CELTIC MEDIA FESTIVAL
Being of the language, not about the language! Great radio is often about personal stories and honesty, when people share their inner most private feelings about what has happened to them. This is what we strive to do and we hope it comes through in the pieces of audio that have been put together as part of this submission. RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta is a public service radio station, part of the national broadcaster, providing a complete radio service to Gaeltacht and Irish language communities throughout the country and the world. We provide a national platform to these communities to debate and discuss issues that are of core importance to them. Great efforts have been made to create opportunities for debate and discussion, to have fun and be energetic, facilitate listeners from a rural and urban background and tell their stories. Our schedule aims to achieve a balance between the local, national and international when covering news, sport, music and human-interest stories for all ages. Over the last year, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta has covered subjects of particular interest to our audience, national events as well as events in the international arena. For example, the l Local and European Elections, music festivals around the country, Oireachtas na Gaeilge, Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta (Inter-Gaeltacht Football Championship) from Corca Dhuibhne in Co. Kerry and many more. Music has an integral part in the schedule, and while it is not possible to include all of the music output in our audio entry, some special broadcasts worth mentioning include a live broadcast from the National Concert Hall, where the competition Siansa, gave young people a platform whilst encouraging traditional music at the same time, The Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal Competition, which was a live broadcast from the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork and the Sruth na Maoile @ 25 concert which celebrated 25 years of a co-production with BBC Radio nan Gáidheal. Each of these concerts were also broadcast visually on our website and social media platforms. Although RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta is based, predominantly, on the west coast of Ireland, with Headquarters in Conamara, we place a great emphasis on catering for a national audience while maintaining a strong local and regional focus. Stories of all kinds, particularly human-interest stories are handled in such a way as to connect with the audience regardless of where they are or where they are from and examples of such are included in the audio compilations. While it is impossible to include everything in our application we hope you get a flavour of what we do.