys both individually and as a group as they explore the complex relationships many young girls have with sport. Over half of girls participating in sports in Ireland, drop out by the time they are 14. Puberty, bullying, crop tops, cliques, team sport versus singular sports, smelly dressing rooms, spray tans, everything is discussed. This series will follow this group of teenagers as they re-engage with Sport to see if they can Keep it Up. We follow their success and their failures over the course of an intense two week period as they prepare to take on a “proper” basketball team in the National Basketetball Arena. Will they be humiliated? Will these strangers gel on and off the court?

But more importantly, will they have fun?

In 2018: 50,141 people attended the Ladies All- Ireland football final, making it one of the highest attended female sporting events in the world. A wonderful achievement highlighting the appetite for female sport and yet there is a problem at the root of female sports in the country – participation numbers once girls reach adolescence, are abysmal.

Studies have shown that over half of girls drop out of sport by the time they reach 14 and they are three times more likely to quit than boys. These statistics aren’t just alarming in terms of our nation’s girls’ physical well-being but also in terms of their mental well-being.

Two-thirds of girls in Ireland experience peer pressure every day, often about their appearance, and we all know the damage that peer pressure can cause. Girls who keep up participation in sports are not only healthier but they have higher levels of body confidence and report higher rates of positive mental wellbeing.

In this series, which is shot, directed, and fully crewed by an all-female crew, we’ll hear from them first-hand why they gave up sport and learn some of the pressure that Ireland’s young women are faced with today, and we’ll follow them as they re-start their journey back to sports.

We’ll be there for the training sessions, from the first day to the last and be there for candid home interviews about how they are finding it as we follow them throughout the process. We’ll see the ups; the downs, the joys, the camaraderie and bonds that team sports can create.

All the while the girls will be centre-stage, it is their story we are telling and their journey we are sharing in. They will hopefully be the inspiration for others to follow, but nothing will be

sugar-coated. We’ll see how tough it can be: research shows that 71% of girls feel they are more likely to give up because they are not as encouraged as much as their male counterparts.

To help keep spirits high, when times get tough we have our experts on-hand including:

· Valerie Mulchay: LGFA player for Cork

· Stephanie Roche: Footballer (remember that goal!)

· Sena Naoupu: Rugby Ireland and Leinster

· The 1974 Offaly women’s teams who played in the first-ever women’s All-Ireland final in borrowed boots and jerseys from their brothers

· Nora Stapleton of Sports Ireland, women in sports lead and former international rugby player

· Maire Treasa Ní Cheallaigh Spórt Psychologist

· Bríd Ryan of Queen Bee Athletics and former rowing international

The series is humorous, empathetic, and fun as we embark on this journey with them. It is full of heart and compassion and aspirations in its hopes that we can shift our perceptions about women’s sports and help to get girls to re-engage with sports again and to keep it up.

But if they don’t have fun while doing it, what is the point?

Episode One: Tuesday 3rd May, 17:00, RTÉ2

Coach Emer O’Neill brings together a group of 9 teenage girls who have either dropped out of sport or never played. Who are they, how do they feel about sport and what are they scared of? Why do teenage girls give up sport when they turn 13? They talk body image, fun, fears and feelings as they prepare to rewrite the script.

Episode Two: Thursday 5th May, 17:00, RTÉ2 We follow the journeys of our 9 girls as they discuss, scrutinise and attempt different sports. The group are joined by Cork footballer Valerie Mulcahy as they go in search of answers – what can sport do for us? We also learn about pushing yourself to your limits as the girls try boxing and abseiling.


RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival returns after two-year break

PLAYERS FROM CORK, DUBLIN, WATERFORD, WEXFORD, DONEGAL AND KILDARE ARE SET TO COMPETE IN AN ALL-IRELAND WITH A DIFFERENCE

RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival returns after two-year break

Pictured: Sam Atwell, RTÉ’s Drama Executive, speaks at launch of the 70th RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, today.

Drama groups from around the country gathered today to attend the launch of the RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. It is the 70th year of the Athlone-based festival, and the first festival since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Set to get underway on Thursday, May 5, and running until Friday May 13 with the presentation of the final awards on Saturday May 14, the qualifying circuit comprised 33 drama festivals this year across the island of Ireland, with groups vying for a place in the All-Ireland decider. Finalists will compete on stage in Athlone, as drama groups from Cork, Dublin, Waterford, Wexford, Donegal and Kildare assemble before the footlights of the Dean Crowe Theatre.

Regina Bushell, Festival Director, said: “The RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival Committee is looking forward to welcoming back festival audiences to the refurbished Dean Crowe Theatre in Athlone, where they can meet up with old friends, make new friends and come together once again experience the magic of live theatre. In addition to the usual challenges of competing in festivals around the country, drama groups had to contend with Covid regulations when rehearsing and presenting their plays – some even braving the elements during outdoor rehearsals! At this year’s festival, theatre goers are in for a feast of drama, from two handers (including two from the same playwright) to a brand-new Irish play, as well as a re-imagined classic myth.”

Mark O’Brien, Executive Director / Co-Director, Abbey Theatre said: “It is a great privilege to host the launch of the RTE All Ireland Drama Festival at Ireland’s national theatre and continue the Abbey’s relationship to this festival and, through it, to the breadth of wonderful Irish amateur dramatic groups. The need for us as society to gather and share our stories was never more important than in these times of great change. The passion, dedication and camaraderie of the people involved in groups up and down the country is one of our nation’s greatest assets.”

The 2022 Festival will take place at the Dean Crowe Theatre, Athlone from Thursday May 5th, to Friday, May 13th, inclusive. Performances commence nightly at 8pm. The nine-day Festival, which is held under the auspices of the Amateur Drama Council of Ireland, showcases the very best of Irish amateur theatre and attracts hundreds of visitors from across the country to the Midlands every year.

Dee Forbes, Director-General, RTÉ, said: “Each year RTÉ supports over 130 national and community arts events. The RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival is both of those things: it is a major national festival for amateur drama, born of the creativity of dozens and dozens of community drama groups all over the country. Throughout the pandemic, that close-knit national community stayed united virtually and will now unite again, in person and in character, in Athlone. With the RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival, we are proud to foster creativity and acting talent through drama, and to bring the excitement and tension of this unique festival to audiences all over Ireland, through the partnership with RTÉ lyric fm, through RTÉ.ie and our social channels, and through RTÉ Radio 1. We are delighted this year to produce yet another ambitious radio and television campaign that gets to the heart of what make this festival so enduring: the power of drama, of the individual, and of the collective, and the resilience to start again after two challenging years when the houselights were dark.”

This year’s finalists are:

· Palace Players, Co. Cork, who will present ‘Chapatti’ by Christian O’Reilly, a poignant exploration of the importance of human companionship.

· Kilmeen Drama Group, Co. Cork, who will present Tom Murphy’s ‘Conversations on a Homecoming’ which takes us on a journey of self-discovery as friends gather after an absence of 10 years.

· Bunclody-Kilmyshall Drama Group, Co. Wexford, who will perform another Christian O’Reilly play ‘The Good Father’ on 7 May. The play reveals an unlikely love story following the unexpected consequences of a one night stand.

· Ballyduff Drama Group, Co.Waterford, who will perform the moving ‘Rabbit Hole’ a Pulitzer Prize winning play by David Lindsay-Abaire which tells the story of a married couple, grieving the loss of their young son in a car accident.

· Butt Drama Circle, Co. Donegal, who present a brand-new play ‘An Incident with Dave Cotter’ on May 9. Set against the background of the events of Bloody Sunday, it was written and directed by actor, Shaun Byrne, a member of the award-winning group.

· Prosperous Dramatic Society, Co. Kildare, return to the festival to present the chaotic and at times savage comedy ‘God of Carnage’ by Yasmina Reza on 10 May.

· Kilrush Drama Group, from Co. Wexford, will present the Edinburgh Fringe First Award winning ‘Class’ by Iseult Golden & David Horan on 11 May, an explosive triple confrontation which is both funny and heart-breaking.

· Ballyshannon Drama Society, from Co. Donegal, will return to the festival to perform Arthur Miller’s first major work ‘All My Sons’ on 12 May, an emotional play which has several twists and turns.

· Dalkey Players, from Co. Dublin, will close the festival on 13 May. They will present ‘Eurydice’ by Sarah Ruhl, a re-imagination of the classic myth.

Tickets are on sale from 22 April and can be booked through the Dean Crowe website at http://www.deancrowetheatre.com/ or at the theatre box office, phone (090) 6492129.


RTÉ Eye on Nature Photography Competition – Finalists Announced

Pictured: Two starlings (Druid, Sturnus vulgaris), by Derek Griffin, Portarlington, Co. Laois (Merit Board Runner-up)

SEE: Online gallery of finalists and runners up: rte.ie/eyeonnature

RTÉ and the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland with the Office of Public Works present the final 12 chosen images in the Eye on Nature – Ireland’s national wildlife photography – competition.

An online gallery featuring the 12 finalists’ photographs along with a further eight runner-up images is launched today. Derek Mooney will be live in the RTÉ Cork studio with Maura Derrane and Dáithí Ó’ Sé this afternoon to talk about a selection of the finalists’ photos and he will give further details on the online gallery.

This year’s competition was launched in January 2022 on Mooney Goes Wild on RTÉ Radio 1 and Today on RTÉ One and celebrates the flora and fauna of our island. It received an overwhelming response with more than 3,000 entries.

The judging panel are Dr Matthew Jebb (Director, National Botanic Gardens), Anne Sommerfield (award-winning filmmaker) and Mike Brown (award-winning wildlife photographer.) They narrowed 100 photos down to the final 12 images. These photographs represent the rich natural heritage that Ireland has to offer, showcasing our island’s biodiversity.

Derek Mooney said: “Most of us only ever catch a fleeting glimpse of wildlife. The beauty of these twelve finalists’ photographs is that they enable us to enjoy that moment over and over.”

The 12 finalists and the three judges will be interviewed this Monday 25 April, on Mooney Goes Wild on RTÉ Radio 1. Find out how they got their perfect ‘shot’, the type of camera they used, the time of day they took the picture, and how much effort went into capturing the image of their chosen subject.

On next Wednesday’s Today show, 27 April, Derek Mooney will be in the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland along with the 12 finalists. Viewers will see the images displayed in the gardens. The winner will be announced live during that show and the winning photographer will be presented with the Eye on Nature trophy and a prize of €1,000.

In the coming months, the exhibition will travel to other Office of Public Works sites across the country.

Tune in to Today this afternoon to hear more about the online gallery of finalists and runners up. The overall winner of the photography competition will be announced on next Wednesday’s show.

For more see rte.ie/eyeonnature

The 12 Finalists

  • Red squirrel (Lora rua, Sciurus vulgaris) – Jimmy Mc Donnell, Newcastle Co. Wicklow
  • Badger (Broc, Meles meles) – Tristan Bane, Ards Peninsula, Co. Down. (originally from Belturbet Co Cavan) – made the final 12 in 2021 competition also.
  • Red squirrel (Lora rua, Sciurus vulgaris) – Declan Roche, Ballyfin, Co. Laois (from Wexford)
  • Multiple mating frogs (Loscán, Rana temporaria) – Paddy Tubbritt, Avondale, Waterford City
  • Red Stag (Fia rua, Cervus elaphus) – Peter O’Toole, Killarney National Park, Co. Kerry
  • Mute Swan (Eala bhalbh, Cygnus olor) – Sue Butler, Bushy Park Dublin
  • Two Red squirrels (Lora rua, Sciurus vulgaris) – Michael Allen, Kildanogue Woods, Co. Tipperary
  • Black-headed Gulls (Sléibhín, Larus ridibundus) – Davor Goll, Poppintree Park, Dublin
  • Cormorant with brown trout (Broigheall, Phalacrocorax carbo; Eascann, Anquilla anquilla) – Philip Duke, River Dodder, Rathfarnham, Dublin
  • Hare (Giorria, Lepus timidus) – Stephen Dunbar, Glenwherry, Co. Antrim
  • Red stag (Fia rua, Cervus elaphus) – Karol Waszkiewicz, Lough Leane, Killarney National Park, Co. Kerry
  • Fox (Sionnach, Vulpes vulpes) – Michael Crowley, Fermoy, Co. Cork

Merit Board Runners-up

  • Puffin (Puifín, Fratercula arctica) – Christine Taylor, Great Saltee Island, Co. Wexford
  • Bar-tailed godwit (Guilbneach stríocearrach, Limosa lapponica) – John Murphy, Carne, Co. Wexford
  • Damselfly (Béchuil, Pyrrhosoma nymphula) – Robbie O’ Leary, National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh, Co. Wicklow
  • Rock Pipit (Riabhóg Chladaigh, Anthus petrosus) – Gerry Butler, Great Saltee Island, Co. Wexford
  • Pine Marten (Cat Crainn, Martes martes) – David O’ Brien, Ballyfin, Co. Laois
  • Two starlings (Druid, Sturnus vulgaris) – Derek Griffin, Portarlington, Co. Laois
  • Little Grebe (Spágaire tonn, Tachybaptus ruficollis) – Philip Evans, Lough Corrib, Knockferry, Co. Galway
  • Black-headed Gull (Sléibhín, Larus ridibundus) – Allan Lynch, Rossmore Pier, Co. Galway

RTÉ Concert Orchestra May and June 2022: Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Cork 

>>>Deliverance 

As part of New Music Dublin | Sunday 1 May, 7.30pm | National Concert Hall 

RTÉ Concert Orchestra | Gavin Maloney conductor | Michael McHale piano 

​Garrett Sholdice Prelude No. 12 – world premiere

Stephen Gardner Deliverance – world premiere

Ailís Ní Ríain Flower Scar Road – world premiere

Andrew Synnott Waiting for Elvira – live premiere

​‘… and with one bound, they were free!’ 

​The orchestral premieres in tonight’s concert were conceived and commissioned either before or during lockdown, and all have waited, patiently, until they could be let free tonight! They test the virtuosity of the orchestra – the ability of this astonishing musical creature, made of so many different people, to think as though with one mind, and to move as one, and yet retain their individuality and self-expression.

​Before we let the orchestral works out in to the world we suspend time for the simple, haunting single line of Garrett Sholdice’s Piano Prelude No. 12, played by Michael McHale, before he launches into Andrew Synnott’s sparkling Waiting for Elvira with the orchestra.

​Four wonderful Irish compositional voices – radical and complex in their own ways – expressing and releasing their own lockdown thoughts and feelings.

Tickets €12 | Booking: 01 417 0000/www.nch.ie | As part of New Music Dublin 2022

>>>May the Fourth Be With You 

Wednesday 4 May, 8pm | National Concert Hall

RTÉ Concert Orchestra | Stephen Bell conductor | Aedín Gormley presenter 

The RTÉ Concert Orchestra under its Principal Guest Conductor Stephen Bell presents an epic Star Wars night featuring music from every single one of the films right up to The Rise of Skywalker. This remarkable achievement by John Williams spanning five decades makes for a suitable salute in this, his 90th birthday year. Aedín Gormley of RTÉ lyric fm will introduce classic themes including Flag Parade, Duel of the Fates, Across the Stars, Princess Leia’s Theme, the Imperial March, Yoda’s Theme, Rey’s Theme and The Throne Room. The force is strong with this one!

Tickets: €15–€42.50 | Booking: 01 417 0000/www.nch.ie | Presented by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra

>>>A Woman’s Heart Orchestrated 

Sunday 8 May, 8pm | Bord Gáis Energy Theatre 

RTÉ Concert Orchestra | Gavin Murphy conductor 

It’s one of the most successful Irish albums of all time, selling more than 750,000 copies in Ireland alone, and was a huge success as a series of live concerts in 2020. Get ready for a very special event as Eleanor McEvoy, Maura O’Connell and Wallis Bird come together again to perform this iconic album live.

Tickets from €49.50 from www.ticketmaster.ie | Presented by Singular Artists and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra

 >>>CELLISSIMO Concerto Gala 

Wednesday 11 May, 8pm | Leisureland, Galway

RTÉ Concert Orchestra | David Brophy conductor | Naomi Berrill cello | Adrian Mantu cello | Jakob Koranyi cello | Laura van der Heijden cello 

Bill Whelan Fragments

Gerald Barry Cello Concerto – world premiere

Julia Wolfe Wind in My Hair – Irish premiere

Edward Elgar Cello Concerto

Three cello concertos in one concert! Music for Galway’s CELLISSIMO Concerto Gala, a legacy event from MfG’s Galway 2020 programme, presents the RTÉ Concert Orchestra conducted by David Brophy in concert with three international cello soloists, performing three very different works.

‘We could not be more excited about this concert,’ says Finghin Collins, Artistic Director of CELLISSIMO. ‘Ever since witnessing the premiere of Julia Wolfe’s Wind in My Hair in October 2018, we have been eagerly awaiting this moment. What a treat to have Leisureland finally come alive to the sound of the cello and orchestra! We are preparing for CELLISSIMO 2024 and this will give Galway audiences the chance to hear the magic of this instrument in its full glory.’

Before all that, this extraordinary evening opens with Co. Galway native and Florence resident Naomi Berrill’s performance of a further MfG CELLISSIMO commission, Bill Whelan’s Fragments for solo cello and voice.

The RTÉ Concert Orchestra will then perform with the three cello soloists for the three-concerto bonanza. MfG has co-commissioned two new cello concertos with the Cello Biennale Amsterdam. The first, Julia Wolfe’s Wind in my Hair, received its premiere at the CBA 2018 and we are proud to present its second performance as part of CELLISSIMO. Swedish star cellist Jakob Koranyi, an avid campaigner for the environment, is travelling green from Sweden to Galway in order to perform this piece.  Gerald Barry’s Cello Concerto receives its world premiere at this concert featuring Galway’s own Adrian Mantu. This work will have a second performance at the CBA in the future. BBC Young Musician Competition winner Laura van der Heijden finishes off this remarkable concert with the Elgar Cello Concerto, a favourite in the repertoire.

Tickets: €25 / €22.50 | Students (full-time) €10 | MfG Friends €21

Booking: www.musicforgalway.ie / 091 705962

Presented by Music for Galway and Galway 2020 in association with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, and with support from KPMG

>>>The RTÉ Concert Orchestra Celebrates Emily Dickinson   

Wednesday 25 May, 8pm | National Concert Hall 

Gavin Maloney conductor | Featuring Stephen Rea, Naomi Louisa O’Connell, Susannah de Wrixon and Ryan O’Shaughnessy

Victoria Kennefick presenter

Brian Connor Artistic Associate

The legacy of Emily Dickinson’s poetry and the music it inspired is explored in a performance by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and special guests. With readings and performances by Stephen Rea, Naomi Louisa O’Connell, Susannah de Wrixon and Ryan O’Shaughnessy, all presented by one of Ireland’s most exciting and vibrant poets Victoria Kennefick.

Music includes Ronald Perera’s Five Summer Songs on Poems of Emily Dickinson, Billie Eilish’s ‘Bury a Friend’, Damien Rice’s ‘It Takes a Lot to Know a Man’,‘Because I Could Not Stop for Death’ by Irish songwriter Susan McKeown, Carla Bruni’s ‘I Went To Heaven’ and ‘I Felt My Life With Both My Hands’ and music by Stephen Foster and John Cage. The RTÉ CO will also perform Copland’s Appalachian Spring.

Victoria Kennefick, recently nominated for the T.S. Eliot Prize, herself has a great devotion to Dickinson, offers contributions on Dickinson’s life, career and influence on modern culture.

Tickets: €15–€42.50 | Booking: 01 417 0000 / www.nch.ie | Presented by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra

>>>Seán Keane and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra 

Thursday 2 June, 8pm | National Concert Hall 

David Brophy conductor 

After a hugely successful concert together in 2018, Seán Keane, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and conductor David Brophy are coming together again for a very special night. Featuring a beautiful mix of new and old songs, originals and covers, including He Ain’t Heavy, Piper to the End and Angel, and gorgeous orchestral arrangements of Shenandoah, One More Hour, Lullaby and Nature’s Little Symphony.

Tickets: €15–€42.50 | Booking: 01 417 0000 / www.nch.ie | Presented by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra

>>>The RTÉ Concert Orchestra Celebrates The Beatles 

Saturday 18 June, 8pm | The Helix | RTÉ Concert Orchestra & special guests

David Brophy conductor 

As Paul McCartney turns 80, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, David Brophy and guests tip the hat with a very special Beatles night. From one of the most extraordinary of all songwriting catalogues, and one of the most iconic of all groups, enjoy a concert packed with classic songs. Eleanor Rigby, Yesterday, The Long and Winding Road, Hey Jude, Penny Lane, The Fool on the Hill, In My Life, All You Need is Love, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Strawberry Fields Forever, A Day in the Life and lots more.  The RTÉ CO has won rave reviews, awards and packed houses for its concerts celebrating great popular artists of our time including Leonard Cohen and David Bowie. Join them live as they add to this list of memorable nights with a salute to one of the all-time great musical partnerships.

Tickets: €15–€42.50 | Booking: 01 700 7000  / www.thehelix.ie | Presented by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra

>>>2FM Live with Jenny Greene and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra 

Live at the Docklands, Limerick, 3 June

Live at the Marquee, Cork, 24 June

Iveagh Gardens, Dublin, 30 June  

Starting out as a one-off performance in Rankins Wood at Electric Picnic 2016, the collaboration of 2FM’s Jenny Greene and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra went on to sell out festivals and venues across Ireland in the following years.

It is very much a project of nostalgia with reimagined dance classics played by a 48-piece live orchestra, featuring main vocalist Gemma Sugrue.

2FM’s Jenny Greene and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra conducted by Gavin Murphy will return to play Live at the Docklands, Limerick on 3 June, Live at the Marquee, Cork on 24 June and Iveagh Gardens, Dublin on 30 June.

This hugely successful collaboration with RTÉ 2FM and Jenny Greene won the IMRO Outstanding Achievement Award 2018.

3 June: Presented by Dolan’s

24 and 30 June: Presented by Aiken Promotions

Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie


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