Jim Ryan – a respected and compelling voice

When Jim Ryan joined us in 2003, he presented a classical music programme from half past 12 until one o clock on Sunday for the duration of the temporary Community Radio Station Dundalk Weekend Radio DWR107 FM. His son Stephen came in as his Sound Desk Operator selecting the CD track numbers. Jim would have spent hours listening to each track just to get the right sequence for his weekly playlist. Jim’s knowledge of classical music was immense. He introduced us to baritone, bass, mezzo-soprano, contralto, countertenor, arias, chorus and overtures.

Jim often said that he would have liked to do a Jazz programme and that would have been quite something to tune in to. Jim’s daughter, Vanessa shortly afterwards followed her Dad’s footsteps into radio and presented a history programme called Time Detectives. Vanessa interviewed many local and national archaeology professors and experts and also stood in to present Classic Sounds on occasion. When the station received its full-time community radio service contract in September 2004, Jim presented a midday Current Affairs show. He kept the Classic Sounds programme on Sunday, moving it to one hour.

During the ensuing years, myself and our Weekend Duty Managers who worked the sound desk for Jim got to chat with the listeners who rang in asking for a request. Sundays had a certain routine – Joe Martin presented Magic Moments from 10 am to 12 pm, followed by Jim Ryan and Classic Sounds from 12 pm to 1 pm, Joe Duffy followed at 1 pm with Showband Street, Tom Gernon at 2 pm with Back to the Sixties and Jimmy Neary (with his wife Marita taking the phone requests) with Shades of Green from 3 pm to 5 pm.

In the recent past, Jim’s weekly show was curated and kept on air by Tony Moran.

So, we’ll bid adieu, slán to our radio colleague Jim Ryan. Thank you for bringing your wealth of knowledge of Classical Music to the listeners and for your considerable contribution to the success of the Community Radio Service – Dundalk FM.

Alan Byrne



Ian Coogan, Paul Mefor, Anthony Bond, Jim Ryan
Ian Coogan, Paul Mefor, Anthony Bond and Jim Ryan in the original Dundalk Weekend Radio DWR107 FM Radio Studios.
Joe Martin and Jim Ryan
Sunday Morning routine – Joe Matin and Jim Ryan.

Eamon O Boyle, Jim Ryan, Seamus Byrne, Redeemer Resource Centre


Classic Sounds Pavarotti


Dundalk FM will be Live from the Louth Mavericks American Football Club Family Day – 09/07/22

🏈🎉 MAVS FAMILY FUN DAY 🎉🏈Louth Mavericks AFC
Next Saturday (July 9th) is the final Louth Mavericks home game of the season and we are hosting a Family fun day with some food & entertainment to go along with our game vs the Antrim Jets AFC.
Vice-President & Captain Alex Simms will be doing his charity head shave before the game to raise money for LauraLynn Children’s Hospice.
TheyScreenshot 2022-07-07 at 15-23-50 (20 ) Facebook will also be having a bake sale on the day so bring some change to give to this great cause.
The day will be kicking off with the Head Shave @ 1pm and will run until 6pm so come down, have some fun and cheer on the Mavs for the final time this season.
Check out the posters for more details.

dis ABILITY Louth with Dundalk FM and Dundalk Garda Station

Take a listen to our Information Announcements currently broadcasting on Dundalk FM.

Cars Parked on Footpaths

Misuse of Parking Spaces for Persons with dis ABILITY

Cyclists on Footpaths


Joe Duffy, Chair Dundalk FM, Garda Kate Patterson, Dundalk Garda Community Policing, Garda Sgt. Eugene Collins, David Larkin, Chair dis ABILITY Louth.

We give our thanks and appreciation to David Bellew at Dundalk FM for the production and to Dundalk Garda Community Unit for the endorsement.

dis ABILITY Louth looks forward to continuing our links with Dundalk Garda and Dundalk FM.

For more information see https://www.disabilitylouth.ie


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



Dundalk Lion’s At Your Service Live from the County Museum

The Dundalk Lions Club broadcast their weekly news for the visually impaired show live from the Louth County Museum on Thursday 10th October 2019.


Pictured above are David Larkin, President Dundalk Lions Club, John Hennessy, Pat Byrne and Gerry Campbell.

This is the first time that the radio show Dundalk Lions – At Your Service – has been broadcast live outside the studio by the Lions Club.


The team rotates each week and this week’s presenters were Gerry Campbell, David Larkin and John Hennessy. Pat Byrne was the Sound Desk Operator and the Sound Engineer was Alan Byrne with Padraig Quigley back in the studio.

The reason for the OB was to promote the launch of Dundalk’s Positive Mental Health Week Annual Art Exhibition and a play by Quintessence Theatre Groups entitled ‘Cracks’.

Derek Pepper, Regional Development Officer for the North East Region Shine organised the launch event and was a guest on the show.



World Cup Radio Volunteers needed.

Dundalk FM are celebrating the FIFA World Cup 2018 by making a show about all the 32 countries going to the finals. We need some help and are calling for volunteers from the countries who living in Dundalk and the surrounding area to get in contact.

world cup radio special

You will team up with our community radio broadcasters to help research, compile and present a show featuring your country.

If you would like to volunteer email alanbyrne@dundalkfm.com.