Anne Campbell talks to Marissa Lucchesi on the Town Talk show on 29th September 2017 about leaving her career as a reporter and columnist with The Argus and entering politics as a Sinn Fein representative, following her co-option by Sinn Fein.
A 30 minute radio documentary recorded with the Wee Binnian Walkers on Sunday 13th August 2017 at their 30 year Celebration Bar B Que at Meel Mór Lodge.
Recording and Editing: Alan Byrne
With the co-operation of the Wee Binnian Walkers Committee.
I’m privileged to have met you.
Celebrate 30 years of walking with the Wee Binnian Walking Festival by Peter Kirk.
The Wee Binnian Walkers are inviting anyone with an interest in Hillwalking to come along to their annual Festival which is taking place this year on the weekend of Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th September. The Walk H.Q. for Registration is based in the Town Hall, Church Street, Warrenpoint.
In addition to three days of walking, this year’s Festival hosts two events. On Friday 22nd Sept which is Culture Night we have an evening with Michael Fewer in the Warrenpoint Town Hall at 20.00. Michael will regale us with stories of his hillwalking exploits throughout Europe. Michael has written and animated numerous books ranging across hillwalking, natural and human history. Admission is free. On Saturday night 23rd Sept we hold a Blister Ball in the Whistledown Hotel in Warrenpoint. This is where the true Social spirit of the Club shines. Make new friends and loosen out those tired muscles. So, shake off the wet rags and put on the glad rags for a two-course dinner and dancing until late. Then up for a walk the next morning!
The Festival Brochure, is available on the club website www.weebinnians.com and the Wee Binnian Walking Festival Facebook page.
Tickets for Walks and Blister Ball are available online from https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/wee-binnian-walking-festival-2017-sponsored-by-jackson-sports-
The Wee Binnian Walkers are, celebrating 30 years of walking, this year. The group established in 1987 bases itself in the heart of wonderful walking country, encompassing the Mournes, Cooley’s and the Ring of Gullion. The group takes its name from one of the smallest peaks in the Mournes, Wee Binnian which shelters on the southern side of Slieve Binnian. The spirit of the Wee Binnian Walkers Club is reflected in the Club motto “The Social Club that Walks”
In November 1987, Veronica McCann, who, at the time, was a lifestyle tutor with the “Change of Heart” coronary prevention programme in Newry began with 11 women. The club evolved very gradually and developed a reputation for promoting walking in relation to physical, social, emotional and mental well-being. By 1994 the Club had grown to 60 members and the first Wee Binnian Walking Festival was held; its success established the club firmly on the National hill walking circuit. There are now over 150 members from Dundalk, Drogheda, Newry, Monaghan, Dublin and Belfast and new members are always welcome. Club Walks take place on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month. Four different grades of walk are offered each varying in length, height gain and difficulty. The club has a pool of thirty leaders with both mountain skills and first aid training. Veronica is Honorary President of the Club and 30 years on is still an active hill walker; she is a wonderful example of the benefits of hillwalking and the inspiration behind the club’s longevity.
To ensure an enjoyable experience, the Wee Binnian club advise festival attendees to choose a walk matching their mountain walking experience and level of fitness. Weather conditions can change and deteriorate rapidly in the mountains. For this reason, all walkers must have proper hillwalking equipment and clothing e.g. Hiking boots/ hiking shoes (not trainers), rain coat and rain trousers, spare clothing, hat and gloves. Denims must not be worn. A rucksack should be carried containing enough food, water and hot drinks to last throughout a four to five-hour hike. All this will ensure a more comfortable and enjoyable experience on the hills particularly if the weather takes a nasty turn.
Further information can also be obtained from the Club Secretary NI 0044 7592 393801 or ROI 00353 86843 4440
This is National Volunteer Week and as a community and voluntary organisation Dundalk FM would like to send their support and well wishes to all the volunteers in Dundalk and surrounding areas that give up their time to give something back to the community.
In Ireland, each week there are over 2,000 volunteer broadcasters on 43 community radio stations.
You can find about the community radio movement in the country by logging on to craol.ie that’s the Community Radio Forum of Ireland which was set up to promote the non profit radio sector and lobby for more community radio stations in the country.
All these stations are run and owned by their local community – for their local community.
Here at Dundalk FM, we would like to hear from Community Groups whose members would like to apply to do their own weekly or monthly show.
If there is a Community Event taking place this summer let us know so we can publicise it on our Community Notice Board for FREE and with your help we can do a LIVE Outside Broadcast.
We have ongoing vacancies as researchers, presenters, producers and sound desk operators and full training is provided. Our annual membership fee is €30.
Do Good Feel Good: Volunteer Leadership Seminar – Tuesday 16th May
Bellingham Castle, 11am – 1pm
Sometimes it’s not just about doing good – it’s about knowing you are doing good – and that’s what makes us feel good. The Do Good Feel Good Volunteer Leadership Seminar provides volunteer leaders with the space to step back, consider best practice in volunteer management and have some fun!
This event is FREE, but pre-booking is essential. Closing date for booking is Tuesday, May 9th. Register for your ticket at https://louthvolunteercentreseminar.eventbrite.ie
Open Day – Thursday 18th May
– 10am – 1pm – Louth Volunteer Centre, Drogheda
– 10am – 1pm – Dundalk County Council Offices
– 10am – 1pm – Ardee Library
The 2017 CRAOL achievements awards application process is now open. In 2016 Jacinata Matthews and Tracey Hanby were winners for their programmes The Creative Flow and 100% Irish. The purpose of the CRAOL Achievement Awards is to give community radio stations the opportunity to rise to the challenge of being the best community radio station they can be. The awards give stations an opportunity to showcase their achievements and to be acknowledged by the CRAOL network of Community Radio Stations.
This type of Award will enable us to highlight such endorsements in grant applications, in local publicity etc.
How to enter
Presenters are asked to complete the seven questions below and and return to email@example.com before midday on Tuesday 9th May. The Programme and Technical Committee will then judge the entries and select two to represent Dundalk FM.
The national award winners will be announced at the Craol Féile on May 26th.
Criteria for selection
(doing a programme that is not typically heard on the airwaves and one that the station or particular volunteers/staff had not attempted before, or in a way not done before)
(getting a group of people to participate in the programme)
(what community group(s) are engaged in the making of these programmes)
(what type of evidence of growing awareness about the relevant topic within your community can you provide – Website posts / Facebook posts / tweets / emails etc)
(demonstrating creativity and commitment to strong production values, information on the process of producing the programme etc)
(indicating volunteer dedication, reliability, growth of competence and confidence, also, inspiration to others)
7. Audio Sample
(submit a 2-7 minute mp3 with highlights of your programme)
Further information on the awards can be found here.
As always, if you have any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.