Remembering with affection, our radio colleague Philip O’Brien.

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We wish to remember and appreciate a caring and compassionate colleague who passed away on Friday 22nd March 2024, Philip O Brien.

Philip signed up for our ‘Speaking Up For A Change’ Course in October 2015 and later took on the role of Tuesday morning presenter of Town Talk. His wife, Brenda said that he enjoyed working on his script and selecting appropriate tracks early in the morning before the show. Philip’s appreciation of music shone through, and he recorded the third programme in the ‘Alphabeats’ series and chose the year 1992 in the ‘100 Years of Music’ series. If a presenter was unable to come in, Philip made himself available and often presented the Afternoon and Drive Time Shows.

When Dundalk FM hosted the CRAOL National Community Radio Day on 18th June 2021, Philip and Michael Murray interviewed presenters from Galway, Kilkenny, Dublin and Limerick.

If you didn’t know something, Philip was the go to person and if he didn’t know, he would find out. He was a great conversationalist, and a great voice to listen to. He had stories and anecdotes to accompany his impressive knowledge of local, national and international affairs which he shared on the Saturday morning Brunch programme. Philip will be affectionately remembered by Dundalk FM staff, presenters and listeners.

Our thoughts are with his wife Brenda, son David and daughter Emma.

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Holi Festival of Colours – LIVE – on Dundalk FM 19th March 2022

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Kavneet Kainth tells Alan Byrne about the Holi Festival of Colours. Kavneet then chats to Dr Dhilip Mahapatra founder of the Dundalk Indian Community Group ‘KASSI’, KASSI members Samil, Saachin and Richi, to Bindu Nair who was MC for the event and to guests Nikata and Jitendera. This programme is a recording from the LIVE Outside Broadcast which took place in the Geraldine’s GAA Clubrooms, Haggardstown, Dundalk on Saturday 19th March 2022.

Host: Kavneet Kainth.

Sound Engineer (on location): Alan Byrne

Studio Engineer: Chris Rahill

Photography: Michael Dowdall

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Diwali 2021 Live on Dundalk FM

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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 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

  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.

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 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

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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 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 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 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

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.


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 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.



GE2020 Guidelines for Dundalk FM Presenters

Dundalk FM General Election 2020 Guidelines for Presenters

The BAI Guidelines will apply from 16th January 2020 until the closing of polling stations on 8th February 2020.

The main points of Rule 27 to consider are

  • All presenters will be made aware that news and current affairs is presented in a fair and impartial manner without any expression of the broadcaster’s own views.
  • Broadcast content must not display bias in favour of, or against, any election interest, including parties or candidates.
  • Endorsements on-air by a broadcaster of election interests, including candidates or parties are not permitted.
  • It is not appropriate for persons involved with election interests to present programmes during the election campaign period.
  • Comments made off line have the potential to undermine the perceived impartiality of our coverage.


We do not advertise election events, notices regarding meetings or other events being organised by election interests either as paid ads or Community Notices.


Advice may be sought anytime via or by phone 01 644 1200.

Background Information

A folder entitled ‘Election 2020 ‘ has been created in the E Drive. It contains the BAI Guidelines and a record of our coverage.


This document will be displayed in the Reception, Production Studio, Main Studio and Canteen area and volunteers and staff will be sent a link to the documents which will be saved to our website.


Complaints will be handled according to our Complaints Code which is available on

Conflict of Interest

Staff and volunteers will be asked if they have a conflict of interest. This means that if you are canvassing or promoting a candidate (even online) then it is advisable to stand down from programming until after the election. The Programme Committee will decide on a case by case basis on appropriate arrangements.


The Dundalk FM moratorium is from 10am on Friday 7th February 2020 until 10pm on Saturday 8th February 2020.

Opinion Polls

A presenter must give information such as the date the poll was taken, who commissioned and paid for the poll, who conducted it and the number of people polled.

Party Political Broadcasts

Dundalk FM will not transmit any party political broadcasts.


Election Coverage will feature as part of our Current Affairs shows – Town Talk (Marissa Lucchesi) and on The Brunch (Cathal McCooey). Don’t cover the Election unless you run it by the manager or a member of staff in advance. A record of contributors, time on air, topics of conversations will be recorded on Running Orders and a Summary Sheet.

Social Media

Presenters should aim to become a trusted source of information. Post meaningful, respectful comments — in other words, please, no spam and no remarks that are off-topic or offensive.