ANTICIPATION is running high ahead of the 2015 PPI Radio Awards, which are to be announced in Galway this weekend, with a large representation from Limerick shortlisted.
The awards, which are regarded as the Oscars of the radio industry in Ireland, will be presented at a gala event at The Radisson Blu Galway on Friday night.
Limerick’s Live 95FM will be hoping for success having been nominated in two categories. The station’s 95 stop tour and its coverage of Andy Lee’s world title fight have been shortlisted.
Limerick-based Spin South West has received five nominations while RTÉ Lyric FM, which broadcasts from studios in the city centre, has received seven.
Two Abbeyfeale locals have been shortlisted in two categories in the PPI.
Máiréad Heffernan, who runs a beauty and homeopathic therapy business in the town, is up for an award for her documentary Con Carey and the 12 Apostles which she narrated and co-produced.
The documentary, Máiréad’s first, was first broadcast on RTE last November and tells the tale of Brosna man Con Carey, who was buried twice in an unmarked grave in Mountcollins.
The intriguing story, which received national media coverage and inspired John B Keane to write The Ballad of Con Carey, began on April 1, 1978 in Brosna.
Brosna was busy that day as a local man had died and one of the men to dig the grave was Con Carey.
But the following morning, a Sunday, Con Carey himself was found dead on the outskirts of Brosna. The following day he was buried, an interment so unusually fast that talk began. And that talk was that Con was not properly readied for his eternal rest.
In step the 12 Apostles, the 11 local men and one woman who on the Tuesday hurry to Mountcollins, dug Con up out of his grave, cleaned, washed and dressed him and then reburied him with a prayer. The Garda investigation which followed threw up no names. The 12 Apostles were left alone.
Máiréad’s documentary can be heard as a podcast on the RTE web site.
Peter Curtin, from Ballaugh, is the narrator in a music documentary made for Lyric FM called Generational Resistance: Granny’s Intentions and putting the beat into the Irish Beat scene.
The documentary, which is shortlisted for the PPI music documentary award, tells the story of Limerick band Granny’s Intentions from their formation to international fame and features its lead singer and songwriter, Johnny Duhan, as one of the contributors.
That documentary can also be heard as a podcast on RTE’s website.