Telling our own Story

Near FM presents a four part radio series celebrating 30 years of community media on the Northside of Dublin

Telling Our Own Story is a four part series looking at the history of the Near Media Co-operative through the voices of the volunteers and staff. 2013 marked the thirtieth anniversary of the creation of the Near Media Co-operative. This series charts the history of the organisation through the volunteers and staff that started it all off and continue to make it the vibrant media organisation it is today. Through the series we explore the historical background of Near’s formation, the dream becoming a reality, the challenges faced and overcome, the advent of new media as well as looking to the future.

The series features contributions from Andrew Montague, Stephen Blayds (Sphere 17), Browen Maher, Cristina Santamaria (CIC), Ciaran Kissane (BAI), Ciaran Murray, Colm Kenny (DCU), Dave O’Connor, David / Darren (youth programme), Declan Cahill, Declan McLaughlin (BAI), Dorothee Meyer Holtkamp, Doug Rogers, Edd Kealy, Elaine King, Gavin Byrne, Heidi Bedell (Northside Partnership), Jack Byrne, Marion Vickers (Northside Partnership), Natasha Valente, Owen Drinan, Pat Farrell, Paul Loughran, Ray Kennedy, Sally Galiana, Shannette Budhai, Tomas Mac Ruairi, Tony Crampton (CRC), Vincent Teeling and Zandra Ball.

“Since community radio emerged as a separate strand it has added to the plurality of voices that are on air it has also provided significant opportunity for people to develop their skills and it has provided opportunities for communities to access the airwaves…Nearfm was one of the first ones to embrace the idea that community radio was a community development tool as much if not more than a radio project”
- Ciaran Kissane – Broadcasting Authority of Ireland

Produced by Ignacio Irigoien, presented by Noel McGuinness.

This series is funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland Sound & Vision Scheme.

Irish History Show Episode 26

Episode 26 of the Irish History Show on Near FM presented by Cathal Brennan and John Dorney.  On this episode, we discuss the landing of arms for the Irish Volunteers in Howth in 1914.  We also discuss the Bachelor’s Walk Massacre that happened that same day.  We were joined by Pádraig Yeates.  Pádraig Yeates is a distinguished social and labour historian and the author of Lockout, the standard work on the great 1913 labour dispute. He is also author of the acclaimed A City in Wartime and A City in Turmoil; the third book in the series, A City in Revolution, is due in 2015.

Sunflowers Chernobyl Appeal Dublin

Leslie Murphy speaks to Andrew McCann, Adele Sheeham, Caroline Dunne and Pat Dylan and other volunteers from The Sunflowers Chernobyl Appeal Dublin Group, who have spent the last year fundraising to bring children from their orphanage and spend time in Ireland.

Perceptions 22/07/14

Listen back to this weeks episode of Perceptions presented by Rhona Coughlan

Brian Wray – Rose Festival 2014

As part of the Outside With Near Series, Near FM went LIVE
from St Annes Park for the 2014 Rose Festival

Leslie Murphy interviewed Brian Wray of Raheny Heritage Society,
about the work the volunteers do and researching your family tree.

Gerry Fitzgerald – Rose festival 2014

As part of the Outside With Near Series, Near FM went LIVE
from St Annes Park for the 2014 Rose Festival

Leslie Murphy interviewed Gerry Fitzgerald of Cherry Orchard
Community Garden, about growing your own produce and the
importance of being sustainable.

Orla Solan – Rose Festival 2014

As part of the Outside With Near Series, Near FM went LIVE
from St Annes Park for the 2014 Rose Festival

Leslie Murphy interviewed Orla Solan of the DSPCA, based in
their shop in Red Stables in the park. She brought along
bailey and Fluffy for moral support.

Collie Ennis – Rose Festival 2014

As part of the Outside With Near Series, Near FM went LIVE
from St Annes Park for the 2014 Rose Festival

Leslie Murphy interviewed Collie Ennis from the Herpetological
Society if Ireland, about Newts, Frogs and Lizards native to
these parts.

Lara Pittman – Rose Festival 2014

As part of the Outside With Near Series, Near FM went LIVE
from St Annes Park for the 2014 Rose Festival

Leslie Murphy interviewed Lara Pittman from the Check Up Collective,
a group of artists collaborating to check peoples creativity.

Interesting take on a health check up.

John Mc Mullan – Rose Festival 2014

As part of the Outside With Near Series, Near FM went LIVE
from St Annes Park for the 2014 Rose Festival

Leslie Murphy interviewed John Mc Mullan of Fingal North Dublin
Beekeepers Association, and their current work with bees.

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