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Irish Language Broadcast Fund Announces Funding Decisions For 2018
18 Apr 2018 : Nathan Griffin
Northern Ireland Screen’s Irish Language Broadcast Fund (ILBF) is delighted to announce its latest funding decisions for 2018. Funding was awarded across a wide genre of TV and online content with a total of 15 projects receiving funding.

The aim of the ILBF is to promote the production and broadcast of quality Irish language content for an audience in Northern Ireland and beyond and to help grow the Irish language production sector in Northern Ireland.

Below The Radar and Sonas Productions have been awarded funding for ‘The Sam Henry Collection’, which will air on TG4 and BBC NI. This is the first TV production that will receive co-funding from Northern Ireland Screen’s Irish Language Broadcast Fund and the Ulster Scots Broadcast Fund and brings to life the story of Sam Henry, one of the most important folklorists in Ulster in the twentieth century.

This year also sees two ILBF funded series mark an important milestone. Below the Radar’s lively magazine show for BBC NI ‘I Lár an Aonaigh’ returns for its seventh series as does ‘Meon Eile’, Below The Radar’s online platform.

A number of live programmes have also received funding. Red Shoe Multimedia will produce live coverage of TG4’s Irish traditional music awards programme, ‘Gradam Ceoil’, which came to the Waterfront for the first time in February 2018.

The Irish Language event An Cabaret Craiceáilte has become famous for its Irish Language music and is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Sonas Productions has been awarded funding to record a live anniversary performance on TG4.

Imagine Media has been awarded funding for ‘Ceol Chogadh na Saoirse’, a music series that will be broadcast on TG4 that takes the audience through a musical journey of the War of Independence.

Dearcán Media has received funding to produce a documentary on the relatively untold story of the life and work of Michael Davitt. Davitt’s story will combine up to date research with detailed reconstruction and imaginative graphic design.

Macha Media’s ‘Máthair’ is a documentary series that will broadcast on TG4 and investigates four remarkable women from four historical eras who changed society, politics and literature through their children.

Thousands of people from Ireland and from further afield descend on Lough Derg every year, each with their own reason for undertaking the pilgrimage. DoubleBand Films’ ‘Peireadh’ explores Lough Derg and the pilgrims who undertake the journey and will broadcast on BBC and RTÉ.

DoubleBand Films’ has also been awarded funding to produce ‘Mianach na mBan’ on BBC, which looks at the role of women in sport – from Gaelic games to boxing, rowing and many more.

Paper Owl Films’ observational documentary sees Belfast boxing duo Paddy Barnes and Mickey Conlan embark on an adventure around the world to find that one thing they long for more than anything, the ability to speak Irish.

Paper Owl Films has also been awarded funding ‘Clann Clainne’ an online platform that aims to bring older and younger generation together through modern technology.

For further details and guidelines please visit the ILBF funding page.

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