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.