Mary Owens

Mary Owens

Well Said Productions
Mary Owens
Co. na Gaillimhe.
Phone: 091 59 3185


Type of Programming:

Features and Documentaries.


The Latest From Well Said Productions

“Neither/Nor: Victoria Geelan”

A brand new documentary for RTE Radio One featuring young Derry based jazz and blues singer Victoria Geelan who’s about to release her debut album ‘Unfit the Picture’. Victoria has ample experience of not ticking the right boxes growing up in Omagh. Born partially sighted to parents of mixed religious background in the midst of the Troubles, her early life was characterised by the insecurity of ‘not being one thing or the other’. She is now a confident, articulate, engaging young woman with ambitions to create a new sense of community in NI. Her singing gives her the voice she didn’t always have as a child and lots of pleasure besides.

Producer: Mary Owens. Production Supervision: Ronan Kelly (RTÉ).

Tx: Saturday April 6th 2013 at 6pm in the Documentary on One slot. Repeated Sunday, April 14th at 7pm.

In Production: “Racing the Tide”

A documentary in-the-making for Connemara Community Radio. The tradition of racing ponies and working horses along the beach between Claddaghduff and Omey Island goes back for generations. The one-day festival was revived by local enthusiasts recently and is now thriving again. Well Said Productions was there in August 2012 to capture the build up, the characters, the winners and losers and the race against time to get everything back on dry land before the tide turned. Due for broadcast in May 2013. Supported by the BAI.

Recent Well Said Productions

“Picking Up The Pieces”

A 6 part series for RTÉ Radio One exploring the valuable but challenging process of cross-community reconciliation in different settings in Northern Ireland and along the border areas. The series aired in 2012 and featured the peace work of Republican and Loyalist ex-paramilitaries, sporting organisations, community leaders, lay members of the Churches and community art centres who are creating opportunities for Catholic and Protestant communities to reflect on their divided past and build a shared future.

Presenter: Barbara Walshe. Producer: Mary Owens. Sound engineers: Jennie Breen, Rob Mc Donald and Mark Mc Grath. Commissioning Editor for RTE: Lorolei Harris. Made with the support of the BAI.

Part 2 of the series, ‘Picking Up The Pieces: Sports’ has been shortlisted for two radio awards in 2013, the PPI Awards and the Celtic Media Festival Radio Awards.

“The Sea in Song”

An award winning 3 part series on Ireland’s maritime song tradition for RTÉ Lyric FM in ‘The Lyric Feature’ slot on December 29th, 30th and 31st 2010.

The series features a wide range of material from both the English and Gaelic traditions in Ireland and includes songs and stories from Séan Corcoran (Drogheda), Jimmy Crowley (Cork), John Faulkner (Galway), Aine Uí Cheallaigh (Waterford), Paddy and Phil Berry (Wexford), Tim Dennehy (Kerry), Dan and Bonnie Milner (USA) and many more. The series was produced with the assistance of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and won a silver medal at the 2011 New York Festivals Awards in June 2011 . You can listen back to the programmes by going to the 2010 archive for The Lyric Feature on

“Mad About Ned”

Shortlisted for Best Radio Documentary at the 2011 Celtic Media Festival.

A lesson in how to love life, despite the knocks that are sent your way. An uplifting character profile of one of Ireland’s oldest Traveller men, Ned Mc Donagh. Produced and presented by Mary Owens. Sound engineer, Grainne O Malley. Produced with the assistance of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. Broadcast on RTE Radio One on June 19th 2010 on the Documentary on One slot.

“Remembering Hanna Greally”

Winner of Best Radio Documentary Award at Celtic Media Festival, April 2008 can be heard on



As well as producing radio features for local, national and community stations, Mary works as a consultant trainer with community radio stations around the country. She is a former Chairperson of AIRPI, the Association of Independent Radio Producers of Ireland.

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