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Elmarie McCarthy- Tourism Officer with Cork City Council

Elmarie – Talks about the Inaugural Cork on a Fork Food Festival

Elmarie speaks about Cork businesses coming together with the aim of growing Cork as a food destination, on top of its already rich legacy and how it’s taking advantage of the on street dining in the City Centre. You can enjoy Food Trails, Tasting Masterclasses, Bitesize Food talks, Food demos and plenty of fun for all the family.

If this event has wetted your appetite visit: Cork on a Fork Fest – Cork City Council

Orla Ó Regan - Visual Artist Mallow

Orla talks all things Cork Craft Month & her own work as well

Orla talks up Cork Craft Month, she is one of the many visual artists taking part in this years event.
She is based in North Cork, has a studio in Mallow and is the creator of Words In Porcelain.

Cork Craft Month allows Orla to network with over 100 members of Cork Craft and Design based in Douglas Woollen Mills.

However this year there will be an All-Ireland approach to Crafts.

With an opportunity to visit; Studio Trails, Exhibitions, Demonstrations and Meet the Maker Sessions.

For more info visit: Home | Cork Craft & Design (

Or check out Orla at: Irish Art | Orla O Visual Art | County Cork

Deirdre Burchill Union Hall on RTE’s ‘Horse Country’

Equine enthusiast Deirdre chats about her family’s role in new six part RTE series

Deirdre from Union Hall chats about the six part series on RTE on Tuesday nights at 7, it examines the passion that Irish people have for their Horses.

You will be able to catch up with John, Emma and Deirdre carrying out tasks such as the family getting the show pony ready for Wexford.

It will also look at other families in Sligo and Galway.

All with the common aim of making it to the RDS Horseshow.

Watch episode 2 of Horse Country tonight on RTE1 at 7pm or watch it on playback at: Horse Country – RTÉ Player (

Son Of Nowhere (Alex) Music Producer from West Cork

Alex (Son Of Nowhere) talks about his track on Irish electronic release Strength In Numbers Glen Brady and Arveene Juthan

Strength In Numbers is an artist development platform, record label and music supply company founded by longtime creative collaborators Glen Brady and Arveene Juthan. Initially Strength In Numbers started doing club nights and show cases in Irish venues like The Sugar Club in Dublin & Connolly’s of Leap in Cork and the SIN 001 compilation began to take shape. Extra production input, mastering and art & design were thought of and this eclectic and encompassing compilation was born. Amongst the tracks is one born in West Cork under the creative endeavour of Alex…

To hear Son Of Nowhere visit: Spotify – Son of Nowhere

Ger McCarthy Sports Journalist Author & Podcaster

Ger talks of Rebelette All-Ireland success and his high hopes for the Camogie girls this weekend

Ger chats to Dave on the back of the Minor Ladies Footballers All-Ireland victory over Galway, and ahead of a triple header in Croke Park with both Cork Intermediates and Senior Camogie teams in the hunt for All-Ireland titles.

You can hear the Ger’s Women In Sport podcast at: The Big Red Bench – Red FM
Where, as well as Gaelic games, you will hear a variety of sports being covered such as Rugby, Aussie Rules, F1, Hockey and Basketball.

Ger also has a book on Cork Ladies Gaelic Football out now available at: Buy Cork L.G.F.A. Game Of My Life Book at Easons

Good luck to Cork’s Camogie teams playing All-Ireland finals in Croke Park this weekend!!

Christine Smiddy on taking part in Tour De Munster a key Down Syndrome Ireland fundraiser

Christine on preparing for her first Tour De Munster & on how her brother Damien benefits from the money raised

Christine and Damien are both from Garryvoe in East Cork. 20 year old Damien has Down Syndrome he will be one of the many people benefitting from the funds collected in this years Tour De Munster in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland’s Munster Branches.

Christine will be participating in in the 600 km 4 day charity cycle this year.

She is new to cycling and only starting training in March.

To date the event has raised 4 million and they are hoping to raise more with your generosity.

Allowing projects such as projects such as “Field Of Dreams” (a horticultural site based in Curraheen) to be created.

The event takes place on Thursday August 4th.

For more information or to donate visit: | Support Christine Smiddy’s TdM ‘22 Fundraising Page



Tadhg Hickey – Comedian/Actor/Online Agent Provocateur

Tadhg on his starring role in John B Keane’s “Letters Of A Country Postman” @ Everyman Theatre

Comedian and former member of CCCahoots Tadhg Hickey took time away from his rehearsal  of the John B Keane play – Letters Of A Country Postman to talk up the merits of the show. Despite his renowned comedic background he plays a straight role as Postman Mocky Fondoo.

It tells the tale of how the Postman is a pivotal part of what glues the community together and as well as being the only person that some people could speak to all day.

It was wrote in 1975 however there’s still a number of themes that apply to the modern day.

The play also stars; Accordionist Danny O’ Mahony as well as Madi O’Carroll and Chloe O’ Reilly who take on numerous roles through out.


The play runs from August 10-27th get your tickets at: LETTERS OF A COUNTRY POSTMAN | The Everyman Cork | 5-27 AUG 2022



Bunny O' Riordan - Fundraiser

Bunny talks about an event that came about from the death of his son Cian

Bunny chats to Dave about how suicide impacts those left behind after the death of their loved ones. The event is aimed at raising awareness of this matter, in the form of the Cuddle Run.
Bunny will be hopping on his son Cian’s bike, a side from raising awareness the event is to raise some much needed funding for a centre that is functioning but a slightly run down facility they have in Middleton. They’re looking to improve it and enhance the services they can provide such as : Mindfulness, bereavement support groups as well as any other systems that may be needed.

This all came about when Bunny came to the realisation that there were no services available for Bunny with he was grieving his son Cian’s death in 2009.

For more info on the event visit: The Midleton Hub

Bunny O' Riordan –The Midleton Hub

Bunny on The Cuddle Run fundraiser for Midleton Hub

Bunny talks to Dave about the Cuddle Run that is raising awareness of suicide prevention & support and funds for the Midleton Hub. It provides help to those suffering from suicide bereavement. Sponsor a brick for €100 to help redevelop facilities at the Hub. The target figure is €100,000. Bunny’s own son.

Bunny’s objective is to go through 32 counties in 32 days, on his son Cian’s motorbike. Cian sadly died through suicide.

The Red FM roadshow will be there next Monday from 11.30 am for a 1pm start.

For more information about the event or to donate visit: The Midleton Hub

Tom Grennan

Tom Grennan on new music and the danger of Patrice Evra

Chat topping musician Tom Grennan spoke to Dave about new single “All These Nights”, his connection to Offaly, Tom’s (little bitta) love for the beautiful game and the danger of Patrice Evra!!

To see the video for Tom’s new track visit: Tom Grennan – All These Nights (Lyric Video) – YouTube


Ray Barron- Two Time Polka

Ray chats ahead of Two Time Polka’s performance at Spraoi in Waterford

Ray and his band Two Time Polka will be performing at Spraoi in Waterford this weekend.
They are an eclectic band playing music from all around the world.

Ray and Two Time Polka have been going to the famous street arts festival for years.
Featuring Street Theatre and Comedy throughout the streets of Waterford on the Friday and Saturday, ending with a parade on Sunday.

And…It’s free!!

For more information visit: Spraoi – Spraoi
Or hear more from Two Time Polka at: Home – TWO TIME POLKA

Goldie Bron$on - Cork City singer/songwriter

Goldie Bron$on talks up new track “Far Apart”

Goldie is a 21 year old musician from Cork City. Far Apart is the first song he recorded under a label, this particular tune has been recorded under a Canadian Label with the assistance of German DJ Kenage. The song was inspired by lockdown and the fact that everyone was so “Far Apart”. It’s also about a girl from Australia who was texting Goldie and despite the fact that she is on the other side of the world living a different life the lockdown is a global thing that everyone is going through.

Goldie is heavily influenced by Hip-Hop as well other numerous genres.

To hear more about Goldie visit: Goldie Bron$on (@goldie.bronson) • Instagram photos and videos

Goldie Bron$on (@goldiebronson) / Twitter

Konrad Im - Events Organiser at Cork Pride

Konrad talks about the Family Fun Day as part of Cork LGBT Plus Pride Festival this Sunday

Konrad talks up the Family Fun Day happening this Sunday as part of Cork LGBT Plus Pride. It kicks off a whole week of celebrations. There over 30 events as part of the festival this year. The Family Fun Day is taking place in Fitzgerald’s Park, incorporated into the event this year is Prides Got Talent, with a cash prize of €500 and the opportunity to perform on the pride mainstage on Sunday 31st. Also on display will be a number of drag acts and musicians.

Red FM’s Colm O’ Sullivan will be there playing tunes with Letycha Le’Synn making an appearance too.

Gates open at 1 pm.

This is all after a number of pride parades around the county on Saturday.

For more information on this event visit: Home – Cork LGBT+ Pride Festival (


From Gamer to Pro Drifter

Alan Hynes Drift Car Driver from Buttevant

Buttervant native Alan talks to Dave about how he made the move from playing video games to being a professional drifter. It all came about from his interest in car racing video games and he decided that he would like to try racing for real.

If you’d like to witness drifting for yourself you can do so at Kart World in Watergrasshill this weekend. With a birds eye view of cars racing up to 150 km per hour.

This spectacle is happening on Sat 23rd and Sunday 24th of July.

With gates at 10 am.

Hayley Ryan - Impressionist/Intermediate Camogie Player and Red FM Presenter

Hayley chats about how her Love Island impressions gained traction on TikTok

We hear from Hayley Ryan of the Saturday Breakfast on Red FM.
She tells us how her Love Island impressions took off on TikTok (most famously Maura Higgins), who her favourite contestant is from this year and we even listen to some of her impressions.
To hear more of Hayley’s work visit: Hayley Ryan (@hayls_ryan) / Twitter
                                                                   Hayley (@hayls_ryan) TikTok 
Or listen to her show every Saturday:

Seán Antoin Ó Muirí - Fuinneamh Workshop Architects

Seán talks ecology at Tramore Valley Park

Seán from Fuinneamh Workshop Architects chats with Dave, Fuinneamh being the Irish for energy. Seán and his team are setting out to construct a rammed earth building which is made using bio-degradable materials such as timber and sub soil in Tramore Valley Park, the first of it’s kind in Ireland. It’s part of the Kinship project, Cork City Council have teamed up with Creative Ireland in order to build an Eco Lab with the aim of allowing members for the public to congregate in order to discuss ecology within the park.

The project is currently under construction with the hope of it being completed by September.

You are also invited to pitch your own ideas for activities by emailing:
For more information visit: EcoLab – Cork City Council

Des Cahill- Local Councillor and MC at Blackrock Village Festival

Des chats about the Blackrock Village Festival taking place on July 16th

Des discusses the Blackrock Village Festival which happening tomorrow in the Plaza from 2-6.
It’s an event with Food, Fun and good weather as well as plenty of activities to keep your kids occupied. Such as a Teddy Bear’s Picnic and exercises at the Green Area, it’s now the proposed spot for a playground.
If that’s not enough there’s music from the likes of Hank Wedel and Declan Sinnott as well a Jazz Band and Irish Dancing.
All done with the assistance of the local community in Blackrock.
For more information on the event visit:

Sinead Quinlan - Comedian/Presenter of Red Hits

Sinead chats about her upcoming gig in the CoCo Comedy Club

Sinéad chats about being on Clear History with the likes of Joanne McNally, Colin Murphy and Kevin McGahern she also tells her story about kissing more than just the stone in Blarney.
Sinéad is gigging tomorrow night (July 15th) in the Coco Comedy Club. 
Tickets €20

Dominic Gallagher - Cork Ladies under 16 Bainisteoir

Dominic chats with us ahead of the Rebelettes under 16 All-Ireland Final

Dominic spoke with us less than an hour before the Cork Ladies under 16 Footballers faced Dublin.

He spoke about taking on Kerry in the Munster Final and Cavan in the All-Ireland semi final, and how they had to dig deep in the championship so far.

Congratulations to the Cork under 16 Ladies for making it to the All Ireland final this year.

Kieran O'Connell - Admiral of The Royal Cork Yacht Club

Kieran chats about Volvo Cork Week

Kieran chats to us in the middle of Volvo Cork Week, where there’s a large crowd gathering under less than ideal conditions for racing, due to the lack of wind.
However it’s not all bad with Sun forecast throughout the rest of the week it will create a sea breeze.
There’s plenty on offer including a Classic Yacht Regatta, Cork Week Ladies Day with Amy Huberman and Brendan Courtney all wrapped up with a big party on Friday night.
It’s an event that attracts boats from all over the world. Including Hong Kong, US and UK all congregating in the oldest Yacht Club in the World.

Linda Plover - Joy In The Park organiser

Linda Plover chats about “Joy in the Park” this coming Sunday 17th of July

Joy In The Park is happening in Fitzgerald’s Park this Sunday 17th of July from 12 noon until 6 pm.
It’s a community event filled with free fun for all the family.
Including music form: Kíla, Jerry Fish and Pontious Pilate & The Naildrivers.
As well as:  The Circus Factory and Cork Puppetry Company…The Pompous Creatures.
For more information on the event visit: Artists – Joy In The Park – Cork, July 17

Stephanie Rainey – Cork Singer Songwriter and Presenter of RedFM’s Sunday Brunch

Stephanie explains the cute doggy themed video to current track “Remember Who Your Friends Are”

Steph chats to Dave about the charity awareness raising video for new single “Remember Who Your Friends Are”.

It’s an upbeat and happy track with a video to suit the mood. Featuring dogs from Pauline’s Rescue, as they are a Man’s best friend. It also aims at highlighting the adopt, don’t shop message.


Check out the video now: Remember Who Your Friends Are (Official Video) – YouTube

And catch the Sunday Brunch at: Red FM |


Brian Deady - Cork singer/songwriter

Brian Deady spoke to us ahead of his gig at Cyprus Avenue

Brian who just got back from Spain took time to speak to Dave ahead of his gig in Cyprus Avenue. He will be performing Live tomorrow night with doors at 7 pm.
He chats about getting back into the swing of gigging Live again.
For more information visit: Cyprus Avenue – Cork, Ireland

Finn van der Aar - Marine Scientist

Finn van der Aar chats about taking part in Volvo Cork Week

Now living in Bundoran, Finn speaks with Dave ahead of her return to Cork, which is where she studied Marine Biology in UCC. Finn is back in town for the Volvo Cork Week, which was initially supposed to happen in 2020. It’s taking place in the home of the 2nd biggest natural harbour in the world. Kicking off the week is a Family Fun Day on Sunday in Crosshaven.
The Fun Day includes:  Funfair, Boat Trips, Coastal Walks, Games and a Children’s Workshop which will be held by Finn.
For more information visit; Cork Week 2022 – 11th-15th July 2022

Daniel Fleming talks about producing Paul Flynn's Food Truck Favourites

Daniel Fleming- Aperture Media

Daniel chats about a new six part series which commenced on RTE 1 Weds 06th July. It consists of chef Paul Flynn exploring food trucks throughout the country.

It is sponsored by Kerrygold and produced by Aperture media, a Cork company that was set up in 2011.

The series was filmed in the summer of 2021, with each episode looking at 3 food trucks with a different dish in each episode, which will aim at inspiring Paul to cook up a feast at his Kitchen in Dungarvan.

You can catch Paul’s food truck favourites now at: Paul Flynn’s Food Truck Favourites – RTÉ Player (

Karen Underwood - Musician

Cork’s Most Famous American Talks July 4th Independence Day

Karen Underwood took time out of rehearsing at Cork Opera House to chat about what being African- American and celebrating the 4th of July means to her in terms of her freedom and independence.

Karen is also part of a new Opera by John O’Brien called Morrigan. Morrigan being the Irish Godess of death and faith. It contains dramatic scenes of blood and fire, soaring arias, tender duets, and large action packed ensembles with highly charged battle scenes.


Tickets available at :Morrigan – Live : Cork Opera House


Happy 4th of July to all our American listeners!

Paul Ryder on his excitement for Cork Pride Festival 2022

Paul Ryder – Master of Ceremonies at this years Cork Pride LGBT + Party @ The Port Sun 31st July

Paul talks about the return of this year’s Cork Pride Festival which is a week long.

This year Brooke Scullion and Nadine Coyle both from Derry coincidently, will be at the event as well as an array of Cork’s finest Drag talent , Sparkle, The Guilty Judges, Kabin Studio and a number of Red DJ’s too.

For more info visit: Home – Cork LGBT+ Pride Festival (

Cork singer-songwriter - Jennifer Lyons

Jennifer Lyons on her new track “Take It Back”

With a similar vibe to Lana Del Rey Jennifer talks up her new single “Take It back”. Which in her own words she describes as being a “Fruit salad of emotions” in other words it has various emotions throughout.
You can listen to listen to Jennifer’s music at all the usual places…

Danny O’Reilly The Coronas Chats to Dave

Danny Coronas Chats Live Ahead of RedFM Listeners Gig in Cypress Avenue

Ahead of an intimate Red FM listener only gig at Cypress Avenue with The Coronas, lead singer Danny O’Reilly spoke with Dave Mac ahead of their kick start to Live At The Marquee Friday and revealed its now a sold out show…

Tadgh Hickey chats about his new show "In One Eye, Out the Other"

Tadgh Hickey – Cork Comedian

Describing his political videos as marmite to the general public, Tadgh Hickey chats to Dave about his new show – In One Eye, Out the Other. The show is him telling the story of his problem with alcohol through the main character in the show Fergal.
It will be coming to The Everyman on June 2nd-3rd.
On the 2nd of June, Tadgh will also be doing a post show discussion with James Leonard of The Two Norries.

Kieran spoke to us ahead of his band's gig at Cyprus Avenue

24th May 2022

Kieran from The Love Buzz chatted to us ahead of his gig at Mike the Pies, but more importantly on the eve of the band’s performance in Cyprus Avenue. He spoke about his influences and we also heard the band’s new single “Wild One”

To hear music from The Love Buzz visit: Spotify – The Love Buzz

Pat Speight Cork Storyteller

Pat Speight on performing at Soft Nights Festival Dunderry Park, Co. Meath

Pat from Cork’s northside explains how he got into story telling and about the Soft Nights Festival in Dunderry Park, Co. Meath that happens on the June bank holiday weekend.

The event is a diverse festival with something for everyone including : Yoga for Kids, Music from musicians such as Lisa O’Neill and Kila, Astronomy Talks, Bat Walks and Active Imagination Workshops. Pat will be telling stories from a hobbit hole something that pleases him greatly…

Kieran McCarthy- Cobh Rebel Walking Tours

Kieran talks to Dave about the many historical elements to Cobh

There are many story’s about Cobh that make the history books including not only the Titanic but also the Lusitania,and the major role that Cobh played during the war of independence. It was one of very few towns to rep the rewards of British Imperialism in Ireland from an economic point of view. With the harbour being used for troops going out to numerous wars.

Kieran’s tour is 2 hours long starting in Cobh Heritage Centre. It visits 16 different sites throughout Cobh or Queenstown as it was formally known as.

For more information on booking a tour visit:

Damien O'Halloran - LGBT+ Pride Festival

Damien chats about the launching of Ireland’s First LGBT+ Business Network

Damien chats about last week’s launch of a new business network for the LGBT+ community. With headquarters based in Cork. It’s a non profit organisation for individuals who identify as LGBT.

Last week they went through their itinerary for the year and explained what the network is all about, while also getting the chance to mingle with like minded people. With approximately 140 invited guests showing up on the night.

This was all ahead of the 2022 Cork Pride Festival and Cork’s Red FM are proud media sponsors.

Some of the benefits to being part of the network include:

– An opportunity to network and build professional relationships

-Broaden career opportunities

-Educate yourself on workplace topics and become a more inclusive colleague

For more information about the network visit:

Marcia Fleming Foster Carer

Marcia on rewards of being a Foster Carer ahead of online info evening Weds 18th on

Having a 19 year old daughter of her own with Down Syndrome. Marcia decided to put her experience of caring for children with learning difficulties to use by fostering a child with learning difficulties 8 years ago.

Next Wednesday May 18th there is an online seminar for anyone interested in being a Foster Carer for children with disabilities.

Information on this can be found at:


Dave Farrell - Rubyhorse

Dave from Rubyhorse – A night in Cork Opera House in aid of Irish Red Cross Ukraine appeal

Dave from the Cork band Rubyhorse talks about a special concert in aid of the Irish Red Cross Ukraine appeal.The event is taking place this Friday 13th of May at 8pm.
To a sold out crowd.

It’s the first time in 18 years the four lads from Rubyhorse have performed live together.

Also participating on the night are; The White Horse Guitar Club, Karen Underwood, Carrigtwohill Gospel Choir and The White Horse Gospel Choir, along with MC Colm O’Sullivan from RedFM. It promises to be a great night out while also showing solidarity through song for the people suffering unimaginably in Ukraine. All proceeds from the show will be donated to the Red Cross to provide much needed help to refugees fleeing the war.

A side from the Artists taking part a large portion of the organising was down to David Gaffney.

Julianne Quirke aka Julia-Maria student at MTU Cork School of Music

MTU Cork School of Music label CSM Sounds release new EP ‘Find Me Here’

MTU Cork School of Music are delighted to announce ‘Find Me Here’ a new EP, released under the CSM Sounds record label on Thursday 28th of April. The five track EP consists of original works and traditional pieces created and performed by students at MTU Cork School of Music and recorded in their top of the range Recording Suite on site. Spanning and even breaking boundaries across genres, ‘Find Me Here’ includes works from; Angela Moynihan, Colm O’Brien, Darian O’Shea, Julianne Quirke and Macdara Ó Faoláin. ‘Find Me Here’ released digitally on all streaming platforms.

1.You Got Me by Darian O Shea
2.These Days by Julianne Quirke aka Julia-Maria
3.It Just Couldn’t be Him by Colm O’Brien
4.Anyone But Me by Angela Moynihan aka Angie
5.Dursey Sound/Glenbeg Lake/The Sunny Hills of Beara arr. and perf. by Macdara Ó Faoláin

To listen to Find Me Here in full visit:

Mark (Fanta) O'Sullivan Fundraising For Midleton Teen

Mark Talks About Fundraising for Kacper Kozlwski

Kacper who has recently turn 14 was in remission from cancer, but unfortunately it has returned. He’s now waiting on his 5th surgery. So Mark and Dots Tobin teamed up and are to do a walk from Youghal to Midleton ( where Kacper was playing hurling up until 18 months ago) it’s distance of 27km. They will be joined by Kacper for the start and ending of the walk. Also Mark will be carrying out the walk in a firefighter uniform with an oxygen tank on his back.

The walk is taking place this Saturday from Perks at 9 am.

Mark is inviting everyone to join in!

You can donate to the event by visiting: Fundraiser by David Tobin : Help Kacper and his family (

Or find out more about the event at: Midleton community rallies for brave teen fighting cancer with fundraising event (

Stephanie Rainey - Musician / Presenter of the Sunday Brunch on Red FM

Stephanie chatted to Dave ahead of her show at St. Luke’s

Stephanie chatted to Dave ahead of her show in St. Luke’s. In order to prepare for the show Stephanie needed to sacrifice her ticket to see Ed Sheeran. Along with that she has a six month old toddler to look after. She also discussed how her songs connect with her on a more emotional level now because of that fact that she has a kid.

To hear more of Stephanie’s Music visit : Stephanie Rainey Music – Stephanie Rainey

Or listen to the Sunday Brunch every Sunday from 10 am -2 pm on Cork’s Red FM.

Martin Redmond - Father to Ed Sheeran's biggest fan "Charlie"

Martin on insta account dedicated to his very special son “My Champion Charlie”

Six year old Charlie is a massive fan of Ed Sheeran. However at the age of two it was thought that he may have trouble with his speech. Move forward four years and he is fully able to speak and sing.
Martin believes that from listening Ed Sheeran’s music it helped Charlie develop his speech.
Having said that, there are some songs by Ed that he is less in favour of as Charlie last year has been diagnosed with autism. Meaning that the more emotional songs can be overwhelming for him. An example would be the song “The Joker And The Queen”.

Martin is hoping that Charlie will get to meet his hero or at least get the message about Charlie to Ed.

Lets make it happen by heading over to Instagram and tagging Ed:

Joe Carey of The White Horse Guitar Club

Joe talks about the fundraising event in aid of the Irish Red Cross Ukraine Appeal

Joe talks about an event happening in Cork Opera House on Friday 13th of May,all in aid of the Irish Red Cross Ukraine Appeal. Joe and The White Horse Guitar Club will be playing along with a number of other musicians, the organising committee include Dave Gaffney and Decky Lucey of Rubyhorse who are on the bill, along with The White Horse Guitar Club, Karen Underwood, Carrigtwohill Gospel Choir and The White Horse Gospel Choir. It’s all kicking off with Citadel a choir made up of refugees living in Cork.

It’s a great opportunity for both a night out and to support a worthy cause.

Tickets are €25.

Purchase them now at:

Joe O'Leary - Artistic Director of Ballydehob Jazz Festival

Joe talks about the welcome return of Ballydehob Jazz Festival

Having organised the event virtually over the last number of years Joe and his team are delighted to welcome back the Ballydehob Jazz Festival, which takes place over the May Bank Holiday weekend. With a something to please everyone including music from Karen Underwood, a free Music Trail, The Bones of Ballydehob New Orleans Jazz Parade and Ticketed Concerts. All of which is community driven.


Get your tickets now at:Ballydehob Jazz Festival – Ballydehob, West Cork, Ireland

Author Cónal Creedon on Cork World Book Fest Events

Cónal on day 1 of the 18th Cork World Book Fest

The 18th edition of Cork World Book Fest is a celebration of new and familiar voices and of our wonderful cultural city. The events take place in Cork City Library, Triskel Arts Centre, St. Peter’s and Fitzgerald’s Park. Featuring writers the world over including Jan Carson, Jose Maria Gallego, Catherine Prasifka, Edel Coffey, Martin Veiga, Nithy Kasa, Keith Payne and more in a series of readings, workshops, translations, illustration and family friendly events during Teen Day at the library on Wednesday 21st. Angelus to Angelus! Is a 6-hour marathon – Cover to Cover – reading by Cónal Creedon of Pancho and Lefty Ride Again, a collection of award-winning short fiction from this year’s One City One Book.

For more information on World Book Fest visit: Cork World Book Fest

Sophie McCarthy - Misneach Project

Sophie chats about the Misneach Project which is based in the Kabin Studio in Knocknaheeney

Fresh from appearing on the Neil Prendeville show Sophie chats about Misneach, which is a project carried out in the Kabin Studio. They have recorded a track along with the assistance of GMC called “Pressure” it’s about Women feeling under pressure to buy into the Materialistic Lifestyle for Social Media purposes and the fact that by doing so they aren’t being true to who they really are.

Those involved in the production of Pressure were: Rosaleen, Chloe, Cara, Charmaine, Róisín, Katelynne and of course Sophie.

Cian Desmond of The Down Syndrome Centre of Ireland

Cian and his team at The Down Syndrome Centre of Ireland are looking for volunteers to take part in “Challenge 21” on June 19th

The Down Syndrome Centre Ireland are looking for your help with some much needed funding. They’re asking that you take part in challenge 21 which is a Jog, walk or Running event. It’s a distance of 21K from Haulbowline to Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
With our very own Rob Heffernan proud to be the Event ambassador.

To sign up or donate visit: Challenge 21 Tickets, Sun 19 Jun 2022 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

London-based Moncrieff chats ahead of Cyprus Avenue gig Thurs April 21st

Waterford Singer/Songwriter Moncrieff (Warm)

Moncrieff chatted with Dave from his home studio in North-West London. He also talks having his first no 1 single with Warm, co-written by Wild Youth’s Conor O ‘Donohoe.

Get your tickets for his Cyprus Avenue gig now:

Tony from Cobh band "The Burma"

Tony spoke to us ahead of The Burma’s Live performance of tracks such as “Don’t Believe Your Dreams ” which is out now

Tony spoke with Dave the other night ahead of a live performance which was streamed online. Which coincided with the release of their new track Don’t Believe Your Dreams.

The Burma is made up of Tony, Peter and Cian. They have a new album coming out towards the end of the year also.

To hear more of the bands music visit: The Burma | Irish Indie Band | Official Website | Cork, Ireland (

Frances and Maurice winners of our "First Dance" competition

The couple chat about winning 15k towards their wedding

Frances and Maurice won First Dance in association with Michelle the Jewellers, Best Menswear and Cinderella’s Closet. The track they have chose for their first dance was “I want to break free” by Queen. In doing so they have won 15k towards their wedding in Garryvoe Hotel on November 19th. All done whilst trying to arrange a mortgage with the bank.

Congrats to the happy couple!

Kevin Herlihy - Herlihy Centra Group – New Cork Business Association President

Kevin Herlihy talks about why it’s important for Cork Businesses to be represented

The types of Businesses and Organisations that Kevin and Cork Business Association will be representing include An Garda Síochána,Fáilte Ireland and Cork City Council. With the aim of getting Cork City to reach it’s true potential. On the back of the pandemic there are a number of events plan throughout the year including…
The President’s Dinner on April 23rd and Breakfast Briefings with Cork Businesses (In order to get new members).

We wish Kevin the best of luck with his tenure as President.

Liam O'Callaghan of Arctic Lights

Liam O’Callaghan talks about teaming up with Cat Dowling to release “Fade Away”

Liam O’Callaghan along with Eddie Butt of Emperor of Ice Cream are Arctic Lights. They’re after releasing a calibration with Cat Dowling. It came about after a conversation Eddie had with Cat, as well as a mutual admiration they have for each other’s music. Together they produced Fade away,which was produced in Ballycotton.
For more information about the single and to purchase it visit:  href=””

Pat Fitzpatrick ( Reggie from Blackrock Road)

Reggie will be performing Live in the Everyman Theatre on March 31st-April 16th

Reggie will be performing in the North-side located Everyman Theatre starting from March 31st.
Reggie is a character who is part of an agony aunt column Ask Audrey, who were short listed for an IMRO award.Pat is also the writer behind the other much loved characters.He discusses how the idea came about.
Preview shows are happening on March 31st and April 1st,with the main shows taking place from April 2nd – April 16th.
Get your tickets fast before it’s too late at:

Rob Hennessy - Former Red Patroller

Rob Hennessy chats about participating in series 3 of The Great House Revival

Rob, a former Red Patroller turned tech professional took part in the Great House Revival which was aired last night. It followed Rob restoring his Glenbrook Victorian House, which he purchased in 2019 as a single man and is now ready to settle down with his other half and 6 month old daughter.

To follow Rob’s journey of him building a dream home visit:
The Great House Revival (

Alan Craughwell - Sunday's Well Rebels

Alan chats about Cork’s hosting of the 2022 IMART Rugby World Cup

The IMART World Cup or The International Mixed Ability World Ruby Tournament, is for players with or without a disability. It’s an adult tournament with 28 teams participating, from 40 nations, with 4 Women’s teams and 24 Men’s teams. This year it is taking place in Cork from June 5th – 10th.


It’s a family event and all are welcome to attend.

For more information visit: Home New – International Mixed Ability Rugby Tournament (

Terry O'Hagan Cork BMX Club

Terry O’Hagan talks about Cork BMX participating in this years Paddy’s Day Parade

Cork BMX Club will be involved in this years St Patrick’s Day Parade, start time is 1pm on South Mall and MC is our very own Rob Heffernan.

The Club was established in 2015 it is a BMX Racing Club, Cork has an international standard BMX Racing Club. It’s based in Tramore Valley Park.
They are open for business again and happy to take new members.

Billy O'Callaghan - The Barrack Street Band

Billy chats of The Barrack Street Band’s involvement in this year’s Paddy’s Day Parade

The Barrack Street Band are back with a bang for their first St Patrick’s Day appearance in 3 years. The band are back practicing again since last September, they have attended a few public engagements since, including the opening of the new runway in Cork Airport as well as a number matches.

If you would like more information on being involved with the Barrack
Street Band email:

Emmo -Cork Singer/Songwriter

Musician Emmo chats about his new single -Still

Cork musician Emmo chats to Dave (be it with a crick in his neck) about his new single ‘Still’ which is out today.
He also discusses gigs he has coming up, including in Cyprus Avenue in June. As well as what other ambitions he has..
To hear more music from Emmo visit:

Dr. Lekha Margassery of the Aatma Indian Dance Troop

Dr. Lekha Margassery chats about Aatma Indian Dance Troop’s involvement in the Cork City St Patrick’s Parade

Originally from India Dr. Lekha is a microbiology student involved with Aatma dance troop, who will be participating in this year’s Paddy’s Day Parade in Cork City for this first time in the groups history. They are keen to show Indian culture through dance, with a surprise thrown in. It’s all tying with the theme of this year’s parade “Unsung Heroes”
They will be joined by the UCC Indian Alumni community.

Sophie McCarthy of The Kabin Studio

Sophie talks up the new track “No Worries” that she recorded with the help of Garry McCarthy (GMC)

Sophie along with Garry McCarthy and a team of other young Ladies decided to record the track “No Worries” which was released as part of International Women’s Day.
With the help of a grant from the St Patrick’s Day Festival who teamed up with TikTok, this enabled them to record 3 songs. As well as music videos.
Listen to their new track “No Worries” at the end of the interview with Dave.
For more information on projects being carried out at the Kabin Studio visit:

Pat McMahon - The Meelin Man who is doing a barefoot walk and performing a one-man play

Pat McMahon of Mothers First

Pat McMahon will perform his one-man play “From 13 to 31” in Meelin Parish Hall after a 9 Mile walk around Meelin in aid of “Mothers First” on International Women’s Day. Mothers First is a charity aimed at helping malnourished Children in Countries such as Africa and India.
To catch a live broadcast of the play visit:

Paudy Hourihane West Cork Singer/Songwriter

Paudy Hourihane on his new single “Cold Walk Home”

Paudy Hourihane talks up his new single Cold Walk Home. Which has a boy meets girl type of narrative behind it.

You can listen to the song at the end of the interview with Dave and check out more of Paudy’s music in the following locations: Spotify – Paudy Hourihane

Paudy Hourihane – Time Moves Slowly (Official Video) – YouTube

Marcela Whelan - Organiser of this year's Cork City St Patrick's Day Parade

Marcela chats about this year’s St Patrick’s weekend festivities in Cork

Running from March 17th – 20th this year’s St Patrick’s weekend is sure to be fun for all, with the parade as the main event. With over 40 participants taking place in this NON VIRTUAL St Patrick’s Day Parade. The theme is ordinary people in extraordinary times. The grand marshals this year are Blood Bike South.

Roos Demol of Recruit Refugees Ireland

Roos Demol of Recruit Refugees on Rethink Ireland Social Start Up Fund

The aim of Recruit Refugees is to link up Refugees with employers in order to give them the opportunity to get into the work force.

Roos explains how they help the refuges get ready for the work place.

The group is based in Cork’s Shandon Street, they do however work online and have candidates from all around the country.

For more info visit recruit: Home | Recruit Refugees Ireland

The group also benefited from the Rethink Ireland social start up fund, which will help community focused enterprises in carrying out good work around the Country. With up to 20 groups being rewarded. A side from funding you get a high level consultant helping you to build a strategic plan.

If you are interested availing of this fund visit: Freedom From Fear (

Jordan Run (Aaron O'Sullivan)

Aaron from Skibbereen band Jordan Run spoke ahead of gig at Cypress Avenue Thurs 3rd

Jordan Run (Aaron O’Sullivan) a Skibbereen native spoke to Dave ahead of him and his band’s first gig of 2022, which is happening in Cypress Avenue on Thursday March 3rd.

We also heard their new track 21, a song composed during lockdown about being away in isolation from loved ones.

To hear more of Jordan Run’s music visit: Jordan Run Official Website
Jordan Run – Home | Facebook

Rory O'Driscoll on Garnish GAA Air Ambulance Fundraiser

Rory O’Driscoll PRO of Garnish GAA Club

Garnish GAA Club in West Cork is set to hold a 24 hour event to raise funds for the club and the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The Longest Road takes place on Saturday, February 26th and will see club members and supporters running and walking around the pitch for a full 24 hours. The club is located at the western tip of the Beara Peninsula in the parish of Allihies. The Irish Community Air Ambulance was tasked to the club’s pitch last summer after a visiting player sustained injuries during a practice match. He was airlifted to Cork University Hospital.

Rory O’Driscoll is PRO of Garnish GAA Club and one of the organisers of the event, he said, “We’re a small club with approximately 40 players and came really close to folding two years ago. However, thanks to huge local effort we’ve found our feet again. The importance of the Irish Community Air Ambulance really hit home when it was tasked to our club last summer to help an injured player. We’re more than two hours from Cork University Hospital and it is a long road if you’ve suffered a head injury, a bad break or a heart attack. There is great community spirit in the area and we’re delighted to be able to give back to the Air Ambulance. We plan to have players on the pitch from the very early hours of Saturday morning until last thing that night, it also promises to be a great social event with plenty of tea, coffee and biscuits throughout.”

The Longest Road takes place on Saturday, February 26th and the club says all are welcome to join them for an hour or in their own locality. The club has set up an online donation page:
For more information about the service or to make a donation directly to the Irish Community Air Ambulance visit

Inspirational West Cork Fisherman Gerard Sheehy

Gerard Sheehy talks of the lasting impression he made on the late great DJ Andrew Weatherall

Baltimore fisherman Gerard Sheehy’s sea-going maxim ‘fail we may, go we must’ is the inspiration behind many things including the documentary “Sail We Must (A Sea Story of Andrew Weatherall and An Irish Fisherman)” find out why here…

Yasmine Krid a Psychotherapist from Algeria

Yasmine Krid is Algerian but now lives in Cork

Yasmine chats with Dave on International Day of Mother Language.
She discusses how the North African Nation of Algeria has their own variation of Arabic.
Jasmine gives us a flavour of the language telling us what she loves about Cork in English first then in Arabic.

Jerry O' Mullane - Writer/Director and Star of "Bond Delusion"

Jerry on screening of Bond Delusion at Clancy’s Bar

Gerry screens his satirical take on 007 in Clancy’s Bar, the film features an all Cork cast with the premise being a guy who THINKS he is James Bond.

Here’s the trailer to whet your appetite :

Joanna Dukkipati of Good Day Cork on International Mother Language Day Mon 21st

Joanna on Cork as a multilingual city

Joanna’s first language is English and she spoke to Dave about life growing up in Bombay (Mumbai) in India.She tells us about how important it is to acknowledge the influx of various cultures and languages in Cork, as well as the ideas that these nationality’s bring with them.

Good Day Cork have been running a multilingual event “Many Tongues of Cork” since 2019.

If you are interested finding out more about Good Day Cork and this event visit:

Rob Heffernan - Olympic Medallist and New RedFM Breakfast presenter

Rob chats about his excitement of hosting the Breakfast show on Cork’s RedFM

We are lucky to be welcoming Olympic Medallist and proud Cork man Rob Heffernan to the breakfast show weekdays from 6AM.
Rob and his daughter’s Regan and Tara popped into the studio to speak to Dave ahead of Rob’s debut on RedFM Breakfast.
You can catch Rob Live or on Podcast in the following locations:RedFM  Breakfast on Cork’s RedFM – Red FM

Sophie from Ballycotton band KUDOS

Sophie chats about KUDOS’ new single “Fragile Thoughts”

Sophie talks to Dave about Kudos’ new single Fragile thoughts which is based on a dream where you feel like you can do anything you want and a feeling of invincibility.
Then waking up to the realisation that it’s not quite that straightforward in reality.
They were also involved in an event which was held in their hometown of Ballycotton. The Ballycotton Sessions goes out this Thursday,Kudos have recorded a behind the scenes series for every episode.
The first episode is on RTE 2 this Thursday with The Academic and is presented by Louis Duffy.

Dave Whelan of Wild Youth

Dave Whelan chats about Wild Youth’s takeover of Green on Red

Dave from Wild Youth talked about Wild Youth’s takeover of Green on Red and the songs he selected for the show,the challenges of lock-down for the band who were on the rise before hand.He also discussed the gigs they have planned including a gig in Cyprus Avenue in April.

Cork singer songwriter Stephanie Rainey

Stephanie Rainey chats to us ahead of her new Sunday show on Cork’s Red FM

Stephanie chats about how she is nervous but excited at the prospect of venturing into the world of radio presenting this Sunday at 10 AM.

She discusses how she is looking forward to engaging with her listeners and picking up new skills,on top of already looking after her son Jackson.

Tune into the Sunday Brunch this Sunday on Cork’s Red FM.

Caitriona Twomey - Cork Penny Dinners

Caitriona Twomey chats about the “donate a dinner” campaign

Despite Caitriona taking a PR role there is a big crew involved in the upkeep of Penny Dinners including; a board of Trustees, Management and Volunteers. She speaks of the generosity from members of the public and organisations from Cork and further a field. Cork’s Red FM were happy to be involved with the donate a dinner campaign for the 2nd year running. This involved the public donating €7.50 (the cost of a lunch) as they couldn’t have a Christmas party this year. Also involved was insight insurance. The grand total came to 10k.

Cork Penny Dinners now have a new service centre which will open in accordance with government guidelines. Some of the facilities available in the new centre are: Recovery Meetings, Mindfulness and Wellness workshops, a cookery school and a school which teaches survival skills.

For more information about Cork Penny Dinners visit: Untitled (

Timmy Long 2 Norries Podcast on Changing The Conversation Tour

Timmy & James of 2 Norries Podcast at Opera House Sat 12th

Hosts of the hugely successful podcast “The Two Norries” bring their ‘Changing the Conversation’ Tour to Cork Opera House with special guest Pat Falvey.

Saturday 12 February 2022

Cork born Kurtis From The Band Vinci

Kurtis chats about Vinci’s new single Secret lovers

Vinci are a four piece band based in Dublin, however Kurtis was born in Cork. They built their own studio and started recording music remotely.

Their track secret lovers is one of those recordings.

For more information on Vinci visit: VINCI (

Local Legend

Cork Actor Timmy Creed on Scoil Scairte, a Hedge School as Gaeilge

Dave chats to Cork hurler and actor Timmy Creed on the resurgence of the Irish language and his involvement in an online modern day hedge school designed to reawaken your grá for our native teanga

Dr. Hugh Doran Volunteer with East Cork Rapid Response

Dr. Hugh Doran chats about the 999 challenge, collecting much needed funds for the East Cork Rapid Response

Hugh chats about some of the emergencies he responded to provide pre-hospital care, which is something he does on a voluntary basis.

They’re currently hoping to buy a new ventilator to provide more advanced care.

Healthcare is something that Hugh has inherited from his Father who carried out similar work in the 70’s.

There’s a challenge being set called the 999 challenge, which is happening to raise funds for East Cork Rapid response.

This involves spending 9 minutes in an Ice bath to raise €9,000. Which is a grand for the average number of calls East Cork Rapid Response are responding to each month.

If you would like more information about the challenge visit: East Cork Rapid Response – Home | Facebook

Cork-based French Singer Songwriter Ant 1

Former Slow Motion Heroes man Ant 1 on new solo project

Ant 1 is a French Indie musician who is now well settled in Cork and was a member of a band called Slow Motion Heroes. Now deciding to fly solo he talks up his new single “It Is Life” which is out now on Cork’s FIFA records.

To hear more of Ant’s music visit: Music | ANT-1 (

Kaia Purcell Miss Cork City

Kaia Purcell chats about her time representing Cork City at Miss Ireland

22 year old French and Spanish Graduate Kaia Purcell has been crowned Miss Cork City, and recently represented Cork in the Miss Ireland contest. As a result of the pandemic it was a longer experience for Kaia then the competition would normally run for. Starting in 2020 with Miss Cork. Then progressing to the semi- final and final of Miss Ireland.

Entries for the 2022 competition are being accepted at: Miss Ireland (
Or download the Miss Ireland App.

Singer Songwriter Paul Casey

Paul Casey talks up his new single slipstream

Under the recommendation of Christian from MAKO DC and formally Cyclefly, Dave chats to Paul who has been playing guitar since the age of 16 doing covers and since the pandemic he found the space and time to write his own material, including his new single slipstream.

For more information about Paul’s music visit:

Roz Crowley Author/Publisher Macroom: Mountain Dew

More on Ireland’s First Rock Festival

Author & publisher Roz Crowley on her book Macroom Mountain Dew, Ireland’s first outdoor music festival in Macroom in the late 70s,available at Waterstones, Nano Nagle Place on Douglas Street and online. Roz chats about how the idea for the festival came about as well as the established artists in attendance.

Hear the full chat here

Cathy and Dave - The Cinemile Podcast

Cathy and Dave talk up their award winning Cinemile Podcast

Award-winning movie podcast, where Married couple Dave and Cathy podcast their walk home from the movies. As featured in The Observer, The Guardian, Le BBC & now they are Local Legends on Dave Mac’s Drive too! for more.

Micheal O' Riordon of Farranree Community clean-up

Micheal set up an initiative to clean his local park in Farranree

Micheal was sick of bringing his kids to the local park in Farranree and looking at how much of a mess it was, as well as the hazards such as broken glass and shredded metal from Coke cans. So he put up an advert using the hashtag Civic Pride North Side and he is encouraging the public to be part of the solution rather than the problem by bringing any cleaning equipment they have to Pophams Field and helping out this Saturday from 11am.

Roz Crowley- Author of Macroom Mountain Dew

Roz Crowley’s book tells of Ireland’s first outdoor music festival in Macroom

In advance of a forthcoming Cork History Matters podcast Dave Mac here complies a sample of the conversation he had with author & publisher Roz Crowley whose book Macroom Mountain Dew, available at Waterstones, Nano Nagle Place on Douglas Street and online, tells the tale of Ireland’s first outdoor music festival in Macroom in the late 70s. The Mountain Dew festival first featured Marianne Faithful in a dome borrowed from the Rose of Tralee committee and then by Cork’s very own local hero, the international rock superstar that was Rory Gallagher. Other acts to feature include Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, The Chieftains, Paul Brady, Horslips, Paul Young, The Dubliners, and many more.

Katie Jane Cronin new host of Red Hits on RedFM

Katie Jane is back on RedFM weeknights from 7 with the hottest newest freshest music first

The Kerry native is back fresh from a festive climb up Carrauntoohil and is ready to present you with music, chat and banter weeknights from 7.