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RTÉ News Announces John Kilraine as London Correspondent

RTÉ News is pleased to announce the appointment of John Kilraine as its new London Correspondent. John has held the role of Dublin Correspondent with RTÉ News for over 15 years, reporting in particular the capital’s homeless and housing crisis.He will be responsible for reporting across RTÉ News’ television, radio and digital platforms on political, social and economic affairs in London and the wider Great Britain.He joined RTÉ in 2003 as a journalist and reported extensively on the Mahon Tribunal including the final report. In addition to his role as Dublin Correspondent, he reported on the visit of President Michael D Higgins to Peru, Colombia and Cuba in 2017 as a video journalist.

John Kilraine who was born in London, is graduate of Trinity College Dublin with an honours degree in English and History and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism from Dublin City University. He has previously worked as a journalist for a number of media organisations including TV3, Sunday Independent, 98FM and The Irish Press.

Reacting to his appointment John Kilraine said: Ireland’s relationship with Britain is changing especially in the aftermath of Brexit but it remains our most important neighbour. It’s one of our biggest trading partners and the destination for the largest number of our emigrants. Then there are the many cultural and sporting links. This position is a big responsibility but is a great opportunity and I’m looking forward to it”.John will be commencing his new role in the coming weeks.


RTÉ News Awarded Global Journalism Trust Mark

RTÉ News has stepped up its commitment to trusted journalism and has become certified with the global Journalism Trust Initiative Mark.

The Journalism Trust Initiative was developed by Reporters Without Borders and aims to promote trustworthy journalism and news sources, helping in the battle against disinformation.

RTÉ News is one of a dozen media outlets leading the way globally as JTI certified media organisations, alongside the French national public service television broadcaster France TV, the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Approximately 100 media outlets worldwide are currently using the Journalism Trust Initiative at different levels of the process such as in Australia (ABC), Norway (NRK), Italy (RAI), Lithuania (LRT), Bulgaria (BNR), Spain (RTVE) and India (The Wire), along with international news agency AFP.

Jon Williams, Director of RTÉ News & Current Affairs explains: “The Journalism Trust Initiative aims to make it easier for audiences to identify trustworthy journalism by creating a common set of standards for news organisations around trust and transparency. A benchmark of quality and independence, awarded by independent auditors. In the same way that when you see the Q Mark Irish flag on a product, you know it’s been produced in Ireland, the JTI standard means you know you can trust a news organisation’s journalism.”

The Journalism Trust Initiative consists of three-stages; first the media outlet is invited to complete a self-assessment, which involves an internal check of conformity with Journalism Trust Initiative Standard. Next, the results of this self-assessment may be voluntarily disclosed to the public and published by the media outlet as a Trust Report . The final stage of the process is an external audit involving an independent evaluation by a licensed Certification Body. The media outlet is then certified and awarded a Journalism Trust Initiative Mark following the successful completion of all three stages.

The Journalism Trust Initiative is supported by the European Broadcasting Union, in collaboration with over 130 organizations and individuals representing the media industry, academia, regulatory and self-regulatory bodies, technology companies and the media development sector. It has been formally adopted by the National Standards Authority of Ireland.

About the JTI

CERTIFICATE: View The Journalism Trust Initiative Certificate for RTÉ News here.

REPORT: You can view the RTÉ News Trust Report here.

JTI: Information on the Journalism Trust Initiative is available here.

The most recent Reuters Digital News Report (Ireland) 2021 revealed RTÉ as the most trusted news source for Irish consumers, with 78% of respondents saying they trusted the service.


WINNER OF RTÉ ONE’S HOME OF THE YEAR 2022 REVEALED

Kate and Shane Byrne have lifted the coveted Home of the Year 2022 trophy for their 150-year-old farmhouse with modern extension in Co Wicklow.

The property has been in Shane’s family for decades but when they moved in, in 2018, they knocked through all the smaller rooms and added an extension to create an open plan living space with lots of natural light. The family love the sense of history in their home and that their son is the fourth generation of the Byrne family to grow up there and that, in time, it will be a place for his own family.

The eighth series of Home of the Year saw the three judges Hugh Wallace, Amanda Bone and Sara Cosgrove visit 21 homes across the country but chose Kate and Shane’s home as the ultimate winner.

Judge Hugh Wallace said: “Arriving up you knew there was something special and walking through the door I just loved the hall. The scale and size of the kitchen was terrific and that big dining room table was smashing! It was amazing because once you went through that door you could just feel the heartbeat of this spectacular home. There’s the intangible which is so important – that feeling when you walk around the home: of the family, the fun, the history, the memories that are in that home – that’s what makes a home for me.”

Judge Amanda Bone said: “I thoroughly enjoyed traveling the length and breadth of Ireland experiencing the different topography the island has to offer which very much inspired the design of a lot of the homes. The views in particular from some of the homes were astounding, providing a constant reminder of what a beautiful country we live in.  Seven homes made it through to the final but there were many more homes which truly deserved to be there. The winning home is a 19th century traditional farmhouse that has been refurbished and extended, this home is full of light, spacious, comfortable, uplifting and has a great connection with the surrounding landscape. Sometimes homes are all about how they make you feel and our winner just made you feel good!”

Judge Sara Cosgrove said: “Huge congratulations to the Byrne family and their Wicklow farmhouse. A hugely worthy winner of this year’s Home of the Year. For me, the home had wonderful flow and had a lovely combination of old and new. I loved the living areas in particular, the unique u-shape layout and seamless connection to the outdoor terrace and farm beyond. The bedrooms also had a very serene feel, with the baby’s bedroom in particular hitting a cheerful and uplifting note.” 

Winners Kate and Shane said: “We are just so over the moon and blown away by the reaction to our home. For our farmhouse to make the final, never mind win is just so incredibly flattering. It is not something thing we could have ever imagined happening. Our house is a part of our family’s history and is truly a home, not just a house. For the judges to see and recognise that is amazing. For us a home is not about the size of your floor plan or budget, instead what’s important for our family is the feeling the house gives you and those that visit it. The other houses in the competition were beautiful and it’s such an honour to have featured alongside them. Just being part of the competition is such a great experience and one I would highly recommend.”

The other six finalists were:

  • Tony and Imogen McManus – new build in Kerry
  • Michelle and Rob McNeil – a renovated 1920s house in Belfast.
  • Aoife and Gareth Tolerton – a modernist upside down new build in Co. Down
  • Martin and Saoirse O’ Dwyer – a renovated 1870s cottage with barrel roof extension in Sligo
  • Sarah Duggan and Ian McNamee – a renovated red brick property in Dublin
  • Sinead Murphy – a stylish city home with protected façade in Cork

Home of the Year is proudly sponsored by AIB. You can catch up with all the episodes of series 8 and earlier series of Home of the Year on RTÉ Player www.rte.ie/player WINNER PHOTOSHome of the Year Series 8 Winner photosA selection of photos of the judges and all seven homes in the final are available here: PHOTOS OF HOME INTERIORS BY EPISODEEpisode 1 Finalist Tony and Imogen McManusEpisode 2 Finalist Michelle and Rob McNeilEpisode 3 Finalist Aoife and Gareth TolertonEpisode 4 Finalist Saoirse and Martin O’DwyerEpisode 5 Finalist Sarah DugganEpisode 6 Finalist Kate and Shane ByrneEpisode 7 Finalist Sinead MurphyPHOTOS OF THE JUDGES AND FINALISTS AT THE FINALE FILMED IN PALMERSTOWN HOUSE ESTATEEpisode 8 Judges and Finalists


‘IRELAND FOR UKRAINE,’ A MAJOR PUBLIC FUNDRAISING INITIATIVE, IS LAUNCHED

A group of Ireland’s leading media organisations – including RTÉ – have come together to form an unprecedented coalition, and today launch a public fundraising campaign, ‘Ireland for Ukraine’.

The campaign aims to raise vital funds for those affected by the conflict, as well as those who have been displaced. The campaign is inspired by the incredible level of public support from Ireland for Ukraine to date. You can go to www.irelandforukraine.ie to donate now.

The initiative will feature across local and national radio, television, print and online media, with all proceeds received by registered charity The Community Foundation for Ireland, who have 22 years’ experience in philanthropy and grant making.

50% of the funds collected will be distributed to the Irish Red Cross, Concern, UNICEF and Trocaire. The other 50% will be pooled into a fund for grant aid applications available to Irish organisations and local groups assisting the anticipated 200,000 incoming people who have been forced to flee Ukraine and are seeking the safety of our communities in Ireland.

Donations can be made online at www.irelandforukraine.ie or by the Revolut app.

Denise Charlton, Chief Executive of The Community Foundation for Ireland, said: “A European humanitarian crisis is unfolding which requires a response both on the ground and in our own communities. ‘Ireland for Ukraine’ delivers that response. The funds raised through the generosity of viewers, readers and listeners will be used to support those trapped in the war zone and the growing numbers seeking shelter here. There are many challenges ahead. The protection needed for children travelling alone, assisting refugees with disabilities, measures to combat human trafficking and so much more. It may at first seem overwhelming but with the continuing generosity of the Irish people these are challenges which can and will be met.”  

The Taoiseach, Micheál Martin said: “I want to congratulate the national and local media outlets who have worked and cooperated for the first time to enhance the incredible public goodwill and generosity of the Irish public on their determination to aid and assist the people of Ukraine. I am pleased to confirm that the government will allocate €5 m to the campaign and fund, Ireland for Ukraine. This will help start its focused charity work for the people of Ukraine at home and abroad. I wish you all the best on your great work”.

The campaign features a 30 second TV and radio advert voiced by Derry Girls and Holding actress Siobhan McSweeney that will commence today, and will be supplemented by an extensive digital display campaign, as well as a dedicated campaign on social media. #IrelandForUkraine

For further information please go to www.irelandforukraine.ie 

#IrelandForUkraine and #ÉireArSonNahÚcráine

The full list of participants:

  • RTÉ 
  • Virgin Media Television
  • TG4 
  • SKY Ireland
  • The Journal  
  • The Currency
  • DMGM 
  • Radiocentre 
  • IBI 
  • Mediahuis 
  • The Anglo-Celt 
  • The Meath Chronicle 
  • The Connaught Telegraph 
  • The Westmeath Independent
  • The Westmeath Examiner 
  • The Connacht Tribune and City Tribune  
  • The Donegal News 
  • The Tuam Herald 
  • The Clare Champion 
  • The Northern Standard 
  • The Southern Star 
  • The Munster Express 
  • The Nenagh Guardian 
  • The Mayo News

RTÉ reaffirms its commitment to Camogie coverage with new multi-year deal

Minimum of nine games live on TV each year

Building on its live camogie coverage RTÉ Sport announced today (31/03/2022) that it has reached agreement with the Camogie Association on a new multi-year deal running until 2027 which will see a minimum of nine games shown live on RTÉ television each year.

Included in the deal, which runs from this year, are the Glen Dimplex All Ireland Senior, Intermediate and Premier Junior Championship Finals; the two Senior Championship semi-finals and two Senior Championship quarter-finals; the Littlewoods Ireland National League Finals and the AIB Senior Club Championship Finals.

In 2022, the All Ireland Senior, Intermediate and Junior finals will be live on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player in a triple-header from Croke Park on Sunday 7th August. The two Senior semi-finals on 24th July and two quarter-finals will also be live on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player on weekend of 9/10th July.

Sunday 9th April will see the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie National League Finals broadcast live from Croke Park while previously the 2021 AIB Club Championship Finals on 6 March were also live on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player. The 2022 Club Championship Finals will be broadcast on Sunday 18th December 2022.

 Hilda Breslin, Uachtaran/President of the Camogie Association said: “Camogie has never been of a higher standard or more entertaining, it stands out as one of the most exciting TV sports spectacles. Our sportswomen excel at the top of the fastest and most skilful women’s field sport in the world. I am delighted that the continued commitment of our national broadcaster means more people than ever before will get to see our most important matches. This will help us expand participation and allow more young girls to experience our wonderful sport. I want to pay tribute to RTE. Together we are tackling the barrier to gender equity in sport with this enhanced visibility showcasing our players and game. “Declan McBennett, Group Head of Sport, RTÉ said: “RTÉ is delighted to not only extend but enhance its camogie coverage for the next six years. The fact we are now covering the final stages at Championship, League and Club competition shows our commitment as well as both the growth and strength of the game in recent years and the ongoing rise in playing standards. The camogie coverage is one key plank for RTÉ in building coverage across women’s sport where visibility remains the key driver is assisting with participation and playing numbers.”

Sinead McNulty, CEO of the Camogie Association said that she was “excited by the potential reach and exposure that this long-term partnership with RTÉ will bring for the game of Camogie and for the Camogie Association’s sponsors. It is fantastic to extend on previous working relationship with RTÉ who have demonstrated wonderful technical experience and expertise in covering Camogie, as well as the insights brought by the pundits and commentary teams. We look forward to a very productive and successful partnership.”

 


RTÉ joins Sky, the BBC and Amazon Prime in the Nominees List for this year’s Celtic Media Festival Torc Awards for Excellence

The Celtic Media Festival has today unveiled the full list of nominees for this year’s Torc Awards for Excellence. Set to take place from 7th – 9th June in the stunning medieval city of Quimper, Brittany, France, this year’s shortlist includes Sky TV’s romantic fantasy A Discovery of Witches for the coveted title of Best Drama Series. The time-travelling thriller is nominated alongside Amazon Prime’s multi-language drama 3 Caminos, while BBC lead the way with one of the most talked-about programmes of the year: Line of Duty, the anxiety-fuelled series Vigil starring Surranne Jones; and BBC Scotland’s dark comic drama Guilt.

RTÉ nominations include The Tommy Tiernan Show Back to Barrytown, RTÉ Investigates – Who Am I? The Story of Ireland’s Illegal Adoptions, The Hunger, Bloody Sunday 1920, and Dear Gay.

In radio, Documentary on One: Miracle in Galway Bay is nominated alongside 100 Years, 100 Miles, and Miracle in Galway Bay, also for Documentary on One. Both Women of Honour and The Rolling Wave are nominated (RTÉ Radio 1), and there are two nominations for Drama on One, No Love Lost by Dylan Tighe, and Personal Space by Mairéad Kierna. Bladhaire and Iris Aniar are nominated for RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, which is also shortlisted for Station of the Year. RnaG’s Michelle Nic Grianna is nominated for Radio Presenter of the Year, alongside Ifan Evans (BBC Radio Cymru), Kaye Adams (BBC Radio Scotland), and Marcial Mouzo (Radio Galega).

BBC Scotland’s Killing Escobar, an enthralling documentary exploring an attempted assassination of the notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar, is nominated in the hotly contested Feature Documentary category, as well as RTÉ’s harrowing The Hunger: The Story of the Irish Famine and five other stellar nominees from across Brittany, Ireland and Wales.

Elsewhere, excellence in journalism is celebrated in the Current Affairs category as one of the Welsh Police’s most challenging investigations is examined in Llofruddiaeth Michael O’Leary. BBC Scotland’s Disclosure: Desperately Seeking Asylum asks whether the current system of support for those seeking refuge in Scotland is effective; while whistleblower Tom Clonan’s shocking unveiling of discriminatiion within the Irish Defence Forces is explored in Misneach – Tom Clonan; and S4C conducts a landmark investigation into the workings of the Welsh Government in Prif Weinidog mewn Pandemig.

Catriona Logan, Festival Director, said: “This year’s nominee list is as strong in quality and representation as it is diverse in content, with some absolutely incredible nominees across all categories. From big budget productions, to more intimate works, the nominees for the Torc Awards for Excellence for 2022, are truly representative of the skill and ingenuity of our content creators. We’re so happy to be taking the Awards to Quimper for the first time in 20 years, with a group of nominees that are as high quality as any in our history.”

Nominees featured in the festival’s breadth of Radio categories include BBC Scotland’s Kaye Adams for Radio Presenter of the Year; BBC NI’s What Happens in Ulster for best Radio Comedy; and Radio Galega, BBC Radio Cymru and RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta in the hotly contended shortlist for Radio Station of the Year in a competitive shortlist that includes BBC Radio Foyle, BBC Radio nan Gàidheal, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Radio Wales and Raidió na Life.

BBC Wales’ disquieting examination of justice unserved and the police pursuit of innocent men: A Killing In Tiger Bay, is nominated for best Best Factual Series against nominations from across the all the Celtic nations, while Ireland lead the way in the Factual Entertainment category with two out of four nominations.

The Celtic Media Festival, now in its 43rd year, will take place as originally planned for 2020 in the picturesque city of Quimper, founded on 2000 years of history along the river Odet – nicknamed the prettiest river of France. A major tourist city, Quimper is considered the cultural capital of Breton and is home to a National Theatre, as well as some of the region’s best music, dancing groups, architecture and cuisine. Last in Quimper in 2002, Celtic Media Festival is delighted to return to Brittany in 2022.

See the full list of nominations here: Celtic Media Festival


Teachtaireacht ó Gearoid Mac Donncha, Cheannaire, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta

Tá cúis mhór cheiliúrtha ag RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta an deireadh seachtaine seo agus muid ag comóradh leathchéad bliain ar an bhfód Dé Sathairn.

Tháinig muid ar an aer den chéad uair a Dhomhnach Cásca 1972 mar thoradh ar fheachtas a reáchtáil Gluaiseacht Chearta Sibhialta na Gaeltachta, a d’éiligh stáisiún raidió ina dteanga féin do phobal na Gaeltachta. Is údar mór bróid dom an tseirbhís a chuireann RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta ar fáil do phobal na Gaeltachta, agus do phobal na Gaeilge tré chéile, ó shin lá i ndiaidh lae.

Dé Sathairn, craolfaidh muid coirm cheoil fíor-speisialta beo ó chroílár na Gaeltachta ag 7 pm chun an ócáid stairiúil seo a chomóradh. Beidh Ceolfhoireann RTÉ agus plúr na gceoltóirí traidisiúnta páirteach sa choirm, ina measc Altan, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Steve Cooney, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Cór Chúil Aodha, agus neart eile.

Is iad misneach, féiniúlacht agus mórtas cine na príomh-théamaí a bheas ag an gcoirm cheiliúrtha dar teideal RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta 50, a léireoidh beocht, saibhreas, dúchas, muinín, misneach agus mórtas phobal na Gaeltachta agus na Gaeilge. Ceiliúradh ar an bpobal sin a bheas san ócáid seo, an dream a chuaigh i mbun stocaireachta le Cearta Sibhialta na Gaeltachta agus a throid ar son a gcearta, iad siúd a bhunaigh an raidió i dtús na seachtóidí agus iad siúd a bhí agus atá ag obair ann, na daoine a éisteann go dílis leis an tseirbhís, gach aon duine a bhfuil baint nó páirt acu le saol na Gaeltachta agus na Gaeilge, agus na daoine óga atá ag fás aníos inniu agus a choinneoidh an lóchrann lasta.

Is fada ó bhí ócáid cheoil chomh mór le seo in aon cheantar Gaeltachta, má bhí sé riamh ann, agus tá RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta an-bhródúil go bhfuil an teacht le chéile seo ann chun caoga bliain an raidió a chomóradh. Tá mé an-bhuíoch dóibh siúd ar fad in RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, in RTÉ agus sa chomhlucht léiriúcháin Aniar TV, a bhfuil obair iontach déanta acu chun an ócáid seo a reáchtáil agus a chur chun cinn.

Craolfar an choirm beo ar RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta ag 7 pm Dé Sathairn 2 Aibreán, agus beidh sé le feiceáil beo ar líne freisin ag rte.ie/gaeilge. Tá súil againn go mbeidh sibh in ann cluas a thabhairt dúinn nó féachaint ar an gcoirm ar líne. Craolfar buaicphointí na coirme i gclár teilifíse a bheidh le feiceáil ar RTÉ One ar 23 Aibreán.

Tá Gearóid Mac Donncha ina Cheannaire ar RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta

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This is a very special weekend for RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta as we mark fifty years on air for the station on Saturday.

We came on air for the first time on Easter Sunday 1972 as a result of a long campaign by the Gaeltacht Civil Rights Movement, who asserted the right of the Gaeltacht and greater Irish-language community to a daily radio service in their own language. The service provided by Raidió na Gaeltachta to the Gaeltacht and Irish-language communities day in, day out, ever since is something I am very proud of.

To mark this very special anniversary, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra will travel to Conamara to perform in a gala concert in the heart of the Gaeltacht, broadcast live on Raidió na Gaeltachta, with some of the country’s top traditional musicians including Altan, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Steve Cooney, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Cór Chúil Aodha and many more.

Courage, identity and pride of place are the primary themes for the commemorative concert, titled RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta 50. At its heart, it will demonstrate the vibrancy, courage, pride, confidence, and rich heritage of the Gaeltacht and Irish-language community. It will be a celebration of that community, those who campaigned with the Gaeltacht Civil Rights Movement, those who founded the radio service in the early 1970s and past and current staff, our loyal listeners, everyone involved in Gaeltacht life and the Irish language community, and the young people growing up today who will keep the flame alive into the future.

It is a privilege for RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta to have gathered such esteemed musicians together in the Gaeltacht to mark the station’s 50th anniversary. I’d like to thank all those in RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, in RTÉ, and in the production company Aniar TV, who have worked diligently to put the event together and to promote it.

The concert will be broadcast live on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta at 7 pm on Saturday 2 April, and a visual stream will also be available at rte.ie/gaeilge. We hope you can join us by tuning in or watching online.

Highlights from the concert will be featured in a TV programme to be broadcast on RTÉ One on 23 April.

Tá Gearóid Mac Donncha ina Cheannaire ar RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta


NINA CARBERRY AND PRO-PARTNER PASQUALE LA ROCCA CROWNED DANCING WITH THE STARS CHAMPIONS

Carberry and Pasquale La Rocca have been crowned Dancing with the Stars Champions 2022. Nina and pro-partner Pasquale won over the public following an evening of sensational performances, and were crowned champions after 12 weeks of live dances on the show.

This is an incredible show and I’m delighted to be part of it all!” Nina said.

Partner Pasquale, who also won with Lottie Ryan on the last series of the show, described Nina as “a dream woman“, following the win.

The cast of Dancing with the Stars 2022 have kept audiences thrilled and entertained with their captivating live performances on Sunday evenings since the cold nights of early January, and tonight, everything was still to play for in the grand final!

Presented by Jennifer Zamparelli and Nicky Byrne, the judges Arthur Gourourlian, Brian Redmond, and Loraine Barry returned to the dancefloor for one last time this series to given their votes – but tonight, it was only the votes of the public that went towards deciding the winner.

Opening the show, the pros joined forces with the show’s judges for a performance set to Westlife’s Starlight. Each of the remaining finalists took to stage twice in a bid to win the coveted glitterball trophy. First up,  Ellen & Stephen, Nina & Pasquale, Erica and Denys, and Jordan & Salome took to the floor to perform their “judge’s choice” number, featuring dances from earlier in the season.

-Athlete Ellen Keane & Stephen Vincent were first to perform their paso doble to Beyonce’s  – Run the World.

Loraine said: “You said you wanted to be fierce, this was on point tonight. Terrific paso doble. Beyonce style. I really feel thought you executed this to perfection.

Arthur said: “Last time, this was a 10 from me. Tonight, it was even better. Can I get a paddle with 11? Powerful element in this dance – I’m here and I’m a contender for trophy.

Brian said: “Tonight it was in-sync to the split-second.  A great way to open the show.

Ellen and Stephen scored 30 from the judges.

– Jockey Nina Carberry & Pasquale then danced a Viennese waltz to At Last.

Following the dance, Arthur said: “The big question, can you improve on perfection? The answer is ‘yes, you can!

Brian said: “This Viennese waltz proves that even the best of things can get better with time.

Loraine said: “Powerful performance, it amazes me how you guys perfected the already perfect Viennese waltz.

Nina and Pasquale scored 30 from the judges.

-Singer Erica-Cody & Denys danced their charleston from When We’re Human (from The Princess and the Frog).

Brian said: “I enjoyed every single moment of that – a charleston masterclass”.

Loraine said: “It’s fun, quirky, really a lot of charleston we all love to see.

Arthur said: “I know how much this performance meant to you because it was all about visibility. Excellent work.

Erica and Denys scored 30 from the judges.

-Last up for judges’ choice was rugby star Jordan Conroy & Salome with their paso doble to Paint it Black.

After, Loraine said: “I don’t think I would ever tire of watching that. I feel this dance totally sums you up Jordan. Intense and a smouldering fire-like energy. A passion which gives softness.You nailed the spin as well. Outstanding.

Arthur said: “We wanted you to turn the three 9’s into 10’s  We wanted you to work on the cape work and spins. You have to be so precise. Salome, I want to salute you on the choreography”.

Brian said: “The back flip –  the bit of hair I’ve got left….An absolute pleasure to watch.  If you can match that in your showdance, it’ll be one amazing performance.

Jordan and Salome also scored 30 from the judges.

The final four then took to the floor for a second time with their showdances in a final bid to emerge victorious at the end of the evening and be crowned winners!

Ellen and Stephen’s showdance and their final time to take to the floor together was a contemporary ballroom set to The Shires I See Stars.

The music was all about the stars and I see two stars in front of me here,” Loraine told them following the dance. “It was perfection“.

Ellen and Stephen scored 29 from the judges.

Nina’s name was in lights as she and Pasquale danced to If They Could See Me Now, earning them a standing ovation from the audience and judges alike. “Nina, it’s not just your friends who can see you now, it is the whole nation” Brian told her.

Nina and Pasquale scored 29 from the judges.

Staring off on top of a huge gold glitterball, Erica and Denys’ show dance was an emotion-filled performance to Sigma’s Glitterball.

I wouldn’t be surprised after this if you are on Broadway“, Arthur told Erica afterwards.

Erica and Denys scored 28 from the judges.

Jordan and Salome were last but certainly not least with their high energy hip hop routine to Fire it Up. “The last dance of season five, but I think that could be the best dance of five seasons!“, Brian told them.

Jordan and Salome scored 30 from the judges.

While the votes were coming in, viewers were treated to a performance from special guest act, Becky Hill, with her single, Run, then the whole Class of 2022 on Dancing with the Stars reunited onstage to perform one last time, before the winners were crowned.

The Dancing with the Stars Official Podcast presented by Lottie Ryan is available on RTÉ.ie/podcasts, Spotify or Apple Podcasts. This year’s finalists will be interviewed on The Ryan Tubridy Show on RTÉ Radio 1 tomorrow morning.

Dancing with the Stars is proudly sponsored by Muller Corner.


Calling Young Artists of All Abilities for This is Art!

RTÉ I Creative Ireland Programme

With a Prizefund of over €10,000, the This Is Art! Competition is Back!

CALLING YOUNG ARTISTS OF ALL ABILITIES

www.rte.ie/thisisart

Almost 10,000 entries were received last year for the first This Is Art! national competition. Now, RTÉ and the Creative Ireland Programme are once again calling on young artists to submit their work.

Celebrating visual art made by young people, This Is Art! invites young artists of all abilities, aged 18 and under, individually or in groups, to create an original piece of art that will be showcased in an online art gallery for generations to come. In so doing, the competition will promote artistic practice among young people and encourage and support creativity, originality and self-expression.

Tania Banotti, Director, The Creative Ireland Programme, says: “The Creative Ireland programme wants to enable the creative potential of every young person in the country. We’re excited to support RTÉ’s This is Art!. Winners will be announced on 11th June for Cruinniú na nÓg – Ireland’s national day of free creative fun for young people.”

Dee Forbes, Director General, RTÉ, says: “When we launched the first This is Art! Competition last year, the volume of entries was truly phenomenal. Even more phenomenal however was the quality of the work submitted. The level of creativity, engagement and inventiveness was remarkable, as was the technical skill and proficiency of entrants across all categories. For RTÉ, as the provider of Ireland’s only dedicated television and online services for children, This is Art! allows us to provide an important outlet for the young artists of the future.”

How it works

The competition is open to all young people of all abilities, aged 18 and under, residing on the island of Ireland and is inclusive of all visual art disciplines.

There are 5 categories:

  • Age 7 and under
  • Age 8 – 11
  • Age 12 – 15
  • Age 16 – 18
  • Group category

To enter as an individual or a group is simple.

  • CREATE a piece of original visual art.
  • SNAP or Scan a digital version of it.
  • UPLOAD your entry, along with a short artist statement, to rte.ie/thisisart.

All eligible artwork will then be reviewed by an independent panel of judges and exhibited in our This Is Art! online gallery.

Selected works will feature on billboards across the country and on social media.

The Theme

The theme of this year’s competition is ‘This Is Extraordinary’.

The Prizes

A prize fund of more than €10,000 will be awarded across the different categories for further education and art related vouchers.

  • Grand Prix Award: One artist in each category will be chosen to receive the This Is Art! Grand Prix Award; a specially commissioned trophy handmade by visual artist Shane Keeling and presenter of the RTÉ series This Is Art Club!
  • Commendations: Selected works across all categories will receive Commendation Certificates along with prize vouchers for art materials and a professional review of their work;
  • Group Bursaries: Three Group Bursaries, valued at €2,000 per group, will be awarded through which professional artists will facilitate an art experience for your school or group;
  • Other: Prizes of bursaries towards art courses, vouchers for art materials and picture framing vouchers will also be awarded.

The Dates

  • Opening date for entries is Friday 1st April 2022.
  • The closing date for entries is Sunday 1st May 2022.
  • Winners will be announced on Cruinniú na nÓg, 11th June 2022.

The Judges

  • Annie Fletcher – Director of IMMA, Irish Museum of Modern Art
  • Tadhg Crowley – Senior Curator, The Glucksman
  • Aideen Barry – Visual Artist
  • Amanda Coogan – Visual Artist
  • Will Sliney – Illustrator

This Is Art 2021!

Almost 10,000 entries were received last year and are available to view in the online gallery rte.ie/thisisart

The winning entries and selected artworks were also showcased on billboards all over Ireland in association with Local Authorities.

What This Is Art! 2021 winners have said.

Hannah, Cobh“I was shocked when I won the competition and really appreciated the judges comments, it validated my artistic ability. I felt more confident after winning the competition to create different and more daring work. I really enjoyed the bursary portfolio course, not only did it help me complete a portfolio but also I discovered new mediums and methods of creating art. My grandad was delighted when I won, it made me happy that something I created could inspire such a reaction.”

Mary, Dungarvan – “During Covid times when everything seemed to come to a standstill, the ‘This Is Art!’ competition was a huge encouragement for me and a refreshing expression of creativity. I had entered the competition without expectations. I only wanted to draw. So, to have been a winner among so many outstanding entries was an overwhelming excitement and a great thanks towards the judges. For my prize I joined the Crawford College of Art & Design on their Art Portfolio Preparation Course. It was a thrill to have joined so many amazing artists that inspired me each week with their individuality, imagination and expression of the world through the artistic lens. It was this experience and the wonderful people I had the pleasure of meeting and learning from along the way that has motivated me to continue my artistic journey in the coming years and I couldn’t be more grateful and excited.”

Ard Scoil na nDéise – “We were so thrilled and it was a very exciting time. It was wonderful to have so many kids involved in this project and to win was just wonderful – we’re still punching ourselves!”

Towers Development Group – “Thank you This Is Art! for the opportunity, the boys were blown away by the group prize and so overjoyed that they won, it has meant so much to the boys and us as a project.”

What some of the judges have said about This Is Art!

Tadhg Crowley“An artist statement can provide that additional insight into the artists motivations and that extra information can allow more people to connect with the work. A statement can reveal something that may not be obvious on first glance. Some artists don’t reveal too much about their artworks because they want viewers to find their own meaning in the work. Think about your own artwork and only share information that you feel is important for the viewer to know.”

Aideen Barry“What a privilege it is to be a judge of This is Art! For me I will be looking for artworks by artists who are manifesting an experience of what it is to be you or in your world right now. I am looking for the artists of the future and how they are thinking about living in the contemporary world right now.”

Will Sliney“The artist statement, it’s such a strange thing for artists to do, it’s becoming more and more important for an artist now, because that’s what we care about, we care about the person behind it, we want to know more about you, what inspires you and why you do what you do. That’s one of the most important things about the artist statement. The one piece of advice is be true to yourself, who you are, that’s way more interesting than you often believe it might be.”

Further information and all competition details and terms and conditions are available at www.rte.ie/thisisart

For more on Creative Ireland, visit https://www.creativeireland.gov.ie/en/about/.

About The Creative Ireland Programme

The Creative Ireland Programme is a culture-based, all of government programme which places creativity at the centre of public policy. It is designed to promote individual, community and national wellbeing. The core idea is that participation in cultural activity drives personal and collective creativity. It is built around five pillars one of which is Creative Youth: enabling the creative potential of every young person in Ireland.

You can find out more at www.creativeireland.gov.ie


RTÉ SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2022 OPENS FOR ENTRIES 

INCREASE IN PRIZE FUND FOR TOP THREE STORIES

The RTÉ Short Story Competition 2022 in honour of Francis MacManus is now open for entries and writers have until Friday 13th May to submit their short story to the competition.

This year’s entries will be judged by writers Lisa McInerney, Ferdia McAnna and Éilis Ní Dhuibhne.

Since its inception over 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 competition is free to enter and attracts thousands of entries every year.

This year, the top prize has increased to €5,000, while the second and third placed writers will receive €4,000 and €3,000 respectively. A further seven runners-up will receive €250 each.

A shortlist of ten stories will be announced in September, and the top prize-winners will be announced on an Arena special programme later in the autumn.  All 10 shortlisted stories will be published on rte.ie/culture and broadcast in a season of new writing on RTÉ Radio 1 in the autumn.

You can listen to and read last year’s 10 shortlisted stories here.

Judge for the second year running, Lisa McInerney, says: “I’m honoured to be back again as a judge for the RTÉ Short Story Competition, and am hoping for a repeat of what proved in 2021 to be an uplifting and inspiring experience. Reading the entries last year, I was struck by how we use stories to make sense of the world around us, to throw light on dark places, or to understand the lives of others. I’m excited to discover what’s in store for us in 2022.”

Judge, Ferdia McAnna says: “In a short story there should be nowhere to hide. Like a screenplay, every word and each sentence should earn its keep. It should bring the listener on a journey before leaving them home almost intact. All I can say for certain is I want to enter a human vision and for a little while, feel mesmerised, uplifted, surprised and transported. Beir Bua.”

Judge, Éilis Ní Dhuibhne says: “The short story has everything. It’s dramatic, it’s lyrical, it’s deep, it’s economical. It has always been my favourite genre, to write and to read – and obviously to listen to. I’m looking forward to reading your stories.”

The RTÉ Short Story Competition has been championing new talent for decades; past winners and shortlisted writers include Claire Keegan, Danielle McLaughlin, Anthony Glavin, Chris Binchy, Nuala O’Connor, Liz Nugent, Colin Walsh and Sarah Gilmartin. Last year’s winner was Kevin Donnellan for his short story, The Third Day.

All shortlisted stories are produced for radio and 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.

Series producer Sarah Binchy says: “At 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 and share 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.” 

For competition rules, information on how to enter, and to read and listen to past winning stories, see www.rte.ie/writing.

About This Year’s Judges

Lisa McInerney  

Lisa McInerney is the author of three novels: The Glorious Heresies, The Blood Miracles and The Rules of Revelation. She has won the Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Desmond Elliott Prize, the RSL Encore Award and the Premio Edoardo Kihlgren for European literature. Her work has featured in Winter Papers, The Stinging Fly, Granta, The Guardian, Le Monde, Vogue CS, The Irish Times, BBC Radio 4 and numerous anthologies. She is published in 11 languages.

Ferdia Mac Anna  

Ferdia Mac Anna works as a novelist, film director, screenwriter and lecturer. In 1996, his novel, The Last of the High Kings was made into a Hollywood movie starring Jared Leto, Gabriel Byrne and Christina Ricci. His latest feature film Danny Boy received an international release in January.

Éilís Ní Dhuibhne

Éilís Ní Dhuibhne is the author of 25 books, including novels, collections of short stories, several books for children, plays and non-fiction works. She writes in Irish and English. In 2015 she was awarded the Irish PEN award for an outstanding contribution to Irish literature, and in 2016 a Hennessy Hall of Fame award for lifetime achievement.  She is a member of Aosdána and President of the Folklore of Ireland Society (An Cumann le Béaloideas Éireann).


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