We would like to wish all of our listeners and volunteers a very merry Christmas and a happy and peaceful new year. We are now currently off air until January 20th 2014. We hope you will join us again when we return in the next semester.
Unfortunately, due to unforseen technical difficulties at our transmission site, we will be broadcasting ONLINE ONLY until about 5pm today. Don’t worry, you can still catch all of your favourite Wired FM shows via the player on our website or on TuneIn here:
We’ll have music and craic with our presenters Kevin O’Kelly, Shane Collins, Michael Dowling, Conor Portley and Alan O’Driscoll and you’ll have a chance to hear from students visiting on the evening. We’ll also be speaking with some of the lecturers and college staff about what’s available in MIC for potential students.
We’ll also have an interview with Ciara Ni Shúilleabháin, MIC’s Corporate Communications Manager, about the Open Evening during Wired In at 3pm today so tune in right here!
We are delighted to announce that from today on, we will be broadcasting online 24 hours a day from Monday to Thursday!
For the coming months, we’ll be repeating the days broadcasting overnight, giving those with families and friends overseas a chance to listen in at other times. After that, we plan to extend our live broadcasts past 9pm and possibly into the weekend also.
Tonight, the Full Moon will undergo a penumbral lunar eclipse as it passes through the outer region of Earth’s shadow. Astronomy Ireland is asking everyone to watch this ‘minor’ eclipse and let us know how much they can see of it.
During this type of eclipse the Moon will darken slightly, and this can be observed without any special equipment.
Unlike a solar eclipse which may last only a few minutes, a lunar eclipse can last hours and is viewable by anyone on the night-side of Earth. The eclipse will begin at 10:50pm when the Moon begins to enter Earth’s shadow. By 12:50am (then into Saturday morning) the eclipse will be at its greatest, and almost all of the Moon will be slightly darkened by the shadow. The eclipse ends at 2:49am.
“I’ve seen lots of lunar eclipses over the years and I’ve always found them very fascinating to watch,” said David Moore, Editor of Astronomy Ireland magazine. “This Friday is a great opportunity for people all over Ireland to go out and see an eclipse for themselves. The best thing is to look at the Moon before the eclipse starts, so you can see how much darker it gets as the night goes on.”
“We want people to send in their observation reports and photos for publication in our magazine. Email them to email@example.com,” said Mr Moore.
Wired FM’s Sinead O’Keefe caught up with David Moore, Chairman of Astronomy Ireland to ask him about Astromony Ireland and tonight’s eclipse.
More information about the lunar eclipse can be found at www.astronomy.ie
Jack L brings his band and his smash hit new show The 27 Club to Limerick’s Lime Tree Theatre on October 19th.
The 27 Club is the name of a remarkable group of artists who passed away at the age of 27. The show features the work of iconic singers such as Janis Joplin, The Doors, Robert Johnson, The Rolling Stones, Amy Winehouse, The Bunnymen, Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana. They are all interpreted by the Irish multi-platinum Jack, in his own spellbinding and legendry performance style. Exploring this mysterious number, Jack interweaves their legacy not through a vale of tears but in a rip-roaring musical celebration of life itself. It is a dramatic and unforgettable show!
The 27 Club has received rave reviews from the international press following his week of shows at Edinburgh Arts Festival. Every show on the tour has been a sell out and critical acclaim has greeted Jack from all quarters. He is concluding another whirlwind year, which has seen him perform knock-out concerts around Europe, Britain and USA
The highlight of his recent tour to the US was a performance at the prestigious Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts, the home of the New York Philharmonic, where he sang as lead vocalist with the legendry Nelson Riddle Orchestra, to an ecstatic reception. “Jack is one of the greatest interpreters of song lyrics I have heard in recent years” said Christopher Riddle, Conductor of the Nelson Riddle Orchestra.
He returned to Edinburgh Festival, for the 3rd year in a row, with a week of shows from 9 to 15 August. This was the first time a music artist had been invited to appear 3 times in succession at the world’s biggest arts festival. He won the Spotlight Award for “Best Musical Performance” there, last year and his reputation is growing throughout Britain, Europe and USA. The Edinburgh Evening News commented: “As with all great shows, it feels over too soon”
Don’t miss this stunning new show from Ireland’s most iconic performer!
“A gorgeous, versatile Baritone” The Washington Post
“Jack L’s voice is an irresistible force of nature” Paris-Match
To mark the show, we have a pair of tickets to give away with thanks to the Lime Tree Theatre!
All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, phone number and answer to the following question:
What is ‘Jack L’s’ real surname? Is it:
Please put ‘Competition’ in the subject line. Entries will be accepted until midnight on Thursday 17th October and the winners will be notified by phone/email on Friday 18th October and announced on our Facebook page.
For more information about this show, please visit the Lime Tree Theatre’s website at limetreetheatre.ie
To celebrate our return to air next week, we’re throwing a ‘Welcome to Wired FM’ party next Thursday, 17th October at The Orchard Bar, Limerick. Come along to meet this year’s presenters and hear some great tunes on the night. And there’ll also be a free pint on entry for everyone! See you there!
Wired FM, Limerick’s only fully licensed student radio station, will return to the air next week with a new schedule. Broadcasting around Limerick from Monday to Thursday from 9am to 9pm on 99.9FM, and online at www.wiredfm.ie, Wired FM aims to reflect and represent the lives and interests of students in the region. All of the programming on the station is produced by over 120 student volunteers from Mary Immaculate College and Limerick Institute of Technology and the station will broadcast from both campuses each week.
There is a wide range of programming available for listeners, from specialist music programmes dealing with specific genres and eras to sports, current affair, talk shows and documentaries. Listeners can tune in on 99.9FM around Limerick or online at www.wiredfm.ie, where information about the station and a full programme schedule can be found.
Licensed since 1995, Wired FM aims to provide a service that entertains while at the same time provides an accessible platform for information, debate and concerns pertaining to all aspects of student life and create an awareness of the student community in the region. The station also works with a number of service users from Enable Ireland, the Brothers of Charity, Fairgreen and the Limerick Youth Service as part of it’s commitment to this cause. The station is also committed to promoting local music and the Irish language and has a number of shows dedicated to these each week.
We hope you’ll tune in over the coming academic year for what promises to be an exciting line-up of new programmes!
Large-scale professional dance resource restored in Mid West Region.
A diverse range of dance programming for Autumn/Winter 2013 was unveiled last night as part of the launch of a new support and development organisation for professional dance artists in Limerick City. Funded by the Arts Council and Limerick City Council, Dance Limerick has taken up residency in the dance space at the former St John’s Church, which had previously been occupied by Daghdha Dance Company. Since the closure of the company, the Mid-West Region has been without a large-scale professional dance resource.
The Dance Limerick programme includes classes for professional dancers,
children and over 50s. Highlights in the performance programme are a triple
bill that includes the Liz Roche Company and a performance of Missing by
CoisCéim Dance Theatre.
In a clear move to entice dance artists back to Limerick City, Dance Limerick has also announced an open call for artists interested in residencies, which include funding and rehearsal space.
Encouraging dance artists to engage with Dance Limerick, Director Jenny Traynor said: “The Dance Limerick door is wide open. We invite dance artists to get in touch with proposals and ideas”.
With Limerick City of Culture 2014 rapidly approaching Dance Limerick is positioned as a key player in Limerick’s arts and cultural scene.
A week long-nation wide celebration of the very best of Ireland’s home- drown musical talent
RTÉ Big Music Week is a week-long celebration of the best of Irish music beginning Monday 30 September. For the fourth year running, RTÉ Big Music Week celebrates the very best of home-grown musical talent by bringing live performance to audiences across Ireland and all over the world; on radio, on television, online and on mobile. This year, in partnership with Irish Rail, Big Music Week is covering the breadth of the country on a bespoke music train with the Big Music Train House Band and the event kicks off from Bray, Co Wicklow on Monday 30th September.
Wednesday morning sees RTÉ 2fm’s Ryan Tubridy in Limerick Train Station for a very special live show with some of Ireland’s best up-and-coming talent Hermitage Green and the Hot Sprockets who stop by for a session in the station with Ryan. Drop down and be part of the action from 9am.
Speaking about RTÉ Big Music Week, Kathryn Thomas, who will be on the train throughout the week, said “I can’t wait to jump on board the RTÉ Big Music Week train – there is an incredible line-up of Irish talent performing right across the week and all around Ireland offering loads of opportunities to come along and enjoy the magic of live music.”
The next day, the train travels onwards to Galway and Mayo where other musicians such as Julie Feeney, Sharon Shannon and Mundy will join the activities. The Big Music Week train will also have activities and performances in Roscommon, Kildare and Tipperary as the train travels around the country arriving back in Dublin on Friday 5th October.
Wherever you are, the Big Music Week train offers the chance to be part of the action and share in some memorable musical collaborations as the activities of the week are carried on RTÉ broadcasts and online throughout the week. You can also stay up-to-the-minute on what is happening during RTÉ Big Music Week by checking out www.rte.ie/bigmusicweek and, on Twitter, join in the conversation using #bigmusicweek and following @rte on Twitter.
RTÉ Big Music Week concludes on Saturday 5th October in Vicar St, Dublin with a charity performance gig in aid of Barnardos and featuring acclaimed Irish acts like Sharon Shannon and Jack L. Find out what’s happening in the towns across the country, as well as on television, radio, online and mobile over on www.rte.ie/bigmusicweek