A RADIO documentary on the Limerick City Fire and Rescue Service won a gold medal at the PPI Radio Awards which took place over the weekend.
The documentary, which was recorded and presented by news reporter Denis Tierney, was broadcast on Limerick’s Live 9FM earlier this year as part of the station’s Limerick Lives series.
For the documentary, Denis experienced first-hand some of the work that is done by firemen on a daily basis.
He was given unprecedented access to the communications centre at Limerick fire station on Mulgrave Street and he undertook some of the training exercises.
The PPI Radio Awards, which are regarded as the Oscars of the Irish radio industry, took place at a gala function at the Lyrath Hotel in Kilkenny on Friday night.
Denis Tierney, who has worked with Live 95FM for more than five years, says he is delighted to have won such as prestigious prize.
“It was totally unexpected, I was thrilled when it was shortlisted and I didn’t expect to win, but to do so is absolutely fantastic given the quality of the competition,” he said.
The entry, which was voted best short feature, beat off entries from BBC Radio Ulster and Dublin’s FM104.
“It highlights the work that is done on a daily by the members of the Limerick City Fire and Rescue Service and I would like to thank Michael Ryan (chief fire officer) and Caroline Curley (director of service, Limerick city Council) for making it possible,” said Denis who previously worked for Clare FM.
Limerick’s Live 95FM previously won PPI Radio Awards in 2004 and 2005 for its news coverage of major local stories at the time.