International Audio Arts Festival

April 4th-7th 2019

Kilfinane, Co. Limerick, Ireland



The Partners of the HearSay Prize 2015


The Grey Heron Media team are internationally recognised storytellers and sound designers.


Grey Heron Media base is in Kilfinane Co. Limerick since 2007 & the team specialises in creating compelling audio storytelling for radio and beyond. The team also colloboratively explore the artistic and creative possibilities of the interplay of sound and story.


Amongst their many recent awards that Grey Heron Media received were the 2013 PPI Radio Gold Award for Best Documentary, was Gold Medal at the New York Radio Festival in both 2015 and 2013 and the Association of International Broadcasting's Best Current Affairs Radio Documentary Award.


Grey Heron Media is the lead partner organisation for the HearSay Audio Festival contributing their time on voluntary basis to securing contributers and venues, building partnerships and creating the vision for HearSay.


Diarmuid McIntyre, the creative director of Grey Heron Media, is the Festival Director of the HearSay Festival working closely with Grey Heron colleagues Mairead O'Connor and Mary McDonnell.


The 'Documentary on One' unit is the title sponsor of our Doc on One (True) Storytelling award. It is currently one of the most successful radio doc units in the world - having collected over 120 national and international awards since 2008.


Their website contains almost 1,500 documentaries - the largest free online radio documentary archive anywhere in the world - stretching as far back as 1954. 'Documentary on One' productions are radio stories about real life in Ireland and beyond.


If you're on the move, you can download the Doc On One App from the iTunes store and the Play Store. The Doc on One  can also be found on Facebook at You can find them on Soundcloud at and on twitter at @RTEDocOnOne


The 'Documentary on One' is part of the Arts, Features and Drama Department within RTÉ Radio 1.


We are delighted to announce that the RTE Documentary On One will be a special FM broadcast partner of the HearSay Prize in 2015.  A selection of entries to the HearSay awards will be chosen for broadcast by the 'Documentary On One' on RTÉ Radio 1. These will be selected from ALL entries to the Prize. The special broadcast will also be available online (the Documentary On One reached 3 million downloads in 2014).



We were very happy when the innovative team at Hindenburg approached us to back the 2015 HearSay Prize.


Each award winner will receive a 2-year Hindenburg Journalist PRO licence (the PRO licence currently retails at €350) and a full Hindenburg Field Recorder app for iOS (€29.99). As Hindenburg themselves put it “Hindenburg Journalist PRO is the only audio editing system built exclusively for radio journalists and audio raconteurs”.


Hindenburg Journalist is the only audio editor designed to make it simple to tell your story in sound.


Features such as Auto Level and the Voice Profiler ensures that every production meets the industry standard for levels and sound quality. Non-destructive editing provides endless possibilities of telling the story. Clipboard and markers help you organize your story and images and chapters give your podcast that extra dimension.


And once you are done? Upload your radio piece to your specific destination  with a single click."


See for more.


Grey Heron Media

RTÉ Documentary on One

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The HearSay Prize in 2015 is made possible with support from our Prize Partners. We really appreciate their backing in making this audio adventure possible.


If you are interested in supporting the HearSay Prize financially or wish to contribute goods or services, we would love to hear from you on  +353 63 91576 or via email at  contact [at]  


Our  Jury - Your work

From commissioning editors, to sound artists, writers to feature makers, some of the finest ears in creative audio from around the world will be listening to your entries


You can find out all the details on our Judges' page.

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Total Prize Fund Value: €16,000


Closing Date: 

Extended to 12th October 2015

at 24:00hrs Irish Standard Time


Judges: Find our 2015 Jury here.


Awards 2015: 11 Awards in total


2 Overall Awards

HearSay Create Award (Overall winner - for NEW audio work)


HearSay Celebrate Award (Overall winner - for EXISTING work)


2 Awards for Work in a

Language other than English

HearSay Create Ganbearla Award

HearSay Celebrate Ganbearla Award


7 Special Category Awards

Best Sound

RTÉ Lyric FM Nova Radio Art

Doc on One Best (true) Story

Best Fiction

Best Irish-Produced

Best Student

Festival Director's Prize (Boundaries)

RTÉ Lyric FM Nova

RTÉ Lyric FM's Nova programme are the title sponsor for the HearSay Prize's Radio Art Award. Nova is about new music, chronicling what's radical and what's conservative, who's established and who's in the avant garde, and so it's fitting that they should come on board to support this award honouring the work that explores the artistic boundaries of radio and sound.


Bernard Clarke presents Nova every Sunday evening at 9pm on RTÉ Lyric FM. The top three awardees in this category will feature on the programme.


Find out more about Nova and explore the avant garde at: