23 May Bere Island’s ambitions on the right wavelength
Bere Island Community Radio held their third broadcast last Sunday May 19th, broadcasting on 100.1FM locally and worldwide on the Internet. The three-hour show was co-presented by two island women, Eileen Murphy and Angela Sullivan. As Ireland has local and European elections on May 24th the programme featured interviews with local candidates, with particular reference to how their mandates will influence the island, and wider Beara community. The programme also featured regular features such as local news reports, Postcards from the Past and My 5 Favourite Songs. Members from the local community on the Beara and Sheep’s Head Peninsulas were also involved with Castletownbere resident Issie O’Donovan hosting a music segment. The programme also featured the island’s youth with the national school children providing a playlist, introducing their favourite songs and a regular music segment from teenagers Molly Sullivan and Amy Orpen.
Bere Island Projects Group are continuing to work with Grassroots Wavelengths to and Rootio to test the Rootio system, and plan to broadcast using Rootio in the coming weeks.
The radio station is now becoming an intrinsic part of island life, and we are starting to see increased interest in the station, particular with people expressing an interest to take part in, and present the various segments.
Bere Island Projects Group are continuing to work to set up a second radio station, and held further discussions regarding this at the recent West Cork Islands AGM held on Sherkin Island.
With Bere Island and the wider area starting to get busy with the start of the tourist season we are busy planning content for the coming months, recording more segments for the Postcards from the Past feature, and planning for live broadcasts from festivals on the island and mainland.
One of the most positive impacts the radio station has had to date is its role in documenting the island’s oral history. To this end, representatives from Bere Island Projects Group and UCC will present a paper the Oral History in a Digital World conference being held in Limerick in June.