Information Night for New Volunteers on 10th May 2018

Info night 20180510Dundalk FM would like to invite you to come along to a Coffee Evening this Thursday 10th May between 7pm to 8pm.

Are looking for a new hobby?
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 the studios?

We are looking for people like you to join our team of over 81 voluntary community radio broadcasters.

You will be invited to take the first steps into broadcasting by recording a one hour show about your favourite band or musician for our weekly ‘Spotlight’ series’.

So that’s a date for your diary – Thursday 10th May from 7 at Dundalk FM Studios, Partnership Court, Park Street, Dundalk.

Looking forward to seeing you then.


Dundalk FM celebrates National Volunteer Week 2017

Dundalk FM NVW 2017

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 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.

Discover the Magic of your Local Community Radio!

Email or phone us on 93 95 100.

Full Time Stations Temporary/Aspirant Stations
  1. Athlone Community Radio
  2. Community Radio Castlebar
  3. Connemara Community Radio
  4. Claremorris Community Radio Ltd
  5. Community Radio Youghal
  6. 103.2 Dublin City FM
  7. Dublin South FM
  8. Dundalk FM
  9. East Limerick Community Radio
  10. Flirt FM, Galway Student Radio
  11. Life FM, Cork
  12. Liffey Sound 96.4 FM
  13. Near 90 fm, Coolock Dublin
  14. 92.5 Phoenix FM, Blanchardstown, Dublin
  15. Raidió na Life 106.4FM
  16. Raidio Corca Baiscinn, Kilkee, Co Clare
  17. RosFM 94.6, Roscommon Town
  18. South West Donegal Community Radio
  19. Tipperary Mid West Radio
  20. West Limerick 102fm
  21. UCC 98.3FM, University College Cork
  22. Wired FM, Student Radio Limerick
  1. Together FM
  2. Rosses Radio
  3. Kinvara Community radio
  4. Gateway Fm (Bandon)
  5. Finn Valley FM
  6. Inishowen community radio
  7. BCRFM, Ballina Community Radio
  8. Kildorrery Community radio
  9. Scarriff Bay Community radio
  10. Owenea Fm
  11. Erris Fm
  12. Tramore Community Radio – TCR FM
  13. Community Radio Kilkenny City
  14. Radio Maria Ireland
  15. Ballinrobe Community radio
  16. Westport Radio
  17. Limerick City Community Radio (LCCR)
  18. DIT FM
  19. Raidió na dTreabh
  20. Cork City Community Radio
  21. Donegal Bay Community radio

Louth Volunteer Centre

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

Open Day – Thursday 18th May
– 10am – 1pm – Louth Volunteer Centre, Drogheda
– 10am – 1pm – Dundalk County Council Offices
– 10am – 1pm – Ardee Library



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.


97.7fm is our new frequency – 100fm last broadcast will be on Saturday 31st October 2015

We are currently testing our new frequency 97.7fm and would appreciate if you would send us a coverage report to 087 09 09 791.

So far, with our new 97.7fm frequency we are getting reports of stronger signals in the Knockbridge, Castlebellingham and Ravensdale areas.

We will keep you updated with more information.

You will shortly receive a postcard through your letterbox to remind you that from Sunday 1st November Dundalk fm will not be on 100fm anymore.

So if you haven’t done so already please retune your radios to 97.7fm.

97.7 Dundalk FM logo

Thank you.


Dundalk FM is looking for volunteers.

Dundalk FM is a community owned and run radio station and we need volunteers for a range of broadcasting duties – recording, editing, presenting, outside broadcasting…call in for a chat or sign up as a member. Member Application Form 2015

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Volunteer Opportunities

Details of what you will have to do Hours per week Time/Day Contact person


if interested

Social Media Developer

  • 3 facebook posts per month
  • 1 website story per month
  • expand the number of facebook and twitter followers
2 hours Alan
Researcher for the ‘What’s On’ Guide 3 hours Wednesday Cynthia or Maria
Front Office

  • answer calls
  • greet guests
  • check emails
  • fill in competition sheets
2 hours Mon – Sunesp Friday 8.15am – 10.00am Cynthia or Maria
Research 6 songs for Too Cool for School Contribute to the programme countdown 1 hour Mon – Thurs8.00am – 9.00am Paddy
Contributor – Read out Community Notices Live 1 hour Mon – Thurs8.00am – 9.00am Paddy
Voice over – Record Community Notices 1 hour News Paddy
Sports TeamCollect information from all local sports clubs and prepare it for broadcast. 2 hours News Paddy
Current Affairs Contributors 3 + hours Town Talk Edel
News Journalist Research and record a 2 minute news bulletin incl sports, weather and bereavement notices. 1 hour Saturday and Sunday Danny
Roving Reporterattend an event and produce a 10 minute report 2 hours Town Talk Edel
Researcher help to book guests for the show. 2 -3 hours Town Talk Edel
Review an album 1 hour Lunch Box Padraig
Produce a ‘Guess the Year’ clip -2 songs, 2 stories, 1 movies, 1 TV series. 1 hour Lunch Box Padraig

Would you like to learn how to present on radio?

Expressing Yourself Through Media

(FETAC Level 3 Media Expression 3N0792)

169 (€50 for Students, Social Welfare and Over 65’s)

Course Description – Overview

This course aims to empower and enthuse learners to express themselves through broadcast media, including a practical introduction to the use of radio as a medium for expression and the importance of active engagement with media.

Learners will be able to:

  • identify the various media outlets available to them and the barriers to media expression
  • understand the various techniques and production approaches that are used by the media
  • use recording and IT equipment for media expression
  • work in teams to prepare and record a short radio programme
  • explore how audiences are targeted and use media

Course Content/Specific Outcomes:

Learners will be able to :

  • Identify a limited range of programme formats and production features
  • Identify the audience segments targeted by familiar television or radio programmes to include differentiation by age and gender
  • Describe alternative production elements, to include storyboards, programme running orders, voice-overs or presentation links, for familiar television or radio programmes
  • Use a limited range of technical language appropriate to recording for radio or television production
  • Use storyboards or programme running orders to describe short sequences or programme structures
  • Prepare a short programme for radio or television, to include developing a production plan, identifying team members and roles, preparing storyboards or programme running orders and scripts.
  • Use recording equipment correctly to make a short programme.
  • Examine familiar television or radio programmes to include production methods and alternative ways of approaching their production
  • Apply appropriate health, safety and personal hygiene procedures in television or radio production.
  • Demonstrate the application of communications, team working and quality awareness in a television or radio production environment.

Duration, Time & Venue of the Course:

The course consists of 31 hours class contact time. The emphasis throughout is on practical skills for media expression, with participants producing a number of pieces that reflect their learning during class time.

Start Date: Saturday 16 May for 3 Saturdays. 9.30am – 4.00pm

Venue: Dundalk FM, Partnership Court


This course is open to anybody, no specific prior knowledge is required. It is particularly suited to community radio contributors, Transition year students, or members of community groups. It is also suited to those considering volunteering with Community Radio stations, those who wish to build their confidence in communicating, and those wishing to gain a basic understanding of how the media production process works.

How is the Course Assessed?

The course is assessed by Portfolio. This Portfolio, containing 5 pieces of work (as outlined in the assessment brief above) carried out during the course.


This course is a nationally accredited course leading to a QQI Level 3 Media Expression (Minor Award) on the National Framework of Qualifications.

Course Progression:

Following on from completion of the Level 3 in Media Expression learners may wish to complete the FETAC Level 4 in Community Radio and/or the Craol Short Course in Media Literacy.

Details of Training Provider:

The course is offered by CRAOL – The Community Radio Forum of Ireland and delivered locally by Community Radio Stations in your area.

Craol is a quality assured training provider registered with FETAC. See for details.

Contact for more details:

Alan Byrne

Dundalk FM

Partnership Court

Park Street


Co Louth

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