Near fm’s first live outside broadcast from the spectacular Jeanie Johnston from Tuesday 13th December from 3.30 to 5.00pm. The programme features a diverse blend of the people who live and work around the area, Irish music and the Jeanie Johnston itself. Noel McGuinness, Gerry Cooley and Fergus Carroll talk to Mícheál Ó Cionna the manager of the Jeanie Johnston, Paul McCarthy tour guide on the Jeanie Johnston, Marie O’Reilly the chair of East Wall Youth and Secretary of East wall 4 all, the Minister Jimmi Deenihan, TD Minister for Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht Affairs, Michael Blanch from CCIFV (Committee of the Commemoration of Irish Famine Victims), Victor Finn the CEO of IMRO and Pete St. John one of nearfm’s long standing volunteer. The Irish Folk & Ballad Group the BeerMats added to the flair of the outside broadcast by playing live in the background in the museum part of the ship.
The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan T.D. officially launched the first broadcast and gave an interview about the arts and heritage in general as well as about his own book which was launched later the same day.