Documentary maker nominated for award

Documentary maker Catherine Regan from Lisacul has been nominated for another award for her documentary on Roscommon’s All-Ireland minor football championship win. Catherine has been short-listed for Newstalk 106-108 fm’s Emerging Voices Documentary Competition, which celebrates student talent. A graduate of the Masters in Journalism from NUI Galway, Catherine fought off strong competition from University students all over Ireland to get to the final stage of the competition. It’s the third time for Catherine to be nominated for an award for ‘Roscommon on the Move’. She was also nominated for a Guardian / Sky News award and an S Media award, both annual awards for students in the media industry. She won an S Media ‘Editor of the Year’ award for her work on a student business magazine. ‘Roscommon on the Move’ was described by the Newstalk judges as an ‘excellent programme, very well produced. We loved all of the characters that featured especially Rossie supporter Paddy Joe Burke. He sounds like an absolute legend.’ Originally from Lisacul, Catherine says she’s ‘delighted to have been short-listed for this competition.’ Catherine interviewed Fergal O’Donnell, Donie Shine, David Flynn, Brendan Cregg and many more for the documentary. The programme has already been aired on Newstalk 106-108 fm, prompting a massive response. It’s the first time for Newstalk, the current PPI National Station of the Year, to run a student documentary competition. Assistant Editor, Aideen McLoughlin, said: ‘When we broadcast Catherine’s documentary hundreds of texts poured in that night, we even repeated it at Christmas after some begging letters arrived from our Roscommon listeners.’ The overall winner of the competition will receive a cash prize and a placement at Newstalk 106-108 fm. Emerging Voices will air on Newstalk in July.