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Comedy duo take top prize in radio awards

June 28th, 2017 10:10 PM

By Kieran O'Mahony

Comedy duo: Colm Tobin and Aidan O'Donovan

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TWO comedy writing talents from Clonakilty have been recognised at the New York Festivals Radio Awards, after they won a Gold Medal for ‘Best Writing’ for their comedy special ‘Surviving Ireland.’ 

The show was also a finalist in the category of ‘Best Comedy Special.’

Colm Tobin from Ardfield and Aidan O’Donovan from Rathbarry were delighted with the win, especially as they only set up their Dublin-based production company, Turnip & Duck, last year.

‘Myself and my fellow West Cork collaborator Aidan O’Donovan are delighted with our win and it’s a great start for our production company,’ said Colm. ‘We want to thank everyone who helped make this happen, especially the performers and Liam O’Brien from Doc on One and Anne-Marie Power from Radio One.’ 

‘We’re developing a new four-part series for Radio 1 for broadcast later this year and hoping we can make cool stuff,’ he added. 

In ‘Surviving Ireland’, Colm visits a boutique digital detox centre on the island of Carnananaunachán to follow the journey of Holly (Stephanie Preissner) and Declan (Aidan O’Donovan) a smartphone-dependent couple from Dublin. Well known comedic actors Barry Murphy and Deirdre Kane also feature in the comedy special.

Colm, as well as being a popular figure on Twitter with over 55,000 followers, is also the author of 2015’s Surviving Ireland, a satirical romp through modern Irish life.

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