Autumn 2012 by UAC7j6d


									TG4 Autumn 2012 / Cláir ar TG4 Fómhar 2012


Ros na Rún        (8.30pm Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4th September)

Omnibus edition on Sundays at 10.30pm)

The popular soap returns to TG4 for a 17th season. A staple in the
channel’s schedule since its establishment, it is the only television drama
series set in rural Ireland and has won plaudits and favourable reviews
for its ability to portray the realities of contemporary life in Ireland with
humour and subtlety. It deals with the major issues, both complex and
simple in an understanding way.

This season’s storylines continue with lots of local wrangling, gossip,
love-stories that blossom and some that fade as well as all the wit and
banter that is the daily stuff of social activity in shops, clubs and cafés
throughout the country.

Topical themes in this season’s Ros na Rún include love stories, financial
troubles, family squabbles, murder, false and teenage pregnancy, and
much more!

Some of the more dramatic storylines this season include a previously
unknown twin sister whom arrives out of the blue to cause havoc and a
stalker who returns to haunt a man on the eve of his wedding. Publican
Tadhg and his son try to cover up a murder and Tina does her best to get
Dara back from Caitríona.

Produced by Tyrone Production & Eo Teilifís:
Media Contact – Noreen D’Arcy 086-8227556

Scéal                          (Spring 2013)
New Irish-speaking writers/directors get the opportunity to adapt a well-
known story from Irish language literature or folklore in a half hour for tv
broadcast. The film adaptation can be from an Irish language short
story, poem, folklore or any work in the Irish tradition of storytelling.
Successful applicants were given the opportunity to develop the story
from the basic script to the eventual production and broadcast stage.
From the many applications submitted, six were chosen for development.
Through mentoring and a series of project based workshops Scéal
guided emerging writers and directors through each of the stages from
script to production, resulting in the development of their skills and the
production of six high quality, well crafted short films.
This project received funding from the BAI Sound and Vision scheme,
the investment supports under Section 481 and from Gréasán na Meán.

Bás Arto Leary (The Death of Arto Leary)
It’s late at night in a bar on the edge of town. Arto Leary and Bríd Ní
Chonaill are two wandering souls sharing an illicit moment, a moment
that will change their lives forever.
Bás Arto Leary is a contemporary tale of love, lust, anger and revenge,
loosely based on the famous 18th century lament.
Writer           Manchán Magan
Director         Luke Mcmanus

When Máire’s eleven year old son Eoinín is diagnosed with lukemia, she
struggles to retain control. As his condition worsens Máire’s control is
further diminished with the arrival of his estranged father. When Eoinín
forces her to read Patrick Pearse’s Irish story Eoghanín na nÉan, Máire
finally finds the strength to let go.
Writer           Seán T Ó Meallaigh
Director         Tom Ó Súilleabháin

Páirtnéir (Partner)
Jones, the CEO of a major computer security company entangles a
young programmer Ultan, in a corporate power play involving his father’s
business.     When secrets from the past are exposed it leads to
devastating consequences for all involved.
This is an adaptation of a short story by Orna Ní Choileáin.
Writer           Anne Marie Flanagan
Director         Colm Bairéad

A teenage girl struggles through adolescence and loss as she yearns for
her mother who has passed away and clings to her father for comfort.
When her father becomes romantically involved with another woman her
world is torn asunder.

Inspired by a story from Irish folklore.
Writer           Séamus Moran
Director         Cathal Ó Cuaig

An Gadaí (The Thief)
A young girl has a tendency to steal small items to add some colour to
the drab life of her sister who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis and who is
confined to their small apartment. Her thievery causes trouble when she
steals from a new neighbour in the apartment downstairs.
Inspired by a short story by Patrick Pearse.
Writer           Medb Johnston
Director         Niall Fallon

During the boom years, Risteárd and Áine had a comfortable, affluent
existence. It was easy to pay for commodities when the money is in
hand. Now, in leaner times, difficulties arise but one man’s economic
misfortune inadvertantly turns his wife into a commodity.
Inspired by a story from Irish folklore.
Writer           Marion Ní Loingsigh
Director         Brendan Murray

Crisis Eile                   (Spring 2013)
The second season of the political comedy drama takes the broader
canvas of the European Union in a hilarious six-part series that shows us
that ineptitude, ego-tripping and in-fighting can be taken to an
international level also. In the first series (An Crisis) we saw how a
cross-border Irish language      organisation could be paralysed by
bickering and inefficiency. Now we go to Brussels to see how bungling
operates on the wider EU stage.

The central character is Maeve Kelly-Clarke (Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh in
her first major acting role).       Maeve is the newly-appointed EU
Commissioner for Culture, Heritage, Multilingualism and Climate Action.
An outspoken and gaff-prone Minister in Ireland, she’s been sidelined to
Europe by the Taoiseach but our doughty Maeve has no intention of
being a shrinking violet in Brussels.

Still angry at her colleagues in Leinster House for sidelining her, she is
determined to show them and to prove to be the greatest EU
commissioner ever. This brings her into conflict with her boss, the EU
commission President, a dull Belgian for whom Maeve and her volatile
cabinet become a nightmare.

From her arrival she is embroiled in controversy, getting into a public
spat with the CEO of a well known budget airline that brings Brussels to
the brink of a general strike. Settling in, she becomes embroiled in feuds
about the Eurovision Song Contest and in a spat over the official name
for British Bacon Roly-Poly.

Written by Antoine Ó Flatharta and directed by Charlie McCarthy, the
series     was     shot    in     Dublin     and     in   Brussels.
Cast members include Conor MacNeill, Norma Sheahan, Michelle
Beamish, Donncha Crowley, Helen Norton and Denis Conway.

This project received funding from the BAI’s Sound and Vision scheme
and from the investment supports under Section 481.

Produced by Wildfire Films. Contact Rory Lorton or 01- 6725553

Scúp             (Spring 2013)

A new 8 part drama series written by award-winning screenwriter Colin
Bateman (Murphy’s Law, Divorcing Jack). It is set in a struggling Irish
Language newspaper owned by the amoral Diarmuid Black. His
property empire has just crashed. Taking an interest in his ailing
newspaper - An Nuacht – for the first time, he appoints Rob Cullen to
take over as editor and set the paper on its feet.
Returning in disgrace from his career in London and a failed marriage,
Cullen struggles to get the team behind him and create a new identity for
the paper and the community it serves. With an all star cast including
Don Wycherley (Rásaí na Gaillimhe, An Crisis, Veronica Guerin, Father
Ted), Kelly Gough (Jump, Raw, An Crisis, The Clinic), Denis Conway,
Donncha Crowley and Caitríona Ní Mhurchú.
This project received support from the Northern Ireland Irish Language
Broadcast Fund.

Produced by Stirling Film & TV. Anne Stirling 048 90 333 848

Gossip Girl                   (9.05pm Tuesdays)

The fifth series where Blair must make a difficult decision about her
future, the consequences of which could hurt those she loves most.
Serena takes the blame for an incident with Gossip Girl in order to
protect someone she loves. Georgina smells the scent of scandal and
decides to follow its trail. Starring Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn
Badgley, Chace Crawford, Ed Westwick and Liz Hurley.

True Blood                    (Tuesdays 11.30pm)

With season five under way Bill is in need of Sookie’s help. Jessica is
drawn to Jason. Terry tries to assist Andy with an intervention. Alcide
reassesses his loyalties. Starring Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam
Trammell, Ryan Kwanten and Rutina Westley.

Breaking Bad                         (Thursdays 11pm)

The critically-acclaimed US series continues to premiere on TG4.
Struggling high school chemistry teacher, Walter White (Bryan
Cranston), is diagnosed with incurable, advanced lung cancer. On a ride
along with his DEA agent brother-in-law Hank (Dean Norris), Walter sees
a former student of his, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), fleeing the scene
of a meth lab. He later contacts Jesse and devises a scheme to become
partners in an attempt to combine their skills to manufacture and
distribute methamphetamine. Walter says he wants to provide financial
stability for his pregnant wife, Skyler (Anna Gunn) and disabled son, and
to pay for his expensive cancer treatment. During Walter and Jesse’s
first days of selling Albuquerque’s finest meth, they encounter a series of
problems with local drug dealers.

Scannáin / Movies

Scannán na Seachtaine:                     (Mondays at 9.30pm)

Upcoming titles this season include Courage Under Fire, Infamous,
Moulin Rouge, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Full Monty,
The Good Thief, The Beach, 28 Days Later, Gross Point Blank, Hope
Floats, John Grisham’s The Rainmaker, The Road to Perdition, League
of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

Friday night Western                              (Friday nights)

TG4 – home of the Western brings action from some of the much
loved westerns such as The Comancheros, Rio Conchos, Hombre,
Jesse James, Poker Alice, Broken Lance, Western Union, Flaming
Star, The Man from Colorado, Rio Bravo, Jubal.

Saturday Night Movie                              (Saturday nights)

The Saturday night movie on TG4 – expect entertainment from upcoming
titles such as Shopgirl, Me Myself & Irene, Never Been Kissed, Savior,
Nil By Mouth, America’s Prince, John F. Kennedy Jr Story, Quills and
Oscar & Lucinda.

Le Film         (Friday nights)

TG4’s continuing World Cinema returns on Friday nights and will
showcase the best in quality films from around the world with titles such
as East of Bucharest, Hana-Di, Caramel, Gadjo Dilo, Hotel, Songs From
the Second Floor, Little Red Flowers, Le Divorce, The Flight of the Red

Nuacht/ Cúrsaí Reatha/Comhrá
News/Current Affairs/Chat

Nuacht TG4       (Daily 7pm)

The mid-evening main bulletin has a distinctive regional, local and
human-interest focus, continuing TG4’s strong súil eile motto. With a
roving remit for the western seaboard and beyond, to the Gaeltacht and
Irish-speaking communities around the country, our team of reporters
and presenters strive to make the news relevant, accessible and clear.
There is also a brief news summary broadcast each weekday at 1.55pm.
As always, multi-award winning news anchor Eimear Ní Chonaola and
the Nuacht TG4 team around the country will bring you the latest
national, regional, international and Gaeilge news every night at 7pm.
Eimear won many plaudits for her expert chairing of the first ever TG4.
Leaders’ Debates. Nuacht TG4 continues to shine a different light on
news stories, local, national and global.

Dáil Beo (Wednesdays and Thursdays 10.30am)
Live coverage of the proceedings of Dáil Éireann on Wednesday & Thursday
mornings at 10.30am.

7 Lá             (Tuesdays 7.30pm)
The forthcoming Autumn Dáil and Seanad sessions will bring our elected
parliamentary representatives back into the full glare of public and media
scrutiny. Govt and opposition continue to grapple with the continuing huge
challenges in the domestic public finances, the uncertainty over the future
of the euro and the jittery world economic situation. Our weekly review of
current affairs programme presented by Páidí Ó Lionáird with a panel of
political commentators and analysts in studio and from locations worldwide,
provides insightful analysis of the stories and topics that matter to people’s

The new season will continue with regular editions of the programme
from Brussels and Strasbourg, seats of the European Parliament.

Aimsir TG4
Five detailed, customised and updated weather bulletins every day with
regional, national and international weather forecasts, including a daily
Fishing / Coastal report at 6:58pm with tide times for ports and marinas.

Comhrá         (7.30pm Thursdays from 13th of September)

One of TG4’s most popular series is a deceptively simple format – a
conversation between the host, award-winning broadcaster Máirtín Tom
Sheáinín, and his weekly guest. Whether they are national figures or
people whose lives have not made the news, all are happy to share their
innermost feelings or experiences in a quiet conversation with Máirtín.
Among this year’s guests are Michael Kilgannon from Galway whose
uncle drowned on the Titanic, Máire Danny Breathnach from West Kerry
who talks about her battle with alcoholism and drug addiction, former
Raidió na Gaeltachta boss and rail historian, Brian Mac Aongusa, Fr.
Leon Ó Móracháin, originally from Louisburgh, a popular and thoughtful
pastor and Professor Alan Titley, author and broadcaster.

Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh       (13 Sept)
The most famous radio voice of our time and one of Ireland’s best-loved
sports personalities reflects on fond memories of football and hurling
matches and the commentary box where he spent much of his working
life. He remembers an idyllic childhood in West Kerry, marred only by the
early death of his mother and the home return of an emigrant aunt to
help his father care for the large young family.
Michael Kilgannon     (20 Sept)
A native of East Galway, his uncle drowned on the Titanic. Michael has a
letter he wrote before he set sail from Cobh on the 10 th April 1912. The
family has a touching story of how his uncle gave his wooly jumper to a
woman who was boarding the Titanic’ lifeboats, to keep her warm. On
reaching New York, the woman posted the jumper back to his mother.

Séamus Jaimsie Ó Flatharta (27 Sept)
A native of Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands, Séamus followed
the career of lighthouse-keeper. One of his postings was in the Baily
Lighthouse in Howth Co Dublin. He has long since returned to his native
island and is heavily involved in many of the local services, including the
fire brigade/life boat rescue services. Séamus also speaks of his
grandfather ‘Jaimsie’ whose name is still attached to his grandchildren.

Máire Danny Breathnach (04 Oct

A native of Baile an Lochaigh in the Dingle peninsula, she and her
husband bought a pub in the town. When the marriage broke-up, her life
took a downward spiral with abuse of alcohol and drugs. She sought
and obtained support and has been free of drugs for five years now. She
speaks highly of the great work of Sister Concilio at Cuan Mhuire.

Micheál Mac Giolla Easbuic (11 Oct)
A native of Kilcar in South West Donegal, he has had a life-long
association with the GAA and with Irish language organisations. For this,
he been honoured as 2012 Uachtarán (President ) of Oireachtas na
Gaeilge, the Irish language festival of culture. He talks about his period
as a member of the GAA Central Council and of his long battle with

Betsy Ní Shuibhne (18 Oct)
A native of Cúil Aodha in the Muskerry Gaeltacht in Cork, she is a
daughter of the noted poet known as An Suibhneach Meann who
founded, with others, the poetry-academy known as Daonscoil na
Mumhan. Betsy is also a poet but admits to a secret passion for and an
ambition to be a rally driver.

Mickey Whiting     (25 Oct)
A native of Inishboffin of the northwest Donegal coast, his family moved
to the mainland in 1986 to Magheraroarty. He also spent some time
working in Glasgow and talks of the huge difference between life on a
remote island and in a thronged multi-cultural industrial city. He also
explains how his grandfather got the nickname ‘Whiting’ that has
attached to the family ever since.

Brian Mac Aongusa (01Nov)
A Dubliner, he spent much of his working life in broadcasting in RTÉ,
both as an administrator and and announcer behind the microphone too.
He was head of Raidió na Gaeltachta at a key time in the development of
that station and subsequently Chairman of TG4’s first Council. He has a
keen interest in railway history and has published many books and
articles on this topic.

Máirín Ní Nualláin     (08 Nov)
A noted psychiatrist, she is a half-twin from An Cheathrú Rua in the
Connemara Gaeltacht. She lists the pioneering theories of Carl Jung as
a major influence on her own work. She talks to Máirtín about the
Psychiatric Hospital in Ballinasloe where she worked for many years and
of the change in approach to dealing with mental illness in more recent

Micheál de Mórdha (15 Nov)
A native of Dún Chaoin, on the very western tip of the Dingle Peninsula,.
Micheál has been Director of beautiful Blasket Island Heritage Centre for
over twenty years, following a long career in radio broadcasting. He has
also written on local history, including a book on the huge benefits that
resulted in the locality from the filming there of David Lean’s classic
Ryan’s Daughter.

Paddy Joe Ó Mathúna (22 Nov)
A noted actor and story-teller from Old Parish in the West Waterford
Gaeltacht, he fondly remembers the old days and talks of growing up, of
the creamery, national school and local folklore. He also speaks of his
son Liam who has Down Syndrome.

Tony Barrett (29 Nov)
A native of Listowel, Tony was the eldest in a young family that lost both
parents at an early age. The bank evicted the parent-less family from
their home. He spent time as a seminarian in Maynooth College and
was a member of the Kerry football team that reached the All-Ireland
Final in 1964 but the college authorities refused him permission to play.
He spent most of his working life as a regional director with FÁS, the
state employment agency.

Martina Goggin     (06 Dec)
Originally from Limerick, Martina has spent much of her adult life in
Connemara and Galway She is a noted singer and spent many years
with the acclaimed group ‘Dordán’. In 2006 her son Éamonn was
tragically killed in a road accident.    She speaks candidly of her
devastation at his death and of how it has inspired her to campaign for
awareness of organ donation.

Fr Leon Ó Móracháin (13 Dec)
A native of Louisburgh in west Mayo, he has been a priest since 1952,
serving in a variety of roles and parishes in the Galway diocese. A few
years ago he suffered a major stroke and he talks about the effect it had
on his life. He is very interested in devotional folklore.

Uinseann Mac Thomáis       (20 Dec)
A native of Dublin, reared through Irish in Phibsboro, he spent his
working life as a public servant, mostly in the promotion of the Irish
language. In one job, he was an Irish language inspector, which had
both positive and negative connotations.    He and his wife are avid
actors. They are also adoptive parents to two daughters.

Fíorscéal               (10.30pm Tuesdays)
A new season of international documentaries that continue to throw (a
sometimes disturbing) light on issues which affect us environmentally,
socially, politically and globally. Among the first documentaries of the
new season are:

Kila Raipur                           (25 September)
The villagers of Kila Raipur, a small community in Punjab, are spirited
Sikh people who love sports. This love and passion for traditional sports
has transformed the small farming village into an ultimate sports
destination. The Games are unique and entertaining, giving a peek into
the colourful rural life of India. The annual Kila Raipur Sports Festival is
also known as the Rural Olympics. Farmers from all over Punjab gather
to participate and watch this 4 day sports meet. Sikh martial arts are
another integral part of these games.

Water, Women & 10,000 Miles                  (11pm 2 October)
It is the most basic requirement of human survival, yet, about 1 billion
people do not have access to clean water and 80% of these live in sub-
Saharan Africa, Eastern and Southern Asia. About 4,500 children die
every day because they have no clean drinking water. This three-part
series looks at the dire state of the common people from India to
Indonesia to Philippines and the problems they face in getting clean
drinking water.

Living for the Dead                   (11.05pm 9 October)
Every year nearly 37,000 unclaimed bodies turn up in India, a staggering
100 unclaimed bodies each day. This is the story of a handful of people
who are dedicated to giving some dignity in death to the less fortunate
ones who did not have it in life.

In the Shadow of the Taj                     (11.30pm October)
We all know the story of the Taj Mahal - a young man who fell in love
with a beautiful and virtuous girl, married her and called her Mumtaz
Mahal, (‘the jewel of the palace’). She died prematurely in childbirth and
it broke his heart. He then ordered the construction of the Taj Mahal to
honour the love of his life. It is the world’s greatest monument of love.
Today, the city that houses this iconic beauty is filled with ugly realities.
This documentary reveals those often untold stories of nauseating
pollution, rampant poverty, frustrated artisans, and threats of terrorism
looming large that surround this most illustrious abode.

Behind the Label                      (10.50pm 23 Oct)

The Indian cotton industry has been plunged into chaos by the GM
industry. Since 2002 the price of cotton seeds has rocketed from 9
rupees a kilo to an astounding 4,000. Driven to despair by debt, 216,000
farmers have since committed suicide. A devastating tale of corporate
greed and the suffering it leaves behind.

Patagonia Rising                      (10.40pm 30 Oct)
Sparsely populated by legendary gaucho ranchers and unique wildlife,
the vast and spectacular wilderness of Patagonia has lain unchanged for
centuries. Now the region is holding its breath, as a large-scale
hydroelectricity scheme looks set to transform it beyond recognition. The
Chilean government has just approved a proposal to build five new dams
on the Baker and Pascua rivers. It’s all in the name of progress, and the
increasing demand for cheaper alternatives to costly and damaging fossil
fuels. But must progress come at such a cost?

Silent Veil                           (11.10pm 6 Nov)
These women do not wake up with bruises; they wake up without a face.
Driven by revenge, jealousy or sexual non-co-operation some men
subject their wives to horrific attacks with acid that is freely available in
the street. Completely disfigured, the victims are often ostracised by their
families and become prisoners in their own home. This chilling doc is a
terrifying insight into the shattered lives of these women.

Bull Runners of Pamplona                             (10.55pm 13 Nov)
A documentary with all the drama, colour and vivid crispness of a feature
film. Every year, for 8 days in July, a herd of massive fighting bulls
rampages down cobbled streets along with a petrified mass of thrill
seekers. The dark beasts roar and skid; men with red bandanas are
scattered like skittles. It’s all about the primordial thrill of the scariest
chase in the world.

Years in the making, this sumptuous documentary gets unprecedented
access to the Running of the Bulls; the camera so close you smell the
fear and hear the snorts of the raging beasts. Men slip, trip and curl up in
terror as the huge animals toss and trample them. Some will never run
again, none will ever forget the experience. All have their own motivation
for wanting to make a public spectacle of playing with death.

Paying Your Dues                      (10.55pm 20 Nov)

The Mafia enriches itself in many ways. One of these is the demand for
Pizzo, the Sicilian slang term for protection money. In Palermo 80% of
businesses are believed to pay this tax to Cosa Nostra. However, over
the last few years something has started to change. At the forefront of
this change is a group of young people called ‘Addio Pizzo’ (Goodbye
Protection money). In 5 years their civil campaign has broken down the
wall of silence that surrounds the Mafia extortion processes.

Ub Lama                                (11.05pm 27 Nov)
A touching and intimate glimpse into life for Mongolians today. 12-year-
old Galaa likes hip-hop and computer games. But he lives in a small yurt
on the outskirts of large city. After his father’s death he deals on the
local black market to support his family until -caught between modernity
and tradition, aspirations and poverty - he decides to become a Lama.
Can the monks help this unruly, troubled boy?

The Fourth World                      (10.40pm             4            Dec)
There’s a hidden 4 world about to explode: the world of slums. These
sub-populations survive in the direst of circumstances, excluded from
mainstream society. What’s more they’re growing at an alarming rate. In
2007 1 billion people lived in slums, by 2030 it will be 2 billion. This eye-
opening investigation brings us inside the world’s shanty towns and
explores the reasons for their rapid expansion and the consequences if
this mass of deprived humanity is ignored. Poverty, unemployment,
illiteracy, crime, socio-political marginalization; all of these factors
contribute to the ever-worsening state of slums across the world.

Monster Salmon and Butterflies             11pm 11 December)
We already eat GM crops and now, GM Salmon, which grow faster and
larger than usual, are soon to become available on the market. But does
anyone know what effect they’ll have on us and our environment? This
fascinating documentary follows independent researchers of genetic
engineering as they investigate the dangers of the “Monster Salmon”.


Cogar         (9.30pm Sundays from 16th September)
This is the generic title for a series of TG4 documentaries comprising
specially commissioned half-hour programmes that are highly personal in
nature and often show a more hidden side of Irish life. Programmes
concentrate on people more than on issues and this allows participants to
tell their own story in their own ways.

Athair agus Mac                      (16 Sept)

The story of fatherhood through personal stories and experiences from
well-known Irish fathers and sons. The contributors include musician and
broadcaster Fiachna Ó Braonáin and his dad Annraí, Irish language
activist Gearóid Ó Cairealláin and his two sons, Ainle and Cairbre as well
as renowned sports commentator Seán Bán Breathnach and his son
Cárthach. In their own words, they reveal the ups and downs of their
father/son relationship. It is intensely personal and revelatory, warm and
This project received support from the Northern Ireland Irish Language
Broadcast Fund.

Produced by Big Mountain. Contact 087-6775923

Hill 16                                     (23 Sept)

The amazing story of the most iconic structure in Irish sports; Hill 16 in
Croke Park. The terrace at the Railway end of the playing field was
constructed in the 1930s with rubble from the Easter Rising and given its
new name.
It has now become a very special place, especially for Dublin Gaelic
football supporters since the 1970s, adding the vibrancy and colour to it
and making it very much their own. The redevelopment of the Croke
Park Stadium in recent years has, if anything, added to its allure. All
visiting teams playing Dublin at Croke Park are assured of a raucous
“welcome” from the Hill in both halves of the game – attacking that end
or trying to defend it.
This programme puts the viewer on the terrace.
Produced by Square One Productions. Contact Shane Tobin 087-

Hataí                                (30 Sept)

If you want to get ahead…. Get a hat and Ireland’s most famous milliner,
Philip Tracey agrees with the proverb. This advice has been followed by
generations of Irishwomen who believe that a hat alters their self- image
and the perception of others too. Does it really bring out a different
dimension in a real-life personality, much as a costume aids an actress
in her stage or screen role?
This new documentary presents a jaunty look at the fascination
Irishwomen have with hats and shows how women have loved and
loathed hats for centuries. Few women have ever been able to resist the
temptation to try on a hat. The hat conceals the head, but beneath it, the
face changes its appearance in a game of winking, seduction and
provocation, which render it a true magical device.

Produced by Red Shoe Productions. 01-6699998

An Chéad Mháirt de Fhómhar               (07 Oct)
The story and legacy of the most famous lament in the Donegal singing
tradition is revealed in this documentary. A heartbroken father keens the
untimely death of his favourite son, Pádraig Ó Domhnaill, who drowned
when his curach capsized on the short crossing between Rann na
Feirste and Gaoth Dobhair one hundred years ago.
The programme includes touching performances by acclaimed
Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill, Gearóidín Breathnach, Connie Mhary Mhicí Ó
Gallchóir and contributions by experts Dr Lillis Ó Laoire and Vincie Ó

Produced by Scannáin Dobharchú                   Contact Máirín Seoighe 087-2216949

Joe Lios Tuathail                    (14 Oct )

The extraordinary dual-life of Joe Murphy, a Renaissance man from
North Kerry. He is a cattle farmer, Artistic Director of St John’s Theatre
in Listowel and the man who brings 200 shows and exhibitions annually
to this rural town.
In a world of posers and prima-donnas, Joe is very down to earth, as
befits a farmer. His approach to running an arts venue in his native
place is succinct: “You have to run it like the corner shop, customers
coming in, selling them something and going away happy. They are
ordinary Joe soaps like myself and nine times out of ten you’ll never hear
one of them mentioning the word arts”.
Produced by Red Shoe Productions. Contact Paschal                Cassidy

Oileán na Marbh                      (21 Oct)

One community’s commemoration of a hidden and forgotten generation.
For the last few years the community in Carrickfinn, Co. Donegal has
gathered in Mid-August to commemorate the Cillín, the children’s burial
ground, on Oileán na Marbh (the island of the dead).

These are the stillborn and un-baptised infants who lie in unmarked
graves in children‘s burial grounds, or Cillíns, who were refused burial in
consecrated ground by a church that condemned them to a lifetime in
Limbo. Most were largely forgotten, their short lives masked by silence
and shame, their deaths unrecorded. This moving programme tells how
one community ensures that these “tiny bundles” would not be lost to
future generations.

Produced by Hawkeye Films. Contact
091-638219 Donal Haughey.

Gleann na nGealt                     (28 Oct)
The story of one of Ireland’s most intriguing places with a place-name to
match. What is it about the Glen of the Madmen in West Kerry that
makes it so special? It could be the folklore and the many tales about
the people who dwelt there. Or it might be the curative powers of the
local water – now proven to be high in lithium content ?
People came from far and near, came to the valley to drink water from
the well and eat the watercress which grew around it. These were widely
believed to contain a cure for mental illness and there are many stories
of people whose condition improved. One contributor to this programme
who suffers with bi-polar disorder and is taking prescribed lithium
describes her reasons for going and drinking the water, and her belief in
the power of wells.
Contributors include Dr. Rose Shinkwin, Henry Lyons and local
residents Brigid O’Connor, Páidí Ó Domhnaill and Dairena Ní
Produced     bySibéal Teo. Contact                Niamh     Ní    Bhaoill. 066 9152555

An Kincora                    (04 Nov)
The story of a marine tragedy that happened over a century ago and the
unresolved legacy for two families, one in Cork and the other in Liverpool.
In August 1901, the White Star liner Oceania was en route from Liverpool
to North America, stopping at Queenstown (now Cóbh). At the Tuskar
Rock, she collided with the Kincora, a much smaller Irish steamer which
sank within minutes. Seven of the twenty one people aboard the smaller
vessel drowned.

Crew member, Carl Freidrich Sacht from Liverpool went down with the
ship. Research for this programme reveaeld that Sacht’s body was
washed ashore and buried in Fethard-on-Sea in Co Wexford, unknown
to his family. In this programme we see the ship’s wreckage which still
lies in a heap on the seabed off the Tuskar Lighthouse with its cleats,
twisted girders, winches, bollards as well as the broken cups, bottles and

Produced by Forefront Productions. Contact RoseAnn Foley at 086-
6094563 or email

Paddy The Cope                       (11 Nov)
The extraordinary story the man who founded a co-op that transformed
the lives of many communities in north-west Donegal and changed his
own family’s surname forever.
Using a wealth of archive photographs, contributions from local
historians and Paddy the Cope’s own words (and that of his wife Sally)
we hear how, in 1906, Paddy Gallagher and a handful of his neighbours
began buying manure in bulk and cheaply.
They were branded Communists and worse but they took on the
profiteering local ‘gombeen men’ and defeated them. He then opened a
knitting factory, a bakery, a corn mill and a quarry – anything that he
thought might create jobs.

Produced        by   Hollybrook     Films.              Neal       Boylan 0567712663

An High Nelly                         (18 Nov)

The iconic (but sturdy rather than sleek) bicycle that was the preferred
(and often only) means of transport for thousands in rural Ireland for
most of the twentieth century. From the postman to the Garda, the
football supporter to the long-distance dance-enthusiast, the bicycle was
the way to get from A to B (sometimes by way of X).
Such is the affection for this means of transport that devotees still gather
annually near Trim in County Meath to admire its beauty and swap
reminiscences of their exploits in the saddle.             This charming
documentary gives us a glimpse into that period and into the role of the
High Nelly in every aspect of rural live.
Among      the   storytellers,    the    inimitable     Joe      Molloy from
Cornamona (one of the best bike mechanics and talkers in West Galway)
recounts the central role of the bicycle in the fight for Irish freedom !

Produced      Scannán Dobharchú
             by                                  Contact    Máirín   Seoighe 087-2216949

Daichead Bliain ag Fás                               (25 Nov)
September 1972, St Malachy’s College, Belfast: Students sit down
together for their first ‘A’ Level Irish Language class. They are full of the
confidence and aspirations of youth but their native city is full of the
conflict and violence of disputed identities.
Forty years on four of the 1972 class return to reflect on those days and
on what has happened since. Individual interviews and group discussion
with the four is counterpointed with archive footage from those troubled
times to provide a kaleidoscopic view of the times, their lives and the role
and influence of Irish within both.
Amongst the former students is former RTÉ Director General Cathal
Goan, former head-master of Bunscoil Phobal Feirste (for 30 years!)
Diarmuid Ó Tuama, writer of over 80 children’s books Malachy Doyle
and Irish language activist and broadcaster Danny Brown. Their lives
have taken different directions and they think they might have taken a
very different course in life had they not chosen that Irish class?
This project received support from the Northern Ireland Irish Language
Broadcast Fund.

Produced     by       Productions.
                   Tobar           Contact                 Damian    McCann, +447739864562

Cortina                       (02 December)
Driving gloves and sheepskin coats are not mandatory for this spin down
memory lane as we profile the famous Ford saloon car that captured the
affection of the Irish public over forty years ago and sold in record
numbers from 1962 to 1982.
Named after an Italian Alpine ski resort, it is regarded by some as the
best car ever manufactured in this part of the world by Ford.        All
members of the England 1970 World Cup squad (including honorary
Irishman Jack Charlton) were given a Cortina.
Irish cycling legend Stephen Roche tells of his love for the car and
pioneering Irish rally driver Rosemary Smith talks about driving a Cortina
12,000 miles from London to Sydney in the famous 1968 long-distance
Produced by  Goodcompany.     Contact                Evan Chamberlain 086 8338 628

Mise Albert                          (09 December)
A profile of the veteran and multi-talented Irish language activist whose
recordings of Irish folk-songs made his a household name in the 1970s.
Albert Fry is a Belfast man has dedicated his life to promoting the
language and looks back with fondness – and with some acerbic
criticism too – on some of the campaigns he began or supported,
including a picket on Leinster House during the 1966 fiftieth year
commemorations of the Easter Rising.
This project received support from the Northern Ireland Irish Language
Broadcast Fund.
Produced    by        Productions.
                  Tobar            Contact            Damian     McCann, +447739864562

Na Clamairí                         (16 Dec)
Steeped in a closeness to the earth and old Irish customs, this is the
weird and wonderful story of the ancient tradition of ‘mumming’. The
Armagh Rhymers are one of Ireland’s most celebrated folk theatre
ensembles. They have delighted audiences all over the world with their
unique blend of music, drama, song and dance.
With origins dating back as far as the Stone Age, the masked tradition of
‘mumming’ in Ulster dates back 2500 years, often associated with the
Celtic festivals such as Bealtaine, Lúnasa, Samhain and Lá an Dreoilín.
This project received support from the Northern Ireland Irish Language
Broadcast Fund.
Produced by Indee Productions. Contact Gráinne McGuinness +447740434109

Anamnocht             (Wednesdays 9.30pm)
This is the generic title (literally ‘soul-revealing’) given to the channel’s
highly acclaimed documentary series of hour-long treatments of
personalities, movements, places and ideas that have shaped modern
Ireland or that reveal a hidden or repressed aspect of our cultural,
historical or social heritage. Each programme is different in tone and
perspective and true to its own topic but also combines with the others in
the series to give a real súil eile perspective.

Dhá Chúirt              (19 Sept)

The extraordinary story of a forgotten Irish sports hero whose life took a
violent and dramatic turn. In 1879, Irishman Thomas Vere St Ledger
Goold wowed the tennis world and reached the final of the All-England
Tennis Championships at Wimbledon. In 1908 he was convicted of one
of the bloodiest murders in French history at the resort of Monte Carlo.
He was sentenced to jail on Devil’s Island, the notorious penal colony.
This docu-drama explores the shocking and largely unknown true story
of a life of drink and drugs that catapulted a hero into infamy. The late
1800s was a golden age for Irish tennis and an era of gilded pleasure for
some. In this case it was a life that that went off the rails and climaxed in
a gruesome and shocking murder.
Produced by Square One Productions Ltd. Contact Shane Tobin 087-

Rás Tailteann           (26 Sept)
The tumultuous history of our best-known cycle races also offers a
unique, parallel take on the cultural and political development of late 20 th
century Ireland - a revealing thought-line from the 1950s to the modern
day. Founded sixty years ago by young visionaries and leading
Republicans, the aim of the Rás was to symbolise their nationalist
aspirations and to promote Irish culture at a time of fierce political and
sporting divisions in Ireland.
Blending contemporary footage, rare sporting and social archive with
first-hand accounts from participants, organisers, commentators and
fans, this is an eventful tale of confrontation and controversy, trackside
punch-ups, civil-war politics, Olympic sabotage, and the race that
launched the careers of Ireland’s most successful cyclists.
This project received support from the BAI Sound and Vision Scheme

Produced by Dot TV       087 7737313

Paddy don Patricio                  (03 Oct)

The almost forgotten story of a man who really was a paradox: a great
footballer and manager who could not apply these same ideals to his
personal life. Born in Dublin in 1887, Paddy O’Connell played soccer for
Belfast Celtic, captained Manchester United and managed Barcelona,
now one of the world’s greatest clubs. He stood against the tyranny of
Fascism and Spain’s General Franco and is credited with saving
Barcelona football club from extinction.
However, his ruthless character ruined his personal life and trampled on
the hearts and lives of those closest to him, inflicting pain and loss
without mercy or guilt. He alienated his family and friends and his story -
founded on multiple sporting victories - belies an overall life of great and
terrible loss.
Among the contributors are Paddy’s grandson Mike O’Connell,
journalists Gearóid Ó Muilleoir, Ciarán Ó Raghallaigh and Tomás Mac
Síomóin as well as Barcelona FC historian Jordi Finestres and former
Irish soccer stars Terry Eviston, Marty Flynn and Pádraig Coyle.
This project received support from the Northern Ireland Irish Language
Broadcast Fund and the BAI Sound and Vision Scheme.
Produced by Tobar Productions. Contact Philip Mac Cathmhaoil +44 (0)28 9024 7668
The West’s Awake                       (10 Oct)
The compelling story of Connacht Rugby’s 2011/12 campaign the élite
club rugby competition in Europe, The Heineken Cup. It tracks the
squad’s preparations and illustrates the gruelling training régime required
at this level of rugby. Interwoven with the backroom and match action is
another narrative - Connacht’s long and colourful rugby heritage,
including the club’s battle to survive when, in 2003 the sport’s governing
body threatened to disband the team altogether.

It has been a long road with many twists. Now rugby is flourishing the
province, with clubs emerging in Gaeltacht areas and other traditional
GAA strongholds and an unexpectedly close relationship between the
two codes.

This project received support from the BAI Sound and Vision Scheme

Produced by Iris Pictures 086-0631053

Lorg na gCos - Súil Siar ar Mise Éire               ( 17 Oct)
The story of Ireland’s most famous documentary film. It weaves a rich
tapestry of archive and location footage with considered analysis from
experts, film-goers and some of the key creative personnel involved.
It follows the film’s director, George Morrison on a journey of rediscovery,
retracing the steps he took in the creation of the original work to the
locations featured in the film and recounting how he sourced archive
material from 1890s to 1918, three tumultuous decades in Irish political
The only two other surviving members of the production team, assistant
editors, Louis Marcus and Catherine O’Brien talk of their involvement in
and their pride at its enormous success. In a fitting tribute, a
commemorative rendition of Seán Ó Riada’s now-legendary score for the
film is performed by members of the National Symphony Orchestra in the
National Concert Hall and conducted by his son, Peadar.

This project received support from the BAI Sound and Vision Scheme

Produced by Midas Productions, Contact Cleona Ní Chrua laoi. 01-6611384

Páistí na Réabhlóide           (24 Oct)
This poignant documentary film looks at the lives of children born in
Ireland between the Easter Rising in 1916 and the foundation of the Free
State in 1922. They were born at the beginning of a divided nation and
describe that world and the many changes they’ve witnessed in
subsequent decades, economic isolation, The Emergency (aka World
War II) emigration, industrialisation and a huge change in the role and
status of the land in very recent times, the economic downturn, an EU
bail-out as well as major scandals that have rocked the political, media
and church establishments.

Among those who took part in this documentary are Máire Mac an tSaoi,
Pádraig McFlynn (president of GAA during the hunger strikes), Canon
Alfred O’Connor, Proinsias Ó Conluain and Maire Brugha (now

This project received support from the Northern Ireland Irish Language
Broadcast Fund and BAI Sound and Vision scheme.
Produced      by        Picture
                      The         House.              Contact      Gráinne
grá 04890769800

Breith agus Bás                       (31 Oct)
A look at the complex back-story behind one of the most controversial
events in Donegal’s history- the execution of four anti-Treaty prisoners in
March 1923. While these men are hailed as martyrs and celebrated in
books, songs and an annual parade, the Free State soldier, whose
murder four days previously prompted the reprisals, is remembered only
by his family.
This documentary traces the story behind Captain Barney Cannon’s
death on a journey that uncovers a number of unanswered questions
and considers the impact that still lingers almost ninety years later.
Could it all have stemmed from a curse?
This project received support from the BAI Sound and Vision Scheme

Produced       byTile    Films.           Contact     Stephen       Rooke 01-6114646

Am an Ghátair          (07 and 14 November)
A two-part series of tales of the unexpected from the War of Independence, 90
years ago. The first tells the story behind the bleeding statues of Templemore in
the summer of 1920 and the second recounts the extraordinary story of a
woman who spied for the IRA in Cork on condition that they kidnap her son in
the UK.

1. Deora Dé - God’s Tears
In the Summer of 1920, the war of independence was brought to an
abrupt end in Templemore, Co. Tipperary when pilgrims rushed to the
town as word spread of that the statues of the Virgin Mary were weeping
blood from the eyes!

Not surprisingly, the statues were believed to have curative powers.
Their unassuming owner, teenager Jimmy Walsh, was allegedly affecting
cures for throngs of pilgrims and dubbed “The Saint”. Such was the
clamour in Templemore that the Royal Irish Constabulary was confined
to barracks, that the IRA stopped fighting and the Catholic Church
authorities became deeply suspicious of the vast sums of money being
made by Walsh. Local IRA commander, Jimmy Leahy, had his own
doubts about the boy Walsh, hatched a plan for an ambush on the
pilgrim route and took young Walsh in for questioning.

2. In Ainm an Mhic - In the Name of the Son
A real-life tale of love, loss and devotion in the extraordinary story of
Josephine Brown. In 1919 she agreed to spy for the IRA in Cork’s
Victoria Barracks on condition that the IRA kidnap her son from her in-
laws in the UK.

Having custody of her eldest child in the English courts, she had returned
bereft to Ireland to her secretarial job in Cork’s Victoria Barracks,
thinking that she would never see her son again. However, the IRA’s
intelligence officer in that city, Florrie O’Donoghue, desperately needed
spies to glean inside information from the British administration locally.
When they met, Josephine knew that she had a strong bargaining
position, but would she be able to convince the IRA to execute this
daring child abduction in a foreign jurisdiction?.
Produced     by    Magamedia.         Contact   Paddy    Hayes     087-2896718

Glaoch ón Tríú Reich              (21 Nov)
Voices from history echo in this story of the Nazi propaganda radio
broadcasts in Irish during World War II by a German academic Dr. Hans

Dr Arndt Wigger, a former pupil of Hartmann’s, retraces his footsteps as
he tries to come to an understanding of Dr Hartmann’s broadcasts of
Nazi propaganda to Ireland from 1939 to 1945.            He travels to
Connemara, Dublin and Berlin to meet those who knew Hartmann both
academically and personally.

He also journeys to Donegal to delve deeper into the works of
Hartmann’s mentor Prof. Ludwig Mühlhausen and hears stories of the
mysterious German who was spying in the remote townland of Teelin in
the 1930s. Detailed information about this part of South Donegal later
appeared in an infamous Nazi invasion handbook.

This project received support from the BAI Sound and Vision Scheme

Produced   by Mind    the   Gap    Films.    Contact   Bernadine   Carraher 087-2528083

Cluain Tarbh       (28 Nov and 05 Dec)

A new two-part documentary that tells the story of the most famous –
and most misunderstood battle in Irish history. For most of us the Battle
of Clontarf is a defining moment in Irish history - when the great King
Brian Ború defeated the terrible Viking invaders. Brian, we think was a
mythical warrior, a heroic Christian saviour and our first High King.
In these programmes, presenter Páraic Breathnach strips away the
myths and legends of Ború and finds a man of his time, outmanoeuvring
and murdering his rivals in a bid to claim power. It was a web of intrigue
and local wars, of small kingdoms, of clans and dynasties struggling for
power and the ever-complex politics of the Church.
Dramatic reconstructions and interviews with leading historians reveal
that at its heart the Battle of Clontarf was a battle for supremacy between
the men of Munster and the men of Leinster in a war no more glorious
than the many that preceded or followed.
Contributors include: Dr Stephen Harrison (UCD) Eamonn Kelly –
(National Museum) Dr Colmán Etchingham (NUI Maynooth), Máire Ní
Mhaoinigh (Cambridge University), Prof Donnchadh Ó Corráin, (UCC)
Prof Dáibhí O Cróinín, (NUIG) and Clare Downham, Lecturer in Irish
Studies, (Liverpool University).
This project received support from the BAI Sound and Vision Scheme

Produced    by   Abú   Media.    Contact   Pierce   Boyce      091-505100

Congo 1961                  (12 and 19 December /12/12 & 19/12/12 )

A two part documentary is on the Irish State involvement in the Congo
as representatives of The United Nations fifty years ago. Congo was the
UN’s first big test in Africa and many see it as a failure by the young
organisation and mistakes were made that cost thousands of lives,
26 Irish Army personnel lost their lives while serving with the UN peace-
keeping force in the Congo 1960-1964. A total of 6,000 Irish army men
served in the Congo during this period. These programmes revisit that
troubled time with the aid of a wealth of original unseen material,
including private letters and journals of an Irish Army officer directly
involved as well as photographs, letters, eye witness accounts and
interviews with surviving officers and soldiers.
This project received support from the BAI Sound and Vision Scheme
and from Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board.

Produced    by   Akajava.     Contact   Brendan    Culleton   087-6791447

Lón sa Spéir
The remarkable untold story behind one of the most iconic images of the
20th century - Lunch atop a Skyscaper – a photograph taken on the 69th
floor of the Rockefeller Building in the autumn of 1932.
Eleven workers, their boots dangling, sit side by side on a steel beam
eating lunch – with Central Park and the misty Manhattan Skyline
stretching out behind and below them. In the 80 years since it was
taken, this counterpoint of the epic and the mundane has become one of
the world’s most famous images – a cultural icon and an indomitable
symbol of the working man.
And yet, in all that time, the identity of the eleven men has remained a
mystery: their names – like that of the photographer that took the picture
- lost in time, subsumed by the fame of the image itself. Recently, the
photograph has begun to give up some of its secrets, one of which
surfaced in the south Galway village of Shanaglish, near Gort. Locals
here are convinced that two of the elusive men photographed on the
beam in 1932 hailed from their village.
Hollywood actress Fionnuala Flanagan narrates this charming story, a
prize-winner at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh.
This project received support from the BAI’s Sound and Vision Scheme
and from Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board.
Produced by Sónta; Contact Seán Ó Cualáin 093-

Faoi Gheasa ag The Quiet Man
Some cinematic milestones leave an indelible impression on the
landscapes in which they were filmed. John Ford’s idealised vision of
Ireland, The Quiet Man, is one such. When it was released in the early
1950s, it quickly became a huge hit all across the world and won Oscars
for Best Director and Best Cinematography. Its impact went way beyond
the Irish Diaspora and it has resonated with international audiences for
over 50 years now.
This documentary delves into the story of the making of the film and
features contributions from well known commentators and film makers
including Peter Bogdanovich, Martin Scorsese, Jim Sheridan and the
star of the picture Maureen O’Hara.
This project received support from the BAI’s Sound and Vision Scheme
and from Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board.

Produced by Loopline. Contact Martina Durac 01-6619696

Litir ó Mháirtín Jaimsie
A profile of one of the West’s great characters, actor broadcaster and
raconteur. A native of Inis Mór in the Aran Islands, Máirtín went to
boarding school in Galway and has spent most of the rest of his life on
the mainland. He has appeared in many acclaimed stage productions,
in films and television drama, all the while earning his daily bread as a
radio broadcaster.
He is full of wit and stories and remains an islander at heart, as this
portrait illustrates.

Produced by Abú Media. Contact Aodh Ó Coileáin 091-505100

Siamsaíocht/ Entertainment

Jockey Eile - Dúshlán na Marcach             (8.15pm Sundays from 30 Sept)

The search for Ireland’s best new talent in the saddle for horseracing. It
may be the sport of kings but being a jockey is not a job for the faint-
hearted or half-interested, as we see in this innovative reality show.
Seán Bán Breathnach aided by former hurling hero and avid race-goer
Joe Connolly give the chance to 20 young men and women who dream
of becoming jockeys, mentor them through an intense 3 month training
process, have them licensed by the Turf Club, have them compete
against each other at a top racecourse to see who wins Jockey Eile.
As we seek the new Davy Russell (National Hunt) or Kevin Manning
(flat) both of those top jockeys and other well-known mentors and
jockeys, join in to see if our young hopefuls have what it takes.

Produced by Abú Media. Contact Pierce Boyce 091-505100

An Jig Gig                    (7.15pm Sundays from 30 Sept)

When the music starts and you’re on the floor - are you a chancer or a
dancer ? This new season of the popular dance competition that
celebrates talent. Last season saw world champion step dancer David
Geaney being crowned as TG4’s best traditional dance act in Ireland. It’s
was an enthralling final, which came down to the wire, but in the end the
17 year-old dancer from Dingle deservedly took the title. Now it’s time to
find a new champion for 2012!
Hosted by Róisín Ní Thomáin, the show will again see hundreds of
dancers take to the stage with three seasoned judges putting them
through their paces:

Breandán de Gallaí, former lead dancer in Riverdance, Breandán is
used to working with the world’s top Irish dancers. He is a hard man to
impress and any dancer going on stage in front of him, aiming to be
crowned the best Irish dance act in Ireland, better give the performance
of their lives!

Dearbhla Lennon, also a former lead dancer in Riverdance and Lord Of
The Dance. She has experienced performing at the top level in Irish
dance for years. Like Breandán, she is an expert in the field, and will
quickly weed out the chancers from the talented dancers.

Labhrás Sonaí Choilm Learraí, a champion Sean-nós dancer, and a
fanatical supporter of the older styles of Irish dance completes the
judging panel. Labhrás, a man who knows what he likes, won’t be pulling
any punches with such a prestigious prize at stake.

During the summer, almost 1000 acts applied for the show from solo
dancers to groups of 20. 81 acts were ultimately selected, from Sean-
nós dancers, step dancers, set dancers and brush dancers. The
youngest dancer is only 4 years old, while the oldest is in his 60’s. There
will be everything from and all the main dance organisations will be

This is truly a free-for-all competition, the only one of its kind in Irish
dancing. At the end of it all, after 13 exciting weeks, one act will be
crowned as TG4’s best traditional dance act in Ireland 2012.

Produced      by      Productions.
                    Adare                      Contact     Tom     Evans or 01-2843877

Dul I bhFiáin                  (10pm Thursdays from 11 Oct)
For century’s people walking the length and breath of Ireland had to
forage for their food. The hardest time to do this was between March and
May when nature offered little to sustain the hungry traveller. This time
was known as ‘the Hungry Gap’.
Now two men have come together to make such a journey during this
difficult time; Frainc MacCionnaith a skilled angler from Ulster and
Darach Ó Murchú a mountaineering guide living in Munster.
Carrying just a basic store of provisions their adventure will take them
from Co. Down to the other end of the country finishing in Co. Kerry. As
they travel, like the journey men of old, they will use all their skills and
experience to forage for their food.
This six part series, set in Ireland’s dramatic and often challenging
landscape, follows these men as their hunt for wild foods brings them
closer to nature, tradition and their country.
This project received support from the Northern Ireland Irish Language
Broadcast Fund.

Produced by Big Mountain 00442830834046

Ó Tholg go Tolg                (9.30pm Thursdays from 13 Sept)
The pioneering travel show returns in which two intrepid Irishwomen
couch-surf their their way across Europe.
Bláthnaid Tracey and camerawoman Laura O’Connell have neither
the inclination nor the money to stay in hotels or hostels. Instead, they
opt to crash on the couches of complete strangers.
But couch-surfing is not just about free accommodation and the girls
(sometimes) have to pitch in around the house, the flat or even the farm.
They may even have to sing for their supper ! During their 10 week trip
Bláthnaid and Laura stay with over twenty hosts in 12 different countries,
getting a flavour of where and how their hosts live and of their cultural –
or other– habits.
This season Bláthnaid and Laura also venture into the heart of the
Balkan states that, a mere two decades ago, were torn by conflict. In
Germany they stay with a full time student/part time clown, sleeping on
the floor with four Mexican street performers. In Austria they skateboard
their way around its historical capital Vienna. In Hungary they are evicted
from a squat, of all places, to find themselves homeless on the streets of
Budapest - only to land in Timisoara where they have to kill their own
Moving on further into former Yugoslavia the girls are given several eye
witness accounts of the Balkan conflict. In Serbia, they hear how people
dealt with the NATO bombings while in Bosnia they stay with a host who,
as a child, grew up in an apartment block surrounded by snipers. They
celebrate Independence Day in Macedonia and learn how Croatians
manage to embrace the trappings of the West without forgetting about
their past.
For the last leg of their journey the girls bunk with a handsome banker in
Switzerland, visit the tourist trap that is Venice, get a wine tasting crash
course in Dijon only to finish in Paris, where they stay with an
archetypical, baguette-under-the-arm, French charmer.
But it’s not just one-way traffic: these two girls also know how to enjoy
themselves and entertain their hosts with Irish dancing lessons, late night
parties and Laura really gets the room going when she takes up the mic
at a local hen party!

Produced by Red Pepper Productions.                    087 819 6019 or or

Sraitheanna Faisnéise / Factual series

Déanta in Éirinn                     (10pm Thursdays from 13th Sept)
Manchán Magan has decided to do his bit to help our battered economy
by spending his money at home. So he sets himself the challenge of
surviving only on goods made in Ireland. But, how far will he get? The
rules are simple.
He will set off on a three week journey around Ireland and everything he
wears, eats, drinks, reads, travels in, and sleeps in, along with any
activity he decides to participate in, must be made in Ireland. If it’s not
made here, he cannot partake.
The aim of this series is to explore just how self sufficient we are and
whether or not it is possible to live on Irish goods alone.
This project received support from the BAI’s Sound and Vision Scheme.
Produced        Dearg
               by          Films.   Contact             Brian      Reddin (01) -2899217

Basú                   (9.30pm Thursdays from 22 Nov)

A five-part documentary series on the well-known Republicans executed
by the Free State Government in 1922, one Englishman and four
Irishmen. By the end of the Civil War, seventy-seven anti-Treaty
activists had been executed, leaving a very bitter and lasting legacy.
Drawing on analysis from leading historians, the series challenges many
conventional views of the Civil War and explores why these particular
men were chosen for execution. It also reveals evidence from the
Kremlin archives of serious IRA contacts with the Communist
International in 1922 with a view to securing weapons and support for
use against the Free State.
The first episode is an hour-long programme entitled, ‘Erskine Childers,
Damned Englishman’. He was an unlikely Republican icon. He grew
up in Ireland, a staunch Unionist and died a hard-line Republican,
executed by a Free State firing squad for possession of a handgun given
to him by their own hero, Michael Collins.
The series continues with four 25-minute programmes, one each on Rory
O’Connor, Liam Mellows, Joe McKelvey and Dick Barrett, prisoners who
were executed on 8 November 1922 in reprisal for the assassination of
Seán Hales TD.
Contributors include: John M Regan (Dundee University); Gabriel
Doherty, (UCC), Emmett O’Connor (Magee University) Brendan
Bradshaw (Cambridge University) Nessa Childers, Robert Erskine
Childers, Risteard Mulcahy, Michael O’Mahony, Tom McGonagle, and
commentators Ulick O’Connor, Luke Gibbons,
This project received support from the BAI’s Sound and Vision Scheme.
Produced by Blackrock Films 01-

Breandán Feiritéar- Saothar Saoil
                                            (Tuesdays 10pm from 2 Oct)
A retrospective season of documentaries from one of Ireland’s most
talented, and least-garlanded television storytellers. Dún Chaoin native
Breandán Feirtéar spent the first half of his broadcasting career in radio
– indeed he was one of the founding fathers of Raidió na Gaeltachta in
1972 and his pioneering work with that station soon marked him out as a
thoughtful and lyrical chronicler of a living and ancient culture that was
under siege.
When he took to television at RTÉ in the early 1990s, he brought the
same insight, empathy and respect to his on-screen craft. He set about
capturing the ordinary lives and heritage of the those who lived on the
Irish-western coasts in works suffused with a tender wistfulness for a
way of life that was on the verge of extinction. He took a particular
interest in the legacy of the Blasket islanders, now resettled on the
mainland and islanders and other West Kerry emigrants to the USA.

Talamh Pheadair (1994)                                    (02 Oct )

The life, lore and labour of Peadair Mhicí Ó Conghaile from Inis Meáin,
the middle of the three Aran Islands at the mouth of Galway Bay. In this
elegiac portrait, we see one of the last men of Aran to create arable
fields from the bare rocks, using the ancient methods that combined,
sand, seaweed and not a little innate guile. A gentle man of wit and
wisdom, he kept a beady eye to the mainland and to the wider world until
his death in 1994.

Pádraig Feiritéar – An Síogaí Infhiúchtach (1999)             (09 Oct)
The life and times of a 19 century agitator and social activist. He
worked ardently for the Land League in Kerry, shared a platform with
Charles Stewart Parnell and then was forced to emigrate to the US when
well into middle age.          The change of location did not dim his
campaigning spirit and he worked with the veteran revolutionary John
Devoy and a young Tom Clarke (later a 1916 signatory) in New York. A
life-long collector of Irish folklore and literary documents, he bequeathed
his manuscript collection to University College Dublin.

Deireadh an Áil (1996)                              (16 Oct)
A portrait of the final years of habitation on the Great Blasket Island.
When they left in 1953, many of the islanders were advanced in years
but some were much younger. In this programme those younger ones
remember what life was really like on this beautiful but remote place.
While the scholars and poets who visited there in Summer wrote lyrically
of island life, the reality year-round was somewhat different.

Tráth dá Saol       (1993)                   (23 Oct)

A unique portrait of a Connemara family, long before the Celtic Tiger
started purring. Sonny Choilm Learraí Ó Conghaile and his young
family were blessed with musical talent but were combining a small
income from entertainment with fishing and work in local factories.

Déanamh Branair (1994)                (30 Oct)
A lyrical 1994 portrait of the most westerly household in Ireland (and
Europe). Micí Feiritéar, his wife and children, were small dairy farmers in
the townland of Com and firmly believed that the lowing of milk-cows
would long continue in that part of the world.

Slán an Scéalaí (1998)                       (06 Nov)
She has been much maligned as a result of the compulsory text that
many Irish students had to take for their Leaving Cert Irish course but
this portrait reveals that there was more to Peig Sayers than a dry
textbook. She was an extraordinary woman whose storytelling ability
marked her out as one of Ireland’s finest, ever and a woman of wit and
wisdom who endured a hard life and many setbacks.

An Baile Aerach (1995)                       (13 Nov)
A day in the life of a small Connemara townland in 1995. The day
chosen was St John’s Eve in late June and the townland, An Trá Bháin,
a small place like many others: the fresh crop of infants got their first day
at national school, the potatoes growing in the fields required spraying
against blight, the salmon season was in full swing and later on the
annual celebration of Bonfire Night.

Ceann Scríbe (1993)                         (20 Nov)
A profile of Máire and Art Ó Beoláin who retired to West Kerry having
spent his working life as higher civil servants in Dublin. The change to
the beauty and tranquillity of Ard na Caithne suited them well.

Scéal ar Butte Montana (2004)                             (27 Nov)
The epic story of three West Kerry brothers who joined the Gold Rush to
Butte Montana just over a hundred years ago. They went in search of
riches but their independent spirit and belief in the rights of the working
man soon led them into the labour conflicts there. They paid dearly for
their principles.

An Buille Scoir (1995)                      (04 Dec)
A profile of a dying breed. As late as 1995, Tomás Ó Dálaigh of Dún
Chaoin in West Kerry was still mowing his hay by hand with a scythe.
He believed in the traditional farming methods and way of life. He
walked the seashore in search of rack washed in with the tide and fished
from the rocks to supplement his dinner options. But he knew he was
the last of the hand-working farmers.

Imirceach ó Éirinn – An Spailpín Fánach (2005) (11 Dec)
A portrait of the poet Séamus Ó Muircheartaigh from West Kerry.
When he emigrated to Massachusetts USA in 1900, he vowed never to
forget his native language. He kept his word and throughout his life
composed a large number of poems and songs in Irish in praise of his
native place. Although he never returned to Ireland his poems and songs
in Irish did cross the Atlantic and are now firmly established in the
repertoire of Corca Dhuibhne’s sean-nós singers. He was in San
Francisco during that city’s devastating earth-quake 1906 and died in
there in 1927, aged 50.

Blasket Roots, American Dreams (1997) (18 Dec)
Many of those who left the Great Blasket Islands in 1953 emigrated to
the USA, particularly to Springfield, Massachusetts. Their memories of
the island were undimmed by the distance in time or space and, as this
programme illustrates tenderly, they instilled a love of that island place
in their offspring also.

Turas Húicéara                (Spring 2013)
A six-part series in which three mariners from Connemara take to the
high-seas of the old Gaelic Kingdoms round Ireland, the Isle of Man, and
Scotland to sail 3,000 miles in search of their history, culture and
Donncha, Cillín, and Tomás leave home seeking what remains of their
native ethnicity on the shores of the wild Atlantic, meeting experts and
the local communities onboard the most Gaelic sailboat still around, the
Naomh Bairbre, a Galway Hooker. They visit St. Kilda the haunting
deserted island off Western Scotland and the famed Loch Ness in the
Highlands and other magical locations that can be only be reached by
The breaking of the boom (literally) and a crash in Scotland do not deter
our sailors as they discover the largest colony of gannets in the world
on the tallest sea-stacks in Europe. They view the ancient ceremonial
cup of the High King of Ireland hidden away in a castle in Skye and hear
a bloody tale involving Colmcille/ Columba, the Irish saint exiled to Iona.
Combining dramatic footage with evocative music, this series will bring
the taste of sea-salt to your screen.
This project received support from the BAI’s Sound and Vision Scheme.
Produced by LDMCI. Contact Donncha Mac Con Iomaire 087-
9435830 or

Radharc na Rúise                            (Spring 2013)
A 4-part Irish language documentary series that explores the links
between contemporary Russia and Ireland, providing a unique insider’s
view of the lives of the Russian people and their perception of Irish
culture. Presenter Feargus Denman, fluent in both Russian and Irish,
travels in Moscow, St Petersburg, and the Russian countryside, visiting
regular Russian people in their homes and exploring what we have in
He meets Katya Galkina and her teenage twin daughters who live on the
22nd floor of a Moscow hi-rise, Boris Zhutovsky, an abstract artist who
has lived through the Soviet era, and Misha, a Russian businessman
who has become disillusioned with Russia’s newly found materialism,
packed in his work and started a rock band to express his views.

He also travels to St. Petersburg, the artistic capital of Russia; he meets
with local people, explores the Russians’ love for Irish theatre and
literature, and gets a personal tour of the Hermitage which houses one of
the largest art collections in the world.

On his journey Feargus discovers a strong affection that many Russians
today feel towards Irish culture, as well as many similarities between the
Russians and the Irish, including a love of music, a strong sense of
humour, and the rising importance of education and cultural exchange
for the new generation.

Through immediate and entertaining cultural dialogue, the series
provides a fresh look at Ireland through Russian eyes, and a unique and
thought-provoking insight into the Russian people’s lives.

This project received support from the BAI’s Sound and Vision Scheme.
Produced by Counterpoint Films. Contact Colm Hogan 093-34865

Bealach na mBusanna                  (Spring 2013)

This charming new series turns its attention to the era when trams and
trains eventually gave way to the dominance of the mighty bus as the
main form of public transportation. It tells the story or six different bus
routes and the extraordinary personal stories of the people that worked
on them: the touring charabancs of the Ring of Kerry, the growth of the
CIE and the famous Andrew Ferguson’s Connemara Bus.
It demonstrates how the introduction of the Border and customs resulted
in ever more inventive ways of smuggling goods. It considers the role of
the buses in transporting people to work, dances and major events
across the country.
It proves that buses transformed Ireland, as once remote communities
came to terms with the opportunities and problems associated with
20th century globalisation.
This project received support from the Northern Ireland Irish Language
Broadcast Fund.
Produced by Waddell Media Contact          02890

An Féidir Linn? Tom Trainor             (Spring 2013)
Can a business mind give new insight into attempts to revive the Irish
language. Against the background of the Government’s 20 year
Strategy for the Irish language, this series of six inspirational
programmes     poses that question and invites a hard-headed
businessman who has a grá for Irish to see how his heart and his head
can combine.
With a high-profile background in a series of global businesses, Tom
Trainor is the CEO of the Marketing Institute of Ireland and brings a life-
time’s experience of growing market share and winning customers to the
He travels to Wales, Scotland and the Basque Country to look at
innovative and successful strategies that are growing the numbers of
speakers of the indigenous language. He wonders if Ireland’s language-
promotion strategies have been dysfunctional and too aspirational. Tom
meets those tasked with responsibility for Irish language promotion
across the island as he forms his own conclusions about how best he
would fix the broken language revival.
This project received support from the Northern Ireland Irish Language
Broadcast Fund.
Produced by Bóthar Ard. Contact Máirtín Ó Muilleoir 078-03222589

Cláir Dúlra / Leighis

I mBarr do Shláinte       (8.30pm Wednesdays from 03 Oct)

A 9 part health-issue series in which Dr. Eoin Mac Donncha talks to
experts and patients in studio about various health issues. Eoin meets
victims of strokes, MRSA, and other illnesses such as Diabetes, Crohn’s
Disease and Malaria. Guests tell of their experiences with their illness,
and how they are coping on a daily basis. The show also features
reports from scientists across Europe on the medical advances in
treating various ailments, conditions and diseases.

Bia Dúchais                         (Spring 2013)
Is Irish Cuisine more than just Bacon & Cabbage or Guinness Stew?

Bia Dúchais, a new six part series by Marmalade Films for TG4, takes
a wider, new perspective on our rich Irish culinary heritage. Choosing
six of our best-loved staples; Pork, Salmon, the Potato, Grains, Cheese
and Honey, Bia Dúchais traces how each of these six foods have run
the gauntlet for over a thousand years to remain staples in our kitchen
cupboard up until this day. Programme by programme, in a bold visual
style, historians, artisan producers and chefs, as well as the foods
themselves will tell the captivating, personal story of each food.

Bia Dúchais will be a unique and entertaining series combining
documentary, food and cookery to give a new perspective on Irish food

This project received support from the BAI’s Sound and Vision Scheme.
Produced      by     Marmalade       Films.     Contact     01-4163352

     TG4 will broadcast in excess of 25 live RaboDirect PRO12 Rugby games on
      Rugbaí Beo on Friday and Saturday evenings – including the huge clash between
      Leinster and Munster, live from the Aviva Stadium on Friday 6th October.
     GAA Beo will provide exclusive coverage of the All-Ireland Under-21 Hurling Final
      and the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Gaelic Football Finals from Croke Park. From
      October there will be coverage of County Finals & AIB club matches.
     Peil na mBan Beo on TG4 on Sunday 30th September will see live coverage of the
      TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Finals from Croke Park.
     Heineken Cup exclusive highlights each weekend of the competition.
     Hour long highlights of all the GAA action on TG4’s weekly show GAA 2012 –
      Monday evenings at 8.30pm.
     Deferred coverage of both Senior All-Ireland Hurling and Football Finals from
      Croke Park beginning at 7:30pm, giving fans and viewers the opportunity to see all
      the big action from GAA Headquarters again.
     Coverage of Ireland’s top horseracing festival in September with six continuous
      days of top class live coverage from the Listowel Races – including the Kerry
      National Handicap Steeplechase on Wednesday 14th September.
     Seó Spóirt is TG4’s weekly sports programme with interviews, previews, reviews
      and analysis presented by broadcaster and former Kerry All-Ireland winning captain
      Dara Ó Cinnéide – Friday evenings at 8:30pm.
     Laochra Gael: Popular series, looking back on the careers of Irelands greatest
      GAA players in hurling and football including DJ Carey, Dan Shanahan, Jimmy
      Barry Murphy, Mikey Sheehy, Oisín McConville and Liam Hayes. Contributors
      include players, managers, commentators and analysts.
     Motorsport Ireland: Highlights on TG4 every Wednesday night at 11pm from
      various motorsport and rallying events such as the Irish Tarmac Rally
      Championship, Circuit of Ireland Rally, National Forestry Rally and the Dunlop
      National Rally Championship.
     Greyhound View: Highlights on TG4 every Thursday night at 9pm. All the latest
      news, action and information from the week’s Irish Greyhound Racing.



        Celtic Rugby returns to terrestrial television in Ireland when TG4 will
        provide extensive live coverage of the 2012/’13 RaboDirect Pro12 Rugby
        season with live coverage each weekend from the top matches. TG4’s
        coverage will kick-off on Saturday 1st September with live action of
        Scarlets v Leinster, live from Parc y Scarlets in South Wales at 6:00pm.
        The 22 round league season kicks-off on the first weekend in September
        2012 and runs through until the weekend of 25 th May 2013, when the
        RaboDirect PRO12 Final will be played. The top four teams in the regular
        season will once again progress to the Play-Off semi finals, which will be
        held on the weekend of 10th/11th May. Commentary will be provided by
        Gearóid Mac Donncha and pitch side analysis with Máire Treasa Ní
        Dhubhghaill and top analysts.
        Round 1
        Saturday 1st September         Scarlets v Leinster, Live from Parc y
        Scarlets at 6:00pm

        Round 2
        Friday 7th September Zebre v Connacht, Live from the Stadio XXV
        Aprile        at 6:00pm
                         Munster v Benetton, Live from Thomond Park at 8:00pm

        Round 3
        Saturday 15th September       Connacht v Scarlets, Live from the
        Sportsground at 2:30pm

Round 4
Friday 21st September Glasgow Warriors v Connacht, Live from
Scotstoun at 7:30pm

Saturday 22nd September      Munster v Dragons, Live from Thomond
Park                            at                         7:30pm

Round 5
Friday 28th September Connacht v Leinster, Live from the Sportsground
at 7:30pm

Round 6
Saturday 6th October   Leinster v Munster, Live from the Aviva Stadium
at 6:00pm

Round 7
Friday 26th October          Munster v Zebre, Live from Thomond Park
at 7:20pm

Round 8
Friday 2nd November    Cardiff Blues v Munster, Live from Cardiff Arms
Park at 6:30pm

Round 9
Sunday 25th November Munster v Scarlets, Live from Thomond Park at

Round 10
Saturday 1st December Munster v Glasgow Warriors, Live from Thomond
Park at 7:15pm

Round 11
Saturday 22nd December       Connacht v Munster, Live from the
Sportsground at 4:45pm

Round 12
Saturday 29th December       Leinster v Connacht, Live from the RDS at

Round 13
Friday 4th January 2013      Edinburgh v Leinster, Live from Murrayfield
at 7:20pm
TG4’s exclusive highlights coverage in Ireland will kick off in October
when the 2012/13 Heineken Cup season gets under way. Viewers will
get the opportunity to see all four Irish provinces take on the best club
rugby teams from around Europe. The Heineken Cup Final will be
played at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday 18th May 2013.

Heineken Cup Keydates 2012/13
Round 1        12/13/14 October 2012
Round 2        19/20/21 October 2012
Round 3        7/8/9 December 2012
Round 4        14/15/16 December 2012
Round 5        11/12/13 January 2013
Round 6        18/19/20 January 2013
Quarter-finals 5/6/7 April 2013
Semi-finals 26/27/28 April 2013
Heineken Cup final Aviva Stadium, Saturday, 18 May 2013

Round 1                             DATE
Leinster v Exeter                   Fri 12 Oct
Racing Metro v Munster              Sat 13 Oct
Zebre v Connacht                    Sat 13 Oct
Ulster v Castres                    Sat 13 Oct

Round 2                             DATE
Glasgow v Ulster                    Fri 19 Oct
Connacht v Harlequins               Sat 20 Oct
Scarlets v Leinster                 Sat 20 Oct
Munster v Edinburgh                 Sun 21 Oct

Round 3                             DATE
Connacht v Biarritz                 Fri 7 Dec
Northampton v Ulster                Fri              7              Dec
Munster v Saracens                  Sat 8 Dec
ASM Clermont v Leinster             Sun 9 Dec

Round 4                             DATE
Biarritz v Connacht                 Fri 14 Dec
Ulster v Northampton                Sat 15 Dec
Leinster v ASM Clermont             Sat 15 Dec
Saracens v Munster                  Sun 16 Dec

   Exclusive live GAA coverage from a top Sunday afternoon fixture in the AIB
   Club Championships and various County Finals from around the country as
   well as full deferred coverage from a second match. Micheál Ó Domhnaill
   introduces the action from the sideline with match commentary by Brian
   Tyers and Mac Dara Mac Donncha who are joined each week by top
   GAA coverage on TG4 comprises live match coverage, highlights, features,
   documentary and archive-based programming. The relationship between
   TG4 and the GAA has, from the outset, been a close one, given the many
   areas of mutual interest. In addition to match coverage, TG4 has also
   provided a range of news, features and documentary material on the GAA.
   This Autumn will see TG4 provide exclusive live tv coverage of the All-Ireland
   Under-21 Hurling Final, the Ladies Gaelic Football Finals as well as tracking
   the AIB Provincial Club Championships.

       Gaelic Games Coverage on TG4              September 2012

       Saturday 1st September - TG4 Ladies All-Ireland Semi Finals
       Live coverage of the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Semi-Finals -
       Intermediate and Senior, presented by Gráinne McElwain. The road to
       Croker continues as we find out which teams can make it all the way and
       appear in the TG4 All-Ireland Finals in Croke Park on Sunday 30 th

       Saturday 8th September          - TG4 Ladies All-Ireland Semi Finals
       Live coverage of the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Semi-Finals -
       Intermediate and Senior, presented by Gráinne McElwain. The road to
       Croker continues as we find out which teams can make it all the way and
       appear in the TG4 All-Ireland .

       Sunday 9th September at 7.30pm All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final.
       Another chance to see the full match, commentary by Garry Mac

       Saturday 15th September 5pm Live coverage of the Bord Gáis Energy
       All-Ireland Under-21 Hurling Final from Semple Stadium, Thurles.

       Sunday 23rd September 7.30pm All-Ireland Senior Football Final.
       Another chance to see the full match, commentary by Garry Mac

       Sunday 30th September 11.55am TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football
       Finals Triple Header - Junior Final (12pm), Intermediate Final (2pm) and
       Senior Final (4pm). Presented by Gráinne McElwain.

       Sunday 7th & 14th October 2pm Live coverage of a County Hurling or
       Football Final.

Every Sunday from 21st October to Sunday 9th December at 2 pm – Live & deferred
coverage from the AIB Club Provincial Hurling & Football Championship.

Listowel Racing Festival 2012

Live coverage of the famous Kerry racing festival from
Monday 17th to Saturday 22nd September, six days of racing with a total of forty five
races presented by Séan Bán Breathnach, with analysis from Mánus Ó Conghaile
and commentary from Micheál Ó Sé. Mick Ó hUallacháin and Eibhlín Ní
Choisdealbha will be amidst the action with the trainers and owners.
Not just a sporting occasion, the annual Listowel Races is a social event that is
always well attended, not only by people from all over Ireland but also by the Irish
living abroad. So don’t miss out on the horses, the races, the gambling, Ladies’ Day,
the craic and the fun. The centrepiece of the festival comes on Wednesday with the
running of the Guinness Kerry National Handicap Steeplechase. This €160,000
three mile contest always provides breath taking action while Friday 21 st September
is Ladies Day with the best dressed lady competition. Coverage starts on TG4 on
Monday 17th of September at 2.45pm

Seó Spóirt                       (Fridays 8:30pm)
Kerry All-Ireland Winning Captain Dara Ó Cinnéide returns with Seó Spóirt
“Championship 2012” to preview yet another action packed Championschip
This seasons line up of analysts include Jarlath Burns, Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh,
Ray Silke, Dónal O’Grady, Darragh Ó Sé, Pat Fleury, David Henry, John Allen, Joe
Connolly and many more.
Dara and the panel will be previewing the All Ireland Football and Hurling
Championships along with the U21 Hurling Championship, Camogie and the TG4
Ladies Gaelic Football Championships.
Seó Spóirt’s sideline reporter Gemma Ní Chionnaith will be travelling the length
and breadth of the country to keep us up to date with all that’s happening in the
GAA world, speaking with the players and managers who are in the thick of the
Championship action.
This year Wexford Hurler Diarmuid Lyng delves into the GAA’s vast archive and
takes viewers back in time to help us relive some of the great moments of the past
with those involved.
This series will as per usual be bumper packed with prizes and giveaways.
It’s your one stop shop for what’s happening in the world of Sport. Check out the
Seó Spóirt website at:

Produced by Sónta Teo. Contact Seán Ó Cualáin 095-33943

Motorsport Ireland
Highlights on TG4 every Wednesday night at 11pm from various motorsport and
rallying events such as the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship, Circuit of Ireland
Rally, National Forestry Rally and the Dunlop National Rally Championship.

Greyhound                                                                   View
Highlights on TG4 every Thursday night at 9pm. All the latest news, action and
information from the week’s Irish Greyhound Racing.

Na hEalaíona/ Arts

   An Pobal ag Ealaíon

   A chronicle of a pionerring community-arts project in South Connemara.
   Alice Rekab is a well known artist who has been engaged to work with a few
   local communities in the Connemara Gaeltacht. Although she is an Irish
   speaker, she has never worked in a Gaeltacht area. She knows the cultural
   and coastal landscape will inspire her but how will the locals react to this
   proposed artistic collaborations ?
   This project was supported by An Chomhairle Ealaíon/The Arts Council.

   Produced by Meangadh Fíbín. Contact Treasa Bhreathnach 087-1309333

  Imeall                        (Thursdays from 22/09/11 22.30pm )

   The weekly show from the world of the arts and culture returns to TG4 for
   another season with a critical but sympathetic look from the edge at
   happenings, trends, events, profiles and reviews, getting up close and
   personal with leading artists in all corners of the country. The series provides
   a regular and keen insight into the work of our arts practitioners with thoughtful
   questions from a team of artist/reporters whose own experience colours their
   reports. It captures the extensive sweep of the Irish arts world.
   Host Tristan Rosenstock is joined by reporters/artists Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh,
   Rossa Ó Snodaigh, Theo Dorgan, Michael Cronin, Úna Mullally and Darach
   Mac Con Iomaire. New reporting contributers this season include Fiachna Ó
   Braonáin, Róise Goan, Dermot McLaughlin and Sibéal Davitt.
   Early season highlights include a major celebration of Galway playwright Tom
   Murphy, a cheeky World Body Painting Record in Cork, Noelle Campbell
   Sharpe in the beautiful Cill Rialaig Project in Kerry and a unique portrait of the
   Arab Spring as captured in film.
   Produced      Red
                by      Shoe    Productions.                  Maggie     Breathnach 01-6699998

Steip Beo                      (Saturday 3rd November)
A real example of súil eile as TG4 again brings live coverage of the traditional
step dancing competition from Oireachtas na Gaeilge, the annual cultural
festival, being held this year in Letterkenny.

An art form in decline until recent years, sean-nós dancing is currently
undergoing a huge revival. This is an exuberant, free style form of individual
dancing for men and women and boys and girls of all ages and sizes, from
under 16 upwards.

The emphasis here is on flair and self-expression in a form of traditional Irish
dancing that is very far removed from the uniforms, curly wigs and regulated
steps of other regimented forms of Irish dancing.

TG4’s live coverage of this competition has become a run-away success and a
real audience-grabber as it conveys the fun and energy of this old pastime that
really connects with the contemporary audience. Presented by Joe Ó Dónaill.

Daoine Óga/Young People

Pre-School Zone:
Monday-Sunday 7.00am-10.30am/Monday-Saturday 2.00pm- 4:00 pm
    Cúla4 na nÓg gives pre-schoolers the opportunity to watch, listen and engage
    with colourful characters as new series of popular programmes return as well
    the introduction of many new playful friends!

    New series include Olly an Veain Beag Bán; a stunning pre-school animated
    series that follows Olly, an adorable, big-hearted and cheeky little white van.
    Olly has the energy and enthusiasm of a Labrador puppy and together with his
    driver, Stan, always finds a way to help someone out while having lots of fun
    along the way. SUPER GROVER sees Grover as a superhero, one of his
    many jobs on Sesame Street! Super Grover uses his superpowers to help
    others, though generally he ends up not being much help at all!

     Other new characters include POKOYO, a young boy dressed in blue, who is full of
    curiosity, he joins Pato the yellow duck, Elly the pink elephant, Loula the dog, Sleepy
    Bird and many others in learning new things and having fun.

     Inside an old clock shop is wall full of clocks. Big clocks, little clocks, silly
    clocks and sensible clocks. All of them ticking away to themselves and
    keeping perfect time. And right in the middle is one very special clock. This is
    the TIKETY TOC clock. As every hour passes, the Tic Toc Clock springs into
    life to chime in the time. It all happens as regular as clockwork!

     ZOU is a television adaptation of the popular children’s book series by author
    Michael Gay that tells the stories of a five year old zebra and his extended
    family as he goes about earning his stripes. DRIVER DAN’S STORY TRAIN
    features a unique combination of animated characters interacting with real
    children bringing stories to life for the audience and PAJANIMALS is an
    original short-form musical series co-produced by the Jim Henson Company
    and Northern Ireland’s Sixteen South Ltd. It features the musical adventures of
    sweet and gentle characters preparing for bed; “Apollo”, “Squacky” “Sweet
    Pea Sue” and “Cowbella”. Through their imaginary journeys, the
    PAJANIMALS will model the skills preschoolers need to move through their
    days and nights successfully.

     The pre-school block would not be complete without our old time favourites, with a
    new series of Dora, the Wonderpets, Dino Train, Team Umi Zoomi as well as the
    colourful Mr. Men, Olivia, Animal Mechanicals and Coisíní Franny.

 Aimsir Cúla4 at 8:00am and at 3:25pm gives the forecast for the day at school and
for the afternoon’s activities, Scéal an lae is a 5minute reading corner for children to
enjoy the magic of a storybook between their favourite cartoons and Bia Linn is a
brand new kid’s cookery series featuring animation, puppets and a live action
presenter. The children will be in the kitchen with the live action presenter and some
puppet friends, making the recipes featured.

Web – info on programming…
 Information on all pre-school programmes on TG4 is available on
as well as song lyrics from Cúla4 na nÓg favourites, on-line games from OLIVIA, MR.
MEN, DINO TRAIN and SKUNK FU and our downloadable monthly newsletter for
parents and teachers.

              Monday – Friday 4.10pm-6.00 pm

Every evening on Cúla4 join Garfield, Ben 10, Spongebob, Fanboy &
Chum Chum any many more of your favourite characters as they go on daily


T.U.F.F PUPPY follows the adventures of a dim-witted but determined dog
named Dudley Puppy, who works as a secret agent for an organization called
T.U.F.F. FLEA-BITTEN is cartoon comedy in the grand old tradition, with
frantic chases, slapstick hilarity and the nuttiest cast of recurring guest
characters ever assembled—colorful canines, feral felines and bizarre bugs
that inhabit this animal-centric world!

THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL is filled with colorful characters like
Tina Rex, Anton the piece of toast, Penny the cheerleader, Banana Joe,
Bobert the robot, Hector the giant and Ms. Simian. And don’t forget about
Gumball’s crazy family: Darwin, Anais Mom and Dad and Gumball himself.
They’re anything but normal!
GROOVE HIGH is an animated series comedy with live action for 7 to 12 year
old boys and girls about a group of talented kids living and learning together in
an elite school for the performing arts. Tom and Zoe are our tour guides into
Groove High, the most elite performing arts boarding school in the country,
where they had been accepted a few years ago. Groove High is fast-paced,
has heart but most importantly it’s full-on funny

Wallace takes a light hearted and humorous look at the real-life inventors,
contraptions, gadgets and inventions, with the silent help of Gromit in the 6
short 2’30 minute films, sees Wallace invent an array of contraptions to try and
make life easier but it’s always Gromit who picks up the pieces!

New series’ of your favourite programmes.
 Spongebob Squarepants: More antics from Bikini bottom where
Spongebob and Patrick star continue to cause mayhem.
 FANBOY & CHUM CHUM returns with the two energetic super fans on
comic adventures and misadventures fuelled by their fertile imaginations, short
attention spans, and madcap worldview

    BACK AT THE BARNYARD: Join Otis and his barnyard friends as they goof
   around on crazy adventures, but Otis knows it’s his responsibility to protect the
   inhabitants of the farm!

   COMPETITIONS: As usual, Cúla4 will have lashings of great prizes both on-
   screen and on

Monday – Friday 4.10pm-6.00 pm

Ponc:    Teen Programming on TG4
    PONC brings you an hour of teen entertainment presented by the dynamic
   talents of Máire Treasa Ní Dhubhghaill and Colmán Mac Séalaigh. The
   schedule will include drama, entertainment and reality series’ to keep you
   entertained Monday – Friday from 6– 7pm

    Tuesdays and Thursdays will see the second season of exclusive PONC
   programming; PONC XL, a half hour magazine programme and PONC @ na
   Movies a dedicated movie show.

   They travelled around the country last year meeting teenagers, attending
   festivals, and trying out new sporting activities and Máire Treasa and Colmán
   will be running wild again this season! PONC XL will highlight the latest trends
   in fashion and technology, provide you with your weekly music and
   entertainment fix and will invite young Irish bands to showcase their talent.
   Featured bands last year include Bipolar Empire, Hogan, The Ralphs, Nova
   Static, Futures Apart, Supermodel Twin and Lost Colors

   Tune in Tuesdays @ 5.55pm

   Other Teen dramas on TG4 include:

   Based on best-selling books, the Vampire Diaries follow the story of two
   vampire brothers in love with the same beautiful girl and battling to control the
   fate of the entire town Never underestimate the power of love or the strength
   of a Vampire.

   High society and low blows are back with Season III of Gossip Girl – a one
   hour drama about the scandalous lives of Manhattan’s elite. High Fashion
   and high drama!

   The eighth season and the best is yet to come! This season finds Brook
   happier than ever, looking forward to her wedding; Nathan prepares for his
   second season at the NBA and Haley is expecting a new baby.


  Sean-Nós                       (Thursdays from 13/09/12 8pm)
  A brand new series showcases the best of the emerging (and some established)
  talent in traditional or sean-nós singing in the country at the moment. Presenter Síle
  Denvir was born and raised in Cois Fharraige in the Connemara Gaeltacht and took
  an interest in sean-nós singing from an early age. She began learning the harp from
  Kathleen Loughnane and now Síle is best-known as the harpist of the all-female
  band Liadan. performed with The Chieftains at a concert hosted for the State Visit of
  Queen Elizabeth II to Ireland in May 2011.

  Sláine Ní Chathalláin
  A native of Coimín in the West Kerry Gaeltacht, Sláine has her own opinions on
  where traditional singing stands at the moment. She’ll also sing a few of her own

  Aodán Ó Ceallaigh
  This young man from An Rinn in Waterford won the Men’s Prize at last year’s
  Oireachtas na Gaeilge competition.

  Caitríona Ní Cheannabháin
  She is a member of a renowned family of sean-nós singers from Aird Thoir, near
  Carna in the Galway Gaeltacht, a parish noted as the richest of all in sean-nós
  singing talent. She has her own views on competitions
  as a means of strengthening the tradition.

  Sorcha Ní Chéilleachair
  Originally from An Rinn in Waterford, she has a famous musical mother but is now
  based in Connemara. She, too, has her own views on competitions as a means of
  strengthening the tradition

  Eilís Ní Chonghaile
  This young woman from the Ráth Cairn Gaeltacht in Meath, she won the Women’s
  Prize at last year’s Oireachtas na Gaeilge competition. She talks of the singing
  tradition brought east to Meath by the transplanted Connemara families in 1935 and
  what that means to the younger generation there.

  Mairéad Ní Fhlatharta
  From An Spidéal in Connemara, her family has some famous singers and she also
  benefitted from the classes provided at the nearby Gaelacadamh.
  She has released her won album

Jimí Ó Ceannabháin
One       of     the     finest    singers of    all,   this     native     of
Ros Muc in the Connemara Gaeltacht spent some years in the USA but has now
returned home. He won Corn Uí Riada, the champion of champions’ competition at
last year’s Oireachtas na Gaeilge.

Doiminic Mac Giolla Bhríde
Acclaimed as one of the great young singers he is a native Gaoth Dobhair in the
Donegal Gaeltacht. He is a past winner of Corn Uí Riada, the champion of
champions’ competition at Oireachtas na Gaeilge. He has views on accompaniment
of sean-nós singing.

Saileog Ní Cheannabháin
Born and bred in Dundrum in South Dublin, this young woman springs on both sides
from musical genes. She talks about the use of archive and about competitions.

Bríd Ní Mhaoilchiaráin
Another past winner or Corn Uí Riada, she hails from Aird Thoir, Carna a parish
noted as the richest of all in sean-nós singing talent. Her family is steeped in the

Lorcán Mac Mathúna
He hails from Dublin and has his own views on traditional singing. He also composes

Eibhlín Ní Chonghaile
A multi-talented musician, singer and dancer from Leitir Mealláin in the Connemara
Gaeltacht, she and her siblings are well known for their accomplishments.

Micheál Ó Confhaola
Another past winner or Corn Uí Riada, he hails from Muicineach idir dhá Sháile near
Camus in Connemara. His mother and aunts are very well know singers. He talks of
his love for country music too.

Seosamh Ó Flatharta
From Coill Sáile in west Connemara, he has a deep interest in music of all kinds and
talks about the human voice as a musical instrument.

Áine Ní Bhuachalla Uí Chuill
Originally from Cill na Martra, she’s now resident in nearby Cúil Aodha in the
Muskerry Gaeltacht in Cork. She talks about the rich store of songs in that area and
about the role of competitions too.

Traolach Ó Conghaile
A native of Co Mayo, he’s learned his sean-nós and is an avid entrant to
competitions. He’s been successful too as a winner of the Men’s Competition at the
Oireachtas.   He speaks of the rich store of songs from Mayo in the sean-nós

Fionntán Ó Meachair
A long-time resident of Cúil Aodha in the Muskerry Gaeltacht in Cork, he talks about
how he took to singing and about the rich store of songs in that area.

Sorcha Ní Mhonacháin
She is a native Gaoth Dobhair in the Donegal Gaeltacht but now lives in the
Connemara Gaeltacht. She is a regular at Oireachtas na Gaeilge and wonders how
the tradition will fare in future generations.

Fearghas Mac Lochlainn
A Dublin native, long resident in Connemara, he has a particular interest in the
tradition brought east to Meath by the transplanted Connemara families in 1935 and
or one of its finest practitioners, Cóil Neaine Pháidín.

Áine Ní Dhroighneáin
Actress and singer from An Spidéal, she too also benefitted from the sean-nós
classes provided at the local Gaelacadamh.

Corn Uí Riada Beo             (Saturday 3 November) webcast on

Sean-nós singing is undergoing a significant revival in recent years, with
practitioners like Iarla Ó Lionáird and Róisín Elsafty doing much to popularise
this art-form in cross- over recording and settings.
Corn Uí Riada is the pinnacle of the sean-nós year, the competition at which
the leading exponents, who must meet very high standards of pre-selection to
participate at all, meet at Oireachtas na Gaeilge (being held in Letterkenny this
year), live on-stage to compete to win the most coveted title of them all.

Produced by Telegael; Siobhán Ní Ghadhra siobhá

Ceol ón Chlann                      (10pm Sundays from 23 September)

A 6 part exploration of famous Irish musical families that offers a fresh insight
into their    heritage and influences, their legacy and their continuing
significance in modern Ireland’s musical tapestry. The families profiled are
Keanes, the Blacks, the Ó Snodaigh brothers, the McPeakes, the Pattersons
and the Sands Family –who have brought their music to the four corners of the
Each programme gives an insight into the musical journey that each family
has taken and the influence that previous generations have had on their
musical heritage.
Narrated by singer Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin, each family’s story presented
through a combination of archive footage, personal interviews and critical
appraisal. Rare footage from the television archives of the BBC, UTV and
RTÉ, and previously unseen private family footage are combined with new
interviews with family members (Dolores and Séan Keane, Mary and Francis
Black, Rónán, Colm and Rossa Ó Snodaigh, Francie McPeake III, Tommy
Sands and Billy Patterson) to provide a fuller appreciation of the family’s
musical influences
Well-known journalists, musicians and broadcasters also offer their
perspectives Liam Ó Maonlaí, Mary Bergin, Dónal Lunny, Áine Hensey, Colm
Mac Con Iomaire, Lynette Fay, Séan Bán Breathnach, Neil Martin, Breanndán
Ó Beaglaoich, Brian Mullen and Dónal K O’Boyle.
This project received support from the Northern Ireland Irish Language
Broadcast Fund.

Produced by Stirling Film & TV. Contact Anne Stirling 048 9033 3848

Opry an Iúir           (10.30pm Wednesdays from 19/09/12)
A six-part Irish country music performance series recorded in front of a live
audience, presented by Marc Roberts and Lynette Fay.
Each episode features a well known and respected Irish singer: Hugo
Duncan, Mike Denver, Sandy Kelly, Nathan Carter, Dominic Kirwan and Mick
All are seasoned campaigners and have been recording, touring and
gathering fans at home and abroad for many years. We’ll find out just how
many years, and why they keep at it. The fans too, get their say.
Each artiste is profiled as we look back on where they’re from, what they did
as they were growing up, what they’re musical influences were.
This project received support from the Northern Ireland Irish Language
Broadcast Fund.
Produced by Big            Mountain

Siar an Bóthar                      (8pm Tuesdays from 25 Sept)
This is the new series of Siar an Bóthar which features archive footage of Irish
music, singing and dancing. The first programmes features west Kerry
accordion player Séamus Ó Beaglaoich and Irish-Australian guitarist Steve
Cooney playing polkas for Kerry set-dancers from Cuas and other points west
on THE PURE DROP series in June 1990.

Buail Cos                           (10pm Sundays from 04 November)
A is a six part documentary series that highlights the journey, step-by-step of
Irish dancing over the past 500 years. The series will highlight the various
threads of Irish dance from ‘Céilí’, ‘Set’, ’Sean Nós’ and ‘Steip’.
Each of the main styles is the focus of one of the programme in the series. It
traces the roots and historic rise of these individual genres, while also
featuring the modern reality of ‘dance life’ through the experiences of Niamh
Taylor and Pádraig Ó Dúbháin as they compete in their respective national
and international competitions.
This project received support from the Northern Ireland Irish Language
Broadcast Fund and the BAI Sound and Vision Scheme.
Produced by Sonas Productions. Contact Meabh O’Hare 0044 7817956103
Pop 4                (Saturdays 5.55pm)

Ireland’s TOP 30 national chart show presented by Eoghan Mac Diarmada
from The O2 in Dublin. All the hottest videos, celebrity interviews, movie &
album reviews, live music in studio every week from top Irish bands and your
chance to win the Top 10 Albums. Presented by Eoghan Mac Diarmada &
Andy Kavanagh.
Produced   by      Like   it   Love    it;         Contact   Andy      Ruane 01-2834490

Sé Mo Laoch                        (Spring 2013)
Another season of profiles and homage to legendary figures in traditional
music. This year’s programmes include tributes to singers, instrumentalists
and scholars.   Those profiled are Josephine Keegan, Danny Meehan
(Donegal) , Treasa Ní Mhiolláin (Aran Islands), Bobby Gardiner (Clare),
Tomás Ó Canainn (Derry and Cork) and Andy Irvine (Ireland and Scotland).
Programmes combine new interviews with the principals, tributes from family,
friends and fellow musicians as well as archive footage, much of it previously
Produced      bySibéal    Teo.   Contact             Niamh     Ní    Bhaoill. 066 9152555

She’s Got It                                         (Spring 2013)

An archive series featuring some of our most famous female singers in their own tv
specials first recorded and broadcast in 1988 of the past thirty years, including Mary
Black, Honor Heffernan, Dolores Keanea and Susan McCann.

Dolores Keane
The acclaimed Galway singer was at the very peak of her powers in this programme
in which she was joined in song by members of her illustrious family from
Caherlistrane, including aunts Rita and Sarah with special guests, Paul Brady and
Hank and Matt Wankford.

Mary Black
Her family has roots in Rathlin Island but the Black family are a Dublin musical
dynasty at this stage. In this programme, Mary, perhaps the best-known of the
Blacks was joined in song by guess Mary Stokes and Jimmy McCarthy.

Susan McCann
In this Christmas special, one of the leading lights of Irish country music was
joined by guests Ray Lynam, Daniel O’Donnell and Gloria.

Honor Heffernan
In this show, Honor was joined by guests, Louis Stewart, Maggie Coady and
her sisters Kate Origan and Siobhán McGowan.

Guth                         (Spring 2013)
A new 6 part music documentary series that explores the rich contribution to
the development of pop and rock music in the UK and USA by composers and
singers of Irish parentage - from John Lennon, Johnny Rotten, Morrissey,
Dusty Springfield, Bing Crosby and Noel and Liam Gallagher. Performers,
journalists and musical historians assess the Irish influence on popular music
over the past sixty years.       Johnny Rotten reminisces about visiting his
parents’ home in Tuam, Co Galway.
This project received support from the BAI Sound and Vision Scheme.

Produced      by    Abú      Media,     Contact     Bríd     Seoighe     091-505100

Geantraí                           (Spring 2013)

This evergreen traditional music series is one of TG4’s most popular and has
been a staple in the programme schedule since the channel first came on air.
It conveys the unique atmosphere of a pub session and programmes feature
the best of regional traditional music from around the country.
The series, presented by a different musician each week, is produced in
genuine traditional music pubs and many of our best known musicians are
featured. It is also a platform for the young or indeed the mature musician
who maybe performing on television for the first time.
Included in this series is Pat Shortt’s Bar in Castlemartyr, Co. Cork where the
presenter is banjo player Daithí Kearney and where the publican and
comedian Pat Shortt is included on flute. We also visit Hayden’s Pub in Co.
Tyrone where well known fiddle players Cathal Hayden and Stephen Hayden
are among the guests in a programme presented by Donall Donnelly. Another
Donal, and At First Light fiddler, Donal O Connor presents from PJ O Hare’s in
Carlingford Co. Louth, Tipperary fiddle player and member of FullSet Michael
Harrison presents from Terryglass, Co. Tipperary and flute player Joe Byrne
presents from Balla, Co. Mayo.
Produced by Forefront. Contact Tony McCarthy 021-

Ceol Ar An Imeall
A third series, bringing the best in alternative Irish music and international
We’re living in a golden age of Irish independent music and Ceol ar an Imeall
is there to document some of the most exciting and fastest rising acts around.
This homegrown talent is coupled with groundbreaking musicians from
abroad. This series we chat to and record exclusive live sessions with acts
such as Austra, Ellie Goulding, Dan Deacon, Washed Out and many more.
Irish acts took to our studio to play unique live sessions for Ceol ar an Imeall.
These include the cream of the Irish music scene; Spies, Logikparty, Jennifer
Evans, No Monster Club, Little Green Cars, Sleep Thieves, Tieranniesaur, Go
Panda Go, Elaine Mai, Fred, Ophelia, Squarehead, Niamh De Barra, The
Mighty Stef and more.
Úna Mullally brings best alternative music you’ll hear on national television
for another exhilarating series, full of introductions to new music, and
affirmations of existing sounds.

Produced by Red Shoe Productions. 01-6699998

Gradam Ceoil TG4               (spring 2013)
The country’s top awards scheme for excellence in traditional music. Selected
by their peers and not based on any competition or individual performance, the
recipients are all acknowledged masters in their chosen area of traditional

A feature of the scheme is that non-performers
scholars/collectors/broadcasters) are also included in one awards
category.Now well into its teens, the annual Gradam Ceoil TG4 gala Concert is
a highlight of the traditional musical calendar.

Leitrim native but London-based fiddle maestro Bryan Rooney was the
recipients of the TG4 Gradam Ceoil 2012. Other awards this year went to
Nell Ní Chróinín (singer) Danny Meehan (Lifetime) Paddy O’Brien
(Composer) Caoimhín Ó Fearghaíl (Young Musician) and Brian & Eithne
Vallely (Special Achievement)

The selection process for next year’s awards is well advanced and the Gradam
Ceoil concert will be held in the NCH in Limerick.


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