Age & Opportunity

Michael Foley of Age & Opportunity talks to Noel McGuinness about older people and the work of this organisation. He talks about Positive Ageing Week which takes place from 1st to 9th October with many events and activities for older people to take part in and enjoy. In addition, Michael gives a reminder that applications close at 5pm on 26th September for the Go for Life Small Grant Scheme for Sport and Physical Activity for Older People.  The scheme is aimed at encouraging older people to get active and is used by groups and clubs all over Ireland to buy equipment, run sports events or try new activities. See

Coastwatch Survey 2014

Michael Walsh is the Regional Coordinator for North Dublin for Coastwatch Ireland. He tells Noel McGuinness that Coastwatch aims for informed public participation in environmental protection and management, especially in the coastal zone. He says that the Coastwatch annual survey is now used in 23 European countries. The survey is designed to give an overview of the state of the coast. It involves local volunteers recording coastal information and Michael says that volunteers are needed to take part in this year’s survey which is taking place until 15th October. Anyone with an interest in nature is welcome to take part – it’s fun, informative and useful. See

Positive Happenings in the Middle East

Scott Leeson is a Transition Year student at Pobalscoil Neasáin in Baldoyle. As part of his work experience in NEARfm he talks to Noel McGuinness about some positive things that are taking place in the Middle East. He explains that with so much bad news being reported about the Middle East, he is glad to be able to talk about some positive events.

Autumn/Winter Events at axis: Ballymun

Niamh Ní Chonchubhair, Programme Manager at axis: Ballymun talks to Noel McGuinness about the wide variety of events that will take place at axis in the coming months. The Autumn/Winter season includes a range of local, national and international work ranging from the Dublin Theatre Festival to arts events ‘as gaeilge’, from the aerial wizardry of Tumble Circus to Ballymun’s annual “Otherworld Festival”. Music events include Jack L, Abba Forever and Dickie Rock. There will be something to suit all the family and Niamh reminds us that axis is not just about the stage, people can get involved with their own creativity, participating in the arts, learning something new, and having fun. See

Week in Review – World’s Best News

The Week in Review reports on the 2014 edition of the “World’s Best News”, a free paper by Irish NGOs featuring good news about developing countries. This year’s edition is the second print edition of the paper, with the first edition printed in October 2013. The “World’s Best News” was distributed on Friday morning, September 26th, in Dublin, Cork and Galway.

Week in Review – The Young Folk

Declan Ralph talks to Anthony Furey, lead singer with The Young Folk, about the band, their music and their debut album “The Little Battle”.

annabelle fitzgerald antaisce

this podcast is an interview with annabelle fitzgerald of antaisce with pat meehan of near fm

Northside Today Light

Presented by Pádraig Naughton

Northside Today Light broadcast on the 29th August, focused on artists with disabilities, in particular a new Arts Council founding scheme called Arts & Disability Connect.

The programme included interviews with Conor Madden, Darragh O’Callaghan, Emma Bennison and Gaelle Mellis. A complete version of the programme including all the music featured can be heard on Mixcloud.

Global Solidarity – Dublin City of Sanctuary

Global Solidarity reports on the launch of Dublin City of Sanctuary on the 13th September in the Phoenix Park, in conjunction with the SARI Soccerfest.

Paul Kearns , Artist @ Beyond Pebbledash

Ciarán Murray speaking to Paul Kearns, one of the artists responsible for
‘Beyond Peebledash’ a celebration of an overlooked icon of Irish domestic
architecture and a design-driven discussion on the future of Dublin
urbanism.    The Beyond Pebbledash project includes the ‘construction’ of a
house in the central square of one of Dublin’s National Museums, the
publication of a book (also titled Beyond Pebbledash) and an Arts Council
funded engagement programme, targeting young people and Transition Year
For more information about the National Museum of Ireland contact Helen
Beaumont <>  Education and Outreach Officer
You can find ‘Beyond Pebbledash’ on Twitter and Facebook.

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