Clonmel filmmaker wins award for Irish language documentary

Clonmel filmmaker wins award for Irish language documentary

The award winning filmmakers - Allister Higgens is on the right, front row, holding the trophy.

A Clonmel filmmaker has been honoured for an award-winning documentary, made in association with another Tipperary man.

It happened at a wonderful day for the students of Waterford Institute of Technology’s Higher Diploma in Television and Digital Media Production.

Trained at Nemeton TV in Gaeltacht na nDéise in Co Waterford, the graduates dominated the Student Media Awards Category for Best TV Production of Documentary or Drama in Irish.  

The imaginative dramas and documentaries of nine students were recognized as being of the highest quality, with thefilms offering a fascinating and wide range of stories.

The winner, ‘An Lá a Thit an Condor’ wasdirected by Nial Kenny from Nenagh and co-edited with Allister Higgens from Clonmel. It is an evocative blend of reconstruction and archive, with the filmmaker’s grandfather recalling the day eight German pilots landed in Nenagh during WW2.  


Allister Higgens on left and Niall Kenny in the centre with their trophy.

Following in the footsteps of former graduates of the course, this year's young group of filmmakers will also hope to win awards and have their work broadcast on TV and screened at some of Ireland’s best film festivals.

And most importantly, they can look forward to employment in a vibrant industry that needs their skill set. The class of 2017 are working in production companies around the country as well as in the related digital media industries.

The other nominated films for the Student Media Awards included ‘Turas an Dreóilín’, a warm observational documentary in which the filmmaker Donie Nolan captures the unique tradition of the Carrigkerry Wren Boys in his native West Limerick over Christmas 2016.  In ‘Is Cuimhin Liom’,filmmaker Sarah McCoy gives us an intimate and surprisingly humorous portrait of Gerald Linehan as he and his family come to terms with his Alzheimers.

In ‘B’Fhearr Liom na Sléibhte’,the filmmaker and musician Nuala Daltan explores the hidden musical tradition and history of her native South Carlow and Blackstairs Mountain Range.  ‘Seachtain i Saol Beirt Pholatóir’is a quirky observational documentary in which filmmakers Neil Hallahan and Cóilín Duffy contrast the busy lives of a Senator and a T.D. from Cork  over the course of a week.

And finally, in ‘An tAthair Ó Fiannachta’, director Fiona Griffin and editor Ryan O’Dwyer give us a touching portrait of the much loved Irish language scholar Padraig Ó Fiannachta of Dingle who died in 2016. The film features friends such as Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh.