The sudden death of our esteemed employee and colleague Vanessa Ryan R.I.P came as a great shock to us all when the news broke on Friday morning last. Vanessa joined Dundalk FM as a volunteer in 2003 and presented a weekly programme entitled ‘Time Detectives’ each Saturday lunchtime at 12pm. Vanessa’s background in Archaeology gave her the opportunity to talk to national and international experts and to educate listeners about the wealth and varied history of North County Louth. Vanessa helped to progress the development of local radio documentaries with two successful BAI Sound and Vision applications – ‘Louthiana’ and ‘Geo-Archaeological – Changing Legends to Facts’. Vanessa joined the station as Advertising Manager in June 2015. With Dundalk F.M she demonstrated a wide range of skills and set targets which will be very difficult to follow.
Her excellent written and verbal communication skills , her ability to work independently , her skill at multi-tasking effectively and her pleasant personality made her the ideal “face on the road” for Dundalk F.M. Her ability to communicate effectively with Advertisers saw an increase in Revenue and most of her new business customers continued to advertise with the station. She served diligently as a Member of the Finance Committee on Dundalk F.M.
In the office her honesty and integrity in her financial dealings with Dundalk F.M were exceptional and she presented an engaging presence in following up Advertising arrears. Her value as a friend among her colleagues was obvious to all and the staff were heartbroken when they heard of her unexpected passing. Vanessa had also contributed many hours as a researcher for well documented articles from an early age. Her education shone through like a beacon and any project she was associated with was flawless, indeed such was her professionalism and pursuit of excellence that many projects were enhanced greatly by her contributions as a researcher, producer or presenter. She had an excellent rapport with the many constituents served by Dundalk F.M including clients, Directors, Volunteers other staff members and also with all our listeners.
Her recent decision to follow in her father’s footsteps in local politics had just been announced recently and no doubt Jim would have been delighted to see Vanessa follow his example and serve her local electorate with the same dedication and passion at all times.
While we here in Dundalk F.M will miss her presence terribly her family will have to continue on without that smiling face greeting them on a daily basis. Both her daughters, Isabella and Ayda, her parents Jim and Ann, sister Carol, brothers John and partner Ciara and Stephen and partner Stephanie, husband Florian, mother-in-law Myrian, father-in-law Didier, brother-in-law Stephen, nieces Rosie and Phoebe, aunts, uncles, relatives and friends will find a huge void in their lives following her sudden passing.
The Board of Directors, Staff, and Volunteers of Dundalk F.M have lost not only an employee but a valued friend and colleague and all connected with Dundalk FM offer sincere condolences to the family. Vanessa’s influence on broadening the diversity of programming available on Dundalk’s community radio service is treasured. She made her father proud with her knowledge and presentation style when she stood in for him as presenter of Classics Sounds. A local history programme about the townlands of County Louth ‘From the Border to the Boyne’ featured an episode in which Vanessa explained the importance of the Knights Templar. Vanessa will remain part of the fabric of Community Radio in the memories of the many friends she had at the station and through the audio archives of her programmes.
Dundalk FM would like to invite you to come along to a Coffee Evening on Thursday 8th September from 6pm to 8pm
Would you like to join Dundalk’s Community Radio Station as a presenter?
Are you thinking about a third level digital media course?
Do you have an idea for a music or community based programme or would you just like to see how programmes are made and meet some of our volunteers?
You will be invited to submit an idea for our popular weekly ‘Spotlight’ series’ – a one hour show about your favourite band or musician.
So that’s a date for your diary – Thursday 8th September from 6 at Dundalk FM Studios, Partnership Court, Park Street, Dundalk.
Dundalk FM will be in St.Brigid’s Park, Dowdallshill on Sunday evening bringing live and exclusive commentary on the eagerly awaited Senior Football Quarter Final clash between Sean O’Mahonys and Geraldines which has a 6-45 starting time.
Our coverage gets underway at 6 o’clock with all the build up and team news and will also include coverage of the the second half of the Dreadnots v Kilkerley match.
Former Louth players Benny McArdle and Orlaith Kirk will be joined on commentary by Nh.Malachi clubman Dermot Woods.
Match Commentary is brought to you exclusively by Bary O’Brien’s Quay Sports, Dundalk.
Thanks to Áine Lawless for designing our new Spotlight poster. Do you know someone who has an interest in radio broadcasting and would like to start by doing a one hour show about their favourite band or musician? We have one slot each week for a breakthrough DJ – 3pm – 4pm on Saturday. To get started send us your contact details and we’ll do the rest.
It’s a proud day for 100% Irish Radio and The Creative Flow – both winners for Dundalk FM at the Craol Achievement Awards held in the Regency Hotel on 28th May.
Tracey Hanby is one of Ireland’s best known Irish Music promoters. The 100% Irish Show is a National Chart of the top Irish tunes. The judges said the show was ‘innovative, well produced, stylish and, above all else, 100% Irish!’ Tracy chooses an upcoming tune called ‘One to Watch’ which is featured on Dundalk FM each day of the week. You can tune in each Tuesday at 8pm to Tracey.
Jacinta Matthews is the producer and presenter of The Creative Flow which highlights local and national writers, poets and short story writers. Jacinta also has set up a vibrant Book Club as part of the show. The judges commented on the Creative Flow as being ‘a great platform for creative writers, a very engaging programme with lots of local voices’. You can listen in at 7pm on the first Wednesday of the month or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to take part.