There’s a lot worth noting about Irish podcasting this week.
- Congratulations to Brian Greene, who received the inaugural Podcasting Award at the IIA’s Netvisionary awards last Thursday. Brian may well have been Ireland’s first podcaster and he and Doop Design are working hard to promote podcasting as a communications channel for Irish business. On a personal level, I and other Irish podcasters have benefitted enormously from his support, advice and encouragement over the past year. Thanks Brian – and well done!
- It’s a sign of what a small world podcasting still is that I can also say the same of the other two nominees who shared the shortlist with Brian last Thursday. Bernie Goldbach has been the most extraordinary innovator in his work with the students of Tipperary Institute at podcasting.ie. Tom Raftery has built an international audience (podleaders.com) without leaving his stronghold in Cork.
- I don’t know if Brian went to Pod Con UK at the weekend. He had discussed it some weeks back. Brendan Bolger went however, and sent me a text message over the weekend to say he had met Adam Curry and given him a CD of Irish podcasts! Nice one Brendan.
- Brendan’s an Irish language podcaster, like myself. His Spudshow showcases Independent Irish female musicians. We’ve kept up correspondence over the past year and we’ll meet for the first time this evening when I give a guest lecture for the Irish department at the University of Limerick. The topic: “An Líonra Sóisialta: An Ghaeilge agus an tIdirlíon” (The Irish Language and The Internet). It’s in the John Holland Theatre in UL at 19:30.
- Letter to America Chapter 52 – the 1st anniverary was published last week. I think you’ll agree that’s a bigger achievement than the average podcasting anniversary if you’ve heard the huge personal energy Jett Loe puts into each show. If you haven’t heard LTA yet, check out lettertoamerica.blogs.com.
- Finally, congrats to all involved with the Netvisionary Awards – and a special shout to John Breslin who scooped an award for the second year running! This is a tiny little country all the same. John and I were in college together, and last week he kindly gave me an interview for An Líonra Sóisialta about his Wiki Ireland project. Comhgháirdeachas John!