Nemeton Television in An Rinn, Co Waterford has been short-listed for an IFTA award.
The company’s acclaimed output includes ‘GAA Beo’, TG4’s flagship sports programme which broadcasts live and deferred Gaelic Games. It has been running since September 2000 and receives huge viewing figures.
The specific nomination is for Nemeton’s 2009 club finals coverage in Croke Park on St Patrick’s Day, which saw Waterford’s De le Salle battle it out with winners Portumna of Galway in the hurling decider, and Dublin’s Kilmacud Crokes get the better of Armagh’s Crossmaglen Rangers in the football showpiece.
One member of the GAA Beo team is Julie Flavin from Kilmeaden. She completed the Árd Dioplóma í Léiriú Teilifíse which Nemeton runs in conjunction with WIT in its inaugural year and immediately started work with the Ring-based production company as an editor.
“It was a real privilege to begin working on GAA beo after I completed the Higher Diploma. The entire crew give their heart and soul to this production every week and it is wonderful to see everyone’s passion and dedication recognised by the awards council,” she says.
Nemeton’s Managing Director Irial Mac Murchú, who started the company in 1993, says of their latest nomination. “It is an honour to be nominated year upon year for the IFTAs; in particular I think it highlights the consistency of the work produced by the team here. At such an uncertain time for the audio-visual business it is important not to forget to celebrate the great content being produced.”
The students undertaking the 2009/10 television production course are now in the crucial pre-production stage of their documentaries, which involves the planning and organising of shoots.
There will be six documentaries produced this year, all with very different stories to tell. The standard of programmes made by the Nemeton students has been such that TG4 has broadcast them all every year. Nemeton are currently accepting applications for the 2010 course. See nemeton.ie for details.