Documentary and Drama On Newstalk wins International radio awards at New York Festivals

'No Roses Round My Cottage' and 'Matches' recognised

Documentary and Drama On Newstalk wins International radio awards at New York Festivals

New York Radio Awards

Documentary and Drama on Newstalk has picked up two awards at the New York Festivals International Radio Awards 2017. Radio Documentary ‘No Roses Round My Cottage’ picked up a silver award while the radio drama 'Matches' received a bronze award.

‘No Roses Round My Cottage’, which picked up a silver award, was produced and Narrated by Nuala Macklin. It shares the stories of four ordinary, yet remarkable Irish women who forged a challenging path through the Northern Ireland Troubles. Speaking on the record for the first time, the women represent the Civil Rights Movement, the UDA (Ulster Defence Regiment), UVF (Ulster Volunteer Force), and the Nationalist/Republican sector.


‘Matches’, which finished with a bronze award, was produced by Henchman Productions. It tells the story of Tom, a recovering alcoholic looking for love in a world of dating apps, social media and the ever-present lure of alcohol. Exploring this mysterious sub-culture, Tom discovers some of the thrills and pitfalls of the modern dating scene.

The play was written by Sean O’Connor, produced by Daithi McMahon and directed by Fred O’Connor with outstanding performances by radio drama stalwarts Morgan C. Jones, Karen Scully and Caroline Power and featuring rising Irish stars Genevieve Hulme-Beaman and Fiach Kunz along with Aoibheann McCann, Eva-Jane Gaffney and Matt Ryan.


Patricia Monahan, Managing Editor at Newstalk106-108FM said, “Winning the awards at the New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards, is a fantastic achievement for Irish Radio and an honour for the team at Newstalk 106-108FM. At Newstalk we strive to bring our listeners the very best stories from across the country and around the world and this award is a testament to our efforts.”

Newstalk 106-108FM beat off stiff competition with over 336 finalists from 32 countries worldwide, all of whom were judged by the 2017 Grand Jury on production values, organization and presentation of information, creativity and use of the medium.

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