Diwali 2021 Live on Dundalk FM

Diwali 3 2021 Diwali 2021 1 Diwali 2021 2

Host: Durgesh Tiwari.

Professor Dr Dilip Mahapatra, Sonal Shrivastav, Sayoni Roy, Jitendra Shrivastav, Rishi Soburn, Sachin, Jayesh Mistry, Surovit Roy, Karan, Pujan Shrivastav, Kavneet Kainth, Ravi Pandey, Sikha Pandey and Dr Pardeep Sayal

Recording and Editing: Alan Byrne

Production Assistant: Michael Dowdall

Photography: Michael Dowdall


Presenters can now send in an application for the Craol Achievement Awards 2021


 Craol Achievement Awards 2021 Explanation

Applications sought for Craol Achievement Awards 2021

This is open to all programmes broadcast in the last 12 months. Presenters wishing to submit an entry can email a completed form to info@dundalkfm.com. The closing date is 1pm Friday 17th September 2021. You can download a copy of the form here or answer the questions in green below and email the station.

The Programme and Technical Committee will choose two entries to represent Dundalk FM at the Craol Féile and Achievement Awards which will be held in October.

Craol Achievement Awards Application Form 2021 for Dundalk FM Presenters.

Please email info@dundalkfm.com.

  1. Show /Initiative Title

  2. Contact Name

  3. Name the individuals involved in the project/programme

  1. Category entered (choose one)

Social Benefit Talk or Music

Irish Language

Commissioned programmes

Community Volunteer Participation

Technical and Production Values

For a list of each categories description please click here.

  1. When was this programme originally broadcast?

  1. Please outline why you think your entry deserves recognition?

How do you feel your entry shows any of the following criteria;?

  • Innovation, team building, community participation, quality and community development and  awareness? 

  • 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

  • Indicating volunteer dedication, reliability, growth of competence and confidence, also, inspiration to others

  • 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

  • Demonstrating innovation, creativity and value to your community especially in the last 12 months.  How your station delivered an effective service , adapted your schedule and provided social benefits to your communities.

  1. Is there any other information you would like to add about your entry?

  1. Please email a 2-7min sample of audio from your submitted programme.

  1. If your programme / initiative has been uploaded and shared via a streaming service like Soundcloud or Mixcloud, please provide a link.

Craol AA21

 2021 Achievement awards Explanatory notes on programmes to submit.

CORE AWARD CATEGORIES- (See notes on SB at end of document)

Social Benefit (Music)

Community stations are obliged under the 2009 Act to provide a social benefit to their community. This can be through a diversity of talk and discussion programmes. However, Craol recognises that much of the content of community radio consists of music programmes. We can explore how our music programmes can provide a social benefit to the community. This can be in many ways:

  1. Through the programme being produced by a team (of more than one)

  1. By a programme inviting local music enthusiasts on air to discuss the music, and

  1. Through the presenter displaying a growing media competence over many years of loyal volunteering.

Social Benefit (Talk)

Entries to this category are unrestricted about the type of programming

involved. Social Benefit acts as a rich description of our work, offering stations

wider scope in this area.

Commissioned programmes

Entries to this category must have been funded by an external body. (E.g. BAI, CFI, VEC, Simon Cumber, Government Department etc). Assessment will not just be restricted to production quality, but also of the multiplier effect, what impact had a programme on community engagement, or on volunteers within a station, or on any aspect of station activities. In short, how did this programme support the development of community broadcasting. The programme may be the primary outcome of a project, or a part of a wider process. You select a representative sample.

Irish Language Programmes

Entries to this category should demonstrate stations commitment to Irish language content. All varieties of Irish Language Programming qualify (including bi-lingual with a minimum of 50% Irish Language).


Community and volunteer participation

Entries to this category will show how community group(s) were involved in the making of these programmes, how they interacted, their commitment to programme and the development of group. Were Volunteers working with these community groups, did they mentor and support them, provide technical or production supports.

Technical production values

Entries to this category will demonstrate audio quality, techniques used, audio recording and editing, use of sound fx, broadcast- this can include station Jingles, promos, and ads.

Creativity and Effectiveness – Value to the community

Entries to this category will show how your station was creative and effective in dealing with the many challenges over the past year. How did this add value to your schedule, to your community and promote community development and cohesion?

Standout Award– This year Craol are introducing a standout award for each category. This award is based on a high-quality application, high quality audio and if the Judges deem there is an application that meets the criteria.

Definition of CR Social Benefits is: “Benefits to individuals or collective actors in the community that enhance their lives socially, culturally or economically, or in terms of development, empowerment and/or well-being, that otherwise would not have come about

Research Cooperative, Dublin.)

SB 1: Individuals, especially minorities and those marginalised, are growing in confidence and creativity and/or reinforcing a sense of belonging, directly from engaging with the Station.

SB 2: Individuals are enhancing their employment prospects, through gaining skills and confidence.

SB 3: Community members are informed and aware of what is happening around their community.

SB 4: Community members are responding more effectively to issues – local to global, because they have access to diverse viewpoints and to more and better information.

SB 5: Collective actors (CBOs, NGOs etc.) are facilitated, and reinforced in their capacity, to achieve their goals.

SB 6: The community sense of identity and cohesiveness is enhanced.

Access here, Community Radio Delivering Social Benefit – it provides a definitional framework for the concept of social benefit

Oriel Park Live – 2019 Winners

Since 2004 –

John Murphy

Ger Cunningham

Gussie Hearty

Alan Byrne

Tommy McConville (RIP)

New contributors

David Bellew

Seorise McCann

John Englishby

Ciaran Callan

Orla Crilly

Jason Kelly

Please outline why you think your entry deserves recognition

Oriel Park Live is the name of the League of Ireland match commentary provided by our team of volunteers since 2005.

The show is aimed at people who are housebound and at people from Dundalk who live abroad so that they can stay in contact with home.

A testament to the importance of the show can be heard in the Half Time Hellos. John Murphy, who turned 80 last year, reads out the list of people around the word (starting with Australia) that tune in. At the match on 23/09/19 this took over six minutes to compete.

When they are home, people often come up to John and his co presenter Gerry Cunningham in the stand to say hello and tell them where in the world they are listening to them from.

How do you feel your entry shows any of the following criteria; innovation, team building, community participation, quality and community awareness?

The Oriel Park Live Show has increased it’s team of Volunteers from four to ten.

A new pre match show started this year – Build up With Bellew – so that our new volunteers report live from the terraces and backrooms from home and away matches. A highlight was live reports from the Champions League Matches in Baku, Riga and Bratislava this year.

Other points of interest are

The post match interviews are played out in full as opposed of playing snippets.

A sports panel of senior soccer players and supporters broadcasts a Saturday afternoon show four times a year.

The show has been broadcast from Irish League venues e.g. Windsor Park (Linfield F.C.), Ballymena Showgrounds and Seaview (Crusaders F.C.).

Because of the show, the station has recorded radio documentaries from Belfast, Derry and Portadown.

Is there any other information you would like to add about your entry?

This year we teamed up with Derry’s Community Radio station – Drive 105FM – to do a dual broadcast from three matches from the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium. We rebroadcast the Match Night Live Drive stream and their presenter team is Dee Curran Eddie Seydek, Kevin Moore and Colin Greene. The team broadcast around thirty matches each year.

The local soccer league has also started to broadcast live matches during the week as a spin off to this programme.

Dundalk Lions 2019 WinnersVolunteers since 20024 –
Hugh McKitterick (Producer)
Shirley Clarke (RIP)
John Hennessy
Tadgh O SullivanAdditional New Volunteers from the last 5 years
Pat Byrne
David Larkin (Disability Louth and Lions President)
Tom Donaghy
Gerry Campbell
Irene Mayock
Conor KananaghThe team from Dundalk Lions Club use the local airwaves by producing and presenting their own weekly one hour show to highlight the work that they do in the area.This means that community groups benefit from additional recognition and that community representatives are interviewed on location and in the studio.The Lions show now has two teams so this shows an interest on their part to enhance the value of what they do.The show is very well produced and some of the members have been on air since the station began broadcasting in 2004.Dundalk Lions began broadcasting a complimentary radio show to accompany their Talking Newspapers Cassette Paper service for the visually impaired on Dundalk FM in 2004.The show was initially for half an hour and progressed to a one hour show for a number of reasons:
• More of the Lions have been trained to become community radio presenters.
• Some have purchased digital recorders and have been trained in audio editing techniques.
• The Lions Club run a lot of events and recordings made at these are played out during the show.
• There are two teams so that there is a regular rotation of presenters.
• The intros, promos, stings and music beds make this show one of the best sounding shows the station has.
• The show is the flagship community produced show and the team are willing to chat to any new community group who would like to do a show of their own on Dundalk FM.
• Some of the Lions have also served on Dundalk FM’s Board and Sub Committees.

FREE Community Radio Classes – September to December 2021

Join our FREE Community Radio Class 3 x 1.5 hr sessions in small groups email info@dundalkfm.com to register

Independent Radio Dundalk is a new FREE community media project that we are running between September and December 2021 and it is supported by the Communities Integration Fund.

If you would like to join us email info@dundalkfm.com or call 042 93 95 100 and ask to reserve your place. You will have the choice to do the class online or come into our training room.

We will introduce you to radio work such as compiling running orders and scripting links. We will show you how to work the sound desk, use a digital recorder and how to edit audio recordings.

This introductory class runs for three sessions each lasting an hour and a half.

Mornings from 10.00 to 11.30

Afternoons 3.00 – 4.30 or

Evenings 7.00 – 8.30

You will be in a small group of four people. Each of the groups will have their programmes broadcast on the Independent Radio Dundalk Series that will begin on Sunday afternoons starting in September and will be available on the station’s Mixcloud Listen Again Service.

This is a wonderful way to get an introduction to our town’s vibrant Community Radio Service, make new friends and join our team of over 70 volunteer broadcasters. So if you would like to meet some new people and have some fun call 93 95 100 or email info@dundalkfm.com today to book a place.


To see how the project is progressing check in on the webpage below.

Independent Radio Dundalk

Programme Report AROUND THE TOWN


Applications invited for Sound and Vision Round 40

Dundalk FM is now accepting applications from members for Round 40 of the Sound and Vision 4 Funding Scheme.

The deadline is 5.00 pm on Monday 19th July 2021 and fully detailed applications should be emailed to talk@dundalkfm.com.

The Application Form and Guidelines are available from the BAI website on this link:  Sound and Vision

Our Sound and Vision Committee will assess the applications on Tuesday 20th July.

Sound and Vision 4 (“the Scheme”) is a funding scheme for television and radio programmes, developed under the provisions of the Broadcasting Act 2009 (“the Act”). The objectives of the Scheme are:

  • Develop high-quality programmes based on Irish culture, heritage and experience,
  • Develop these programmes in the Irish language,
  • Increase the availability of programmes referred to above to audiences in the State,
  • Represent the diversity of Irish culture and heritage,
  • Record oral Irish heritage and aspects of Irish heritage which are disappearing, under threat, or have not been previously recorded, and
  • Develop local and community broadcasting.

To achieve these objectives, the Scheme offers grant funding to new television and radio programmes which deal with the themes of

  • Irish culture, heritage and experience;
  • Improving adult or media literacy;
  • Raising public awareness and understanding of global issues impacting on the State and countries other than the State
  • Any of the above in the Irish language.

The scheme is financed from the Broadcast Fund which comprises 7% of the annual net receipts from television licence fees.


National Community Radio Day Training for Community Radio Members

Register here for the National Community Radio Day Zoom Workshops.

Looking forward to talking to you on the day.

Kind regards

Dundalk FM NCRD ‘21 Team.

Digital Radio Future / SIP Licences for Digital Studio Desks/Remote Broadcasting

Technical Team

10.00 – 11.00

Alan Byrne

SIP Licences for Digital Studio Desks

  • What is a SIP Licence

  • How much does it cost

  • How is it installed.

  • Audio Quality

  • Mobile Apps

  • What are the benefits

  • Examples of stations using these licences

Remote Broadcasting

  • Ways to remotely broadcast

  • 3G 4G/ Wifi /Ethernet

  • Mobile Apps

  • Software

  • Hardware

  • Outside Broadcast vehicles

Digital Radio Future

  • Experience of Digital Radio in the EU & US for CR stations and listeners

Register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

News Reporting – news features and clips, production tips for remote reporting.

News Team

11.30 – 12.30

David Bellew

Intro and course content

BAI guidelines for News

  • Libel

  • BAI Community Media Policy

Overview of features in news.

  • Terminology e.g. music bed, intro, stinger, headlines etc.

  • Listen to news clips from CR stations

Community Notices

Remote reporting

  • Different gear, apps, file types

  • Video journalism. Medium fb vs youtube etc


  • AV software e.g. reaper, hitfilm, teleprompter free video

Open Discussion

Register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Discussion on Sports programming and reporting, sports bulletins, panel discussions and tech chat.

Sports Team

2.00 – 3.00

Padraig Quigley

Gussie Hearty from Summer League Focus

  • A weekly local soccer show, results and live reports on matches and league tables

John Murphy, Oriel Park Live.

  • Live match commentary from both home and away games

Dermot Woods.

  • Presenter of GAA show In Off The Post

David Bellew, and Orla Crilly

  • presenting/producing/researching of The Build Up, a show aired prior to live matches.

Sports news bulletins

Making contacts and building relations with clubs.

Idea sharing with community stations on what sports programming they have

Register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Thank you to our team of Community Radio Broadcasters.

During each show from 17th to 23rd May, as our way of celebrating National Volunteer Week 2021, presenters will be contacting a station volunteer for a 3 to 4 minute chat about what they like about volunteering at the station.

How did you hear about Dundalk FM in the first place?
Do you remember the first time that you came into the station – what was your impression and who did you meet?
Did you do one of our training courses – and who else was on it at the time?
What was the first radio show that you presented?
Have you produced any others?
Are there any other production skills you would like to learn?
What do your friends and family think of you being on Dundalk’s Community Radio Station?

Thank You NVW21

Nat Vol Week Cert for Dundalk FM 2021National Volunteer Week Dundalk FM 2021

May 17
8.00 Good Morning Dundalk
  Paddy McEneaney
  Sean Fegan
  Michael Emadi
10.00 Town Talk
  Cathal McCooey
  Cathal Cassidy
12.00 The Lunchbox
  Padraig Quigley
  Andy McKenna
  John Hennessy
2.00 Afternoon Show
  Joe Duffy
  John Englishby
  Dan Pope
4.00 Drivetime
  John Englishby
  Jim Ryan
  John Murphy
6.00 Fadó Fadó
  Sean McEneaney
7.00 HOTM
  Gussie Hearty
May 18
8.00 Good Morning Dundalk
  Paddy McEneaney
  Karl Collins
  Pat Hamilton
10.00 Town Talk
  Philip O Brien
  Charles Barker
12.00 The Lunchbox
  Padraig Quigley
  Anita Guest
  Daniel Deery
2.00 Afternoon Show
  Joe Duffy
  Michael Murray
  Joey McGowan
4.00 Drivetime
  Marian Del Duca
  Ciaran Callan
  Donal Carroll
6.00 Beaten Tracks
  Kerry Fearon
7.00 Rocksteady Rhythms
  Karl Collins
  Tracey Hanby
May 19
8.00 Good Morning Dundalk
  Paddy McEneaney
  Noel Sharkey
  Richie Ford
10.00 Town Talk
  Pat Byrne
  John Murphy
12.00 The Lunchbox
  Padraig Quigley
  Stephen Murphy
  Brendan Coughlan
2.00 Afternoon Show
  Joe Duffy
  Orla Crilly
  Tara Mulholland
4.00 Drivetime
  MaryRose Muckian
  Kevin Marley
  Alvaro Lucchesi
6.00 Rock around Dundalk
  Peter Kavanagh
7.00 Mixbag
  Margaret Hoey
8.00 Jason’s Jukebox
  David Bellew
9.00 Swing Dance Dundalk
  Padraig Quigley
May 20
8.00 Good Morning Dundalk
  Paddy McEneaney
  Sean Callaghan
  Emma Coffey
10.00 Town Talk
  Pat Byrne
  Colin McDonnell
12.00 The Lunchbox
  Padraig Quigley
  Cathal McCooey
  Tony Moran
2.00 Afternoon Show
  Joe Duffy
  Jason Kelly
  Robbie Rafferty
4.00 Drivetime
  Seoirse McCann
  Hugh McKitterick
  Garrett Weldon
6.00 Spotlight
  Past Volunteers Alan Byrne
7.00 The Eclectic Mix
  Joe Duffy
8.00 Dundalk Lion’s
  Derek Pepper
9.00 RehabCare on Air
  Marian DelDuca
May 21
8.00 Good Morning Dundalk
  Paddy McEneaney
  Mike McMahon
10.00 Town Talk
  Marissa Lucchesi
  Damien McKenna
12.00 The Lunchbox
  Padraig Quigley
  David Larkin
  Seoirse McCann
2.00 Afternoon Show
  Joe Duffy
  Paddy McEneaney
  Tom McSweeney
4.00 Drive Time
  Ciaran Callan
  Philip O Brien
  Caoimhe O Malley
6.00 First Cut
  Marissa Lucchesi
7.00 Build Up
  Dundalk FC
  Shamrock Rovers
May 22
10.00 The Business Brunch
  Stephen, Eamonn, Mona
  Michael Dowdall
12.00 Mike’s Music Mix
  MaryRose Muckian
  Beaten Tracks
2.00 Themed Tunes
  John Englishby
3.00 5 Irish Tunes
  Alan Byrne
4.00 Sports Academy
  Tom Gernon
May 23
10.00 On the street
  where you live
  Sean, Paddy, Arvaro
12.00 Classic Sounds
  Pat Byrne
1.00 Showband Street
  Mona Daly
2.00 Back to the 60’s
  Eamon O Reilly

Presenter Guide

  First Name Surname Current Show on Dundalk FM / Volunteer Activities   Documentary Maker
1 Alan Byrne 5 Irish Tunes, La Cantina Yes
2 Alvaro Lucchesi On the Street Where you live, Board Member  
3 Andy McKenna Monthly Saturday Night 80’s Yes
4 Anita Guest RehabCare on Air  
5 Brendan Coughlan Fadó Fadó  
6 Caoimhe O’Malley Drive Time and Town Talk Contributor, Vice Chair  
7 Carole Wardlaw The Arts Zone co host  
8 Cathal Cassidy Fadó Fadó, ex Board Member  
9 Cathal McCooey Monday Town Talk, Monthly Slane Series  
10 Charles Barker Health and Well Being, ex Chairperson  
11 Ciaran Callan Friday Town Talk, Build Up  
12 Colin McDonnell Brilliant Music  
13 Damien McKenna First Cut  
14 Dan Pope AlphaBeats  
15 Daniel Deery Alphabeats  
16 David Larkin Monthly Saturday Night Show, Dundalk Lion’s Club Yes
17 David Bellew Build Up, Trainer  
18 Derek Pepper The Eclectic Mix  
19 Donal Carroll We Will Rock You, Your Song Yes
20 Eamon O’Reilly The Brunch, ex Chairperson  
21 Eimear O Kane The Arts Zone co host  
22 Emma Coffey Treasurer  
23 Garrett Weldon Board Member  
24 Gussie Hearty Summer League Focus, Match Commentary Team, Board Member  
25 Hugh McKitterick Dundalk Lion’s At Your Service Producer, ex Chairperson Yes
26 Jason Kelly Jason’s JukeBox, Drive Time  
27 Jim Ryan Classic Sounds Yes
28 Joe Duffy Afternoon Show, Showband Street, Chairperson  
29 Joey McGowan Indie Mix Spotlights  
30 John Englishby Monthly Odds n Sods Show, Monday Drive Time, Monthly Themed Tunes, Trainer  
31 John Hennessy Dundalk Lion’s Club, ex Board Member  
32 John Murphy Sports Academy, Match Commentary  
33 Karl Collins RockSteady Rhythms  
34 Kerry Fearon Boots ’n Roots  
35 Kevin Marley Heart of the Matter  
36 Margaret Hoey We Will Rock You, Your Song  
37 Marian DelDuca Tuesday Drive Time, Health and Well Being, ex Board Member  
38 Marissa Lucchesi Friday Town Talk, Trainer  
39 Mary Rose Muckian Mixbag, Drive Time, Afternoon Show  
40 Michael Dowdall Fadó Fadó  
41 Michael Murray Monthly My Song  
42 Michael Emadi Heart of the Matter  
43 Mike McMahon Mike’s Music Express  
44 Mona Daly The Brunch  
45 Noel Sharkey Series on Creedance Clearwater Revival, Bob Dylan, The Eagles and Blues Music Yes
46 Orla Crilly Monthly Sunshine Hour, Build Up Show  
47 Paddy McEneaney Good Morning Dundalk, On the Street Where You Live  
48 Padraig Quigley The Lunchbox, Trainer  
49 Pat Byrne Town Talk, Slane Series, Trainer, Board Member  
50 Patrick Hamilton Board Member, Interviews  
51 Peter Kavanagh Fadó Fadó, The Brunch  
52 Philip O Brien Tuesday Town Talk  
53 Richie Ford Sports Academy (GAA)  
54 Robbie Rafferty Summer League Focus, Sports Academy  
55 Sean Callaghan The Beaten Tracks, Board Member  
56 Sean Fegan Lockdown Blues Show, Swing Dance Dundalk  
57 Sean McEneaney On the Street Where you live  
58 Seoirse McCann Thursday Drive Time, Monthly 30 into 21 Show  
59 Stephen Murphy Brunch, Heart of the Matter, ex Chairperson  
60 Tara Mulholland One off Shows, Board Member  
61 Tom Gernon Rock around Dundalk, Back to the Sixties  
62 Tony Moran Produces Classic Sounds, ex Weekend Duty Manager  
63 Tracey Hanby Cheesy Chicks



Updated Dundalk FM Social Media Policy


Last updated: 11th March 2021


The Social Media Policy document provides guidance and direction to Staff, Presenters and Volunteers when utilising all types of social media.

Misuse or abuse of social and digital media can cause significant injury to third parties and can also impact negatively on the reputation of Dundalk FM. The Station is potentially vicariously liable for injury caused by misuse or abuse of social and digital media channels by anyone associated with Dundalk FM. Consequently the station takes any misuse or abuse of social and digital media very seriously.

Like all Staff/Volunteer policies, it is the responsibility of the Manager to address any issues that arise in relation to breach of these policies and regulations. There is also a significant personal responsibility placed on all Staff and Volunteers at the station.

Electronic Communications Policy

Confidential information regarding company business practices and procedures or personal information about any suppliers, advertising clients or employees must not be posted or discussed on Internet social networking websites, Internet video hosting/sharing websites, Internet discussion forums, message boards or Internet chat rooms.

The company reserves the right to take such action as it deems appropriate against users who breach the conditions of these policies or Data Protection regulations. Employees who breach these policies may be denied access to the Station’s information technology resources, and may be subject to disciplinary action, including suspension and dismissal as provided for in the disciplinary procedure. Volunteers who breach policy may have their membership rescinded.

Code of Standards and Behavior

There is an implied term of mutual trust and confidence between employer and employee in all employment contracts. A very negative, defamatory or damaging posting or communication by an employee may entitle Dundalk Media Centre CLG T/A Dundalk FM to proceed with the Disciplinary Process, including investigation, and discipline up to dismissal if warranted. If defamatory material is posted on a social networking site, defamation claims may arise against the employee. Employees must not improperly disclose, during or following termination of employment, information gained in the course of their work.

Staff & volunteers who have access to Dundalk FM social media to post on behalf of the station are entrusted so for the purpose of enhancing the service the station provides to users. Anyone posting as Dundalk FM is asked to stop and consider how the post may impact the station.

Posts that may make any negative implications towards the station or another organisation/ persons or indeed posts reflecting personal moral/religious/political beliefs etc will be removed and the perpetrator may face disciplinary procedures.

If you choose to identify yourself as an employee of Dundalk Media Centre CLG (T/A Dundalk FM) or a Dundalk FM broadcaster on social media profiles including your own personal profiles or in your commentary on personal topics within social media sites, it is important to use common sense and be aware of the nature of your comments and their possible consequences. It is important that all our employees and volunteers are aware of the implications of engaging in forms of social media and online conversations that reference the company or your association with the Station. Privacy, Data Protection requirements, defamation law and basic duty of care all still apply in comments that are made while off-duty and online. If an employee or volunteer comments online in a personal capacity while identified as an employee or volunteer of DMC, these comments can be attributed or perceived as the official position of the company.

Volunteers & Staff – Remember, when using Personal social media:

  • Be respectful of all individuals, races, religions and cultures; how you conduct yourself in the online social media space not only reflects on you but could also reflect on Dundalk FM as you are associated with the station in the public eye.
  • Think before you post. Anything you post that is inaccurate, unfair, or breaking privacy standards will ultimately be your responsibility.
  • You may come across negative posts about Dundalk FM, but should avoid responding yourself. The post in question should be forwarded to the Station Manager who is authorised to respond (if appropriate) to comments on behalf of Dundalk FM.
  • Be conscious when mixing your radio and personal lives. Online, your personal and radio profiles are likely to intersect. The Station respects the privacy of all but you must remember that our listeners, colleagues and the wider Community may have access to the online content you post. Keep this in mind when publishing information online that can be seen by more than friends and family, and know that information originally intended just for friends and family can be forwarded on very easily.
  • Know that the Internet is permanent. Once information is published online, it is essentially part of a permanent record, even if you remove/deleteit later or attempt to make it anonymous.

Protecting Dundalk FM Staff/Volunteers from online abuse

Given the nature of and the high levels of participation in social media sites like Facebook in Ireland, Staff/Volunteers/Broadcasters may from time to time become the victim of abuse or defamation by members of the public through comments made and published on the Internet or on social networks.

Where this occurs, the Station Manager will work to support you in every way possible. Responsibility for responding to staff or volunteer concerns about and co-ordinating the response to abusive online comments rests with the Manager as is does with all Staff/Volunteer health safety and welfare issues.

Where Staff/Volunteers are notified of or are concerned about an abusive or defamatory post, profile, comment or page relating to the radio, this should be reported immediately to the Manager. The Manager should arrange for the post to be reviewed, and where possible or appropriate, the post should be reported as abuse with the relevant sites existing reporting process. A screenshot should be recorded of the comment.


Vacancy – Receptionist/Administrator

Dundalk FM has a vacancy for a Receptionist/Administrator for 20 hours per week.

Tasks include front office management such as

  • greeting customers
  • checking emails
  • taking requests on the phone from our listeners
  • typing up daily community notices for the presenters
  • credit control
  • updating social media

Experience of an accounts package would be an advantage.

Email your CV to centralce@gmail.com or telephone 932 83 16 for more details.

This is a Community Employment vacancy and applicants should check their eligibility with their local employment office.



Alpha Beats Series 4 – Find your Broadcast Time and Date here.

We asked our community radio broadcasters and friends of the station to put their name into a hat to take part in a one-hour music show call Alpha Beats. It is on Sundays at 3 pm/4 pm and this is Series 4. Drive Time presenters Ciaran Callan and Tony Duffy our Evening Duty Manager drew out the names on Friday 5th February 2021.

What is Alpha Beats?

Alpha-BeatsThis is a show with a little difference, as each presenter will be given one letter of the alphabet and they will be asked to come up with 11 or 12 singers, songs or bands that begin with that letter.

So for example, if the letter B is drawn you could be looking for a playlist that includes

Blondie, Billy Holiday, the Beach Boys, Bananarama, the Beatles, Mary Black, Back on the Chain Gang, Broadway, Breathless and so on and on and on…

If you would like to put your name in the hat, for Series 5 – it’s FREE – give us a call at the station 939 5100 or send us an email to info@dundalkfm.com with the header ‘Alpha Beats’.

Alpha Beats SERIES 4
Letter Sunday Time Presenter


28 February 3 pm Orla Crilly


7 March 3 pm Joey McGowan


7 March 4 pm Marian DelDuca


14 March 3 pm Anita Guest


14 March 4pm MaryRose Muckian


21 March 3 pm Pat Hamilton


21 March 4 pm John Englishby


28 March 3 pm Chris Rahill


4 April 3 pm Jason Kelly


4 April 4 pm

Pat Byrne


11 April 3 pm Michael Murray


11 April 4 pm Sean Callaghan


18 April 3 pm Dónal Mischo


18 April 4 pm Carole Wardlaw


25 April 3 pm Roy Mackin


2 May 3 pm Gussie Hearty


2 May 4 pm Daniel Deerey


9 May 3 pm Alan Byrne


9 May 4 pm Cathal McCooey


16 May 3 pm Tony Duffy


16 May 4 pm Dan Pope


23 May 3 pm David Larkin


30 May 3 pm Ciara Byrne


6 June 4 pm Caroline Byrne


6 June 3 pm Eimear O Kane


13 June 4 pm Colin Mc Donnell


For presenters recording at home, you can download the theme music and stings on the Alpha Beats show page here.

Good Luck and looking forward to hearing your show on Dundalk FM!