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Writers Block – 2nd Jan 2015

On this programme Morgan O’Reilly talks to Gavin Kostick of Fishamble: The New Play Company about Irish Drama and to Patrick O’Sullivan about his writing, his music and his career so far.

Interview with Eric Lucas about the Charlie Hebdo events

Northside Today interviews Eric Lucas from French Federation of Community Radios SNRL on impact of the Charlie Hebdo events. 

Writers Block – 19th Dec 2014

Morgan O’Reilly talks to Vanessa O’Loughlin of about literary magazines, Dave Lordan about and to Colm Kearns from The Runt Zine about the magazine and his own writing.

An Irish Sanctuary Part 1

An Irish Sanctuary:
The History and Natural History of the North Bull Island is a 3-part series which looks at the fascinating history and natural history of the North Bull Island, home to over 1100 species of organisms including plants, insects, birds and mammals. In winter the island holds more than 35,000 wildfowl including internationally significant numbers of the iconic Brent Goose. It also plays host to thousands of human visitors each year who come to take in the rugged beauty of the island or use it for activities ranging from swimming and golf to kite-surfing and bird watching. Join producer and presenter Edd Kealy as he takes us on a journey of discovery in this fascinating natural history series.

Programme 1
Programme one focuses on the history of the North Bull Island and we get a taste of the excitement of searching for arriving spring birds. We learn the history of the formation of the Bull Island with local historian Dennis McIntyre. We speak to author and historian Kieran MC Nally about the island’s literary tradition and fascinating history. We will also spend a beautiful spring April morning with ornithologist and botanist Tom Cooney looking for migrating spring birds.

Programme 2
In programme two we look at the present state of the Bull Island and we find out a bit more about some of its particular wildlife, plants and eco-systems.
We find out a bit more about one of the Island’s most iconic species of bird the Brent Goose with ornithologist Tom Cooney. We will speak to marine biologist Elenor Jennings about how Island’s estuarine eco-system has led to it being such a rich and diverse habitat for the over 1100 species of plants, insects, birds and mammals which now call the island home. We speak to botanist Conn Breen from the Dublin Naturalists Field Club about the island’s plant life and to naturalist David Nash about the Bull as a habitat for butterflies and about a recent arrival the beautiful Marsh Fritillary.

Programme 3
In our final programme we examine what the future holds for the Bull Island and how we might ensure that this wonderful nature reserve’s future as a sanctuary for wildlife is preserved. We will aim to educate the listener as to how small changes in behaviour like keeping dogs on leads can make a huge difference to the potential success of wild creatures on the Bull. We visit the Bull Island very early in the morning to catch a glimpse of an animal that may sadly soon be extinct from the nature reserve, the Irish Hare.
We visit the Island’s interpretive centre to meet Pat Corrigan who tells us about the importance of education. We speak to Leslie Moore, Dublin City Council’s Parks Superintendent who talks about his hopes for the future of the Island.

‘A Woman, a Dog & a Walnut Tree’ + Panel Discussion on Domestic Abuse

Near Drama Company present, Denis Byrne’s radio play,
“A Woman, A Dog & A Walnut Tree” a radio play performed LIVE on Near FM on the 15th of October 2014.

The play is set in the cooking area of a Refuge Centre for married women who have suffered at the hands of violent spouses. It is the present and past stories of three women from different backgrounds.

Marge, the oldest, has little or no education, and has sought asylum in the Centre together with her three children, who are referred to during the play, as she ferries food to them offstage. She is a feisty individual with a typical Dublin accent. Thelma is a doctor’s wife, well educated, and eventually having been driven to violence herself after years of enduring her husband’s jealous rages which inevitably led to physical violence on many occasions. But was what she carried out spontaneous, or had she deliberately provoked her spouse on the night she did the deed?

Amanda has sought refuge in the Centre after accidently discovering her controlling and violent husband had been sexually abusing her eight-year-old daughter since she was six while she was out of the house. He has never penetrated the child, but made her do things which no child should ever have to endure. Without proof, Amanda cannot have him charged. He discovers where she is and threatens in a letter that he is taking the matter to court to regain custody of his daughter. Amanda, against all advice, decides to go and plead with him not to go through with it. But he merely laughs and sneers at her, telling her that because of her past mental history, he’ll have no problem winning custody. Then he beats her up and throws her out.

What follows when Amanda returns to the Centre leads to a tragic conclusion after she’s come to her final decision to protect her daughter.

The play is followed up by a panel discussion on the topic of domestic abuse, with a number of experts.

Sound supervision: Gavin Byrne
Broadcasting assistant: Deborah Gaffney
Announcer: Carol Dempsey
Narrator: Niamh Murphy
Producer…. Declan Cahill
Facilitator …. Debbie McMahon

Marge ….. Francis Keogh
Joe……….. Joe Murphy
Thelma….. Ann Loughney
Michael….. Peter Prior
Amanda…. Mary McNamara
Paul……….. Michael Sharp

Irish History Show Episode 24

Episode 24 of the Irish History Show on Near FM presented by Cathal Brennan and John Dorney. On this episode the presenters are joined by Brian Hanley to discuss the murder of Senator Billy Fox in 1974.

Dr. Brian Hanley is the author of the IRA – A Documentary History (1919 to 2005), the IRA (1926 to 1936) and, with Scott Millar, The Lost Revolution (The Official IRA and the Workers Party). He is currently working on a history of the Troubles and how it effected the Republic of Ireland.

Diamond In The Rough

Niamh Griffin travelled to Sierra Leone in September 2013 to explore how women and men are tackling sexual violence. High rates of these crimes in Sierra Leone are a sad legacy of a brutal decade-long civil war which ended in 2002, leaving thousands mentally and physically scarred.

She met with people determined to change this, visiting rape crisis centres known as Rainbo Centres. They are funded by Irish Aid, and run by American NGO International Recue Committee with local group The Rainbo Initiative. She also spoke with police officers in sexual assault units, male former offenders as well as judges and prison officers to understand how rape is being fought on all levels.

​Her trip for NearFM was funded by the Simon Cumbers Media Fund
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The Brief 27th March 2014

On the final episode of The Brief, presenters Andrew and Peter discuss this week’s legal news:
the sensational news that An Garda Siochana have been recording phone conversations between defendants and their lawyers;
some of the attention grabbing decisions from the courts;
the high fees earned by lawyers from the State; and,
two notable obituaries.

Sinn Fein Spokesman on Justice, Padraig Mac Lochlainn TD, outlined the argument for the resignation of the Minister for Justice.

Dr Yvonne Daly of DCU’s School of Law and Governmant outlined the legal issues raised by the Garda taping of phone calls between defendants and their lawyers.

Barrister Diane Duggan spoke about the work carried out by the Bar Council’s Voluntary Assistance Scheme.

And South African Advocate Karin Alheit gave her opinion on the case made by the prosecutor in the Oscar Pistorius case.

Presented by barristers Andrew Robinson and Peter Leonard.
Produced by Andrew Robinson and Killian Donoghue.
Recording and editing by Aoife Nic Canna

The Brief 20th March 2014

Presenters Andrew Robinson and Peter Leonard look at the legal headlines this week, including;

€80,000 award for the unfair treatment of a pregnant woman by her employer.
Large redundancy settlement by Irish Rail.
Was the Crimean secession referendum legal?
Lawyers on strike.
And more.

Peter talks to Michael McGrath Barrister at Law about compulsory purchase law, pylons and his new book authored with Eamonn Galligan SC Compulsory Purchase and Compensation in Ireland: Law and Practice (Bloomsbury).

Andrew looks at the family law Courts with the help of Roisin O’Shea Phd candidate and author of a far reaching report on Judicial Separation and Divorce in the Circuit Court and John Devlin of Barron Morris. Roisin’s research leads her to the conclusion that the family law Courts should be replaced with a different type of system. John tells Andrew about how the family law Courts operate and about the experience of the people who find themselves in the Courts.

Produced by Killian Donoghue
Engineered by Aoife Nic Canna

History Show Episode 23

Episode 23 of the Irish History Show on Near FM presented by Cathal Brennan and John Dorney. On this episode the presenters are joined by Pádraig Yeates and John Borgonovo to discuss the effects of the First World War on Dublin and Cork.

Dr. John Borgonovo is an American-born but Cork-based historian. He has written, Spies Informers and the Anti-Sinn Féin Society, The Intelligence war in Cork City, 1920-1921, on the War of Independence in Cork City. More recently he has written The Battle for Cork City 1922 and most recently The dynamics of war and revolution, Cork City, 1916-1918. He teaches at University College Cork

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 2014.

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