Ireland — Plans afoot for the first community radio on Bere Island

Plans are being final­ized to set up the first com­munity radio on a Cork island (Ire­land), and, also for the first time, to live stream the All-Island Foot­ball Cham­pi­on­ships, which will be held there. Com­munity radio will be launched on Bere Island before the end of the year and its pro­gress will be mon­itored, over a three-year peri­od, by Uni­ver­sity Col­lege Cork (part­ner of the Grass­roots Wavelenghts pro­ject) aca­dem­ics, to see what bene­fit it has for island com­munit­ies. It is being driv­en by Bere Island Pro­jects Group, which is fun­ded by the Depart­ment of Arts, Her­it­age, and the Gaeltacht.

Dur­ing the event organ­ized at the Bere Island Her­it­age Centre, pro­ject coordin­at­or John Walsh inter­viewed Con­or Line­han and Laura Maye from Uni­ver­sity Col­lege Cork about the Grass­roots Pro­ject, fol­lowed by two “phone-ins”, one with the CRAOL Train­er, Dar­ragh Park­er from Youghal Com­munity Radio (east Cork), who is com­ing next week for two day train­ing ses­sions. Dar­ragh talked about his exper­i­ence over the last 35 years of Com­munity Radio and what he will be cov­er­ing in the 2 days at end of next week. The oth­er phone-in was from Jim Han­ley with regard to the upcom­ing GAA foot­ball all-island cham­pi­on­ships to be held on Bere Island in early Septem­ber 2018.

Helen Rid­dell then gave a report on things that had happened over the sum­mer on the Island and espe­cially Her­it­age Week (of which this event was a part) and things to come. Brenda Elphick, a seni­or cit­izen who has lived all her life on the island told of her Choir, who are trav­el­ling up to Dub­lin this week­end to sing at the Mass to be cel­eb­rated by the Pope in the Phoenix Park in Dub­lin. Eugene Glendon and John Walsh then closed the chat for the day, and this was fol­lowed by two young islanders, Amy Orpen and Molly Sul­li­van, who played their song playl­ist over the air for anoth­er half hour or so.

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