Rachel Wright – The Samaritans

Rachel Wright – The Samaritans Mark Finnegan is joined by Rachel Wright from The Samaritans. Rachel talks about the year just passed, which has been the busiest in the history of their Dublin Offices. The Christmas period is an extremely busy time for the Samaritans organisation and their services will remain available full time. You can find contact details and information about all The Samaritans services on their website here.

Dermot Kirwan – Spokesperson for Friends of the Elderly

Dermot Kirwan – Spokesperson for Friends of the Elderly Mark Finnegan talks with Dermot Kirwan from Friends of the Elderly Ireland.
Friends of the Elderly Ireland” aim through collective action to:
  • Alleviate loneliness amongst isolated elderly people through friendship
  • Promote respect for each person’s dignity
  • Foster independence and help the elderly to live at home for as long as possible
  • Liaise with statutory agencies and voluntary groups in an effort to improve the quality of life of those referred to Friends of the Elderly Ireland
  • Improve the services provided for the elderly by highlighting the difficulties they face
  • Increase awareness of the important contribution elderly people have to offer.
You can get more information about Friends of the Elderly and their services here.

Cllr Cian O’Callaghan – Poolbeg Incinerator Budget Over-runs

Cllr. Cian O’Callaghan (IND) Mark Finnegan is joined by Independent Fingal County Councillor Cian O’Callaghan. The pair discuss the ongoing Poolbeg Incinerator Project.
 In a statement issued on December 9th Councillor O’Callaghan stated: “This week a majority of Fingal Councillors endorsed the drawing down of a loan which will facilitate further budget over-runs for the Poolbeg Incinerator Project of up to 35 million euro.”

Trish Gaynor ,Northside Partnership, Local Employment Services

Trish Gaynor – Northside Partnership Local Employment Services Mark Finnegan welcomes Trish Gaynor into the Near FM studio. Trish tells us all about the Jobs Club and other Pre – Employment Training on offer at Northside Partnership Local Employment Services. The service is based in the Coolock Development Centre on Bunratty Drive. For more information about their services check out their website here


Gerry Stanley,Training Officer with Dublin Fire Brigade

Gerry Stanley – Training Officer, Dublin Fire Brigade Mark Finnegan talks to Gerry Stanley, Training Officer at the DFB Training Centre in Marino. Gerry gives us some tips and pointers about Fire Safety in the home @ Christmas.


Tony Monahan -The Radical Food Company

Tony Monahan – The Radical Food Company Mark Finnegan is joined in studio by Tony Monahan from The Radical Food Company.

Radical Oats was founded by Tony’s wife Miriam who didn’t like porridge, but knew the benefits of oats. So she developed a recipe using good old Irish oats and other natural Irish ingredients
that would keep hunger at bay for a very long time.

Long enough for the gang to do their studying, rowing, running, cycling, ballet, tin whistle, drama, sailing, hiking, swimming, hockey, kayaking, gymnastics, walk the dog and bicker without keeling over! It became known as ‘Radical’ in Miriam’s house because it turned porridge on its head and well, it made oats cool.
Radical Oats is an entirely new concept in the way oats are currently on offer. We’ve turned porridge on its head and made oats literally ‘cool’!
Find out more at The Radical Food Company website here.


Perceptions 16/12/14

Listen back to the final Perceptions show with Rhona Coughlan

St Doulagh’s Church, 14th December 2014

St Doulagh’s Church, Balgriffin

Service of Carols & Readings by candlelight with music by 1st Coy Boys’ Brigade Brass

Opening prayers & welcome: Rev. Ken Sherwood

How the Grinch stole Christmas: Sharon Williams

A Christmas Poem: Jayne Mangan

Prayers: Evan Watkins

Closing Prayers and blessing: Rev. Norman Gamble



Fiona Cunningham, Member First Credit Union ,AGM 2014

Mark Finnegan talks to Fiona Cunningham from the Member First Credit Union. MFCU are having their AGM on Monday December 15th. The event is being held in the Crowne Plaza, Santry.

Sinead Beasley European Kick Boxing Champion 2014

Sinead Beasley from Baldoyle recently won the European Kick Boxing Championship. She joins Heidi Bedell to talk about her success. Sinead talks about her love of the sport, what it takes to get to the top nad her hopes for the future.

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