Named after the old black pump at the well of his Aunt Maggie’s house, Philip Campbell formed Tobar Productions at the beginning of 2003 as a creative output for the flow of new ideas and media projects. Now in its tenth year and resident within the vibrant Cultúrlann arts centre, Tobar is at the forefront of Irish Language programme making in the North of Ireland.
Passionate about telling stories, Tobar draws deep from the wealth of heritage and experience around it to produce programmes as rich and diverse as their subject matter and audience. To date the company has produced over thirty hours of content for TG4, BBC and RTÉ and has worked in partnership with Green Inc and Independent Pictures.
Tobar’s work has been recognised through numerous IFTA and Celtic Media Award nominations most recently receiving a special commendation for Tubaiste Árainn Mhór, a moving tribute to the nineteen people who lost their lives in the 1935 Arranmore disaster.
Altan's Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh takes time out of her busy touring and recording schedule to explore some of the North's most attractive spots and to visit some of her musical friends, who take her to the heart of Ulster's thriving music scene. Aniar Aduaidh is a co-production between Tobar and Independent Pictures.
September 1972, St Malachy’s College, Belfast. Students sit down together for their first ‘A’ Level Irish Language exam. 40 years on, four individuals return to their alma mater to gauge where it all went wrong! Among the former students is former RTÉ Director General Cathal Goan, former headmaster of Bunscoil Phobal Feirste Diarmuid Ó Tuama, writer of over 80 children’s books Malachy Doyle, and Irish language activist and broadcaster Danny Brown.