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Boys and Girls' 'The Sound of Sixteen' Wins at D&AD Awards 2017

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Agency bags Wood Pencil at last night's awards ceremony

Boys and Girls' 'The Sound of Sixteen' Wins at D&AD Awards 2017

Dublin-based agency Boys and Girls has been recognised at the D&AD Awards 2017 for its campaign 'The Sound of Sixteen', a celebration of 100 years of radio in Ireland.

According to Boys and Girls Partner and Executive Creative Director Rory Hamilton: “D&AD is the most prestigious advertising award in the world, bar none. It's also the toughest to win. While Cannes has become about big brands and taken on a client focus, D&AD remains the creative gold standard. To win a D&AD Pencil award is something that happens in very few careers in our industry. We are the only Irish winner this year, and the only winner in radio for the past decade which is an even more impressive achievement. Since the award was first established there have only been 8 other Irish winners. We’re proud to join that very exclusive club.”  

The awards ceremony took place last evening, Thursday, April 27th at Troxy in London, where the agency received a Wood Pencil for Radio & Audio / Radio Advertising over 30 seconds

“The Sound of Sixteen”

The dramatic story of the birth of Irish radio during the 1916 Rising was re-enacted on-air simultaneously by 37 radio stations nationwide in Ireland on Monday, April 25th, 2016 at 5.30pm, one hundred years to the original date and exact time of the declaration of the Irish Republic, Ireland’s first broadcast to the nation and the world .

In a joint initiative between RTE Radio and the Independent Broadcasters of Ireland (IBI) a highly evocative 80 second morse code themed radio experience titled “The Sound of Sixteen” imagined the battling sounds and dangerous atmosphere of the times. It also reprised the morse code message written by James Connolly and transmitted by Marconi operator David Burke.

You can listen to the experience here.

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Post Production / VFX

Retoucher: Alexis Goodwin/Happy Finish


Sound Design: Gareth Averill

Sound Engineer: Mark Richards (Mutiny)

Voice-over: Ian Lloyd Anderson

Creative Agency

Account Management: David Carter

Art Director: Laurence O’Byrne

Copywriter: Eoin Conlon & Kris Clarkin

Creative Agency: Boys and Girls

Designer: Shane O'Riordan

Developer: Leandro Costa

Digital Director: Shane Casey

Executive Creative Director: Rory Hamilton

Planners: Chloe Murphy

Producers: Sarah Chadwick

Boys+Girls, Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:26:08 GMT