Donegal ETB One of Two Donegal Companies to Appear in TG4’s Creative Company

Donegal ETB is one of ten teams, including two from County Donegal, taking part in a new television series on TG4 called Creative Company. This arts-based entertainment show runs for six weeks from Thursday 9 January and it embarks on a mission to find Ireland’s most creative workplace.

Involving ten companies and organisations from across the country, Creative Company pairs each with an accomplished Irish artist, throughout the entire process – working with the companies involved will be Dublin based painter Bríd Higgins Ní Chinnéide and Liam de Frinse, an award-winning multidisciplinary artist from Belfast.

The project is judged by a team of expert art critics, Evelyn O’Rourke, Broadcaster RTÉ; Caomhán Mac Con Iomaire, National Gallery of Ireland; and Helen Carroll, Business to Arts.

Five workplaces will make it to the grand final and a public vote will help decide which workplace created the most impressive piece of art and deserve to be crowned Ireland’s most creative company.

Donegal ETB is represented by a team of six staff from across the organisation. The team are Jim McGlynn, Director of Organisation Support and Development (OSD), Administrative Offices; Derval Newman, Oifigeach Tacaíochta Gaeilge; Cróna Kerr, Art and Design Teacher, Further Education and Training (FET) Service, Stranorlar; Marie Crossan, Art Teacher, Errigal College Letterkenny​; Blaine Ó’Maolagáin, Múinteoir Teicneolaíocht Ábhar Adhmad, Coláiste Ailigh​, Leitir Ceanainn and Colm Mac Ristéard, Bainisteoir Cúnta Ionad Traenála Leitir Ceanainn agus Gaoth Dobhair, Further Education and Training (FET) Service.

The other nine participating companies are Circle K, Energia, The Gleneagle Hotel, Big O Taxi’s, The Dingle Hub, Standún, Donegal Yarns, Raidió na Life and Maurice Ward Transport.

The winning company will not only claim the title of Ireland’s most creative company, but their artwork will be put on public display in Dublin’s CHQ at the heart of Dublin’s business district for a period of three months. Who will be crowned Ireland’s most Creative Company? Tune into TG4 on Thursday 9 January at 9.30pm and over the following five Thursdays to watch the series.

Image credit: Sandra Buchanan