National Community Radio Day – 18th June 2021

Join us for National Community Radio Day 2021 on  Friday 18th June 2021 from 10.00 am – 7.00 pm which will be hosted by Dundalk FM on behalf of Community Radio Ireland and supported by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

National Community Radio Day

The day will be packed with voices from the Community Media sector discussing the social benefits that Community Radio Stations bring to their areas.

We will have an all Irish Music day- with tracks introduced by the musicians themselves.

You can hear a message from President Michael D Higgins for National Community Radio Day, an interview with Celene Craig, Deputy Chief Executive of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland about the Community Media Policy and how the BAI has supported the Community Sector during COVID and also with the Future of Media Commission Chairperson Professor Brian MacCraith.

Every hour we will bring you several featurettes about the work that goes on behind the scenes at Community Stations.

A highlight will be a panel discussion about the newly launched Community Media Policy  CommunityMediaPolicy20210513  with contributions from Elaine King, Community Television Association, Ciarán Kissane, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Jack Byrne, Community Radio Ireland and Seán Ó Siochrú, Nexus Research Cooperative.

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   Cathal McCooey & Seoirse McCann
10:00 News, Sports, Weather
10:03 Ad break
10.05 Message for National Community Radio Day, President Michael D Higgins
10:08 Welcome to NCRD ‘21 by  Joe Duffy, Chairperson 97.7 Dundalk FM followed by an interview with Jeff Murphy, Vice-Chair Craol Coordination Committee/ 92.5 Phoenix FM.
10:15 Link /Track
Interview with BAI Deputy Chief Executive, Celene Craig to discuss the newly launched Community Media Policy.
10:30 Ad break
10:33 Link /Track
10:37 We highlight one of the first licenced station community radio stations, Connemara Community Radio 87.8 FM and 106.1 FM and chat to Breandan O Scanaill.
10:44 Link /Track
10:48 Mairead O Higgins Finegan, Station Manager from Raidió Corca Baiscinn, Kilkee, Co Clare or RCB 94.8 FM as it is known talks about the valued diaspora that tune in to hear voices from home.
10:55 Link /Track
10:59 Link – rest of the day’s programming
 Pat Byrne & Orla Crilly
11:00 News, Sports, Weather
11:03 Ad break
11:05 Link /Track
11:10 Interview with Chris Maher, CEO of 103.2 Dublin City FM.
11:17 Link /Track
11:21 Link /Track
11:25 Ad break
11:30 We talk to Cillian Callaghan from limericks student radio station 99.9 Wired FM about remote broadcasting and training volunteers during Covid.
11:37 Link /Track
11:41 Link /Track
11:45 The Annual Craol Achievement Awards highlight excellence in various categories of programming, community involvement and collaboration. We will hear from Aidan Crowley, Castlebar Community Radio CRCfm 102.9; Tim Murphy, Life 93.1FM and Shirley O Regan, West Limerick 102FM.
11:52 Link /Track
11:56 Link /Track
11:59 Link – rest of the day’s programming
   MaryRose Muckian and John Englishby
12:00 News, Sports, Weather
12:03 Ads
12:05 Discussion – BAI Community Media Policy with Seán Ó Siochrú Nexus Research Cooperative; Jack Byrne  Chair of the Craol Coordination Committee; Elaine King, Community Television Association; Ciarán Kissane, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.
12:24 Link /Track
12:28 Ad break
12:31 Community Radio Drama Productions and Festivals with Irena Cvetkovic Athlone Community Radio ACR 88.4 FM; Declan Cahill, Near 90.3 FM and Tom Hanley, Scariff Bay Community Radio.
12:37 Link /Track
12:41 Link /Track
12:45 How stations adapted their programming to the Covid-19 pandemic. Bernard Joyce, Claremorris Community Radio 94.6 FM; Bernie Kearney Ros FM 94.6 FM; Sean Coogan, 92.5 Phoenix FM.
12:52 Link /Track
12:56 Link /Track
12:59 Link – rest of the day’s programming
   Colin McDonnell & Brendan Coughlan
13:00 News, Sports, Weather, Death Notices
13:05 Ad break
13:08 Link /Track
13:12 Professor Brian MacCraith, Chair of the Future of Media Commission talks to Pat Hamilton, Craol Coordination Committee / 97.7 Dundalk FM.
13:32 Ad break
13:35 Link /Track
13:39 Feature on Irish Language Programming with Dara Ó Baoill, Oifigeach Cumarsáide & Acmhainní Daonna Glór na nGael and Ciaran Murray, Near 90.3 FM.
13:46 Link /Track
13:50 Syndicated Programming, collaboration and content sharing with Tom McSweeney, CRY 104 FM Community Radio Youghal. Tom will talk about his Maritime Ireland programme. Teresa Quinn presents a weekly show called Bookline on 96.4 Liffey Sound -it’s over 10 years on air and is broadcast on several CR stations.
13:57 Link /Track
13:59 Link – rest of the day’s programming
   Philip O Brien and Michael Murray
14:00 News, Sports, Weather
14:03 Ad break
14:05 Link /Track
14:10 Training volunteers in Production Skills & Remote Broadcasting. Paula Healy, 103.1 Flirt FM; Sean Coogan, 92.5 Phoenix FM.
14:17 Link /Track
14:21 Link /Track
14:25 Ad break
14:30 How stations work with Community Groups. Shirley O Regan, West Limerick 102FM and Dr Rosemary Day, BAI Board Member and Head of Department of Media and Communication Studies at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.
14:37 Link /Track
14:41 Link /Track
14:45 Craol International – examples of collaborations with Declan Gibbons, 88.7 Community Radio Kilkenny City; Sally Galiana, Near 90.3 FM.
14:52 Link /Track
14:56 Link /Track
14:59 Link – rest of the day’s programming
   Marian DelDuca and Tracey Hanby
15:00 News, Sports, Weather
15:03 Ad break
15:05 Link /Track
15:10 Sport on CR. Robbie Mulvey, ACR 88.4 Athlone Community Radio, Pat Tracey, Community Radio Kilkenny City 88.7 FM and  Gussie Hearty, 97.7 Dundalk FM.
15:17 Link /Track
15:21 Link /Track
15:25 Ad break
15:30 Arts Shows on CR with Eimear O’Kane and Carole Wardlaw 97.7 Dundalk FM.
15:37 Link /Track
15:41 Link /Track
CE Scheme, Pobal CSP and Employment Support in CR with Declan Gibbons 88.7 Community Radio Kilkenny City and Alan Byrne 97.7 Dundalk FM.
15:52 Link /Track
15:56 Link /Track
15:59 Link – rest of the day’s programming
   Rehab Centres Roadshow
16:00 News, Sports, Weather
16:03 Ad break
16:05 Rehab Centres Request Show – Anita Guest
16:30 Ad break
16:35 Rehab Centres Request Show – Jason Kelly
   Lion’s Club Roadshow
17:00 News, Sports, Weather, Death Notices
17:03 Ad break
17:05 Lion’s Club International Part 1
17:30 Ad break
17:35 Lion’s Club International Part 2
   First Cut Roadshow (new Irish Music)
18:00 News, Sports, Weather
18:03 Ad break
18:05 First Cut – New Irish Music Programme with Emma Ní Chearúil, 106.4 Raidió na Life, Ray Burke 99.9 Wired FM student radio Limerick and Damien McKenna, 97.7 Dundalk FM.
All tracks = Irish Music/Musicians.
Items in red are 7 minute features with a selection of CR station personnel and Volunteers.

Zoom Panel Discussions of CR Volunteers.

Time Theme Host
10.00 – 11.00 Digital Radio Future / Remote Broadcasting / SIP Licences for Digital Studio Desks

Register in advance for this meeting:

Alan Byrne
11.30 – 12.30 News Reporting – station will send in news files and we will play the news bulletins featuring local and international news, community notices, weather, sports and death notices.

Discussion about Remote reporting e.g. Volunteers using Zoom/other apps and clip mics to report from events.

David Bellew
2.00 – 3.00 Sports Programming, sports bulletins, panel discussions and tech chat.


Padraig Quigley
  Full Licenced Stations
1 Athlone Community Radio

2 Castlebar CR
3 Claremorris Community Radio


4 Community Radio Kilkenny City


5 Community Radio Youghal
6 Connemara Community Radio
7 Dublin City FM
8 Dublin South FM
9 Dundalk FM
10 Flirt FM

11 LifeFM
12 Liffey Sound

13 Near FM

14 Phoenix FM

15 Raidio Corca Baiscinn

16 Raidió na Life
17 Ros FM
18 Tipperary Mid West Radio
19 UCC
20 West Limerick
21 Wired FM
  Temporary Licences
1 BCRFM (Ballina)
2 Bere Island Community Radio
3 Community Radio Kildorrery
4 Cork City Community Radio
5 Eden FM
6 Erris FM
7 Finn Valley CR
8 Kinvara Community Radio
9 Limerick City CR
10 Owenea FM (Donegal Sounds)
11 Scarriff Bay
12 West Cork FM/Gateway FM
  Online and/or setting up a station
1 Bang FM
2 Foxford Community Radio
3 GOCOM Radio (Galway)


4 Loughrea Community Radio
5 Ringsend & Irishtown Community Centre
6 Together FM