Dundalk FM Presenters can enter the Craol Achievement Awards 2017

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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 alanbyrne@dundalkfm.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
1. Innovation 
(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)
2. Teambuidling 
(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.
Good luck!

Alan Byrne

Dundalk will miss distinguished community radio broadcaster Vanessa Ryan.

 Paul Sherwood CRAOL - 20th Anniversary. Visit to the Aras by members of CRAOL. Pic Paul Sherwood.
Vanessa was part of a group from Dundalk FM who were hosted by President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin to celebrate Community Radio contributions to public discourse. Pictured with Vanessa is Sean Callaghan.
CRAOL – 20th Anniversary. Pic Paul Sherwood.
No fee for repro - please credit Paul Sherwood CRAOL - 20th Anniversary. Visit to the Aras by members of CRAOL.
Pic Paul Sherwood


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.

May she Rest in Peace.

Dundalk F.M.


FREE Radio Classes on 8th and 9th June at 7pm.

Dundalk FM are running free radio classes on Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th June from 7.00 pm on both nights.

We would especially like to talk to prospective radio reporters from Blackrock, Haggardstown, Knockbridge, Kilkerly, Kilcurry, Ravensdale and Lordship areas.

Presenters Caoimhe O’ Malley and Marissa Lucchesi from the morning Current Affairs TownTalk show will be the facilitators.

No need to book a place, just call in.

New radio show ideas welcome.


Two Presenters win National Radio Awards

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.

Tracy Hanby

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 jacinta@dundalkfm.com if you would like to take part.

Jacinta Matthews Creative Flow Craol Achievements Award 2016.
Vanessa Ryan, Marissa Lucchesi, Jacinta Matthews Creative Flow and Edel McMullan.

Voices on Air Report January – June 2015

Here’s some info about Dundalk ‘s local Community Radio Station for you to digest.

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We are a community owned and run radio station and as you can see the level of engagement from business, community groups and individuals is substantial. Dundalk FM is 10 years broadcasting full time this year. We wish to say a big thank you to all our voluntary community broadcasters for their drive, enthusiasm and the background research that brings you something entertaining and local when you turn on your radio. Interested in joining us? See our membership page for details.


Liquitabs are the most common cause for enquiry at the National Poison Information Centre.

National Poison Information Centre
National Poison Information Centre

Liquitabs are sachets of concentrated detergent liquid used for washing clothes and dissolve in water so they are dangerous for children who are attracted by the combination bright colours and the smell. Patricia Casey, Manager of the National Poison Information Centre, Beaumont Hospital spoke to Caoimhe O’Malley about the dangers of liquid capsules and tablets which are usually picked up by curious one and two year olds.

Recently, packaging has been changed so that you cannot see the capsules anymore. The press under the sink is where most people store their detergents but with small children it would be wise to move them to a high press.

For more information log on to www.poisons.ie.

For advice call 01 809 2166 anytime from 8am to 10pm each day.

Patricia Casey, National Poison Information Centre speaks about the dangers of Liqutabs for small children - Download This Episode