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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