While Irish may not be the language used by most people in Ireland on a day-to-day basis, around 40% of the population are Irish-language speakers, and podcasting can be a fantastic tool for ensuring that a language remains modern, vibrant and relevant. This category celebrates podcasts of any genre which are keeping the Irish language thriving.
Winner: Ceiliúradh na mBan
Ceiliúradh na mBan (‘Celebrating Women’) is a programme that aims to fix two glaring omissions with Irish-language podcasts: a shortage of shows focused on history and those about women.
Each episode, presenters Jane Farley and Katie Whelan share the story and achievements of an incredible Irish woman from history, such as Lena Rice (Wimbledon winner, 1890), Kit Coleman (the first female war correspondent, 1898) and Dr Dorothy Stopford Price (instrumental in eradicating tuberculosis in Ireland). Each show discusses the women themselves, the women who came before them and their historical achievements.
The episodes are given a modern twist via interviews with contemporary women working in similar fields to their historical trailblazers, be that art or science. Guests have included Celia de Fréine, Fionnula Gygax, Máire Ní Bhraonáin, Siún Ní Dhuinn, Caitlín Ní Chasaide, Lynn Hilary, Réaltán Ní Leannain and Deirdre Donnelly.
Highly commended: Beo ar Éigean
After winning this category at last year’s inaugural Irish Podcast Awards, the hosts of Beo ar Éigean have been hard at work recording more episodes of their wide-ranging Irish-language chat show, as well as hitting the road for a live tour and even mentoring well-known faces to help them improve their own Irish-speaking.