New awards and competition for podcasts across Ireland

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    Ireland’s first digital audio awards ceremony has been announced to celebrate the most popular podcasts and music choices across the island, based on annual streaming data.

    ‘The GoLouds’ have been created by the digital audio app of the same name. GoLoud will present awards across categories including Business, Culture, Comedy, Sport and Technology.

    The ceremony will take place in Dublin later this year and will feature three public audience-voted categories:

    1. Best Irish Podcast
    2. Best International Podcast
    3. Best Newcomer

    The ‘GoLoud Podship’, worth €20,000 is also being launched and is open to everyone (including those in Northern Ireland) with an original idea for a podcast series. The winner receive a €5,000 cash prize, studio facilities, production support and a significant marketing launch for their podcast series which will feature exclusively on the GoLoud platform.

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    Kiela Brodigan, Head of GoLoud is “delighted to be the first to bring awards of this kind to market” and is “excited to shine a light on outstanding creativity and originality.”

    She added: “GoLoud is only 6 months in the market and in that time has generated millions of streams each month. We’ve been aggressive in our podcast and music strategy, responding to Irish consumer demands, continuously adding to our offering to deliver an easily discoverable quality audio experience.

    "GoLoud is the only digital audio platform that boasts an Irish podcast category. We want to champion talent and continue to lead the way in digital audio firsts.”

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    The launch of ‘The GoLouds’ has been welcomed by popular Irish podcasters, including comedian Julie Jay, who also hosts the true crime podcast, ‘Crimeland’. She said: “Despite initial hesitation, it is now official: podcasting in Ireland has landed. We are currently killing it in this country with a plethora of Irish based podcasts to choose from and I’m loving seeing more and more podcasts being launched every day. As a nation of storytellers, podcasting is the greatest of gift, it is the most exciting thing to happen Irish creatives since dial-up and I can’t wait to see where we go from here!”

    Applications for the GoLoud Podship are now open on

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