Best of Luck Aidan!

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Aidan Long (he’s the one in the middle) has had a long association with Wired FM, alumni of the arts course here at Mary Immaculate College, he worked as a volunteer and Co-op at the station before taking over as manager in 2012. He is about to embark on an epic bout of travelling that will see him take in the majority of South America over a period of eight months (or longer!).  As envious as we all are, we here at Wired would like to wish him the best of luck, and thank him for his tireless commitment to Wired FM. He will be missed!

Aidan is going to be writing about his travels, and we’ll be sure to update you on his blog when he does.

Best of luck Aidan!

Limerick Pride – Parade Saturday 30th of August

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The Limerick LGBTQ Pride Festival, Limerick’s annual celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender culture begun on the 24th of this month and culminates in a parade in the city this Saturday (30th of August). Those who wish to march in the parade should gather from 12.30pm at The Potato Market. It promises to be a huge and important event, so we encourage everyone to come out in support of our LGBT brothers and sisters! 

Earlier this year we produced a four part series entitled Somewhere Over the Rainbow, it focused on the lives of LGBT-identified people living in Limerick and also discusses the supports available to them, including the LGBT societies in Mary Immaculate College, the Limerick Institute of Technology and wider community supports like the Red Ribbon Project. You can listen to all four episodes here.

Happy Pride!!!

Limerick Pride Website 

Wired FM Now Off Air

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Wired FM is now off air for the summer until students return to Limerick next October. We would like to thank all of our volunteers who worked so hard throughout the year to put out some fantastic programming on the station. You can listen back to many of this year’s shows here or to any of our podcasts and feature programmes here.

We would also like to thank our fantastic interns, Dan, Nelius, Louise and Sinead for their work over the last two semesters.

Good luck to all of our volunteers who are currently preparing for their remaining assignments and exams. We hope you have a fantastic summer!

Wired FM Volunteer Awards 2014 – Winners Announced!

Congratulations to all of the winners at the Wired FM Volunteer Awards last night! Here is the run-down of the award winners:

Best Interview: Niall Johnston, Interview with Noreen Keane on Cross Campus
Best Magazine Show: M&M Sessions, Magda & Monica
Best News Coverage: News Headlines, Fiona Collins
Best Production: Good Vibrations…, Rysard Wozniak
Best General Music Show: The Lunchtime Show, James Reeves & Kelly Fitzgerald
Best Irish Music Show: Éir Play, Mark Browne, Eoin Ó’Cléirigh & Matthew Laming
Most Innovative Show: The Dark Side, Alan O’Driscoll
Best Specialist Talk Show: The Arts Show, Dominic Taylor & Kenneth Mackessy
Best Specialist Music Show: Rock Stop, John O’Dea & Daniel Hussey

Thanks to everybody who turned up on the night. Thanks in particular to Eoin Ó’Cléirigh for the photos, our fantastic hosts Conor and Magda, and Nelius, Louise and Dan for all their hard work organizing the event.

Europe on Air Episdoes 6 & 7

Europe On Air LogoEurope on Air, Near Fm‘s new weekly programme examines the impact the EU can have on the lives of the Irish and European identity. The 6th and 7th programmes in the series will be broadcast on Wired FM tomorrow, 30th April fom 9-10am.

Part six of the series will air at 9am and will be looking at the meaning of  European Citizenship with particular emphasis on the rights and benefits that accompany a European citizen and how being an Irish citizen in Ireland compares to other citizens of the various nations within the EU.

Special guests include Nikita Evans and Temi Liadi, Foróige participants in project “Day in the Life of a Young European”,  James Kilcourse, Irish Institute of International & European Affairs and Susan Lovatt, Manager, EU Direct Blanchardstown

 ‘European citizenship brings advantages to all age groups in Europe. I am pleased to have the input of two of our youngest guests this week and to hear about European matters from the younger generation’ states Dorothee Meyer-Holtkamp, producer of Europe on Air.

Discussions will involve the following:

  • What is European Citizenship? – including the rights and benefits that it brings
  • Consular protection when travelling abroad
  • What does the EU have to offer in the current global environment? e.g. human rights, democracy, economy, society, etc.
  • Voting Rights as an EU Citizen
  • Expansion of the EU

Part seven of the series airs at 9.30am and will be looking at the asylum process in Ireland with special interest in personal experiences of asylum seekers in Ireland and the implications of EU obligations on lifestyles.

Special guests include a person who is currently in the asylum process, David Leonard, Barrister and expert in asylum law and Killian Forde, CEO, The Integration Centre. Bronwen Maher political activist will be the presenter of this week’s programme.

‘Instead of reading yet more about asylum seekers, I am pleased to be presenting this programme with someone who is actually experiencing this system in Ireland’ states Bronwen Maher, political activist and presenter of this week’s programme.

Discussions will involve the following:

  • personal experiences of the asylum process
  • asylum law and how it works in practice
  • how Ireland has implemented certain EU obligations
  • how integration is working
  • how Ireland compares to other European countries with regard to refugees and asylum seekers
  • what is needed to improve the situation

You can listen in around Limerick on 99.9FM or from anywhere in the world here.

As well as Wired FM, this radio series will also be broadcast on 14 other community radio stations throughout Ireland. Further information on other stations can be obtained from the Craol website: www.craol.ie.

This project is funded under the Europe for Citizen Project Education, Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)

New Documentary Series to begin on Monday 28th April

We are very proud to this week launch our latest documentary series, Somewhere over the Rainbow. The series, which was funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland under the Sound & Vision scheme, consists of four 30-minute programmes which will be broadcast on 99.9fm and wiredfm.ie on Monday and Tuesday next week.

The series focuses on the lives of LGBT-identified people living in Limerick and also features the supports available to them, including the LGBT societies in Mary Immaculate College and Limerick Institute of Technology and wider community supports like the Red Ribbon Project.

The programmes will be broadcast on Wired FM on Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th April from 9-10am and will be available as a podcast on the stations website soon afterwards. You can hear Wired FM on 99.9fm in Limerick and the surrounding areas or you can also listen online from anywhere in world right here.

Wired FM would like to thank all of those who contributed to the series, including: Barry Maher, Coll Leahy, Sharon Slater, Steven Murray, Tom Cole, Louise Harmon, Billie, Ann Mason, Cillian Flynn, Patrick McElligott and Rebecca McNamara. The series was produced and presented by Lou Dennehy.

2014 Wired FM Volunteer Awards Ceremony!

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The award ceremony for the 2014 Wired FM Volunteer Awards will take place on Tuesday, 29th April Upstairs at Dolans Pub. We’ll be handing out the gongs to the winners of the awards this year and we’ll have some live entertainment from the MIC Live Music Society and the LIT DJ Society. Admission is free so bring along your friends for what promises to be a great night!

Voting for the volunteer awards continues until Wednesday 23rd April and you can cast your vote here right now!

Please note that this event is strictly over 18s and ID will be required.

FOUR CITY VENUES COME TOGETHER TO CREATE FOUR-DAY MUSIC FESTIVAL


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Four of Limerick’s leading music venues have come together to bring Indie Week Ireland to Limerick City of Culture. Dolan’s, Cobblestone Joe’s, The Blind Pig and now The Crafty Fox will host Indie Week Ireland 2014, a four-day music festival taking place from Wednesday 23rd to Saturday 26th April.

Indie Week Ireland 2014 is a celebration of independent music, and has programmed over 45 bands to perform at the four venues. Door prices for each gig range from free to €10, however audiences can purchase festival passes for just €10 from www.dolans.ie This will buy them a festival wristband giving them access to all gigs every night.

The opening night and launch party of the festival takes places at Dolan’s Warehouse and will include performances by Limerick bands Going 90 and Raging Sons and Indie Week Canada 2013 winner Sumo Cyco.

Thursday night is the first competition night of the festival, with each venue programming a headline act plus 4 -5 competition acts. Headlining at The Blind Pig is Kai Exos, at The Crafty Fox is Silent Noise Parade, at Cobblestone Joe’s is Protobaby and at Dolan’s is dREA.

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Friday night is another night promising a huge selection of music for festival goers to choose from with 22 bands performing across the four venues. Including Limerick’s own Siobhan O’Brien at The Bling Pig, Fox Jaw in Cobblestone Joe’s, Dead Red Light in The Crafty Fox, and The Hot Sprockets in Dolan’s Warehouse.

Saturday night takes place in Dolan’s Warehouse and is the festival competition finals with seven bands selected from Thursday and Friday night to play in front of the judges. One band will be selected to win the grand prize of flights, accommodation and a gig at Indie Week Canada in October. Also playing on the night are Vesta Varro and Leading Armies from Limerick as well as Sumo Cyco from Canada.

Doors open for each venue at 7:30pm and the full schedule of listings is available at ireland.indieweek.com

Indie Week Ireland is now in it’s sixth year and is organised by Darryl Hurs, who also coordinates Indie Week Canada. Indie Week Ireland 2014 has moved to Limerick city with support from Limerick City of Culture 2014.

Below is an interview with Valerie Dolan, one of the 4 members of the Limerick Independent Music Committee and organiser of Indie Week Ireland 2014, conducted by Louise Dooley on Wired In.

Indie Week 2014 organiser Valerie Dolan talks to Louise by Wired Fm on Mixcloud

‘Europe on Air’ Episode 5

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Europe on Air, Near Fm‘s new weekly programme examines the impact the EU can have on the lives of the Irish and European identity. The third programme in the series will be broadcast on Wired FM this tomorrow, April 16th, at 9am and will be looking at the rights of LGBT citizens with regard to marriage and family rights as well as transgender rights and how the situation in Ireland compares to other EU nations.

Special guests include Elaine King, television coordinator, NEAR TV, Deirdre O’Byrne, presenter of Pride Time on Near FM plus Max Krzyzanowski, spokesperson for LGBT Noise. This week’s show will include an insert from our partners in Radio EMA RTV in Seville, Spain.

 ‘It is vital that European policy works to extend freedom and equality to all citizens and that marriage and family rights are available to all fairly and equally. Over the last few years numerous jurisdictions have passed new legislation in this area and it is important that these processes continue’ states Alan Braddish, NEAR Media Co-Op’s Administrator and chair for this week’s programme.

Discussions will involve the following:

  • LGBT marriage/family rights
  • Transgender rights
  • EU Law + Policy

You can listen in around Limerick on 99.9FM or from anywhere in the world here.

As well as Wired FM, this radio series will also be broadcast on 14 other community radio stations throughout Ireland. Further information on other stations can be obtained from the Craol website: www.craol.ie.

This project is funded under the Europe for Citizen Project Education, Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).

Limerick Film Festival Returns This Weekend!

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Formally the LIT Film Festival, The Limerick Film Festival is about to enter its 5th year.

This is an ambitious challenge to expand the festival and make it not only a continued success for Limerick Institute of Technology but also for Limerick and the Mid-West region of the country in Film Making and Media.

Following the massive response to the 2013 event, the Festival organizers are looking forward to working with their sponsors and former entrants to create a series events for the festival that will attract the industry to Limerick and help make the festival bigger than ever before. This year’s festival will include:

  • Professional equipment and industry workshops
  • Film screenings
  • Guest speaker talks and Keynote speeches
  • The now renowned  Short Film Awards Night.

The festival kicks off this Thursday with screenings in LIT and the full festival schedule can be found here.

More information about the festival can be found on their website here.

Our reporter, Niall Johnston, caught up with Simon Maguire, the festival organizer on his Cross Campus show a few weeks ago.