The People’s Courts, Claremorris Community Radio’s documentary on the republican justice system during the War of Independence, has won a CRAOL achievement award.
The CRAOL Féile took place in Youghal, Co. Cork, last weekend. The opening night of this annual event, at which the community radio stations of Ireland get together to share information and learn from one another, featured the return of the achievement awards after a one-year hiatus.
The People’s Courts received its award in the ‘Commissioned Programming’ category. It was one of seven winners, alongside programmes on the Titanic and Irish singer and song collector Frank Harte. In their announcement the judges commended the show as a “very good historical conception of an idea.”
Congratulations to the team behind The People’s Courts. The programme was compiled by Roderick Maguire, Luke O’Malley and Kathy Burke with interviews by Roderick. It featured dramatisations written by Martin Casey and performed by Mick Dowd, Martin Casey, Johnnie Kirrane, Anne Harkin and Matt McLoughlin. The soundtrack featured bodhrán and tin whistle performed by Colmán Ó Raghaillaigh. The programme was edited by Allan Tiernan.
Don’t forget you can buy a copy of The People’s Courts, along with a high quality book of the show’s text, via local stockists, on amazon.com or digitally on your Kindle.
‘Mutiny’, a three-part series created by Claremorris Community Radio in 2011, is to be rebroadcast on the station over the next three Friday mornings.
The series, created by former volunteer Eoghan Ó Braonáin, tells the story of the actions of five soldiers in the Connaught Rangers regiment of the British Army who, in 1920, mutineed as a protest against the effects of martial law in Ireland. This action took place at at Wellington Barracks, Jalandhar, India, where they were stationed at the time. They were soon joined in their protest by other Rangers (including some in another barracks) declaring they would not return to duty until British forces left Ireland.
Within days though, other British troops occupied the barracks and the mutineers surrendered or were captured. 88 mutineers were court martialed: 19 men were sentenced to death (18 later had their sentences commuted to life imprisonment), 59 were sentenced to 15 years imprisonment and 10 were acquitted. 21-year-old James Daly was shot by a firing squad in Dagshai Prison on 2 November 1920. He was the last member of the British Armed Forces to be executed for mutiny.
The series will air on CCR at 11am on Friday mornings from this Friday (May 2nd) until the 16th.