It’s Your Right application released

Athena Media has been working on the It’s Your Right transmedia project for the Ombudsman for Children’s Office since February. The aim of the project has been to educate and inform children and young people about their rights largely through the voices and stories of children themselves. This is accomplished through a series of video and audio podcasts, compiled and brought together in an iPad app which also features additional information on a quiz.  The podcast channels are hosted at audioboom (formally known as audioboo) and vimeo. The iPad application can be downloaded via iTunes. The Irish Times ran a feature on the It’s Your Right campaign and app which you can read here.

One of the highlights of the project was the “Shield” song by Ellen and Carla which they had wrote prior to getting involved with It’s Your Right, throughout the project the song evolved and developed into a wonderful version accompanied by strings and a primary school choir.

‘Shield’ by Ellen and Carla – LIVE at St. Peter’s College Dunboyne from ItsYourRight on Vimeo.

Gold Award Winning Herosongs available as a showcase iPad app

Athena Media is celebrating the news that 4 of its projects won at the New York Festival Radio Awards, including 2 golds, for Herosongs and Citizens: Lockout 1913, as well as a silver award for Science is Everywhere and James Joyce: The Dead reaching a finalist certificate. Full details are available on the awards here.

An episode of Herosongs, heroes of 1913-1916, presented by Thérése McIntyre has been made into a showcase iPad app available for free on iTunes now. The application contains the full episode, additional information, pictures, lyrics, resources and a full transcript to give listeners a broader experience.

Athena Media gets four finalists in New York Radio Awards

Athena Media radio projects have received four finalist results in the short-list for the prestigious New York Radio Festival announced today. The international radio awards festival is considered to be the ‘oscars’ of radio and in this year’s results four key Athena Media projects have made the final cut. Athena Media is the first irish independent to have 4 different projects in the finalist list and for 3 different broadcasters. Herosongs,

Citizens: Lockout 1913, and Science is Everywhere were funded by the The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, and the Barry McGovern narration of Joyce’s “The Dead” was funded by UCD and broadcast by RTÉ lyric fm.

These are Herosongs, our history meets song series RTE Radio 1/BAI, which is short-listed in best educational programming, Citizens: Lockout 1913-2013, our landmark history series RTE Radio 1/BAI shortlisted in best history programming, James Joyce: The Dead an illustrated reading by Barry McGovern, shortlisted in best narration craft and finally our science series Science is Everywhere Newstalk/BAI shortlisted in best science and technology programming. The results ceremony is in New York on June 23rd and you can sample all the winning programming online from promo clips to full programming so listen, enjoy, share and judge for yourself!

 

It’s Your Right Campaign for the Ombudsman for Children’s Office

Athena Media is working on It’s Your Right
a campaign for the Ombudsman for Children’s Office aiming to promote and raise awareness of the rights of the child. It’s Your Right is a transmedia project combining audio, photos and video showcased in the microsite, with an iPad app to be launched in September.

The audio channel for It’s Your Right is featured on audioboo here.

 

Athena Media’s Herosongs series has been shortlisted for the prestigious Celtic Media Awards 2014.

 

Presenter of Herosongs Therese McIntyre

 

Athena Media’s Herosongs series has been shortlisted for the prestigious Celtic Media Awards 2014. Episode 6 of Herosongs, The Female Herosongs is up for best Music Programme.

Athena Media produced this eight part documentary series for RTÉ Radio 1 with the funding support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. Throughout the series, presenter Therese McIntyre, a singer and academic, traces the journey of ballads from the 16th century to today and explores how they shape or distort our understanding of history, real events and real people like Henry Joy McCracken in 1798 or Jim Larkin in 1913.

In this episode of Herosongs, Therese looks at the songs about female ‘heroes’ including ‘Óro Sé Do Bheatha Bhaile’ about sea warrior Granuaile and the song ‘Grace’ about Grace Gifford, the Irish artist and activist who married Joseph Plunkett, one of the signatories of the proclamation in 1916. We hear from singers Iarla Ó’Lionaird and Frances Black who take us through the song ‘Magdalen Laundry’ and Grace Gifford’s grandniece Honor Ó Brolcháin shares her family story, while Granuaile biographer Anne Chambers gives an insight into the real Grace O’Malley.

Joyce’s The Dead new app & reading by Barry McGovern

Athena Media has been working with the UCD Humanities Institute and Vermillion Design on the creation of a new free iPad app launched January 6th, available now from iTunes, the app allows old and new audiences to enjoy Joyce’s short story “The Dead” in an easily accessible and highly interactive way. The app is a follow on to the Joyce’s Dublin podcast series and micro site Athena Media & the UCD Humanities Institute launched in 2009.

In addition to the app, esteemed actor Barry McGovern’s full reading of “The Dead”, produced by Athena Media, was broadcast on Lyric FM on the 5th of January at 8 pm. The app has received plenty of press attention including the Irish Times.

Below is the promo for the reading

Get Off The Couch!

Here are some video podcasts from Athena Media’s recent production “Get Off The Couch!” which aired from 24th October to the 28th of November on Setanta Ireland, made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. “Get Off The Couch!” was presented by Teena Gates who led a team of 6 participants, Karen, Joe, Cathy, Damien, Maryanne and Eamonn through a range of challenges to get fit and active, which included climbing Carrantuohill, completing their first Triathlon, and abseiling down Dalkey Quarry amongst others.

Catherina McKiernan, an Olympian and Irish sporting hero, was one of the team’s mentors and showed them invaluable running advice with her chi-running technique

Chi Running with Catherina McKiernan from Athena Media on Vimeo.

Ciaran”Kipper” Maguire took the team on an unforgettable rafting trip down the river Liffey.

Rafting.ie as part of Get off the Couch! from Athena Media on Vimeo.

The team cycled the Great Western Greenway a 42km trip from Westport to Achill, taking in some of the countries most beautiful landscapes.

Greenway Cycle Co Mayo as part of Get off the Couch! from Athena Media on Vimeo.

For more information on Get Off The Couch! check the website or like us on facebook.

Full six part series of Citizens: Lockout 1913-2013 now online as podcasts with additional content

Bloody Sunday 1913

A six part documentary series narrating the events that led to the landmark labour versus capital conflict in Dublin in 1913. This series that was aired on RTÉ Radio 1 during August and September, explored the leaders on both sides and questioned the legacy of Lockout 1913 for Ireland today.

Citizens: Lockout 1913-2013 brings to life a city where 100,000 people lived in one bedroom tenements and a conflict dominated by big personalities like union leader Jim Larkin and industrialist William Martin Murphy. But while Larkin’s statue dominates O’Connell Street today, the lockout was a crushing defeat for the city’s workers and in 1914 it was Murphy not Larkin who was honoured. Historian Diarmaid Ferriter, Professor of Modern Irish History at UCD, says with the Lockout ‘we tend to read history backwards’ and see 1913 through the prism of 1916. This series starts at 1900 with the visit of Queen Victoria to Dublin and the emerging labour, nationalist and suffrage movements. Its key characters are not just Larkin and Martin Murphy, but socialist James Connolly and women activists in the Women’s Workers Union including Larkin’s sister Delia and Constance Markievicz.

‘This was one where it was workers on one side and employers on the other’ says Lockout historian Padraig Yeates. ‘If Larkin’s achievement was to unite workers for better conditions, Murphy’s achievement was to unite employers, both catholic and protestant. It was a battle of personalities’.

 

The series features leading historians on the period including Mary Daly, James Curry, Emmet O’Connor, Felix Larkin, Leeann Lane, Lauren Arrington as well as Diarmaid Ferriter and Padraig Yeates and includes contributions from the descendants of Connolly, Larkin, Martin Murphy and Markievicz as well as dramatic readings by actors Barry McGovern, Donna Dent, Stephen Murray, Ronnie McCann and playwright Peter Sheridan. Contemporary leaders also share their views about the legacy of the Lockout including Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn, IBEC CEO Danny McCoy, General Secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions David Begg, Former Fine Gael cabinet Minister Gemma Hussey, SIPTU Vice-President Patricia King and Senator Ivana Bacik.

 

Across August  there was three live discussions on the Today with Myles Dungan programme from 10am on RTÉ Radio 1 which featured some of our key historians and authors like historians Mary Daly, Ann Matthews and author Ciaran Wallace and the descendents of the key characters from the period. The live features included short segments of the documentary series also.

 

Citizens: Lockout 1913-2013 is an Athena Media production for RTÉ Radio 1 made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

To listen back to episodes please see our RSS feed here.

Find it along with our other podcasts on iTunes here.

There is also now additional content online, click here to access it.

Herosongs: Where History and Song Meet Sundays at 7pm on RTÉ Radio 1

Herosongs is presented by Therese McIntyre

 

Is our connection with the past, and who we think of as heroes, best told by song rather than by history books? What makes a hero and how important has song been in shaping the popular image of that time, and that hero? And in Ireland does failure rather than triumph define heroism?

Across the centuries people in Ireland have passed on their history story through songs of heroes both political and tragic like Robert Emmet, Charles Stewart Parnell and James Connolly as well as mythical characters like Molly Malone and sporting heroes like the champion greyhound Master McGrath. Some of these songs have been handed down through the generations like ‘Mo Ghile Mear’ about Bonnie Prince Charlie while other like ‘Bold Robert Emmet’ were written long after the events in the song.

This eight part series is an Athena Media production for RTÉ Radio 1 and is presented by singer and academic Therese McIntyre, who traces the journey of ballads from the 16th century to today and explores how they shape or distort our understanding of history, real events and real people like Henry Joy McCracken in 1798 or Jim Larkin in 1913. In the series we hear from historians including Diarmaid Ferriter, Kevin Whelan, Eunan O’Halpin, Mike Cronin, and Lillis O’Laoire, retired musicologist and song collector John Moulden and traditional music experts Nicholas Carolan and Grace Toland from the Irish Traditional Music Archive. Therese is joined by singers Iarla Ó Lionáird, Nóirín Ní Riain, Frances Black, Niamh Parsons and composer Eric Bogle who share their own relationship with history, song and these sung heroes.

Herosongs presenter Therese McIntyre originally from Detroit in the US came to Ireland in 1996 to pursue independent studies of the various aspects of Irish traditional culture – music, song, and dance – with a particular focus on the song tradition. In 2009, Thérèse was awarded an Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Science (IRCHSS) Scholarship. Her PhD, which commenced in October 2009, is titled ‘Historical ‘Fact’ versus ‘Folk’ Memory: The Creation and Representation of ‘Heroes’ in Irish Traditional Song and Ballad’.

Herosongs: Where History and Song Meets is an eight part radio series produced by Athena Media for RTE Radio 1. The series  will run weekly for 8 weeks.

The series is made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

Episode Three of Herosongs is to be aired this Sunday 7pm on RTÉ Radio 1. In this episode of Herosongs presenter Therese McIntyre, explores some of the songs in the traditional canon about three historical leaders, Napoleon, Bonnie Prince Charlie and Charles Stewart Parnell, often sung or lamented as loss leaders. She visits Parnell’s grave in Glasnevin Cemetery with resident historian Shane Macthomais and looks at the ballad sheet of ‘The Blackbird of Avondale’ one of two songs with the same title written about Parnell with Grace Toland in the Irish Traditional Music Archive as well her take on the song ‘My Name is Napoleon Boneparte’ also known as ‘Farwell to Paris’. Sean Nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird shares his memories of singing the song about Jacobite pretender Bonnie Prince Charlie, ‘Mo Ghile Mear’ as a young boy; “I started singing it with the choir when Sean O’Riada was still alive so I’ve had a long relationship with it” and we also hear from history lecturer Maura Cronin of Mary Immaculate College Limerick and Terry Moylan author of ‘The Age of Revolution in the Irish Song Tradition 1776-1815’, about the life of Bonnie Prince Charlie and Napoleon.

You can also listen back each week via our audioboo or alternatively on RTÉ.

Podcasts of the RTE Radio 1 series The Media Show now online

Brenda Power

The Media Show, presented by Brenda Power, returned to RTÉ Radio 1 on Saturday 6 April at 7.30pm. The eight-part series is now in its second season, following a very well-received first run in April 2012.

Produced by Athena Media and for RTÉ Radio 1, The Media Show will see Brenda and team following key decision-makers in media both in Ireland and across the world, looking at the people behind our media and finding out how it works.

You can find all the podcasts of the aired episodes below as well as additional online content.

To listen back to the series click into our audioboo board here

The series is also available on the RTE RSS feed here or on the Athena Media RSS feed here.