Radharc Awards 2016

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The Radharc Awards for 2016 were presented at a lunch in the Talbot Stillorgan Hotel on Thursday 20th October 2016.

The Guest of Honour was Ms. Olivia O’Leary.

The Radharc Award for Televised Documentaries

The winner of the Radharc Awards Trophy for 2016 was the documentary “Torthaí na Daoirse” (“ Lockout”). Ferndale Films. Producer Noel Pearson.

The story of the Dunnes Store ant-apartheid strike of 1984 when a small number of checkout staff displayed extraordinary courage in refusing to handle items imported from South Africa and were suspended from work. The ensuing strike lasted nearly 3 years and changed the face of the anti-apartheid movement around the world.

Highly Commended Certificate
“These Walls Can Talk”

Mind the Gap Films. Producer Anne Heffernan

The story of the 150 years of St. Joseph’s School for Deaf Boys in Cabra and the good and the bad experiences of its inmates.

Commended Certificate
“The Story of Yes.”

Invisible Thread Ltd. Producers Anna Rodgers and Zlata Filipovic.

The story of the referendum in May 2015 when Ireland voted in favour of same sex marriage. This documentary tells the story through the eyes of those to whom it mattered most – the LGBT communities and their families.

The winner of the Radharc Trophy for New Media was the documentary “Displaced.” Swansong Films. Producer Eric Dolan. Director Niamh Heery.

Produced by Eric Dolan and directed by Niamh Heeery of Swansong Films, this film is about people such as refugees, emigrants, farmers and travellers who have lost their place in life and who try to reconnect with what they have lost.

The Best Newcomer Award
“I Am Immigrant”

Motive TV Ltd. Producers Jamie D’Alton and Anne Mc Loughlin. Director Luke McManus.

This documentary presents us with a challenging portrayal of stereotypes and forces us to reconsider our understanding of a very relevant issue. We may not be the very tolerant people that we often think we are.

The Best Historical Documentary
“Mary McAleese and The Man Who Saved Europe“

Clean Slate Television Ltd. Producers Declan McGrath and David Kilpatrick. Director David Kilpatrick.

An historical documentary that successfully links the work of a brave young man fifteen hundred years ago with a similar situation under threat in the world today, the Radharc Certificate of Excellence for the best historical documentary goes to the imaginatively presented documentary.

The Radharc Award for New Media Documentaries

The Radharc Trophy for New Media was awarded to the documentary “Displaced”. Swansong Films. Producer Eric Dolan. Director Niamh Heery.

This film is about people such as refugees, emigrants, farmers and travellers who have lost their place in life and how they try to reconnect ageing with what they once knew.

Highly Commended Certificate.
“In My Own Words”

St. Columkille School, Dublin. Producer Andrew Bates. Director Andrew Bates.

This is a documentary about a teenage boy, Karl Reddy, who overcomes personal speech and language difficulties that could have prevented him from developing his personality and sense of personal worth.

Radharc Awards at Fresh 2016


The Radharc Trophy Award


This film communicated concisely, by sound and picture, a young man’s speech difficulty and without a reliance on contributions from speech therapy professionals, fulfilling the Radharc remit of respect for personal dignity the Radharc Trophy Award was presented to the film

In My Own Words by Andrew Bates, St. Columkille’s School Knocklyon

The Radharc Very Highly Commended Award


For capturing a sense of place on film by focusing on an island event promoting communal values and recording such an event for posterity in the tradition of much of the Radharc Archive material, the Radharc Very Highly Commended Award was presented to the film

Ram Fair produced by Johnathan Connolly Galway

The Radharc Highly Commended Award.


For a highly imaginative narrative structure recounting the story of Roger Casement’s arrival on Banna Strand and for an engaging re-enactment of the subsequent events using available locations, the Radharc Highly Commended Award was presented to the film

Kerry Wide Produced by Dolores Martin Ardfert National School

The Radharc Commended Award


Successfully replicating a period in history, highlighting women of courage who challenged hardened attitudes and rules within society, and executing these events in the objective manner of the spirit of Radharc remit, the Radharc Commended Award was presented to the film

Women Who Changed the World. Produced by St. Aiden’s National School