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Posted by: Raidió Corca Baiscinn | May 15, 2014

RCB Newsletter – 15th May 2014

Welcome to this week’s RCB Newsletter.

New Website
Have you visited the RCB website recently? Our technician Steven Addy has been working all hours to create a new website, and it finally went live last Monday. It is linked to all our Facebook, Twitter and blog sites. We’re very keen to post articles from volunteer contributors about events in the region, news, sports news, local history, so if you’d like to contribute an article, get in touch with Station Manager Jason Murphy to discuss your ideas. We’re very grateful to Steven for all his work on the website, which we’re sure you’ll agree looks good and is very easy to use.

Welcome
This week we welcomed Ali Werfelli, who has joined RCB. He will be working with Brian Doyle and Steven Addy on the technical side of our operations. Welcome to community radio, Ali!

Sound & Vision
In the last newsletter we discussed the Sound & Vision scheme operated by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland which RCB applies to during the year. After much brainstorming, the latest raft of ideas for new programming are being developed by RCB staff into fully fledged applications, ready to be submitted to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland in June.
If you have an idea which is burning in your brain, let us know – it is never too late to develop new programming ideas! The ideas behind the programmes are hugely varied, and can cover heritage, history, global issues, programming for children and adult education to name but a few themes. If you have an idea, or a question about life in West Clare you’ve always wondered about, talk to Derrick Lynch, RCB’s Programme Co-ordinator about your idea, and you could find yourself listening to a programme based on your idea in the near future! Derrick can be contacted on 065 908 3022 or at derrick@rcb.ie.

Summer Radio Training Camps for Children & Teenagers
Our trainer Melissa McMahon will be running radio broadcasting summer camps each week during the summer holidays. During the week, participants will learn about radio broadcasting and get hands on experience on working the sound desk, presenting and recording. The week will culminate in producing a programme for broadcast on air on RCB.
More details will be available shortly, but if you have friends or family with children or teenagers who you think might be interested, let them know, and we’ll keep you informed!
If you know someone who may be interested, contact Melissa at mel@rcb.ie or phone 065 90 83022.

RCB Public Debate
RCB’s Producer and News Editor, Andy Nally, is arranging a public debate and question and answer session with local politicians during the election campaign. This will be held at the Kilrush Golf Club on today, Thursday 15th May from 7-9pm, and will be broadcast on RCB on 92.5, 94.8 and online at http://www.rcb.ie. Entry to the meeting is free, and you’re encouraged to attend and put your questions to the politicians. Come along to Kilrush Golf Club from 6.30pm to take your place int he audience and ask your questions of the prospective candidates.
On Saturday 24th May RCB will be broadcasting from the Election count in Ennis, bringing updates throughout the day about the election results.
If you’d like to be involved with either of the outside broadcasts, please contact Andy Nally for more information on 065 908 3022 or andy@rcb.ie.

CRAOL Feile
CRAOL is the national organisation that represents all community radio stations in Ireland., Each year they organise a Feile which involves training sessions on all aspects of community radio, from fundraising to documentary making. This year the Feile is being hosted by Youghal Community Radio in Cork on 24th & 25th May. RCB can send up to 4 members of staff or volunteers. Accommodation costs and food are provided, but travel expenses are not covered. If you are interested in attending, please contact Station Manager Jason Murphy on 065 908 3022 or jason@rcb.ie.

Our next Newsletter will be out on May 22nd. A printed copy of each week’s Newsletter is kept at the reception desk at the Station.

Posted by: Raidió Corca Baiscinn | May 1, 2014

RCB Newsletter – 1st May 2014

Welcome to this week’s RCB Newsletter and a very happy May Day to you.

Coffee & Cake!
We held our Spring Coffee Morning yesterday at Kilkee Community Centre. It was a great success, with lots of people turning up to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, some delicious cake and a chance to pick up some bric-a-brac and books. We raised some much needed funds for the radio station thanks to the generosity of people who attended.Image
Thank you to all those who donated cakes: local businesses such as The Quayside, Flynns Bakery and Ryans in Kilrush all donated cakes and scones, as well as volunteer bakers like Cliodhna Pender and Tom Hamilton, who provided a New York cheesecake, chocolate and Guinness cake and divine scones.
We’re seriously thinking about making this a monthly event – it was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended!

Sound & Vision
Sound & Vision is a phrase you hear a lot of around RCB. It is a funding scheme operated by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, with the money coming from a small proportion of the Television Licence Fee. Two or three times a year the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland accept applications from every radio station in Ireland (national broadcasters, commercial radio stations, community radio stations and individual producers), and we are in the run up to the next deadline, which is in June.
Sound & Vision funds programming that reflects Irish experience, culture and history. In the past it has funded programmes on RCB such as “The Deadly Coast”, “Surf Clare”, “The Last Picture Show” (about the Mars Cinema in Kilrush), “The Blessed Wells of West Clare”, “From The Family Cookbook”, “Methods of Modern Meitheal”, “Off The Beaten Path”, “West Clare’s Trees” and is currently funding, amongst others “Are Ye Coming Out To Play?”, a series in which we are training young people in local national schools to record their grandparents and parents to find out how they used to play before the advent of PCs, Xboxes and iPads.
As you can see, the ideas behind the programmes are hugely varied. If you have an idea, or a question about life in West Clare you’ve always wondered about, talk to Derrick Lynch, RCB’s Programme Co-ordinator about your idea, and you could find yourself listening to a programme based on your idea in the near future! Derrick can be contacted on 065 908 3022 or at derrick@rcb.ie.

Radio Training
Our volunteer trainer Melissa McMahon will be running another training course at the station in the near future.
We’re always delighted to encourage new voices on to the airwaves so if you’d like to be on our next training course or if you know someone who may be interested, contact Mel at mel@rcb.ie or phone 065 90 83022.

RCB Public Debate
RCB’s Producer and News Editor, Andy Nally, is arranging a public debate and question and answer session with local politicians during the election campaign. This will be held at the Kilrush Golf Club on Thursday 15th May from 7.30 – 9pm, and will be broadcast on RCB on 92.5, 94.8 and online at http://www.rcb.ie. Entry to the meeting is free, and you’re encouraged to attend and put your questions to the politicians.  On Saturday 24th May RCB will be broadcasting from the Election count in Ennis, bringing updates throughout the day about the election results.
If you’d like to be involved with either of the outside broadcasts, please contact Andy Nally for more information on 065 908 3022 or andy@rcb.ie.

The Loop ShowImage
In a break from the norm, the Loop Show was pre-recorded this week. Michael O’Connell and his team decamped from our Kilkee studios to bask in the sunshine at the Loop Head lighthouse, as you can see from our photograph.

CRAOL Feile
CRAOL is the national organisation that represents all community radio stations in Ireland. Each year they organise a Feile which involves training sessions on all aspects of community radio, from fundraising to documentary making. This year the Feile is being hosted by Youghal Community Radio in Cork on 24th & 25th May. RCB can send up to 4 members of staff or volunteers. Accommodation costs and food are provided, but travel expenses are not covered. If you are interested in attending, please contact Station Manager Jason Murphy on 065 908 3022 or jason@rcb.ie.

Our next Newsletter will be out on May 8th. A printed copy of each week’s Newsletter is kept at the reception desk at the Station. If you’ve anything to you’d like us to include, e-mail newsletter@rcb.ie or phone (065) 90 83022 by Wednesday of each week. We look forward to hearing from you. Remember to keep up-to-date with us on Twitter, Facebook and on our WordPress blog. See http://www.rcb.ie for more!

Posted by: Raidió Corca Baiscinn | April 10, 2014

RCB Newsletter – 10th April 2014

Welcome to this week’s RCB Newsletter. If you’ve anything to you’d like us to include, e-mail newsletter@rcb.ie or phone (065) 90 83022 by Wednesday of each week. We look forward to hearing from you. Remember to keep up-to-date with us on Twitter, Facebook and on our WordPress blog. See http://www.rcb.ie for more!

Welcome
Welcome to Fionnuala McKey who is on work experience at the station. We hope she has an enjoyable and worthwhile experience with us.

“The Blessed Wells of West Clare”
Our new series continued this week with St Senan’s Well on Scattery Island. If you missed it on Monday afternoon, you can listen back to the podcast. Just go to http://www.rcb.ie and follow the links.
The series is made with funding from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland’s Sound and Vision Fund.

Spring Coffee Morning

Some advance notice of an event coming up on Wednesday 30th April from 10am til 1pm. Join us at Kilkee Community Centre for a cup of tea or coffee, a cake sale and a chance to pick up some bric-a-brac, books or other items that might take your fancy. More details to follow!

Feirme Cainte
Don’t forget to join Mike King each Thursday at 7.30 for all the news and views on farming and rural issues. Past episodes are available as podcasts from our website and contributions and news are always welcome.

New series
Watch out for some new series on RCB from our colleagues in community radio in Dublin. On Thursday evenings at 7 we have “Europe in Air” made by Near FM. The series looks at Mass Media, Environment, Food Culture, Nationalism and many other interesting topics within a European context.

Radio Training
Our volunteer trainer Melissa McMahon will be running another training course at the station in the near future.
We’re always delighted to encourage new voices on to the airwaves so if you’d like to be on our next training course or if you know someone who may be interested, contact Mel at mel@rcb.ie or phone 065 90 83022.

Farewell
In the midst of the snow and frost of January 2010, I began working as Radio Corca Baiscinn’s Community Relations Officer. The years have flown by and now it is time for me to move on. I do so with heavy heart but with a store of great memories, of valued colleagues and great volunteers whom I have been lucky enough to meet over the past few years. It has been a great privilege to get to know so many different communities across West Clare and to play a small part in helping them bring their stories, memories and plans for the future to a wider audience.
As I move into a new phase of life, I’d like to say thanks to all those who have played any part in my time here. Thanks for many hours of help and guidance, of editing and recording, of meetings and more meetings, travelling here, there and everywhere and back, of lifting and carrying and putting and taking, setting up and putting away, of listening and listening again, mostly without complaint.
Thanks for sharing so many cups of tea, coffee, sandwiches, biscuits and confectionery of all types in the cause of Community Radio, from Quilty to Querrin, Kilbaha to Kilmihil, Cooraclare to Castlebar.
Thanks as well for many profound philosophical insights I’ve gained on the important things in life, namely sport and on a variety of other things of lesser importance.
I will miss you all in the future and I wish the Station all the very best in the months and years ahead.
Julie Brosnan

photo 3Our picture shows Julie in action recently at Ross Bay, Loop Head, recording with Carmel Madigan.

Our next Newsletter will be out on April 17th. A printed copy of each week’s Newsletter is kept at the reception desk at the Station.

Posted by: Raidió Corca Baiscinn | April 7, 2014

RCB’s Local Sports Round Up – 7th April 2014

In local sports news today, the long wait for promotion from Division Four is finally over for the Clare footballers as Colm Collins charges secured their place in Division Three with a 0-10 to 0-6 victory over Antrim in Creggan yesterday. It’s a result that sees Clare promoted to Division Three for the first time since 2007. All the heartbreak of 2010, 2011 and 2012 was washed away on the shores of Lough Neagh and Clare can now look forward to a Division Four final against Tipperary in Croke Park on April 26th, safe in the knowledge that promotion is secured. Clare began the game nervously, and had no fewer than 13 wides in the first half. In fact it took 19 minutes for Clare to open their account with a Martin O’Leary pointed free. Clare were unlucky not to strike for a first half goal when Shane McGrath saw his effort rebound off the post. Further points from David Tubridy, Sean Collins and Shane McGrath left Clare leading by 0-4 to 0-2 at the break, having played with a storm at their backs.

Throughout this League campaign, Clare have played some of their best football when forced to implement a short passing running game, and this certainly proved the case in Creggan yesterday. They wore their northern opponents down in the second half, and superior fitness proved crucial. The introduction of dual star Podge Collins could be signalled as a turning point in the game, and his industrious style yielded a brace of points for the Cratloe man. Two each for McGrath and Tubridy closed the game out for Clare on a final score line of Clare 0-10 Antrim 0-6. It was a real red letter day for Clare football, and hopefully, the springboard for greater success.

Clare are joined in the Division Four final by Tipperary despite the Premier losing out to Wicklow in one of the most sensational finishes to a game ever seen. Wicklow trailed by 7 points as the game entered the closing stages, but three goals in less than two minutes saw them win by 4-12 to 0-22. The result wasn’t enough to gain promotion for Wicklow, and they will remain in Division Four. Waterford ended their campaign with a 1-9 to 0-9 win over Carlow, while Leitrim overcame an early scare to beat London in Ruislip by 2-6 to 1-7. Clare’s opponents in Division Three next year will be Tipperary, Limerick, Armagh, Louth, Wexford, Sligo and Fermanagh.

Longford and Offaly meanwhile have made the drop to Division Four, while the Division Three final will be contested by Cavan and Roscommon. Armagh and Louth were relegated from Division Two while the final will pit Donegal against Monaghan. Kildare and Westmeath will be playing Division Two football next year after being relegated from Division One, while the semi-finals of Division One will see Cork take on Dublin and Mayo up against Derry.

In local club action this weekend, Round 3 of the O’Gorman Cup took place on Saturday and Sunday. Ennistymon had one point to spare over O’Currys, winning by 2-8 to 2-8. Miltown beat Doonbeg, 2-9 to 1-10 and Kilmurry Ibrickane beat Clondegad by 1-14 to 0-7. There were three games postponed, Lissycasey v Doora Barefield, Kilmihil v Eire Óg and Cooraclare v Kilrush. No refixture details have been announced yet.

Moving to news of underage football and defending champions Ennistymon will once again represent Clare in the Feile Peil na nOg competition after they came through the qualifying series this weekend. They were victorious over the Banner in the final yesterday.

In news of ladies football, Clare were unlucky to lose out to Down by 0-15 to 3-3 in Newry yesterday. The result brings the curtain down on Clare’s campaign for 2014, and attention now turns to Clare’s championship opener in July.

Finally in news of local soccer and it’s been a big weekend for Kilrush Rangers in the Suttons Lighting Third Division League. On Friday evening last, they were 1-0 winners at home to local rivals West Clare United. They then followed this up on Sunday with a 6-1 victory against Corofin Harps B. Those results now mean that Kilrush Rangers are top of the Third Division Table on 25 points. Their nearest rivals St Pats meanwhile suffered their first defeats of the season, going down 5-1 away to Rineanna Rovers on Friday night before losing out 2-1 to Sporting Ennistymon B on Sunday. They are now second in the table, four points off Kilrush Rangers but with two games in hand. West Clare FC lost out 4-2 to Lifford B on Sunday and they now sit 5th in the table, 8 points off the lead and with two games more played than Kilrush. In the Premier Division meanwhile, Ennis Town A remain on top despite a 1-1 draw against Bridge United A, while Avenue United kept the pressure on with a 6-0 win at home to Connolly Celtic.

Full review of all the weekend action tonight on the RCB Sports Show from 6pm.

Posted by: Raidió Corca Baiscinn | April 3, 2014

RCB Newsletter – 3rd April 2014

Welcome to this week’s RCB Newsletter.

A Goodbye…

Julie Brosnan, RCB’s Community Relations Co-ordinator for the past 4 years, is leaving RCB next Friday, 11th April. Julie has made a tremendous contribution to RCB’s programming, taking outside broadcasts across the region from Loop Head Lighthouse to Labasheeda and beyond, as well as creating some memorable documentaries such as “My Media”, and “Stories from the Nursing Homes”.  She has helped to develop links between the radio station and community organisations and individuals around West Clare, which has helped to broaden RCB’s listenership and to help local organisations gets their message across to a wider audience. Julie’s dry sense of humour and encyclopaedic knowledge of sport (especially concerning Kerry GAA or Liverpool FC) will be missed by us all.  If you’d like to call in to see Julie before she leaves, please do!

“The Blessed Wells of West Clare”
Our new series continued this week with St Caoi’s Well, Dunlickey Road, Kilkee.  The series is produced by Derrick Lynch and goes out on Monday at 3.30pm with a repeat on Tuesday at the same time. Each programme will also be available as a podcast on our website http://www.rcb.ie . We have some photos which were taken during the making of this series, go to our Facebook page and you can see one of them later in this edition.  The series is made with funding from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland’s Sound and Vision Fund.

FETAC Awards
Well done to Martha Morrissey, Maureen O’Grady, Mary Fitzpatrick, Sean Callahan and Sinead McEntee who have received Distinctions in their Community Radio Skills Level 4 FETAC/QQI Awards. Congratulations to them and thanks to Harriet D’Alton Whitty who conducted the course at the Station during her tenure as Volunteer Trainer.

Feirme Cainte
Don’t forget to tune in each Thursday for all the news and views on farming and rural issues. Past episodes are available as podcasts from our website.

RCB Blog
We welcome contributions from volunteers and staff for our RCB blog. To visit the blog, go to the Contact Us section on http://www.rcb.ie and click on the WordPress Icon (just beside the Twitter one) and have a look. If there is something you’d like the people of West Clare to know about, we’d love to hear from you.

Moby Dick
Have you recorded your Chapter? If not, please get in touch now and arrange to do so as soon as convenient. We’re hoping to start broadcasting our audio book shortly and this is a great chance to be part of our fundraiser.
There is still time to get involved and take part in our unique fundraiser. For more details, phone us on 065 9083022 or e-mail info@rcb.ie.

Radio Training
Our volunteer trainer Melissa McMahon begins a training course at the station this week. The best of luck to all taking part and we look forward to hearing from the group in due course when they’ve completed their training.
We’re always delighted to encourage new voices on to the airwaves so if you’d like to be on our next training course or if you’re interested in volunteering with the station, contact Mel at mel@rcb.ie or phone 065 90 83022.

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Our photo shows the Well at Dunlickey Road, Kilkee which features in our Blessed Wells series. Our next Newsletter will be out on April 10th. A printed copy of each week’s Newsletter is kept at the reception desk at the Station.

Posted by: Raidió Corca Baiscinn | March 27, 2014

RCB Newsletter – 27th March 2014

Welcome to this week’s RCB Newsletter. 

“The Blessed Wells of West Clare”

Our new series began this week with Our Lady’s Well in Dromelihy. The 8 programmes explores the rich heritage and tradition of Blessed Wells. Our reporter James Flanagan travels to Querrin, Spanish Point and Scattery Island among other places and finds out more about each Well’s history and their importance in the fabric of their local communities.
The series is produced by Derrick Lynch and continues each Monday at 3.30pm with a repeat on Tuesday at the same time. Each programme will also be available as a podcast on our website.
The series is made with funding from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland’s Sound and Vision Fund.

“Are Ye Coming Out To Play?”

One of our new Sound & Vision documentaries, “Are Ye Coming Out To Play?” is being recorded at the moment. In this series, children are finding out how previous generations played, before the advent of 24 hour children’s television, PCs, smartphones, Xboxes and Playstations.

6 local schools are involved: Querrin NS, Clohanes NS, Kilmihil NS, Annagh NS, Coore NS and Gaelscoil Uí Choimín in Kilrush.

Children in third-class and above are being taught how to use recorders and interview techniques, before being unleashed on their local communities to record tales of playing vicious games of marbles, games of 45 that lasted hours, and the fun of feeding horses. Initial recording is going well and already highlight a great variety of experiences which can be found within West Clare. The recordings are due to be completed by May with broadcasting due in June. So keep listening for more great local programmes made by our young volunteer broadcasters!

RCB Blog

We welcome contributions from volunteers and staff for our RCB blog. To visit the blog, go to the Contact Us section on http://www.rcb.ie and click on the WordPress Icon (just beside the Twitter one) and have a look. If there is something you’d like the people of West Clare to know about, we’d love to hear from you.

ImageOur picture this week shows the West End of Kilkee basking in the Spring Sunshine earlier this week.

From the Family Cookbook

Our series continues on Monday afternoons just after the news at 2pm and each recipe is posted on our RCB Blog so you can try them at home. Next Monday’s programme features Sandra Eustace making potato cakes, which are truly divine.

Moby Dick

Have you recorded your Chapter? If not, please get in touch now and arrange to do so as soon as convenient. We’re hoping to start broadcasting our audio book shortly. There is still time to get involved and take part in our unique fundraiser. For more details, phone us on 065 9083022 or e-mail info@rcb.ie.

Don’t forget the clocks go forward this Saturday night as we move into summer time.

Our next Newsletter will be out on April 3rd.

If you know someone who is not currently on our mailing list and who’d like to receive the weekly Newsletter, please let us know. A printed copy of each week’s Newsletter is kept at the reception desk at the Station.

Posted by: Raidió Corca Baiscinn | March 20, 2014

RCB Newsletter – 20th March 2014

Welcome to this week’s RCB Newsletter.  

 

“The Blessed Wells of West Clare”

We’ve a new series beginning next week exploring the large number of Holy Wells scattered throughout West Clare.   The Blessed Wells of West Clare is an 8 part series which discovers the rich heritage and tradition of these Wells.

Reporter James Flanagan travels from Querrin, to Spanish Point and Scattery Island to name but a few locations, and hears of the Wells’ history and their importance in the fabric of their local communities. The series explores cures & legends associated with each place, we hear how the Wells have been maintained through the years and the people responsible for keeping their traditions alive.

The series is produced by our Programme Controller Derrick Lynch. Episode one is on Monday 24th March at 3.30pm with a repeat on Tuesday 25th at the same time.

The series is made with funding from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland’s Sound and Vision Fund. 

   

“Over 55 and on-line”

 

If you missed this programme on Tuesday, there is another chance to hear it this Thursday 20th at 4pm. The programme meets some of our older citizens learning to use the computer, sending e-mails, shopping on-line and keeping in touch with family and friends abroad. 

 

It was made by Station Manager Jason Murphy and RCB Producer Sean Callahan with funding from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland’s Sound and Vision Fund. 

 

Volunteer Training Course

Do you fancy getting involved with community radio? Have you ever thought you’d like to play the music you love on air? Have you ever though that you’d like to make a programme about your local area? Raidió Corca Baiscinn will be running a training course shortly. Potential volunteers will learn about community radio and be trained in all aspects of radio: presenting and interview techniques, operating the sound desk, making and editing shows and media law. To find out more and book a place on the next course, please call our Volunteer Trainer Melissa McMahon on 065 908 3022 or email mel@rcb.ie.

 

RCB Blog  

We welcome contributions from volunteers and staff for our RCB blog. To visit the blog, go to the Contact Us section on www.rcb.ie and click on the WordPress Icon (just beside the Twitter one) and have a look.  If there is something you’d like the people of West Clare to know about, we’d love to hear from you. 

From the Family Cookbook

Our new series continues on Monday afternoons and each recipe is posted on our RCB Blog.

Station Equipment

Do you have any station equipment, recorders, microphones etc at the moment?

If so, please let us know and ensure that you fully completed the sign out form when you are taking equipment.  The sign out forms are in the blue folder on the desk beside the Moby Dick sign-up sheet.  

We’re trying our best to ensure that station equipment is available to all staff and volunteers when they need it, so that they can continue making great programmes for RCB.

 

Our picture below shows Ross Beach in the Spring sunshine.

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Our next Newsletter is out on March 27th.  If you know someone who is not currently on our mailing list and who’d like to receive the weekly Newsletter, please let us know.  A printed copy of each week’s Newsletter is kept at the station reception desk.

Posted by: Raidió Corca Baiscinn | March 18, 2014

New series! The Blessed Wells of West Clare

Raidió Corca Baiscinn is starting to broadcast a new series which is seeking to explore the large number of holy wells scattered throughout West Clare, with a series starting on Monday 24th March at 3.30pm.

 

The Blessed Wells of West Clare is an 8 part series exploring the rich heritage and tradition of Blessed Wells all across south west Clare. Throughout the series, reporter James Flanagan travels all across west Clare to Blessed Wells in Querrin, Spanish Point and Scattery Island to name but a few, and hears of their history and importance in the fabric of their local communities. The series explores cures & legends associated with each well, along with how the wells have been maintained through the years, and the people responsible for keeping their tradition alive.

 

Producer of the series, RCB Programme Controller Derrick Lynch, said of this new series, “I had always been intrigued by the holy wells that you see all around West Clare, but by working on this series with James, I have discovered how varied and unusual these wells are.  Each programme is very different, and reflects the variety of stories associated with each of the wells.

 

The Blessed Wells of West Clare will be broadcast on Monday 24th March at 3.30pm, repeated at 3,30pm on Tuesday 25th March, and the same dates and times for the following 7 weeks.

Posted by: Raidió Corca Baiscinn | March 13, 2014

RCB Newsletter – 13th March 2014

Welcome to this week’s RCB Newsletter.  

 

Farewell

Best of luck to Michael Considine who is departing after a brief but productive stay with us.  Thanks to Michael for all his work with the station over the past while, we’re sure that his versatility, energy and commitment will serve him well in the future!

 

“Over 55 and on-line”

We’ve a new documentary coming up this Tuesday 18th at 4pm. You might think  technology is the preserve of the young but not always! In this programme, we’ll meet some of our older citizens who are learning to use the computer, send e-mails, shop on-line and keep in touch with family and friends abroad.

The programme is repeated on Thursday 20th at 4pm. It was made by Jason Murphy and Sean Callahan and funded from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland’s Sound and Vision Fund.

 

Points of View – International Women’s Day Special

Thanks to all who joined Melissa McMahon on our Points of View Special last Friday to celebrate International Women’s Day.

If you’d like to get involved with our regular weekly panel show, please contact Andy on (065) 90 83022 or mail andy@rcb.ie to find out more. 

Training will be provided and each panellist will only be asked to contribute every couple of weeks.  Thanks to all who have taken part and have helped add more voices from the community to the airwaves.

If you have any news from your area which could be covered in our daily news broadcasts, please get in touch on (065) 90 83022 or e-mail info@rcb.ie

 

Volunteer Training Course

Do you fancy getting involved with community radio? Have you ever thought you’d like to play the music you love on air? Have you ever though that you’d like to make a programme about your local area? Raidió Corca Baiscinn will be running a training course shortly. Potential volunteers will learn about community radio and be trained in all aspects of radio: presenting and interview techniques, operating the sound desk, making and editing shows and media law. To find out more and book a place on the next course, please call our Volunteer Trainer Melissa McMahon on 065 908 3022 or email mel@rcb.ie.

RCB Blog 

We welcome contributions from volunteers and staff for our RCB blog. To visit the blog, go to the Contact Us section on www.rcb.ie and click on the WordPress Icon (just beside the Twitter one) and have a look, or go to https://raidiocorcabaiscinn.wordpress.com/blog.  If there is something you’d like the people of West Clare to know about, we’d love to hear from you.

James’ Flanagan’s photo below was taken at Kilrush Mart during the week, while he was making recordings for this week’s Feirm Chaint, to be broadcast at 7pm on Thursday.

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From the Family Cookbook

Our new series continues on Monday afternoons and each recipe posted on our RCB Blog. https://raidiocorcabaiscinn.wordpress.com

St Patrick’s Day

Happy St.Patrick’s Day.  We hope you have a very enjoyable weekend and that some good weather will continue and allow us to enjoy our national holiday!

 

Our next Newsletter will be out on March 20th. 

If you know someone who is not currently on our mailing list and who’d like to receive the weekly Newsletter, please let us know.  A printed copy of each week’s Newsletter is kept at the reception desk at the station. 

Posted by: Raidió Corca Baiscinn | March 11, 2014

Global Women celebrate in Clare!

It is not everyday that an international event takes place in Clare, but on Saturday 8th March Ennis was part of a Europe wide event, Global Women.Image

 

Events, concerts, dancing and singing took place in 22 cities and towns across Europe, particularly in Poland, from where many of the Ennis event’s organisers originate.

 

Global Women is a social movement raising awareness of the importance of women’s role in passing on culture, knowledge and folk heritage from one generation to another, through speech, food, handicraft, dance, song and story. The theme of the day’s events, held on International Women’s Day, was “Woman is a culture – culture is a woman”.

 

In Ennis, passersby on Parnell Street were arrested by the sight of women (and men) wearing traditional folk costumes from Poland, and in the case of Marcin Piotrowski, he dressed to prove that cultures are dynamic and can be combined by wearing a Scottish kilt, a Ukrainian shirt and a Polish flowered headdress!Image 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aśka Bitner, one of the organisers who lives and works in Kilrush, said, “Women are the depositories of tradition, usually they are actively working for local communities in rural areas, we want to show their part in a traditional culture. This is as important in Ireland as it is in Poland, Ukraine or anywhere.” To illustrate this on Saturday, people were encouraged to sit down, share a chat and peel potatoes, as generations of women have done.ImageImage

 

It is hoped to make this an annual event, and the organisers plan to build awareness of Global Women and to celebrate the importance of traditions, crafts and heritage to present day Ireland and across Europe. Global Women is already recognised as a social movement in Poland, and Aska hopes that it will spread and grow across the continent.

 

Posted by: Raidió Corca Baiscinn | March 7, 2014

RCB Newsletter – 6th March 2014

 

Welcome to this week’s RCB Newsletter.  

 

Welcome

 Welcome to Danni Hayes who joins us for 2 weeks work experience! We’ll be hearing from Danni in News and across other programmes over the next while. 

 

Points of View – International Women’s Day Special 

This Friday, Points of View will host a Special to celebrate International Women’s Day which is on Saturday 8th March.  Tune in from 4pm and join Melissa McMahon and her guests for what promises to be a very interesting discussion on women in media, society, sport, in fact pretty much everywhere! 

If you’d like to get involved with our regular weekly show, please contact Andy on (065) 90 83022 or mail andy@rcb.ie to find out more.  

 Training will be provided and each panellist will only be asked to contribute every couple of weeks.  Thanks to all who have taken part and have helped add more voices from the community to the airwaves. 

If there are any news from your area which could be covered in our daily news broadcasts, please get in touch and let us know on (065) 90 83022 or e-mail info@rcb.ie

 

St Patrick’s Day

Our national holiday is coming up shortly and we’re planning some special broadcasts covering the Parade in Kilrush as well as bringing you coverage and reports on festivities in Kilkee and Doonbeg.  More details to follow.

 

Volunteer Training Course

Do you fancy getting involved with community radio? Have you ever thought you’d like to play the music you love on air? Have you ever though that you’d like to make a programme about your local area? Raidió Corca Baiscinn will be running a training course shortly. Potential volunteers will learn about community radio and be trained in all aspects of radio: presenting and interview techniques, operating the sound desk, making and editing shows and media law. To find out more and book a place on the next course, please call our Volunteer Trainer Melissa McMahon on 065 908 3022 or email mel@rcb.ie.

From the Family Cookbook

Our new series continues each Monday with each recipe posted on our RCB Blog!

We’ll have some more great documentaries on air very soon so stay tuned!

 

Technical issues

Our streaming service on http://www.rcb.ie is now back in action. Apologies for any inconvenience caused during its absence. You can catch up with lots of our recent programming on our podcast page. Just click on the podcast link at page 1 of our website.  Our next Newsletter will be on March 13th.   Please get in touch if you’ve anything to include! If you know someone who is not currently on our mailing list and who’d like to receive the weekly Newsletter, please let us know. A printed copy of each week’s Newsletter is kept at the reception desk at the station.

Posted by: Raidió Corca Baiscinn | March 6, 2014

Beef crisis latest – Feirm Cainte

On Raidio Corca Baiscinn this Thursday, Feirm Cainte brings you the latest developments in the beef crisis. Speaking to Feirm Cainte, Henry Burns, and Chairman of the IFA Livestock Committee gave us an update after a second round of protests, this time taking place outside the Department of Agriculture.

 

“We had three and a half thousand farmers there, and with this time of year when farmers are trying to calf cows and lamb ewes, it just shows you the problem that is out there when people will turn out at this time of year… There is a lot of anger there about the way the minister has not engaged with this process and the way the factories have been allowed to run rampant over farmers”.

 

Despite this anger amid calls for the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney to exert more of an influence over the issue, the factories have continued to play around with prices and specifications.

 

“We met the minister for agriculture two weeks ago and he called in the meat plants and after that meeting, about 24 hours later, the meat plants cut the price again by 5 cent and lowered the weight specs on cattle”.

 

Even more frustrating for farmers and people affected by this crisis, Mr Burns said there has been no “real official communication” from Minister Coveney since that meeting. Indeed the only communication that they have received is more pressure regarding price cuts and specifications.

 

He called on Minister Coveney to get involved in the situation and for the minister to pull the meat factories back on the specs in the way they continue to tighten. To compound the pressure on the farmers here, live exports to Britain, which had been considered a good substitute to provide competition in the Irish market, appear to have been shut off.

 

“Since the last time we spoke, it seems we can’t get cattle into Northern Ireland, it’s becoming a problem. We were talking about getting them across the water to England”.

 

“One thing is clear about this, we are supposed to have a single European market, we don’t have a single island market and the European single market is not working for us. The minister needs to get involved to sort it out”.

 

Mr Burns warned that “this is a serious crisis going out through rural Ireland” and “will bring rural Ireland to its knees”, citing a fall in income to beef farmers of €175 million. He also warned the minister could see a response from this crisis when people go to the polls next June.

 

For this and more on Feirm Cainte, tune in to 92.4 or 94.8 or stream it from our website on rcb.ie, at 7:30 each Thursday.

 

Posted by: Raidió Corca Baiscinn | March 5, 2014

Kilmihil teenager doodles for glory

Posted by: Raidió Corca Baiscinn | March 3, 2014

Weekend sports roundup

Colm Collins’ unbeaten start as Clare football boss continued yesterday when Clare were comfortable eight point winners over Wicklow in Cusack Park. The result sees Clare stay top of Division Four, with seven points from the opening four rounds.

The 2-13 to 1-8 result was influenced in no small way by the dismissal of Wicklow captain and leading scorer Leighton Glynn in the fifth minute of the game for an incident involving Martin McMahon. The linesman on the stand side of Cusack Park called the attention of the referee to the incident, and he brandished a straight red card for the Wicklow man.

Wicklow fought manfully throughout the opening half though, and went in at the break just a point in arrears, with Clare leading by 1-4 to 0-6. The goal came after 26 minutes when Clare captain Gary Brennan worked one twos with both Martin O’Leary and Shane Brennan before slamming the ball to the Wicklow net.

That left Clare three points to the good, but Wicklow hit two points to leave the minimum between the sides at half time.

Wicklow levelled the game just after half time, but crucially, they never took the lead. The outstanding David Tubridy kicked three in a row to push the Banner clear, and Clare never looked back. Tubridy kicked his seventh, and two more from Shane McGrath left the home side 1-10 to 0-8 ahead midway through the half.

Then came the killer blow for Wicklow. A high ball into the square was fisted to the Wicklow net by Shane Brennan, and Clare were out of sight. A late Wicklow goal from James Stafford was too little too late as Clare closed the game out, and moved another step closer to promotion from the bottom tier with victory by 2-13 to 0-8.

Tipp are up next in Thurles for Clare, in a top of the table clash next Sunday at 12.45pm. The game will be the first in a double header which also sees the hurlers taking on Tipp at 2.30pm.

In ladies football news, Clare suffered a heavy defeat to Galway in their National League Division 2 clash in Corofin yesterday. The Banner were no match for the Tribeswomen, who emerged victorious by 4-12 to 1-4. Clare now travel to take on Meath in Round 3 next Sunday.

Moving to hurling, and the first round of the Clare U21 Hurling Championship got underway over the weekend. In the two games played in the A Championship, there were wins for Eire Óg and Inagh/Kilnamona over Clooney/Quin and Kilmaley respectively.

Finally to local soccer news, and there was no action once again for west Clare sides this weekend as more fixtures fell foul of the weather. Kilrush Rangers game against Shannon Olympic B was postponed, as was West Clare FC’s 2nd Round Cup game against Mountshannon Celtic.

St Pats were also due to play Rinenna Rovers, but this was also postponed. Of the games that did go ahead, the stand out results were a 7-0 win for Newmarket B over Kilmaley United, and an 8-0 win for Avenue United A over Sporting Ennistymon B.

 

Derrick Lynch

Posted by: Raidió Corca Baiscinn | March 3, 2014

Unappreciated genius: The music producer

by Darnel Donegan

 

The role of music producers often get overlooked in the overall construction of a song, while the singer or rapper gets most of the credit. When listening to a song everybody can appreciate the catchy hooks, or like the music video, but don’t really notice how much work is going on in the background.

 

The role of the music producer is one the most difficult and complicated ones to play, although it is often misunderstood, in fact most people don’t even know what a music producer does. I asked Ennis native and music producer, Lorcan O’Toole what he does, and his response should give a good idea of the complexity of the job.

 

“I take small elements of music and sound design and make them into something worth listening or dancing to using innumerable little tricks and techniques to make it all sound good.”

 

Having witnessed the full process of producing a track, from brainstorming, mixing and rendering, it’s a lot more than just ”pushing buttons”. The patience that is needed is beyond the capabilities of many but have left this writer with a deep admiration for music and especially music producers.

 

Producers all have different opinions on the most important part of making a track. A producer from Dublin, Martin Darby comments,

 

“The most important part would have to be the equalizing I think, because it has to sound nice and tight, especially with the high ends ect..“

 

An equally important part of any producers arsenal is the sample, the art of taking something old and making something new. The sample really came into it’s own in the mid eighties with hip-hop and electronic producers.

 

Producers would take drum breaks from artists such as James Brown, the most sampled artist in history. It’s not just funk-soul drum breaks being looped there is much more, legendary DJ/producer, DJ Premier, is known to be one of the most innovative sampler in Hip-Hop. He is known for taking obscure snippets of everything from vintage movie soundtracks to Asian koto music.

 

Taking samples has had the knock on effect of rekindling the love of the that is being sampled such as Elvis who’s song “little less conversation” was recently remade.

 

There is also the downside that some people believe that sampling is theft because some producers take entire tracks call it their own. Kid Cudi world renowned Hip Hop artist voiced his opinion on Sampling:

 

“I’m not that big a fan of sampling. But I feel like if I’m going to do it, I’m going to do it to where it’s more of a re-imagining of a track. The songs that I do utilize samples on, most of it you wouldn’t even be able to tell what it was unless I told you.”

Posted by: Raidió Corca Baiscinn | February 28, 2014

Apology

In a broadcast dated February 14th, 2014 from Keatings Bar, Kilbaha discussing the recent storm damage, a number of comments were made by a participant in that discussion, which now require clarification. During the course of the program, the professional standards and other personal matters relating to a Clare County Council employee namely, Mr Cyril Feeney, who was not present and did not participate in the discussion, were called into question by a participant in that discussion.

Raidio Corca Baiscinn fully accept that these comments were erroneous and regrets that they were broadcast.

Raidio Corca Baiscinn would like to apologise to Mr. Feeney for any hurt or offense caused.

Posted by: Raidió Corca Baiscinn | February 27, 2014

The Easter egg challenge

By Aisling Healy

Living life to the full even in her eighties, Jennifer Hornsby, despite suffering cancer, has decided to run a fundraiser for The Marie Keating Foundation.

Jennifer likes to keep busy and help people. What better way to stay happy than setting up an Easter Egg Challenge for children. She is running the challenges in her very own back garden, while at the same time raising much needed funds for this Cancer Research Foundation.

From visiting The Marie Keating Foundation website, their mission objective carries a clear and strong message.

“Following their mother Marie’s death in 1998 from breast cancer, the Keating family promised to try to provide all women and their families with vital information which could help them to prevent cancer or detect it at its earliest stages. Their collective aim was to “enlighten not frighten”. The Marie Keating Foundation is now a leading voice in cancer awareness and information for both men and women in Ireland.”

The aim of the foundation is the main reason why Jennifer chose this particular charity as she understands how terrifying cancer is and believes that everyone needs hope.

The Marie Keating Foundation offers this hope to people, both those suffering from cancer and their families. Jennifer feels that they are a worthy charity to support and asks that others also support them as their work is very important and helpful.

The Easter Egg Challenge will involve a number of challenges based on the television series “I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.”

Jennifer reassures me that the children will not be eating any live insects or anything along those lines.

“The children will not be given any live animals to eat. They will not have cockroaches or spiders running all over them but they will have some intriguing challenges to do and I hope they all have great fun! It’s all going on in my back garden on the Easter Weekend, April 19th & April 21st. There will be two sessions run each day, first session starting at 10.30 am and ending around 12.30pm and the second session starting around 2pm each day. Teams of two children between the ages of 6 and 13.”

Jennifer asks that all children wear belts as these will be needed for some of the challenges and also trainers or wellingtons, depending on the weather.

Each team must have a minimum of €10 sponsorship. Sponsorship cards will be available in different places throughout the area, which will be announced closer to the time.

For anybody that would like to sponsor Jennifer and the Marie Keating Foundation, but cannot make the event, she asks that you log on to ‘mycharity.ie’, select ‘Sponsor A Friend’ and find ‘Jennifer Hornsby’.

Jennifer also assured me that there will be tea, coffee and treats for adults. There will also be music on the day but Jennifer has yet to confirm the headline act. Jennifer is currently organising gifts to put in a Lucky Dip for both adults and children. She ensures that these gifts will be very nice and some of them of value up to €25.

With her parting word, Jennifer hopes to see you all at her house in The Crosses of Annagh for the Easter Weekend.

She guarantees it will be a fantastic, fun day for the whole family!

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