Wilde Stories — Sound-Illustrated Readings of Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Happy Prince and Other Tales’


For the times we live in, Athena Media is releasing an audiobook collection of Wilde Stories; beautiful stories by Oscar Wilde read by young Irish actors, with original composition by Michael Gallen, performed for Wilde Stories, by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and RTÉ Cór na nÓg.

The original readings formed part of an RTÉ lyric fm radio series but they’re now presented here for children and adults alike to enjoy. You can find out more about the series on www.wildestories.ie


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New Episode of The Family of Things: Episode 15 – Frank Berry

Helen Shaw’s guest in this episode of The Family of Things is film-maker Frank Berry whose work tells stories of social realism in often tough suburbs from the documentary film ‘Ballymun Lullaby’ at the time of the tearing down of the Ballymun Towers to dramas like ‘I Used to Live Here’, touching on youth mental health and suicide.

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Celtic Media Festival Award Nomination for Wilde Stories

Athena Media’s ambitious transmedia project – Wilde Stories, has been nominated as one of ten finalists for the prestigious Kieran Hegarty Award FOR Innovation at this year’s Celtic Media Festival which recognises innovation in the use of digital media.

Wilde Stories is a transmedia creative arts project by Athena Media around the fairytales of Oscar Wilde. All 5 episodes of the Wilde Stories radio series are now available as podcasts. Visit www.wildestories.ie for more about the project.

Athena Media’s Helen Shaw will be representing us at the festival, which is taking place right now in the Isle Of Man (pictured above!).

The Festival is an annual three-day celebration of broadcasting, film talent and excellence from Scotland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Wales, Cornwall and Brittany.

Athena Media has previously won a Torc for our radio project Winning Women in 2012 and we were also short listed for the Kieran Hegarty Award for our transmedia It’s Your Right project promoting awareness of children’s rights.

The creative team on Wilde Stories is Helen Shaw, Michael Gallen, Felicity Clear, audio editor Pearse Ó Caoimh and digital editor John Howard. The production partners for the project are the BAI, RTÉ Lyric FM and Dublin City Council.



New Edition of Vocal Chords

Iarla Ó Lionáird meets sisters Maighread and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, two of Ireland’s most respected traditional singers,

and shares a conversation of family, song and language with them; from the stories of their father, the singer and folk song collector Aodh Ó Domhnaill, and his sister, the blind singer Neilí Ni Domhnaill, natives of Rann na Feirste, Donegal, to their own roots in the Meath Gaeltacht.

In this segment from the upcoming documentary feature Iarla talks to the sisters about that journey back to Donegal when they were children, to what they see as their spiritual home, and how their Dad would tip them sixpence for the first sighting of Errigal. In the piece you hear the song Níl sé ina lá that the sisters learnt as girls from their Aunt Neilí and recorded by them on the album Idir an Dá Sholas.

The full episode will be broadcast at 7pm on May 5th on RTÉ Lyric fm.

This feature documentary, in the award winning Vocal Chords series, is a unique insight into a family whose work has played a profound part in preserving the traditional culture and soundscape of Ireland and gives an intimate portrait of sisters, and singers, who share a deep and instinctive bond in song and life.

From their first band Skara Brae, with their late brother Micheal, the sisters share their work together and separately, Tríona in the ground-breaking Bothy Band and Maighread in her acclaimed solo work. They sing together for Iarla a song once sung by their late Aunty Neili and collected by Maighread’s husband and traditional music devotee, Cathal Goan.

Vocal Chords is an Athena Media production for RTÉ Lyric fm made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and the TV licence fee.

The producer is Helen Shaw, The audio editor is Pearse Ó Caoimh. The digital editor is John Howard.

Photo image by Helen Shaw – all rights in Vocal Chords, recordings and images, rests with Athena Media Ltd. vocalchords.ie for more about the series.