Galway actress Ciara Cox nominated for Réalt Óg na Bliana at Oireachtas Media Awards 2023

Galway actress Ciara Cox nominated for Réalt Óg na Bliana at Oireachtas Media Awards 2023

The much sought-after Gradam Cumarsáid takes place next week during the annual Oireachtas 2023, and a promising young Galway actress is up for an award.

Ciara Cox, who hails from Spiddal in Connemara has been nominated in the Réalt Óg na Bliana category of the awards.

Cox caught the eyes of the judges for her role in the brand new TG4 teenage drama series Saol Ella, for which she received her nomination. She also plays the part of Maeve in the long-running TG4 drama series Ros na Rún.

The Oireachtas na Samhna 2023 opens next Wednesday, November 1 in the INEC Killarney.

The prestigious annual event celebrates the Irish Language, its Culture, Heritage, Music, Song, Dance, its people and artists, and Irish Language Media, including actors, journalists, and programming across all media platforms.

The Gradam Cumarsáid takes place on the opening day of the festival, and Galwegians can help Ciara land the award by texting Gradam2 to 51500.

Saol Ella is centred on the story of teenage girl Ella who’s growing up in a fictional coastal village on the Wild Atlantic Way, where Gaeilgeoirí, and the Coláistí Gaeilge have been part of summer life for generations.

It depicts the story of Ella and a group of local teenagers, a host family and what the visiting Gaeilgeoirí bring to their lives.

Ciara Cox as main character Ella in new TG4 teen drama limited series Saol Ella

Bursting with excitement to be getting out of school, hanging out with her friends and 3 months of summer adventures, boyfriends, first kisses and all the fun of a carefree teenage life ahead of her, Ella is numbed to find out her father has decided to take in Gaeilgóirí – Irish College Students for the entire summer.

Ciara Cox is no stranger to TG4’s TV screens as she’s grown up on the set of the highly popular drama series Ros na Rún where she plays the part of Meave.

Ciara first joined Ros na Rún at the tender age of 8 to play the part of Maeve and quickly fell in love with her after-school activity of TV acting.

Now 17 in reality and in 5th year in Coláiste Croí Mhuire an Spidéal, Ciara Cox has the acting bug and successfully combines her school work with her growing TV Irish language acting career.

“From the moment I auditioned for the part of Maeve with Ros na Rún, I’ve been in my element, learning lines, and picking up tips from my wonderful fellow Ros na Rún actors.”

“My parents tell me I’m always performing lots of amateur dramatics at home but it’s only because I love acting,” smiles Ciara Cox.

“My years with Ros na Rún have increased my passion for acting and developed my TV acting skills and to be successful in achieving the lead role with Saol Ella was beyond my wildest dreams.”

“I absolutely loved Ella and being part of a teenage drama and thank the Gradam Cumarsáid for my wonderful nomination as a Réalt Óg na Bliana”, she added.