Funeral director David McGowan.

Programme featuring Mayo undertaker nominated for award

A PROGRAMME featuring Ballina-based undertaker David McGowan has received a nomination at the inaugural RTS Ireland Television Awards 2021.

The Funeral Director was produced by local company GMarshTV Productions and has been nominated in the Specialist Factual category.

Normal People - based on the award-winning book by Castlebar author Sally Rooney - is also a nominee, for The Screen Ireland Drama Award.

A third Mayo connection at the awards features Is Olc an Ghaoth, a poignant film that tells the curious tale of two bachelor brothers from Achill Island living and dying under the shadow of the coronavirus, which has received a nomination in the drama category.

The Funeral Director is a uniquely insightful and sensitive portrayal of the work of the person responsible for the last ritual any of us will undergo - preparation for burial or cremation.

Told from the perspective of pioneering funeral director David McGowan, the documentary unflinchingly draws back the veil on an industry that is rarely spoken about.

Dara Ó Briain is among those being recognised in the inaugural RTS Ireland Television Awards 2021. Dara will receive the BAI Outstanding Contribution Award and nine other award winners will be revealed in a programme to be broadcast at 11 p.m. on Virgin Media One on Tuesday, March 30, presented by Muireann O’Connell.

Twenty-seven other nominees were announced today in nine categories from the 126 entries received, including RTÉ's Normal People, Virgin Media Television's News coverage - Covid News Special - Opening Up The Country, TG4's Is Olc an Ghaoth and Sky Sports’ coverage of the GAA championships.

The RTS Ireland Television Awards are supported by all the mainstream Irish broadcasters - Virgin Media Television, RTÉ, TG4 & Sky Ireland - and by the wider television industry, including the Broadcast Authority of Ireland and Screen Ireland, to recognise excellence in Irish television production and in Irish international co-productions during 2020.