Bright Sparks

Bright Sparks is an eight part science documentary series for RTE Radio 1 presented by physicist, Professor Shane Bergin from Trinity College Dublin. The series broadcasts, 7-8pm Sun May 24th – Sun July 12th 2015 on RTÉ Radio 1. You can catch up with podcasts of Bright Sparks via iTunes.

“Scientists are curious people who wish to explore the world around them. Their ideas are sparked by shared conversations. Bright Sparks invites you to listen in on those conversations and understand the root of ideas, discovery, invention and how science works”
– Shane Bergin

For more information on Bright Sparks you can visit the website and view the press release here. Bright Sparks is on Facebook and you can follow Dr. Shane Bergin on Twitter and join in the conversation with #brightsparksradio & #brightsparksRTE. Read about Dr. Shane Bergin and Bright Sparks in the Irish Times.

It’s Your Right wins Silver award at the Appys

The transmedia project Athena Media have been working on throughout 2014 included an iPad app which won the silver award in the “best children’s app” category at the Appys. The Application which is free to download on iTunes includes many of the stories which are featured on our audio and video channels. You can also follow the project at

Leon from Athena Media & Karen from the OCO at the Appys event

It’s Your Right iPad app shortlisted for an Appy

Throughout 2014 Athena Media have been working on the It’s Your Right project for the Ombudsman for Children’s Office with the culmination of the transmedia campaign an iPad app encompassing the stories and characters we were lucky to meet through the project. The iPad application which is free to download on iTunes aims to teach and help children understand their rights.

The application has been shortlisted for an Appy, one of Ireland’s premier digital events and it rounds off a wonderful year of critical acclaim for Athena Media’s work which included an impressive haul at the New York Radio Festival. The winners are announced on the 20th of November which is serendipitously Universal Children’s Day.

Women Mean Business 2014

Athena Media’s latest podcast is the product of the ongoing relationship with Women Mean Business. This video podcast brings together the highlights of the 2014 Women Mean Business conference and awards.

The WMB Conference & Awards 2014 took place in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin October 6th.It was the 8th year for the event which has become one of the most prestigious events for women in business and leadership in Ireland. Key speakers included Niamh Bushnell (Dublin’s first Commissioner for Start Ups) Deirdre Somers (CEO Irish Stock Exchange), Elaine Coughlan (Atlantic Bridge), Paula Fitzsimons (Going for Growth), Margaret Hearty (InterTradeIreland) and Margot Slattery (Sodexo Ireland). Five awards were presented to outstanding women in business in Ireland. Contact for full details. Rosemary Delaney is the founder and MD of WMB Publishing. The sponsors of this year’s event are Newstalk, Boots Retail Ireland Ltd. with The Pensions Authority as network partners for the networking session.

The keynote speaker of the day was Lucy Gaffney Chairperson of Communicorp Group.

Full events details and a gallery of images and biographies on the winners of the day are on Women Mean Business.

This is an Athena Media production for WMB Publishing Ltd. All rights rest with WMB Publishing Ltd. The narrator voice is Helen Shaw of Athena Media who facilitates the event.

Women Mean Business (WMB) Conference & Awards 2014 from Athena Media on Vimeo.

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