Kerry College is delighted to announce that Digital Journalism, Podcasting & Radio graduate David Nelligan has been awarded the prestigious Gay Byrne Newcomer of the Year Award at the IMRO Radio Awards, held at the Lyrath Estate on Friday night.
David Nelligan’s achievement is particularly significant as the award category is highly competitive, featuring entries from renowned broadcasters such as RTE, BBC, Newstalk, Today FM, and various national and local stations.
In addition to the Gay Byrne Newcomer of the Year Award, David also secured a Silver Award in the Short Feature Category for his outstanding work on a feature produced during the course.
This success is not isolated, as other Kerry College graduates also made their mark at the IMRO Radio Awards. Niamh Daly and Alan Finn, now Commercial Production Manager at Radio Kerry, were part of the team that clinched a Gold Award in the Short Feature Category for their series, “Heritage Hunters.” The series, produced in collaboration with the Kerry Archaeological & Historical Society, Kerry County Museum, Kerry County Council, and National Schools in Kerry, stood out for its excellence and creativity.
Ian O Connell, another Kerry College graduate, achieved recognition by making the shortlist for the second consecutive year, showcasing the consistent high standard of graduates from the college.
Furthermore, JJ O’Shea, a past graduate, was honoured with a Gold Award in the Specialist Music Programme category for his outstanding work on the program “The Music Tree.”
In total, Radio Kerry achieved remarkable success at the IMRO Radio Awards, securing 4 Gold Awards, 3 Silver Awards, and one Bronze. The contributions of Kerry College graduates were pivotal in this impressive haul.
Special recognition is also extended to instructors Connie Broderick and Joe McGill for their dedication and guidance, which played a significant role in the success of the graduates.
Kerry College, Monavalley Campus, Assistant Manager John Herlihy said “Congratulations to all the graduates and instructors involved. This remarkable achievement underscores Kerry College’s commitment to nurturing talent and producing industry leaders in the field of digital journalism, podcasting, and radio.”