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Niamh Ní Dhrisceoil - Ferry Skipper
Mealladh na Mara follows 3 people and their strong connection with the Sea
Niamh talks to Dave about being featured in Mealladh na Mara.
Which is available to watch now on the RTE Player.
Geoff Gould – West Cork Fit-up Festival
West Cork Fit-Up Festival is happening from 11th July- 6th August
The innovative festival was established in 2009,with the aim of bringing traditional theatre to rural villages and islands in West Cork, in a festival tent.
It’s something that was passed down to Geoff from his grandfather. It will be coming to several locations including…
- Whiddy Island
- Sherkin Island
Tickets are €15 each or family tickets are €40.
For more info visit: Tickets – Fit-Up Theatre Festival
Clive Davis- Chairperson of the Cork LBGT + Pride Festival
This year sees the 30th Anniversary of decimalisation of Homosexuality
The Cork LBGT + Pride Festival, is happening from July 30th – August 5th.
It is also celebrating 30 years since the decimalization of Homosexuality in Ireland.
Clive talks about how Ireland has changed for the better since then, he goes on to talk up the free events including “Party At The Port” which is taking place after the Parade on Sunday August 6th.
We are proud media partners, and to celebrate we have launched Cork Pride Radio
Check it out at: Cork Pride Radio – Cork LGBT+ Pride Festival
Or for more information on the festival visit: Home – Cork LGBT+ Pride Festival (corkpride.com)
Mary St. Leger – Art For The Heart
Hear the latest Creative Lives episode ahead of attending Doneraile Art Festival
As part of the Creative Lives series Mary spoke about Doneraile Art Festival, which is one of the main events organised by Art For The Heart. It’s a 4 day festival with arts and crafts workshops, all the materials will be provided. Participants were given the opportunity to make the súgán Stool, have a go at weaving and creating pictures. Art For The Heart have other events including a paint and a pint evening which happens on the last Saturday of every month.
Breda Forrest spoke with Mary about Art For The Heart.
Listen to the Creative Lives podcasts now at: Creative Lives Project | Red FM
To participate in any of the workshops at Doneraile Art Festival visit: Doneraile Art FesT
Mide Houlihan - Cork Musician
Mide spoke on day of release of new song “Truth Be Told”
Míde Houlihan took time to speak to Dave ahead of her gig at Brú Bar, we also heard her new single “Truth Be Told” she wrote the reflective song during lockdown.
Hear more from Míde now at: Míde Houlihan | Facebook
Michael Manley – Carraig Na Bhfear Drama Society
The Carraig Na Bhfear Drama society are the latest to feature in the Creative Lives series
Michael spoke to Breda Forrest as part of the Creative Lives series, where they discussed the Carraig Na Bhfear drama society.
At the time the feature was being recording the society were in the process to staging a 3 man play called Love Lost. It went out for 6 nights.
The drama group is a great way for the local community to get involved, be creative and getting active with the welcoming group at Carraig Na Bhfear Drama Society.
Either on stage or behind the scenes.
Different styles of plays are featured included drama, thriller, and comedy.
They will be holding auditions for a 1 man play in Autumn soon.
For more information visit: Carraig Na Bhfear Drama | Facebook
To listen to this and more from the Creative Lives series visit: Creative Lives Project | Red FM
Craig Harrington – Cork Sports Partnership
Criag talks to us about Athletics Week
Athletics week is starting on June 30th and running through to July 8th.
As part Athletics week there will be several athletic events, happening in clubs around the Country.
Various age groups will be able to participate. Including events for 6-12 year olds from 10-2 pm daily, as well as events for adults including strength and conditioning Webinars, Palates and Yoga.
Also, at MTU Athletics track there will be a teenage Track and Field development night on Friday 30th of June.
To register for any of the above events visit: Home | Cork Sports Partnership
Julie Kelleher – Director of “Found”
Aideen Wylde’s play is part of the Cork Midsummer Festival
Broken Crow Productions in association with the Everyman and Clonmel Junction were showing Aideen Wilde’s play “Found “ and it’s directed by Julie. It was show throughout the weekend in the Graffiti Theatre in Blackpool.
It tells the story of the Irish Diaspora in Newfoundland, and how despite having ancestors who immigrated 100s of years ago still have an accent similar to that of the south east of Ireland.
It’s Inspired by a trip that Julie herself took to Newfoundland, as well as having seen footage that her father (a cameraman) shot of Newfoundland.
Willie Duffy – Fota Wildlife Park, Park Ranger
Fota is Celebrating its 40th Anniversary Weekend from Friday 23rd June
Willie chats with Dave about the upcoming Carnival celebrations, where Red FM will be on board.
More Music and Izzy will be broadcasting live this Friday and Saturday.
Willie is responsible for VIP Family Tours of the park, where members of the public can see behind the scenes and have a look into the day to day running of the park.
He goes on to chat about his 35 years with the park, as well as the various sections of the park, and the care and attention that goes into looking after the Animals.
We also heard some interesting Animal facts.
For more info on the 40th Anniversary celebrations visit: Fota Wildlife Park Celebrates 40 Years of Conservation in Action with carnival-style entertainment – Fota Wildlife Park
Caleb Sheehan- Motor Neurone Disease sufferer
Caleb is Ambassador for the IMNDA Fundraising Day of Silence
Caleb features in an advert highlighting how Motor Neurone Disease started with tremors. He goes onto explain how the tremors started nearly two years ago, and he was officially diagnosed in January of 2022.
Some of the side effects Caleb is suffering with because of Motor Neurone Disease include a problem with his speech, a struggle to move his muscles and Eat. Members of the public are being encouraged to volunteer to a day of silence to see what Motor Neurone sufferers must cope with daily. The tagline for the campaign is “Lose Your Voice So Others Can Be Heard”.
It’s a campaign of awareness as well as a fundraising campaign.
Chris O’Sullivan – Irish Defence Forces
Chris talks up the 8 to 8 run in aid of Marymount Hospice
Chris is training in the Defence Forces in Collins Barracks, and Chris and his colleagues took it upon themselves to help raise funds for Marymount Hospice.
This involves doing a 12 hour run to take the form a relay, from 8am to 8pm. It will be passing through areas such as… The City Centre, Turner’s Cross, Togher, Wilton, Ballincollig, The Lee Road, The Marina, and Patrick’s Hill.
Their aim between the recruits is to cover an area of 120 km between the 55 volunteers.
For more info visit: 1 Brigade Training Centre (@1brigadetrainingcentre) • Instagram photos and videos
Cian McSweeney – Cork Band True Tides
Cian McSweeney talks about the band’s “Rise Above” Tour
Cork Band True Tides are back for their “Rise Above” tour. Cian spoke to us on the back of playing support to The Coronas at Sea Sessions.
He also got the opportunity to play saxophone with the Coronas at a few of their gigs.
If that wasn’t a busy enough schedule, the band had the opportunity to open for Olly Murs. The Rise Above tour starts in Cork on November 11th.
For a full listing of gigs visit: HOME | True Tides Band
Mary P. O’Sullivan - Laharn Community Action Group
A RedFM Creative Lives feature on dancing at the crossroads at Laharn
Mary and Laharn Community Action group are talking about how they are maintaining the old tradition of dancing at the crossroads at their nearby crossroads at Laharn ,situated at the foot of the Baelic Mountains in North Cork .
Dancing at the crossroads would have been something that was a lot more frequent before the introduction of the dancehalls and a better transport infrastructure . In Laharn it saw a revival in the 1990’s. It takes place every Sunday from 8 to 10pm.
To hear more about Laharn crossroads dancing as part of our creative lives’ series visit: Creative Lives Project | Red FM
Gavin McEntee- Playwright
Gavin’s play “The Settling” is coming to the Granary
From next Sunday 18th -Thursday 22nd in the Granary, Gavin, and Broken Crow’s production of “The Settling” will be staged.
It’s part of the Cork Midsummer Festival and is Gavin’s first fully scripted play. Gavin is a Dub, but his partner George Hanover who is in the play is from Cork.
It’s one of 3 plays that Gavin was able to produce with thanks to a grant from the Arts Council of Ireland.
For more info on this and other shows at Cork Midsummer Festival visit: The Settling | Cork Midsummer Festival 2023
Siobhán McSweeney - Award Winning Cork Actress
Siobhán McSweeney of Derry Girls stars in Samuel Beckett’s “Happy Days”
The UCC science graduate went onto start as Sister Michael in Derry Girls and is now returning to the stage to act in Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days as Winne, this is on the back of having been in Dancing At Lughnasa . It will be taking place from June 14th – 17th.It’s all part of the Cork Midsummer Festival.
To get tickets visit: Happy Days by Samuel Beckett | Cork Midsummer Festival 2023
Johnny Walsh - Kinsale Fisherman
Johnny Walsh, Kinsale fisherman – a star of Faraway Fields – The Hardest Harvest
Johnny is a Kinsale fisherman who went to The Gambia to sample what life on the West Coast of Africa is like, as well as getting the opportunity to fish and spend time with the locals and living with them, in places such as Tanji. Johnny also sees how reliant they are on fishing to make a living, by catching “Yaboi” in wooden boats, and how trawlers from other countries are putting that in jeopardy.
Catch up with episode 1 of ‘Faraway Fields’ on the RTE Player and see episode 2 (Vietnam) and 3 (The Amazon) on Wednesday June 14th & 21st on RTE 1 at 21.35
Ena Howell – President of Cork Federation of the ICA (Irish Countrywomen’s Association)
Ena spoke ahead of The ICA holding a fashion show in Midleton last night
Ena spoke to Dave ahead of a fashion show in Midleton Park in aid of St Vincent de Paul Midleton and Carrigtwohill.
She pervious spoke to Breda Forrest as part the Creative Lives podcast, which highlights creative groups across the City and County that members of the public can join, and get in touch with their creative side.
The ICA (Irish Countrywomen’s Association) is a great organisation that allows women of all ages and backgrounds to socialise with one another, with 6000 members across the country, and 440 guilds .
One of the main aspects of the ICA (Irish Countrywomen’s Association) is to help other charities and organisations by creating fundraisers like the event they held in Midleton.
To hear the Creative Lives interview with Ena visit: Creative Lives Project | Red FM
Gary McCarthy (GMC) Music Producer/Rapper
Music Generation Cork Celebrate Cruinnú na nÓg
Music Generation provide education to youth groups, schools, and various organisations around Cork City with kids from 5-18 years old. They are celebrating being 10 years old by releasing a new single – Music Gives Me A Reason, which they performed at the Rock The Block at Elizabeth Fort.
One of the groups that Music Generation supports is Gary and the Cabin Studios. As part of Cruinnú na nÓg this year two of its members Jamie and Ciara will be taking on ambassadorial roles.
U2 play a big part in the funding for Music Generation, with being quoted as saying “they just want to make sure that everyone regardless of their background get access to music tuition”.
It’s not only good from a music point of view but it gives its members to opportunity to socialise, gives them an outlet and helps with their mental health.
To see future events and more info visit: https://www.facebook.com/MusicGenerationCorkCity/
Mary Walsh- Cork City Council Scientist
Cork Carnival Of Science takes place this Weekend
The free pop up science festival is taking place this weekend is Fitzgerald’s Park, from 11-6 pm on both the Saturday and Sunday.
It’s open to all the family, with over 45 different science activities as well as Live Performers, Workshops, Demonstrations, a Sports Zone, Live Music and Food Venders.
The aim is to make science fun by taking it out of the classroom, where you will have the opportunity to learn how to extract DNA,
Drive Mini Robots and walking through a pop up digestive system.
All exhibits on display will be coming from Ireland and further afield.
The event is organised by Cork City Council, and our Red Patrollers will be on site.
For more info visit: Cork Carnival of Science – Cork City Council
Pat Harrington Little Blue Heroes on Bumblebee 1000 Supercar Event
Don’t miss all the supercars at Mahon Point SC Sunday from 3pm
Pat who sadly lost his 10-year-old son to cancer is Munster Rep for Little blue heroes, who are a non for profit organisation made up of existing and retired members of An Garda Síochána
All with aim of wanting to help families with seriously I’ll children, in terms of providing financial aid and well earned trips away to the 719 families that are currently registered with Little Blue Heroes.
From Friday there will be several rally cars travelling around the country before ending up in Mahon Point Shopping Centre on Sunday, where Colm O’Sullivan will be live from 2-6pm .
The Cork part of the trip sees them go through the likes of Midleton, Garryvoe, Bandon Motors and The Celtic Ross in Rosscarbery.
To register visit: NEXT EVENT (bumblebee1000.ie)
Mick Kirby – Chairman Midleton FC
Mick talks to Dave as the 50th anniversary approaches
Mick talks to Dave ahead of the 50th anniversary of Midleton FC, on June 10th.
Starting indoors as Fr Murphy’s youth club with Pat Coakley as the first manager and chairman, Mick started as the club secretary to go on to become the club’s chairman.
He recalls some of the club’s highlights including knocking Bray Wanderers out of the FA Cup in 1991,at their home in Knockgriffin Park.
To achievements at both senior and underage level.
Next Sunday they will be holding a Family Funday to celebrate the clubs Birthday.
There will be Music, Food, Fun and Games, all are welcome!
For more info visit: https://www.midletonfc.com/50th-anniversary
Brian Coughlan – City Limits Comedy Club
Brian talks about the comedians that are playing City Limits
Brain spoke ahead of Australian Steve Hughes playing at City Limits last Saturday, other comics playing in the coming months including Patrick McDonnell (Eoin McLove) from Fr Ted on June 10th.
Local talent will also be playing at City Limits, in the form of Kerryman Bernard Casey and Leesider Chris Kent.
It’s not all about comedy as City Limits will have giant screens and will be Rugby mad for the Rugby World Cup, all building up to their 30th anniversary next year.
For a full listing of events visit: Home – City Limits Comedy Club (thecomedyclub.ie)
Joya Kuin- Cork Harbour Festival event manager
Joya talks about the festival taking place on the June bank holiday weekend
Joya talks about the many events taking place as part of the Cork Harbour Festival, which is happening during the bank holiday weekend right through to June 11th. Within the Festival there is a flagship event Ocean To City, which starts in Crosshaven at 11.30 am.
Other events taking place in the 2nd largest natural harbour in the world include.
Evening Rib Tours, Wildlife Coastline Tour, Wheel Of A Powerboat Tour, A Stand Up Paddle Tour, Ireland’s Funnest Family and many more…
For a full list of events visit: Cork Harbour Festival | 2 – 11 June 2023
Robert Twomey- Caseys Furniture
Robert and his team at Caseys Furniture are preparing for the Cork City Marathon
Over 25 team members at Casey’s Furniture are psyching themselves up to particate in this year’s Cork City Marathon next Sunday , in the 10k and Half Marathon .
Rising much needed funds for the Rainbow Club in Mahon, with a target of €5,000.
Which will help those in need of Autism Support Services.
To donate to this great cause visit: The Rainbow Club Cork (caseys.ie)
Jack Desmond – Timoleague Filmmaker and one half of the Desmond Brothers
Jack talks their upcoming documentary Cluiche As Baile
Jack and his twin brother Cian have produced a documentary for TG4 called Cluiche As Baile – The Away Game.
It focuses on GAA clubs in unusual parts of the world.
Looking at both Natives and the Irish Community in various European Cities, and their love for the sport.
One of those clubs is in North Spain, a club with strong Celtic Connections called Fillos De Breogan – The Sons Of Brogan.
Catch the documentary now at: TG4 Television | TG4 Player | Irish TV | Irish Language TV | Gaeilge | Súil Eile
Or watch it live next Thursday at 9.30
Check out the Desmond Brothers website at: Desmond Bros | Film & TV Production Company
Kerryman and Paralympian Jordan Lee
Jordan talks up the “Permanent TSB Next Gen Athlete Recruitment Day” event
Jordan is a Paralympian from Kerry, and he is one of the participants at the Permanent TSB Next Gen.
It’s a daylong event for Paralympians who are interested in discovering their Olympic potential, as well as having the opportunity to try out the various sports.
Jordan’s journey began in 2017 with an encounter with fellow Paralympian Jason Smith, who was a guess speaker at an event Jordan attended.
He then asked Jordan to go to an event like the Permanent TSB Next Gen event.
Permanent TSB Next Gen will be taking place this Sunday at MTU Cork.
To register visit: Login || paralympics (smartabase.eu)
: Mary O’Riordan- HaPEE (Health, Agriculture, P.P.E)
Mary talks about their Compostable Apron
Mary O’Riordan from Millstreet and Lisa O’Riordan from Macroom have teamed up to try and make the medical industry more sustainable with their Company HaPPE (Health, Agriculture, P.P.E).
It’s all part of the Bord na Móna Accelerate Green Programme
They’ve produced an innovative idea to reduce plastics in health care, with the invention of a compostable single use slash apron.
There’s about 50 million of these used every year, which equates to approximately 500 tons of plastic.
The apron is composable in 8 weeks, rather than spending 50 years in a landfill which your normal plastic apron would be there for.
The concept came about from a combination of Mary’s 18 years of working in the health sector and in infectious diseases, along with her cousin Lisa’s business mind, and with Mary’s brother bringing their attention to an apron used in agriculture.
They then went about seeing if they could use something similar for the health service.
Sophie Motley – Artistic Director of the Everyman Theatre
Sophie talks about the many events coming to the everyman in the coming months
Since its foundation, the historic venue has seen many acts take to the stage including Laurel and Hardy, Charlie Chaplin, and Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant has played there twice.
The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, and Conversations After Sex by Mark O’Halloran took place on May 16th.
The nights following on from this will have the Banff Mountain Film Festival Tour and Emma Doran’s “Mad Isn’t It” being shown.
The Everyman are also involved with 5 productions at the Cork Midsummer Festival, such as Gina Moxley at the Crawford Art Gallery, Rough Magic with their show Free Falling.
Also being staged is King, Magic of Motown, Radio Gaga, Chris Kent as well as Leonard Cohan and Garth Brooks tribute acts.
On top of all these there’s Harry Potter and Buffy The Vampire Slayer parody shows.
For a list of events visit: What’s On at The Everyman | Summer Season (everymancork.com)
Aoibhie McCarthy – Artistic Director at Sample Studios
Aoibhie talks about STAMP Festival 2023 – May 19th -21st
Aoibhie talks about the 2023 STAMP Festival, which is taking place in the Counting House (former Beamish and Crawford House).
It’s a festival aimed at encouraging creativity, with workshops, demos, screenings, exhibitions.
Its open to all ages for those who are looking to gain an insight into Cork’s cultural vibrancy.
For more info visit: https://sample-studios.com/events/stamp-festival-is-back-this-may-19-21/
Ronan O’ Driscoll/RM Hyde – Cork Musician
Ronan’s/RM Hyde’s new single “Chasing Angels” is out now
Ronan now known as RM Hyde is a 24 year old Singer Songwriter, who’s single Chasing Angels was recorded in Wavefield Recordings in West Cork.
It’s part of Ronan’s EP, which is heavily influenced by the likes of the Artic Monkeys and Blues music.
To hear more of his music visit: RM Hyde | Spotify
David Quirke – It’s All Music Podcast
David chats about his podcast now available on Spotify
David is doing a podcast with Eoghan Hennessy and Mike Carey, which as the name Suggests is All Music .
Its format is a casual interview with a musician and some of their music thrown in for good measure.
It’s recorded on location in Knockadoon in East Cork.
Musicians featured include Dinny Quirke, Joe Collins, James Fleming, James Walsh, Conor O’Brien, Jason Perry and Melanie de la Cour .
Check out the podcast series at: https://open.spotify.com/show/4seAT0p7HGQrG7tz4TXkNT
Kate Ryan – Food Writer and founder of Flavour.ie
Kate Ryan chats about what it’s like to be Blas na hEireann Producers Champion 2023
Kate who is originally from Bristol but moved to Cork in 2005 because of love, is a Food writer and founder of Flavour.ie.
She is also Blas Na hEireann Producers Champion 2023.
This is awarded to those who support the best in Irish Independently produced Food.
Flavour.ie was originally set up as a food blog aimed at supporting local food producers, following this she went on to write for the Echo and Examiner.
While continuing to support local Chefs, Farmers and Growers any way she could.
If you would like to enter the Blas Na Eireann awards 2023 visit: Blas na hEireann Irish Food Awards – Food Producers Ireland
Check out Kate’s blog at: flavour.ie Welcome
Paddy Callanan – Roy Keane Fanatic
Paddy has over 300 videos archived at “ The Pursuit of Roy Keane”
Paddy and Dave reflect on the many stories of Roy Keane.
As well as how important it was to Corkonians and Rockmount A.F.C fans to have a Corkman making his debut with Nottingham Forest at Anfield, thanks to their manager Brian Clough.
To see all the videos Paddy has archived visit: https://www.youtube.com/@keano1971
Sinead O'Loughlin – Cork Based Film Director
Sinead shot a Physiological Thriller “Lamb” in Youghal
Sinead shot her film Lamb on location in Youghal with funding from Screen Ireland, it’s a tense Psychological Thriller starring Aoife Duffin and Éanna Hardwicke.
It’s been shortlisted for an IFTA for best short film, at this Sunday’s ceremony.
The plot is simple, It tells the story of a stranger walking into someone’s home, and the interaction between the homeowner and the stranger.
You can view the film at the Fastnet and Beara Film Festivals.
To see where future screenings of the film are taking place in Cork visit: https://www.instagram.com/lamb_thefilm/?hl=en
Lorraine May- Cork Midsummer Festival
Cork Midsummer Festival takes place from 14th-25th of June
There will be 30 events that make up this year’s Midsummer Festival, including and International events, Island of Foam ,a beach in the Millennium Hall, the Midsummer Parade as well as events for established artists and emerging artists.
The festival will have Theatre, Opera, Dance, Circus, Music, Visual Arts, Performance Arts, Street Arts.
With fun for all ages.
For a full programme list of events visit: What’s On | Cork Midsummer Festival | 14 – 25 June 2023
Peter Gowen – Actor
Peter brought his one man play to his hometown of Youghal
Youghal native Peter brought his one man show Patrick McCabe’s show “ Country and Irish” to Youghal last night. Peter acted in the likes Coronation Street, Fair City and Love/Hate, he has also starred in the West End and the National Theatre of Great Britain. The show started off as a radio play and was produced with the assistance of Andrew Flynn. It tells the story of Donie Burris who is a man at the end of his rope.
It will also be in Aghada tonight get your tickets now at: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/country-irish-by-patrick-mccabe-tickets-547730756437
Padraig – Cork based band Bowden
Padraig on Cork Based band Bowden’s new single
With roots in Cork, Kerry, and Tipperary, Bowden are influenced by the likes of Radiohead and Villagers as they met at a Villagers concert. You can hear those influences through the band’s music. Bowden were in the running for supporting Aimée as part of the Red FM Sessions and were shortlisted, but unfortunately didn’t quite get selected. We played their new single “Peel”.
Here more about Bowden’s music now at: Bowden (@BOWDENband) / Twitter
Clara Cooney- Cork Food Matters podcast
Riverstick based Clara Cooney returns to Red FM for a 2nd series
Clara has a farm of fresh produce, along with a deli, catering company and does private cheffing. She returns for another series of podcasts discussing food. The first of the 6 episodes sees Clara talk with the owner of Valleyview Farm. The Farm is run by Jason and his wife Helga Bryan.
Valleyview Farm is local to Clara in Riverstick, they provide fresh seasonal veg as well as free range eggs from 1500 free range chickens.
Check out the podcast now at RedFM.ie
Aoife Barrett West Cork 50/60 Challenge
Aoife talks about two Louth men travelling 50 miles carrying 60 pounds across West Cork this May weekend
Two Louth men Henry (Aoife’s boyfriend) and his best friend Stephen are travelling a distance of 50 miles carrying 60 pounds in memory of Aoife’s late brother Ricky, who sadly lost a 6 year battle with Cancer last October. Aoife from Dunmanway/Enniskeane goes to college in Dundalk. Their journey begins at midnight on Friday with the aim of arriving 18 hours later in Skibbereen, they will be starting at Dunnes in Bishopstown passing through Innishannon, Bandon, Enniskeane, Dunmanway and Drimoleague. All in aid of Aoibheanns Pink Tie, who are a children’s charity helping families going through difficult times.
All support along the route is welcome.
You can donate by going to: https://www.gofundme.com/f/the-50-60-challenge
Darian June – Red FM representative for Irish Music Month ‘New Local Hero’ award
Darian made it to the final with her song “Love Ain’t As Cool”
Darian spoke ahead of the ‘New Local Hero’ final in The Academy Dublin. Part of Irish Music Month, run across 25 different Irish radio stations in association with Hotpress Magazine and the IBI, Darian is one of 6 shortlisted artists in line to win a €10,000 bursary. Darian talks about the build up to the event in the Academy, as well as about how herself and the other shortlisted artists took part in a photo shot and received mentoring from industry professionals and musicians.
Thanks to Darian for representing Cork and Red FM at the final of this years search for a ‘New Local Hero’
Hear more of Darian’s music at; https://open.spotify.com/artist/0QVc8W1pLLmDPCxzgCybcp
Craig Harrington Cork Sports Partnership on new initiative for inclusion
Craig on a sports day for kids with Physical Disability at Mardyke Thurs 27th
As part of its diversity and inclusion strategy a new initiative by Cork Sports Partnership has seen them team up with the Primary Schools Sports Committee to run an event at the Mardyke on April 27th which will be for children in mainstream schools who have a physical disability. This is the first of its kind and next year will see both events taking place on the same day demonstrating true and full inclusion within primary school sports events. The event on Thursday will see children from schools all across Cork take part in races for wheelchairs, visual impairment, hearing impairment, power chairs, cerebral palsy, Congenital Scoliosis, spina bifida, Olliers Disease with roughly 10 races happening on the day. Races will be sprint style races between 60 metres and 100 meters.
It’s a free event that is open to the public. It will be kicking off at 10.30 am.
Julianne Guinee – Participant at the Incognito Art Sale
Julianne talks about the Art Sale in aid of the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation
This Wednesday at the Incognito Art Sale you can view thousands of original postcard sized Artwork.
Which you can purchase for €65 each and you will only find out who the Artist is after you buy.
One of those Artists with works on display is Julianne from Buttevant. Her main speciality is figurative Art, primarily Children. Other Cork artists involved are Georgie O’Mahony, Hillary Noonan, Peter Buckley, Claire O’Reilly, Carla Trindle and Ruthie Ashenhurst. Previous contributors to Incognito include Bob Geldof, Bono, Bruce Springsteen, LYRA and Tommy Tiernan.
It’s all in aid of the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation. You can register your interest in purchasing the various paintings before the event now at: https://www.incognito.ie/
To see more of Julianne’s work visit: https://www.julianneguinee.com/
Joe O’Leary - Levis’ Bar Ballydehob
Joe on Ballydehob Jazz Festival 2023
Ballydehob Jazz Festival is back next weekend for the Bank Holiday weekend April 28th – 1st May. There will be plenty of Music from Artists such as; Camilla Griehsel & Friends in Mamasongue, TarantaCeltica, there will also be a music trail with various musicians being featured and Food and Beverages will also be on offer. Along with the Jazz Street Flower Workshop, which was set up with the aim of decorating the Village for the New Orleans Jazz Funeral.
For more information visit: https://ballydehobjazzfestival.org/
Noel Kelleher on ‘Dara gives back - Pedal for the POONS’
Dad Noel on hero son Dara & extraordinary community support for Mercy Hospital Foundation Fundraiser Ballincollig GAA
A few weeks before his third birthday Noel’s son Dara was diagnosed with Leukaemia. Now the Ballincollig family is looking to give back to the Mercy Hospital with “Darragh Gives Back-Pedal For The Poons ”.
With the aim of raising €60,000 this Saturday for the Mercy Hospital Foundation, taking the form of a 12 hour indoor cycle, in Ballincollig GAA Club.
He is on the far side of his treatment with thanks to the help of Dr. Clodagh Ryan.
The team at Mercy and Dara managed to overcome the challenges of covid two months after the diagnosis.
To donate to this great cause visit: https://www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/%20daragivesback
Jacob Harmon- Head of Fundraising with AADI ( Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland)
Jacob spoke in the middle of Autism Awareness Month
Jacob who is originally from Georgia but married to a Dub spoke on what is Autism Awareness Month, with hopes of bringing attention to the work of Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland. For the past 13 years, it has been providing highly trained autism assistance dogs to those with additional needs. It will take a period of 2 years and €25,000 to train an assistance dog. Funding is reliant primarily on the generosity of the public. Niall O’Halloran manager at Rochestown Park Hotel is one of 315 volunteers with their organization. His role is to educate the hospitality sector as to how best deal with assistance dogs in their Hotel. Aside from this, they’re speaking at 8 different universities throughout the month of April. The application process is open at the end of the month for more families wishing to avail of their services.
For more info visit: Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland : About Us
Katie O’Neill – Watergrasshill musician
Katie on forming a band called KON and making sweet music
Katie and her band KON is made up of an Englishman, two Italians, and Katie. She is originally from Watergrasshill but resides in London. Their new debut single “Did You Know? “ was recorded in Manchester. Some of their influences are The Cranberries, Wolfe Alice, and Portishead.
You can catch Katie and her band at Indiependence this year.
Ant - Generic People
Ant launched a club night “Not Another Disco” in the Pavilion
Ant from Cork House act Generic People spoke ahead of a monthly club night launch in the Pavilion, last Saturday. Acts on the night were: Get Down Edits, Noden, Chloe Farquhar, and of course Ant. The aim is to bring Studio 54 and Paradise Garage-like vibes to Cork.
The club nights are free and will run from 9.00 pm- 2.30 am.
Linda Plover – Joy In The Park 2023
Linda talks about the 2nd year of the event happening in Fitzgerald’s Park this year
Dave caught up with Linda ahead of Joy in the Park 2023, which is a family-friendly event happening in Fitzgerald’s Park on Sunday July 23rd.
It’s an event in memory of Joy a family member of Linda’s.
The aim of the event is to raise awareness of the importance of looking after your mental health, while also connecting with others, and finding Joy.
It’s also trying to destigmatize talking to others if you’re struggling. There will be several mental health services at the event including Pieta House, Jigsaw, and the Samaritans. As well as music from the likes of Frank and Walters, Karen Underwood, Aoife Scott, Pontious Pilate and the Naildrivers, and the Circus Factory. Several workshops will also be at the event.
Supported by Cork’s Red FM and the Cork Mental Health Foundation.
And it’s Free!!!
For more information visit: https://joyinthepark.com/
Darian June – Kinsale Musician /Cork representative for this year’s Irish Music Month
Darian on supporting Moncrieff in Cyprus Avenue & representing red in national competition
Dave spoke to Darian ahead of her performance in Cyprus Avenue, where she opened for Moncrieff. Darian is also Cork and Red FM’s representative for this year’s Irish Music Month, which will take place in the Academy in Dublin. She is one of 6 in the final, who are all within a chance of winning €10,000 in career support. We heard her song “Love Ain’t As Cool”.
To hear more of Darian’s music visit: Darian June | Spotify
Stephanie Rainey – Cork Songwriter / Sunday Brunch Presenter
Stephanie recorded Miles Gaffney’s “Breathe Easy” which he wrote in memory of his niece Ciara
Stephanie recorded Breathe Easy which is a song Miles Gaffney wrote in memory of his 24 year old niece Ciara O’Gorman who sadly passed away shortly after giving birth to Rocco, as a result of contracting Cystic Fibrosis. Miles reached out to Stephanie because he felt it needed female vocals, as it would be coming from the point of view of Ciara singing to her new-born child. Released only 4 days ago on 65 Roses Day, it already has upwards of 6,500 listens. The track was released with the hope of bringing attention to Cystic Fibrosis and raising funds for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland.
To watch the video or donate visit: Stephanie Rainey – Breathe Easy (Official Video) – YouTube
Killian Lynch – Macroom Music Festival
Killian talks about the revival of the Macroom Music Festival
Killian talks about the return of the Macroom Music Festival. Which will feature headlining acts such as The Frank and Walters, Mundy, and The Riptide Movement. All will play in the town’s square, which is now traffic free thanks to the new bypass.
Get tickets now before they sell out at Home – Macroom Music Festival
Sam Spillane - UCC Enactus Vice Chairperson
Sam talks up the Enactus Community Market
Sam chats to Dave ahead of the Enactus Community Market at UCC today 04/04/23, the main aim of Enactus is the make sure they reach their Sustainable Development Goals, it’s a social entrepreneurial project which promotes Suitability. Sustainable Development Goals are 17 goals set up by the United Nations. Enactus is a global organization that is made up of over 1700 Universities. At the event will be social groups, societal groups, and businesses that promote social change. The event is open to the public in the UCC Student Hub today.
Colin Healy – Sailing Into Wellness
Marketing Institute of Ireland Cork Ball Charity Partner ‘Sailing Into Wellness’
MII Cork held their annual ball, The Maritime Marketing Ball 2023, for the first time in three years Clayton Hotel Silver Springs on Saturday night last (1st April), sponsored by Johnson and Perrott Motor Group. The Cork branch of the national organisation, who provide a community for marketers through educational and networking events, also raised over €7,500 for chosen charity, Sailing Into Wellness as part of their hugely popular raffle fundraiser. A mental health and wellbeing charity, Sailing into Wellness offers programmes that aim to empower people and build a positive sense of community through the medium of sailing.
For more information on Sailing Into Wellness visit: https://www.sailingintowellness.ie/about-us/
Rossa – Musician with Kila
We heard Kila’s new single “Raise The Road”
Dave spoke to Rossa who was an route to a gig in Dublin, ahead of a trip to Cork. Where Kila will be playing Cyprus Avenue as well as Gaelscoil’s in Cork. Kila at times can have up to 16 members on stage but will have 8 on stage at Cyprus Avenue and 4 at the Gaelscoil’s.
For more information on Kila visit: https://kila.ie/
Colin O’Brien – Sea swimmer
Colin has been in the sea throughout the month of March
Colin has been in the sea every day of the month, all in aid of west Cork Rapid Response. He also talks about the mental health benefits of cold sea swimming. It’s also a swim in tribute to Colin’s friend Conor King.
To show your support visit: Fundraiser by Colin O’Brien : Sea Swims in aid of West Cork Rapid Response (gofundme.com)
Niamh Ni Chonghaile – Hello, How Are You? National Mental Health Campaign
Niamh talks about part of the campaign happening in Kent Station tomorrow
Niamh talks about the mental health campaign called “Hello, How Are You?”. It’s a national campaign that National Rail is backing, it’s aimed at engaging in open conversations about mental health. There are over 250 other events registered around the country.
They’re asking the public to participate in Coffee Mornings, get out for a walk and chat or even just connect and reach out to friends and family.
For more information on this and more events happening around the county visit :https://www.mentalhealthireland.ie/mhi-campaigns/hellohowru/
Bhagya Barrett – Multi Award Winning Rebel City Distillery
Bhagya talks about the cross cultural connections to their product
Indian Bhagya talks about herself and her partner’s Gin making business Rebel City Distillery, the spices for the Maharani Gin are also Indian. She met her Cork-born husband on a blind date. You are welcome to take a tour of the factory which is based on the site of the Old Ford Factory, down by the Marina.
For more information on Rebel City Distillery visit: https://www.rebelcitydistillery.com/home/
Matt Brady- Wheelchair Basketball4All
Matt Brady on how transition year students get to experience basketball4all 4 real
Matt talks about an upcoming event that will involve 600 transition-year students, all the proceeds for the event will go towards the Irish Wheelchair Basketball Association. 28 different schools throughout Cork, Tipperary and Kilkenny will be taking part in the series of matches. It’s a brainchild of Diarmuid Lester as well as Paul Ryan of the Irish Wheelchair Association.
Edward Lane – Cork Troubadour
Edward talks up his single “We Will Find A Way”
24-year-old Edward from Cobh talks about where his love of music came from, and his interest in playing the guitar. He has been playing the guitar since he was 6. Edward would be very heavily influenced by the likes of Mumford and Sons, Gavin James, and Ed Sheeran. We played his single – We Will Find A Way
Julianne Crowley - Cash Machine winner
Julianne spoke to us after winning €42,087,81
Julianne from Crookstown literally couldn’t believe that she had just won the Red FM Cash Machine, The news came through when she was looking after her grandchild after getting their nails done. Julie-Ann also spoke to Neil this morning.
Don’t miss your chance to win a chunk of money every day simply stay listening to Cork’s RedFM for more
Ciara Lynch – Douglas/Rochestown Educate Together
Ciara and her team win the gold UNICEF Children’s rights award
The children at Educate Together were working hard for the past 3 years in the build up to claim this prestigious award. There were several important guests visiting the school forest to celebrate with its students, including the Lord Mayor and the head of UNICEF. Tasks carried out included picking up litter in the Douglas area and taking care of the local environment, creating a board game on children’s rights and supporting children who are refugees. Red FM was also on site to pay tribute to their achievements.
Lisa Donovan – General Manager Down Syndrome Centre Cork
Lisa on ‘Challenge 21’ a key fundraiser for the Cork Down Syndrome Centre
Lisa Donovan spoke with Dave on World Down Syndrome Day. The centre is fully reliant on public funding, as they receive zero support from the government. With a large amount of the funds going towards early intervention and parental support. Also, funds come from fundraising events like challenge 21 which is taking place on (Father’s Day) June 18th,. The concept is that you aim to get a sponsorship of 21 euros from 21 people. However, if you register before April 30th, you can be entered into a draw for a chance to win a Hotel Stay in Ireland. The walk goes from Haulbowline to Páirc Uí Chaoimh, with a family fun day near the finishing line.
Register now at: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/challenge-21-tickets-540921479707
Leah Lordan- Student at St Brogan’s College Bandon
Leah talks about the BT Young Scientist Bootcamp
Leah spoke to us from the BT Young Scientist boot camp which took place in UCD yesterday and runs for 4 days.
The idea is to give students the skillset to turn their BT Young Scientist projects into viable a business plan.
Leah and her fellow participants were split into groups where she was examining the difference between
Local Honey and Manuka Honey, which are imported from New Zealand.
The aim is to see how they can market the local honey to sell better than the imported product.
The St Brogan’s students were at the Young Scientist and were shortlisted to attend the event because of the business aspect of their project.
Brett Sutherland – The Cork Renegades Baseball Club
Brett spoke about Cork Renegades’ participation in the Cork Paddy’s day parade
Brett Sutherland is the Co-Founder and President of the Cork Renegades, which is a newly established baseball club in Cork. Brett set up the club coinciding with the birth of his son Ozzy. Boasting members from the Americas, Eastern Europe, Africa, and everywhere in-between, the team consists of beginners and players with decades of experience, all excited to join the Baseball Ireland B-League for the 2023 season.
For more information on Cork Renegades visit: https://www.corkrenegades.com/
Eimear James - Plan Be Studio
Eimear talks about Plan Be’s Participation in the Patrick’s Day Parade
Eimear is a member/teacher at Plan Be Studios which is owned by Megan Blyth.
It was set up in 2017 and offers both accelerated programme dance classes and open dance classes for students aged 3+,
as well as weekly adult classes open to all.
It is the dance school’s first time taking part in the Parade. With 14 members taking part and dancing in this year’s parade.
Find out more about Plan Be studios at: https://www.facebook.com/PlanBeMovementStudio/
Wiktor Owczarek - Ireland's first Polish Scout Group
Wiktor and the Scouts will be marching in this year’s Patrick’s day festival
The Polish Scout Group which was formed in 2010 was the first Polish Scout Group in Ireland.Its 20 members have marched in the parade every year since its formation. At the Parade the Polish Scout Group will be dressed in official uniforms of the Polish Scouting Association and the Polish Community will be represented by members of the Polish Library (it’s where the group is based)who will be dressed in traditional costumes and weaving traditional Polish Flags.
Dóirin Sheehan- The Bodhrán Bookills
Dóirin talks up the group’s involvement in this year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade
The Bodhrán Bookills is comprised of 5th and 6th class boys in St. Joseph’s National School in the Mardyke, there are 50 members with 42 participating in the St Patrick’s day parade this year.
The Bodhrán Bookills have been in existence since the 1990s and have performed for Queen Elizabeth, King Charles, and the Queen Consort Camilla.
They all play the bodhrán and compose their own compositions.
Lyra on new single ‘You’ & DWTS podcast & the importance of Irish Music Month
Lyra on new single ‘You’ & DWTS podcast & the importance of Irish Music Month
Lyra stopped by to speak with Dave as part of Irish Music Month. She also came to promote her new single “You”. It’s a track that steers clear of your stereotypical breakup song. You, is actually about getting together with someone.
She also spoke about her upcoming performance on Dancing With The Stars, as well as her role in the Dancing With The Stars podcast.
We find out if Lyra has any ambitions to take part in next year’s series.
PJ Kirby of I’m Grand Mam podcast
PJ is hosting a ‘Géilí’ @ the LGBTQ+ club event hosted by Mother at Dublin’s St Patrick’s Festival Thurs 16th
On opening night, Thursday 16th March, Cultúr Club will see St. Patrick’s Festival and LGBTQ+ Club promoters, Mother collaborate once again on the eve of the world’s largest celebration of Irish culture for one big party in Dublin. On the Mainstage at the National Museum of Ireland Collins Barracks, Cultúr Club will host the first ever LGBTQ+ ‘Géilí’ led by the fabulous Cork podcaster PJ Kirby, of the I’m Grand Mam podcast.
Apart from organizing events, PJ is one half of the podcast pioneers with the “I’m Grand Mam Podcast”. He discusses the podcast’s appeal along with the appeal of their accent to the London demographic.
For more information visit: https://stpatricksfestival.ie/events/festival-quarter/mother-presents-culture-club
Or check out I’m Grand Man at: https://podcasts.apple.com/ie/podcast/im-grand-mam/id1453420004
Lea Heart Irish Musician
Lea spoke to us en route to the Choice Music Awards and in praise of Irish Music Month
Lea Heart spoke to us the day before her attendance at the music choice awards and told us the back story to her new song Don’t Tell me
She opens for Mimi Webb at the Marquee this summer.
Her new single Don’t Tell Me is out now.
Hear more of her music now at: Lea Heart – YouTube
Aimée – Most played Irish Female Artist in 2022
Irish Musician Aimée spoke to us on International Women’s day
Aimée spoke to Dave on International Women’s day, about recording a cover of Hallelujah in a lift with a few of the ladies that make up Irish women in harmony.
She is also the most played Irish female artist on Irish radio in 2022, with her new single Nobody Else.
Off the back of her success last year, Amy has several live performances planned this year such as at Rock Against Homelessness in aid of Focus Ireland,
Sea Sessions in Donegal, and a free Red FM listeners party in Cyprus Avenue at the end of April.
We heard her new single Hurt Like Hell which will be released in English and Swedish.
Find out more about more music at Aimee | Official Site (aimeemusicofficial.com)
Eoin French – Talos
Eoin spoke to Dave ahead of their performance at the Mitchelstown Caves
Talos played an intimate gig in front of an audience of 80-100 people. It’s their 3rd time playing in the venue.
It coincided with the launch of the Galaxy s23, in the cave.
Free transport was provided to and from the gig, with drink and grab and go food bags on site.
One lucky person also got the opportunity to win the new Galaxy s23.
To hear music from Talos visit: https://www.thisistalos.com/
Claire Loy – Actress
Claire on “Daughter Of God” at Granary Theatre
Claire spoke to Dave ahead of a dress rehearsal of Rodrick Forde’s play Daughter Of God, which is coming to the Granary Theatre, March 8th – March 11th. The show is produced by Donal Gallagher It tells the tale of three sisters trapped in a dystopian nightmare, with Claire playing the mother of the 3 girls.
It’s a dark show with elements of comedy. Get your tickets at https:
Gerald Ahern – Cork Musician
Gerald on the concept of ‘Grand Theft Audio’ the concert
Gerald Ahern talks about an event titled Grand Theft Audio, which will allow members of the public to tune into the various soundtracks from Grand Theft Auto.
It’s in the form of a radio where you can flick through the music at your own pleasure, from station to station. It’s also very much a visual experience with the game itself being displayed on a giant screen.
Gemma Hayes – Baltimore based Musician
Gemma is playing in St John’s in Monkstown in April
Gemma who is originally a native of Ballyporeen Co. Tipperary, but now living in Baltimore talks to Dave about Pirates, Dancing for Ronald Reagan, and raising Cork kids who can also choose to support Tipp in the championship! As well as her upcoming gig in St. John’s in Monkstown Saturday April 1st. We also gave her single “Happy Sad” a quick spin.
For more information on the gig visit: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/gemma-hayes-plus-support-naimee-coleman-tickets-538080943587
David Haskett - Ballincollig Powdermills Voluntary Committee
David chats to Dave about his participation in the.IE Digital Town Awards
David talks about the time he was walking around the park in Ballincollig and came across the old gunpowder buildings and got thinking about how more people need to know about the historical significance of it. He then went on to put a Powdermills Voluntary Committee together. To discover the story behind one of the largest gunpowder mills in the British Isles for many years, covering an area of 130 Acres they collectively developed an app which can be downloaded for free here https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ballincollig.powdermills&hl=en_IE&gl=US&pli=1
As a result, they won a .IE Digital Town Award. Entries for this year’s awards are now open. If you’re interested visit: About .IE Digital Town Awards – .IE (weare.ie)
Craig Harrington – Athletic Development Officer at MTU Cork
Craig on BHAA 5k race at MTU
On Sunday, March 5th BHAA (Business House Athletics in Cork for 40 years) held a 5K race at MTU Cork with €1 from every entry going towards the Turkish Branch of UNICEF and clothes donations for the people of Haiti.
Reggie - Blackrock Road
Reggie is back gigging in the Northside
Reggie is back in the Everyman with tips for social climbing, in his show “Reggie’s Guide To Social Climbing”.
Advice given will include dating, pronunciation, and fashion. There may even be a song or two thrown in.
The show runs from March 8th- March 19th
All are welcome
For more information visit: REGGIE’S GUIDE TO SOCIAL CLIMBING | THE EVERYMAN, CORK | 8–19 MAR 2023 (everymancork.com)
Shilane Giles - UCC Dance Captain
Shilane talks about a dance off happening at Cork Opera House
This year UCC hosted the national Intervarsity dance competition at Cork Opera House. This large-scale event is held once a year and features over 500 dancers from 11 colleges across Ireland competing. This is a student run show, solely organised by a committee of UCC dance students. We have hired over 10 dance judges who are renowned for their career in different styles from Irish to hip hop to jazz. This will be the first proper intervarsity’s held since 2020 due to the pandemic. Various styles of dance will be on display including Hip-Hop, Irish Dance, Contemporary, and Jazz. It kicks off at 10 am through to 6.30- 7 pm.
Chris Kent - Cork Comedian
Chris talks about his upcoming comedy gigs in Cork
Chris Kent of the 3 By The Lee podcast stops by to chat with Dave, ahead of his Live recorded show at City Limits which is sold out.
But you can catch him in Ballycotton on Wednesday night in the Alter Egos Comedy Club and also on Thursday Chris will be playing the White Horse Comedy Club in Ballincollig, with support from Carrie Sully and Vittorio Angelone.
For more information on Chris Kent visit: https://chriskentcomedy.com/live/
Brendan Canty - First Cut Film Festival
Brendan Canty talks up Youghal’s 14th First Cut Film Festival
Brendan, whose production credits include Hozier’s-Take Me To Church Video, chats about the up and coming 14th annual First Cut Film Festival. It’s taking place in Youghal’s Regal Cinema and the Mall Arts Centre. 200 films will be screened from March 7th -11th.
The age range of participants is from 12-25. They will have their films screened, be able to attend workshops as well as get the opportunity to receive a €5,000 bursary as part of the best music video award.
For more information on the film festival visit: https://firstcutfilmfestival.com/
Cork Musician Jack O'Rourke
Jack talks up the Cork Proms Series at Cork Opera House in April
Tuesday 21st saw the launch of the Cork Proms Series in Cork Opera House.
It’s a 5 night event taking place throughout the start of April.
Jack will be paying tribute to the Beatles, he’ll be joined on the night by Wallis Bird and Emma Nash, they will also be accompanied by the Cork Opera House Orchestra.
Other shows on display will feature the music of Beethoven and music from Broadway.
For more information on the Cork Prom Series visit: Recommended show list: Cork Opera House
Martin Fenton - Karen Fenton Memorial
Martin on a memorial fundraising run for his sister Karen
The Karen Fenton Memorial 5k run is taking place on April 23rd, at 12.30 pm.
It’s a tribute and fundraising event in aid of 43 year old Karen who sadly lost her battle with ovarian cancer in April of 2017. The first memorial event happened 12 months later.
The aim of the memorial run is to raise much needed funds for those who are battling ovarian cancer as well as for research into the illness.
It’s also an opportunity for members of the public to “Run To Remember” their loved ones.
To sign up for the event in association with St Finbarrs FC visit: https://karenfenton.ie/index.html
Jack Desmond of Desmond Bros Media on Fresh Film Fest
Jack Desmond On How Important Fresh Film Festival was for him and his brother
Jack and his twin Cian are Desmond Bros Media, which is a Film and TV company.
As teens, the Timoleague lads had films screened at the Fresh Film Festival.
Their creative juices started to flow when they were required to carry out a history project in 6th class, then when they went to secondary school they discovered a large number of their peers had an interest in acting.
Jack gives his top tips for producing a film and explains that it’s the type of thing that anyone can do. He also chats about the social aspect of film production as regards networking at film festivals such as the Fresh Film Festival and the Berlin Film Festival.
To submit your film to the Fresh Film Festival visit: Fresh Film | Encouraging young Filmmakers & Empowering them as artists
Check out Desmond Brother’s Media at: Desmond Bros | Film & TV Production Company
Julie O’Sullivan from Ballydehob on Les SalAmandas
Julie talks about Les SalAmandas debut album & life in West Cork
Julie of Les SalAmandas spoke to Dave, from Ballydehob on the release of their new album. Julie spent time in London she then went on and studied in Cork City while also working in Ballydehob at weekends.
Les SalAmandas is made up of Julie and her mate Colyne who she decided to form the band while working together in Budds Bar in Ballydehob.
We played their new single Gold from the album Now Is The time.
To hear more from them visit: Les SalAmandas | Facebook
Ray Cuddihy/Wingnut - Puppeteer & all-round Cork legend
Ray talks of his role in the Dream Factory Musical @Everyman Theatre this weekend with The Lords of Strut
Ray of the ‘Home School Hub’ chats to Dave about his up-and-coming role in the Lords Of Strut Musical – Dream Factory @Everyman Theatre Sat 18 & Sun 19
The show will feature Puppeteers like Ray, singers, dancers, circus acts, and acrobatics as well as an input from GMC (Gary McCarthy).
It’s all put together while shining a spotlight on the climate crisis in a comedy style show which is a family friendly event for 8+.
For more information visit: DREAM FACTORY | THE EVERYMAN, CORK | 18–19 FEB 2023 (everymancork.com)
Graham White - Freezer Room On New Cork Music Venue
Live at St. John’s Church Monkstown kicks off
Graham spoke to Dave ahead of Jack O’Rourke’s gig at St. John’s in Monkstown Saturday 18th. In collaboration with Pat Kiernan ex of Corcadorca theatre company, Graham of the band Freezer Room saw an opportunity and has taken it. Jack O’Rourke performs to a sold-out crowd, with support from All The Queen’s Horses, it’s the first of more gigs to come in the old and beautifully appointed church.
For a full list of events visit: Live music event in St. John’s Church Monkstown Ireland (liveatstjohns.com)
Hayley Ryan - Love Island Impressionist/ Saturday Breakfast Presenter
Hayley stopped by to give her opinions on the new Love Island Contestants
Hayley Ryan does impressions of Love Island contestants on top of Presenting with Red FM and Playing Intermediate Camogie with Cork and her club Blackrock.
She gave her thoughts on this year’s contestants, and we even heard a few of her interpretations of them.
You can catch Hayley every Saturday on RedFM from 7 am.
James on "CSN Live 'N' Gigging" at Coughlans Douglas Street
James on “CSN Live ‘N’ Gigging” at Coughlans Douglas Street
Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa’s Live ‘N’ Gigging music series returned to Coughlan’s on Douglas Street recently, ahead of the night Dave caught up with James
Acts performing on the night include Indie-Folk bands Mono-Poly (James’ band), Finnscéalta, and Good Vibrations. Hard Rock groups Volatile, Rage Against The Machine cover band Rory Against The Machine, and Funk/Rock group Black Lagoon.
Next up it’s Triskle Arts Centre keep an eve on their Facebook page below
To keep up to date with CSN Live and Gigging visit: CSN Live ‘N’ Gigging | Cork | Facebook
Emer O'Brien - CBS Mitchelstown Parent's Council
Emer talks about a CBS OsKaRs Fundraiser
Eimear talks to Dave about a fundraising event happening this Saturday at Mitchelstown Leisure Centre. It’s a Movie Gala Night run by the CBS Secondary School Parents Council.
On the night you’ll get to see 6 short films based on scenes from famous TV Shows or Movies, in an Oscar Style Ceremony. Which were pre-recorded just before Christmas, with a local cast and the use of locations within the vicinity of Mitchelstown.
With the assistance of Kevin Rowe Entertainment, these top-quality films were shot. Such as Father Ted, Fawlty Towers, Sister Act, Braveheart, and The Field.
For more information on the event visit: CBS OsKaRs Fundraiser – Mitchelstown CBS (cbsmitchelstown.ie)
Check out more of Kevin’s work at:
Sophie Motley- Artistic Director at the Everyman Theatre
Sophie picks the gems from the Spring season launch @Everyman Cork
Sophie stopped by to chat about some of the numerous and varying events coming to the everyman for spring.
This season sees the return of Reggie from Blackrock Road with his “Guide To Social Climbing”, Folk Musician Eddi Reader of Fairground Attraction, and Comedy from the likes of Sara Pascoe, Jason Byrne, and Neil Delamere.
Also coming to the everyman is an Adele Tribute Act, Opera Music as well as plenty of Family Fun events from the likes of the Dream Factory featuring Lords of Strut of Britain’s Got Talent Fame.
If that wasn’t enough!
There’s also a great variety of contemporary drama from both National and Local Playwrights, and a Fawlty Towers Dining Experience.
For a full listing of events visit: What’s On at The Everyman | NOW LAUNCHED (everymancork.com)
Shawn Uyosa - Stand-up Comedian
Shawn is the Comedy Cavern Comedian of the year
Shawn spoke to Dave on the back of being crowned the Comedy Cavern Comedian of the year.
After being crowned the King of the Comedy Cavern Shawn made his way back to the Royal County via Dublin.
Shawn’s comedy varies from pre-prepared to off-the-cuff.
Other participants in the contest were…
Michael Roche, Mark Maloney, Daniel Lucas, Coleman Hayes, and James Moran
Karl Spain - Comedian
Karl Spain “Well What Did You Expect? Tour” City Limits Fri 03rd Feb
Not for the first time, Karl spoke on Red FM, and he tells all about his previous experience.
This Friday Karl will be returning to Cork, taking to the stage in the City Limits Comedy Club.
He also spoke about online dating, the pro-choice movement, and having pineapple on a pizza.
Get your tickets now at Karl Spain Plus Guests – City Limits Comedy Club (thecomedyclub.ie)
President of the MTU Cork Students Union - Isobel Kavanagh
Isobel spoke to us at the start of Rag Week 2023
As part of MTU Cork Rag Week 2023, there’ll be a number of events taking place throughout the week, including a Roadshow with Colm O’Sullivan and the Red Patrollers on campus this Wednesday. With plenty of fun and prizes to be had on the day.
Other highlights include; Bingo, a Fun Fair, and a Hypnotist.
On the back of the College claiming University status they’re getting a big expansion in terms of a student chill-out zone and a Sports Complex which is set to open this week.
The aim of the event is to raise funds for charity each year, this year the chosen charity is the Eating Disorder Centre Cork.
Rob O'Halloran - Musician/ Music Video Producer
Rob talks up his new track
Mint videos is Rob’s video production company, and he’s now taken it upon himself to try and produce a video for his single “We Are The Sun”. It’s combining his interest in music having played in different bands, along with his passion for creating music videos. Last month the stop-go animation video for his single – What Do You Want – was released.
We Are The Sun is off of Rob’s 4-track EP, it tells of how people are guilty of comparing themselves and their lives to others.
Check out Rob’s music at Rob O’Halloran on Amazon Music Unlimited
Or see his various video projects at Robert O’Halloran – Mint Video Productions – Videography Cork (mint-video.com)
Joanne Collins - Balcony TV Cork
Joanne talks about the new three part podcast- The Rise and Fall of Balcony TV
BalconyTV is a cultural phenomenon that has been syndicated to 100 cities around the world, it’s brokered million dollar deals, clocked up hundreds of millions of international viewers, and is now owned by one of the largest record companies in the world. Joanne produced Balcony TV Cork. It was the longest running of them all. Started in Dublin in 2006, the brainchild of Stephen O’Regan, Tom Millett, and Pauline Freeman. Put together by Mark Graham (King Kong Company) a new three part podcast tells the story of the Rise and Fall of Balcony TV. During her time with Balcony TV, Joanne aired musicians like; Fred, Mick Flannery, Frankie Gavin (De Dannan), Declan Sinnott, Jimmy Crowley, Jack O’Rourke, and John Spillane from the top of the Big Wheel. As well as plenty of others throughout various hotels and restaurant balconies all over the City.
The podcast goes live on February 1st at: https://podcasts.apple.com/ie/podcast/the-irish-music-industry-podcast/id1451423030
Hanna - Hanna's Bees
Hanna talks bees and her part on the Changemakers podcast series
Hanna, who is a Swedish native but has made Cork home for the last 20 years, talks about what it’s been like making honey from the comfort of her own home.
She also has a number of hives across the City and County.
Her passion for beekeeping came about originally from having an interest in growing fruit and veg in her garden. In order to grow the fruit and veg Hanna needed pollinators, this is when bees entered the equation.
Hanna features in the Change Makers series today and is part of a Green Revolution in the Red Rebel Rebel County.
Listen to the Change Makers podcast now at: Change Makers – Red FM
Or find out more about Hanna’s Bees at Home – Hanna’s Bees (hannasbees.ie)
John Creedon - Broadcaster/ Author
We hear John’s telling of the opening story in his latest book
John recently contributed to the History Matters podcast with Dave to discuss his latest book An Irish Folklore Treasury as well as the various stories in the book. One of which tells the story of how his Dad knew someone that was around at the time of the famine, and his recollection of it.
Brian McCarthy – Cork Rooftop Farm
Brian talks about the rooftop farm & RedFM’s Change Makers environmental podcast series
Brian chats to Dave about the Cork Rooftop Farm, a city centre based rooftop farm that grow their own fresh produce which is distributed in the downstairs shop on Cornmarket Street. There are also plans in the pipeline to build both an Education Centre and a Restaurant. Brian also goes on to discuss the importance of food sustainability. His project kick start’s RedFM’s environmental podcast series Changemakers shining a light on Cork businesses putting sustainability and environmental responsibility at the heart of what they do. To hear this Changemakers conversation in full go to redfm.ie and see what you can do to join the green revolution in the red rebel county. RedFM’s Changemakers series is funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the Television Licence Fee
John Creedon - Broadcaster/ Author Cork Legend
John on the story behind his latest book An Irish Folklore Treasury
John recently contributed to the History Matters podcast with Dave to discuss his latest book An Irish Folklore Treasury as well as the various stories in the book. John tells us how the concept for the book came about as well as the importance of keeping the tradition of Irishness and Folklore alive, despite the Normans’ best efforts to wipe it out.