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'Faoin gCeann Tuí' / 'Under the Thatch' Screens at Galway Film Fleadh
03 Jul 2018 : Nathan Griffin
Nemeton TV has announced that director and producer Seán Ó Ciardha’s first short documentary, ‘Faoin gCeann Tuí/Under the Thatch’, produced on the Higher Diploma in Television and Digital Media Production at Nemeton TV, will be screened at the Galway Film Fleadh on 12th July at 12pm.

Co-produced with fellow graduate Oisín Mistéíl, the beautiful documentary follows the filmmaker as he relives the remarkable story that started it all – the day a BBC television crew came to his ancestral home in Conamara in the 1960’s. Now, nearly 60 years later, a camera crew returns to the same thatched cottage to catch up with its inhabitants and find out how that visit so long ago impacted on the lives of a generation of his family and friends.  Seán’s father and his uncle Mártan were young boys when the BBC recorded the stunning footage of music, dancing, and daily activities of his Great Grandparent’s home. As Mártan tells us in the film “We had never even seen a Television in our lives … it was like we were starring in a Cowboy movie or something”

Developing the craft of documentary making was key in Sean’s decision to do the Postgraduate in Television and Digital Media Production with Nemeton TV and Waterford Institute of Technology.

Speaking about the Nemeton TV training course, Sean Ó Ciardha said:

“The course afforded me the opportunity to learn the basic skills and in turn apply them to the technical and storytelling aspects vital to putting a project like this together”.

Seán and Oisín, like the other graduates from the acclaimed Higher Diploma in Television and Digital Media Production at Nemeton TV were offered the chance to produce, direct and edit their chosen project under the watchful eye of experienced TV industry professionals. The films now have the chance of being broadcast as part of TG4’s very popular ‘Céad Seans’ series and will continue to travel to film festivals around Ireland.

Nemeton TV and Waterford Institute of Technology have begun accepting applications for the 2018 Higher Diploma in Television and Digital Media Production course based in Waterford.

The Postgraduate Television and Digital Media Production runs from September 2018 to

May 2019 and is widely regarded as the most industry-focused course in the media sector.

The core belief is that third level courses are relevant, dynamic and genuinely prepare

Students with the skills needed for the television and media industries.

Students are based in Nemeton TV, an exciting live television production environment, and they can now opt to take the course at level 8 or 9. The course is accredited and run in partnership with Waterford Institute of Technology and funded by Údarás na Gaeltachta.

Speaking about the course, Course leader, Moira Sweeney said:

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the creativity and imaginations of the next generation of

television producers, directors and editors.”   

Nemeton TV CEO,  Irial Mac Mhurchú added:

“Each year we are delighted to see the graduates of the course find work with us in Nemeton

TV and in production companies around the country and with national broadcasters."

Eibhlín De Paor,  Údáras na Gaeltachta added:

“The course plays a vital role in preparing students with the skills needed to enter a competitive industry."




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