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Sean O'Callaghan on Cork County Council initiative "A Real Cork Christmas"

Supporting Cork For Christmas….here’s how

Thursday 12th sees a number of towns and villages across Cork turning on the Christmas lights, including Youghal, Kinsale and Bandon. It’s a part of Cork County Council initiative ‘A Real Cork Christmas’ designed to boost community solidarity and hope and to encourage support for local business, local enterprise and local traders.


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Composer John O'Brien on why ‘Lilith’ is like nothing you’ve ever seen before

Karen Underwood & a host of musicians take to Cork’s Opera House stage for a streamed performance of the thrilling song cycle, Lilith Saturday 14th Nov

Lilith, a cabaret-style song cycle by Éadaoin O’Donoghue (lyrics) and John O’Brien (music) and performed by Karen Underwood with Dave Whitla on bass, Fionn Ó Ceallacháin on drums, and John on piano.

“LILITH, Adam’s first wife, made of earth and clay… not rib. Written out of history, ’til now that is. She’s gonna let it all hang out and sing her side of the story. 11 new songs with influences from the worlds of soul, blues, tango, pop and classical – a gleefully irreverent, sacred, sexy take on Creation.” The original live performance of Lilith was commissioned by and premiered at Cork Midsummer Festival 2019, and supported by The Arts Council. A live recording of this beautiful work was recently released to coincide with the upcoming performance here at Cork Opera House.

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Gary McCarthy (GMC) on Cork Kids Rap About Science - From Bunsen burners to Burgers

GMCBeats Workshop at The Kabin Knocknaheeny knocks out new rap for Cork Science Festival called “Science Shapes Our Future”

A group of young people from Cork have joined forces to compose a rap song called “Science Shapes Our Future” especially for the Cork Science Festival. With the help of GMCBeats Workshops the song is all about the importance of science in the community. The music projects they are involved in across the northside are supported by Music Generation and YWI Cork.

The group consists of: Co-ordinator of the Kabin Studio, music producer and rap/songwriting workshop facilitator: Garry McCarthy (GMCBeats Workshops). Animator, videographer and co-music producer and songwriter: Sean Parnell

Performers: Sophie McCarthy, 15, Cara Cullen, 15, Luke Martin, 14, Ellen Martin, 12, Darren Stewart, 11, Coben Cullen, 9

Cork Science Festival runs until Nov 15th find out more here








Singer Song Writer Owen Rua on new single

A Graduate of Cork School of Music, Kerry man Owen Rua’s latest song is ‘Don’t Rely On Anyone Else’

Owen has supported  Declan O’Rourke in a learn from leaders live event. Hear more from Owen here


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Irish director Kieron J Walsh on his film The Racer the ‘Opening Gala’ of the 65th Cork International Film Festival

Irish director Kieron J. Walsh’s fictional film The Racer, set in the Summer of 1998 when the Tour de France passed through Ireland, is an exhilarating action film and dark comedy about a ‘domestique’ rider nearing the end of his career who makes a fateful decision to steal a chance for one last moment of glory

Author/UCC lecturer Dr. Aodh Quinlivan on the third Sinn Fein Lord Mayor elected for Cork in that historic year of 1920

Dr. Aodh Quinlivan’s book about Donal óg Callaghan Cork’s ‘Forgotten Lord Mayor ‘

Elected Lord Mayor of Cork following the death by hunger-strike of Terrance MacSwiney in Brixton Prison, Donla Og was Cork’s third Sinn Fein Lord mayor in 1920 following MacSwiney and Tomás Mac Curtain, assassinated by the RIC at his home in Blackpool.

We hear about the politics that were going on during the Civil war as side from the war of independence. After the ‘Burning of Cork’ he fled to America to spread the word of the Irish Republican movement. In 1924 he suffered an embarrassing election defeat finishing last out of the 7 candidates up for election.


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Carrignavar/Whitechurch comedian Sinéad Quinlan talks about winning her own RTE Player comedy series & being a roving reporter on ‘The Den’

Cork comedian on her online comedy series ‘Seriously Sinéad’

Sinéad has landed the gig as roving reporter on ‘The Den’ a 6-part series of the beloved show which kicks off Sunday 8th Nov. The 27 year old has only been doing stand up for a year, and after only two gigs entered a competition for stand up with the prize being a pilot episode of a show on RTE player, which she won.


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Cathy Brady Director of Irish Feature Wildfire

Wildfire screens as part of the 65th annual Cork International Film Festival

A tale of trauma set along the northern Irish border tells how the troubles have affected both the family and community concerned. However Cathy is keen to emphasize that it is a personal film rather than political. It takes a look at two sisters who grow up on the Irish border and one of them finally returns home after being missing, looking into their mother’s past they find some unhidden secrets which get overwhelming for all involved.

The film is extra special as it’s the last screen appearance of Nika McGuigan who sadly passed away since the filming of Wildfire and she shows herself to have been an absolutely huge talent.

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Cork’s Dr. Phil Kieran from RTE's - You Really Should See A Doctor.

‘Mind your Mates’ a new campaign encouraging conversation, support and good habits to help us all through.

Dr.Phil talks about the dangers of social isolation and of how social interaction was something we took for granted before it disappeared. He advises reaching out to friends and family to give and get support in equal measure either via phone or Zoom. Also key is a healthy diet and exercise to release endorphins in the body and to give yourself a good blast of feel-good dopamine too.

Yenkee (Fairhill’s Graham Cooney) ‘Life in 3 / 4 Time’

Cork singer songwriter Yenkee on featuring in BBC’s ‘Normal People’ and new single

As well as having his song ‘Cannibal Tree’ feature in the wildly successful BBC drama ‘Normal People.’ Tipped as one of Nialler 9’s favourite new acts, one to watch by Hot Press magazine, and with music influenced by the tones of such 70’s musicians as; Prince, John Martyn and ABBA, Cork’s Yenkee is on the move and on the rise.

Here we hear new track ‘Life in 3/4 Time,’ recorded between home studio in Cork and new home of London.


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Colm O'Regan Cork Comedian/Writer talks about 2nd Ann Devine novel: Handle With Care

The Witching Hour’ with Colm O’Regan Fri 30th Oct 8pm

The ‘Buy Back Time’ for Cancer Patients in Cork with Breakthrough Cancer Research campaign includes a number of free-but-donations-welcome online events across the Halloween weekend including Cork comedian/writer Colm O’Regan with Aoife Barry of The in a wide-ranging free-flowing conversation that will take in Colm’s 2nd Ann Devine novel ‘Handle With Care,’ a light hearted novel about a mother of four living in rural Ireland.

Orla Dolan CEO of Cork Charity Breakthrough Cancer Research

‘Buy Back Time’ for Cork Cancer Patients with Breakthrough Cancer Research

You know that extra hour we all gained when the clocks went back? We want you to help us put that hour to very good use. We want you to join us in the fight against cancer…basically, we need your help to ‘buy back time’ for cancer patients in Cork. Take that hour of time you got back and give it to Breakthrough Cancer Research by hosting a fun Halloween fundraising event at home or at work, donate the value of that one hour you got back or even more simply again donate 4 euro right now by texting the letters B C R to 50 300. Whatever you choose to do, stay listening to Cork’s RedFM and together we’ll help ‘buy back time’ for vital cancer research in Cork. Learn more by hearing Dave chat with CEO of the charity Orla Dorgan & feel free to join a host of fun online events over the Halloween weekend at break through cancer research dot com forward slash buy back time.

Cillian 21 year-old singer-songwriter from Ballycotton

Ballycotton singer songwriter Cillian on 2nd single “Me, Myself and I”

Cillian’s first single “In love with a friend ” debuted at number 1 in the  iTunes and Spotify charts and he’s hoping to do the same with his new one “Me,Myself and I.” Covering Cillian’s struggles with his mental health, it’s something he feels is important to open up about despite his initial hesitancy at first. But  if we don’t open up and talk, we can’t break the stigma.

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Stephen Cool talks up YouTube channel - Troubadour Distillery.

Troubadour Distillery showcasing fresh Cork musical talent weekly on YouTube

Stephen talks about how musicians need us now more than ever. He’s posted songs from 15 individual singers over 15 weeks and he thinks you should give them your time!

He encourages you to listen to real and original content. One of the artists featured is Rua Rí and you’ll hear his song ‘Rolled and Boned’.

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Clive Davis, Chairperson of Cork LGBT & Pride Festival 2020

Learn a little Cork Pride history & how to be a part of the legendary after party & parade

Clive talks about his pride in the team overcoming all the adversity that this strangest of years has thrown at them and of how it’s been a great Pride to date with still more to come including the launch of Orla Egan’s walking tour Friday 23rd from 6 here;


Red FM are proud media partners of Cork Pride & want you to join the safe socially distanced virtual After Party & Parade  “Together, Apart” Sunday 25th at 2 join the fun from the comfort of your home here

Shirley Kelleher, grand niece of Cork IRA volunteer hunger striker Joe Murphy

A call out to Cork to help commemorate Joe Murphy ‘The Boy from Pouladuff’ on the 100th Anniversary of his passing

Dying in Cork prison just hours after the passing of Cork Lord Mayor Terence MacSwiney in Brixton prison on October 25th 1920, Pouladuff rd. man Joseph Murphy is to be commemorated this Sunday in the Togher Ballyphehane area with people being asked to ‘fly the flag’ either Tri Colours, blood & bandages or Stars and stripes (Joe was originally born in the US). Also see Sunday at 8 to enjoy a documentary all about Joe titled “The boy from Pouladuff ” produced by Shirley and media graduate Emma Horgan. It will be introduced by the Lord Mayor and followed by a play titled “My Unsung Hero” written by Morris Dineen, directed by Catherine Mahon Buckley. See it on Sunday here

Fiona Clarke, Director & CEO of Cork International Film festival.

Fiona Clarke Director & CEO of Cork International Film Festival on the 65th all-digital affair.

Settle back & enjoy film content from around the world in all its various forms from the comfort of your own couch at this years 65th edition of the Cork International Film Festival Sunday November 8th – 15th. The portal to all this content and all the information re same is the “CIFF 2020” App available in all App stores. Included in the festival are 50 features and Documentaries and over 80 short films of various genres including films for families, 4 world premiers and 9 Irish films.

The Opening Gala screening Sunday 8th (although available for you all week if you purchase it) is ‘The Racer’ directed by Kieron J Walsh  an Irish fiction about two competing racers in the 1998 Tour De France the year the opening stages played out in Ireland and rolled through Cork. It packs an adrenalin-filled punch right to the finish line.

Jennifer Coughlan Mum of Alex a true Mercy Hero

Jennifer Coughlan on Mercy Heroes 2020 campaign and POONS service -Paediatric, Oncology, Outreach Nursing service.

Speaking from personal experience as a beneficiary of the service with her daughter Alex. Jennifer talks about previously needing to travel to the hospital on some occasions 5 times a week initially. However with this service for Children and Teens it puts the patient at ease in the comfort of their own home.

This year the service has carried out 655 home visits during 2019. Travelling almost 32,000 Km whilst providing support to 32 different families.

Jennifer is encouraging people to donate to their fund this year, last year the fund was just short of 100 K. Schools are also being asked to get involved by holding a dress up or dress down day.

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Singer Songwriter Ruth Brosnan

Cork singer songwriter Ruth Brosnan chats about her song ‘Toodle-oo’

After completing her BA in Popular Music at CIT Cork School of Music, where she graduated with First Class Honors in May 2018, Cork singer songwriter Ruth Brosnanset off to LA on a graduate visa to learn more about the music business. While in LA, she entered an online competition called The Great American Song Contest and was chosen as a finalist with her debut single, Good Enough,which she says was a great honour. It was also something for which she has had a lifetime of training. “I always wanted to be a performer. I did a lot of acting and singing with The Performers in the Firkin Crane with Irene Warren, I had been in The Monforts and I was in the Cork School of Dance with Sinead Murphy. I was in pantos with Bryan Flynn and I’m so delighted I got to work with him. These people were all very influential when I was growing up.”

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Eoin Nash Head of Arts and Creative Therapys with Cope Foundation Cork

Eoin Nash talks about the importance of including people with disabilities in the world of arts and culture

Eoin has been working with the arts sector for 24 years, both as an artist in his own right and working with disabled artists and musicians,

Last weekend a virtual conference was held in cork on the topic. The initiative has the backing of Conal Creedon and John Spillane, who recorded videos for the event, allowing  the public to see cork in all its glory online.He also talksabout the rights that people with these challenges have to participate in cultural life in the form of article 30. He finished by stating that there is progress being made but still a long way to go. For more information about the organisation visit;


Jack Kelleher e-bike Ambassador

Jack Kelleher e-bike ambassador on why e-bikes are the personal transport of the future right now

Originating as part of the Clon Bike Festival 9 years ago, the Clonakilty Bike Circus is a non profit workshop aimed at teaching you to build, maintain and mend your own Bikes. Jack tells Dave the story and also talks up his recent conversion to the e-bike revolution and talks about how he has become an e-bike ambassador. In his view they are the future and have already brought many people back to bikes again. He also points out that they are a lot of fun too!

Visual Artist Shane O'Driscoll

Visual Artist Shane O’Driscoll instigator of the street art initiative Árdú celebrating Cork City’s tradition in History, Resolution and Art.

A street art initiative – underway until October 31st at various locations across the City – Ardú (as Gaelige for Rise) arrives with the intention of injecting colour, vibrancy, and life into the city and aims to unite the Leeside community through art, lifting its creative energy at a time when it needs it most. The programme welcomes seven of Ireland’s most respected and renowned street artists: MASER, Shane O’Driscoll, Deirdre Breen, Peter Martin, James Earley, ACHES, and Garreth Joyce, to create works at key city-centre locations, in response to a theme inspired by the 1920 Burning of Cork, the murals will appear at Harley’s Street, Wandesford Quay, The Kino, Anglesea Street, Liberty Street, Kyle Street, and Henry Street.

Catherine Condon Distiller

Catherine Condon chemical engineer with Irish distillers in Midelton talks about their Graduate program

She talks about ‘nosing’ the whiskey to make sure the quality is acceptable. Also discussed is the various stages involved in producing the whiskey. It is a 2 year program and she is looking to recruit graduates for the distillery in Cork and in the bottling plant in Midleton. Applications are open until October 29th. To Apply now visit;

Author Dr. Gillian O'Brien

Dr Gillian O’Brien, Author of ‘The Darkness Echoing: Exploring Ireland’s Places of Famine, Death and Rebellion’

Dr Gillian O’Brien, The reader in modern Irish history at Liverpool’s John Moore’s University, has written a book where she sets out on a journey to physically explore the key locations in Ireland’s dark history including topics such as famine and rebellion. Up to 20 of the locations she visits on her journey are here in Cork.

Hilary Bow Musician and activist

Douglas musician Hilary Bow on ‘Don’t See Lines’ song & video in support of MASI – Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland

The track was recorded for MASI – Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland – a grassroots group of asylum seekers set up to campaign against direct provision and deportation. Hillary speaks about how the song examines the life of an asylum seeker travelling from the country of their birth to a new country without seeing any borders. It is something that is very close to Hillary’s heart.

Check out the video on the Red FM Facebook page.

Actor Pascal Scott

Pascal Scott talks about his journey into acting and voicing role on new RTE adult animation ‘Fantasy Ireland’

Cork actor Pascal chats about the post water shed animated comedy series ‘Fantasy Ireland’- described as a ‘twisted look at contemporary Ireland’ – created by the team behind Zig & Zag/Podge & Rodge, it debuts on RTE Two October 8th at 23.20. From Upper John Street and educated at the North Mon, Pascal spent 28 years as a guard before finally scratching the itch for acting and has never looked back since. Roles include Killnaskully and The Young Offenders film.

Irene Wallace, Cork City Fire Brigade

Cork’s only female firefighter Irene Wallace on why she loves the job

In 1995, aged 20 Irene joined Cork City Fire Brigade. Here she talks about how rewarding the job can be and how vital the fire service is to the local community. Irene is station officer in Ballyvolane and is encouraging recruitment to the fire service including more women. See more here

Eoin Prendergast Make Your Mark

Eoin Prendergast on the 8th annual ‘Make Your Mark on Cancer’ annual fundraising walk

Eoin  tells Dave about the event set up to commemorate his brother Mark who they lost to testicular cancer  back in 2012. This year’s event is virtual & you’ve got two weeks to complete a distance of 22 km – the distance of the traditional route from the viaduct to the town hall in Bandon. 350K has been raised to date for  Mercy Cancer  Care Foundation.  Donate here

Director Damien McCarthy

Director Damien McCarthy talks about his Indie Cork opening film – Caveat

Bantry born, Ballincollig living, St John’s Central College graduate talks about his Indie Cork opening film – a horror about a guy who agrees to look after a girl in a creepy house in the middle of nowhere. Find out more about the 8th Indie Cork fest at

Paul Carroll

Cork Street League organizer Paul Carroll talks up the Street League movie out now

Run to give those at risk of homelessness – and other who have faced difficult circumstances or suffer from or are in danger of marginalization – the Cork Street League runs Fridays in The Glen Sports Complex and it’s a competitive footy league that has developed a huge community connection amongst those who are a part of it. A multitude of cultures and nationalities are now involved. He also talks about the ‘Street League’ film, open in cinemas Nationwide, which is the story of the Irish team in the Homeless World Cup and features Colin Farrell.

Find out more by contacting Paul at Cork Street League on Facebook

Linda Kennedy

Linda Kennedy O’Sullivans Bar & Nottages Restaurant, Crookhaven on being on Catherine Fulvio’s Tastes Like Home Show

Linda tells Dave about her appearance on  Catherine Fulvio’s Tastes Like Home Show where she shows Catherine how to make a fish pie and Catherine then flys out to San Sebastien to cook that fish pie for Linda’s sister Fiona. See how they all get on  on RTE 1 Mon 5th October at 8.30pm.

Tadgh Hickey

Comedian Tadgh Hickey talks all things one-man show ‘In One Eye, Out The Other’

In this first solo comedy show from Tadhg Hickey, we meet Feargal, a downtrodden but cheery man who fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming an alcoholic. Ahead of two forthcoming safe & socially distanced shows at Everyman Theatre – Weds 21st & Thurs 22nd – Tadgh tells Dave all about it. See more here

Ricky Dineen

From Nun Attax & Five Go Down To The Sea, Ricky Dineen is now Big Boy Foolish

A man who was around in the earliest days of the development of an alternative rebellious youth culture in Cork, all centred around quirky bands with quirky names making quirky music (none of the bands in question would appreciate that description but it’s true) Ricky Dineen is back making music with Liam Heffernan as Big Boy Foolish. Here he talks to Dave about the days of Elvera Butler & the Downtown Kampus at The Arcadia (now apartments across from Kent station) and the recent album release marking those times 40 years ago ‘Kaught on Kampus.’

Maria Kidney

From Cobh to Kenya: One Cork Woman’s Story of Making a Difference Fighting Covid in Africa

Maria Kidney and Sligo born husband Martin Ballantyne set up the charitable organization Brighter Communities in rural Kenya in 2002 and they badly need your help to help them help vulnerable Afrocan children suffering as a result of Covid conditions. Find out more donate here

Al Dalton

Al Dalton on Notes To Cork Biz & Call Out for Content from Cork Creatives

Al chats about the ‘Poster Display’ business set up by his Grandfather in the early 90’s, taken over by Aunt Breda in 05 and then him last year. At the start of Covid he turned over some of the display spaces to positive messages – “Don’t be a langer, be kind” and a tribute to frontline staff: “Not All Heroes Wear Capes” – and wants to up the campaign again – he needs your help!

Chris Barry & Jason Adam-Hein

S2S A 35 day Ultra Run through Ireland for Mental Health Awareness

Rugby-playing college buddies (Bath, UK), Glanmire man Chris Barry and Offaly man Jason Adam-Hein have formed the group Shoulder 2 Shoulder and their first fundraising event is the Coast2Coast Ultra-Run through the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s spectacular coastal route. This amazing journey willtake them through nine of Ireland’s beautiful coastal counties, running up to 75km each day and reaching a total target of 2,500 km between them within 35 days.


A week into the challenge Chris and Jason speak about how the idea came about as well as how it has been for these ‘two non-runners’ so far. Find out more here & support if you can:

Ger Murphy

Ger from J90 on new single – Machine.

Ger talks of how much he is missing playing live gigs, of how the band are keeping creative and how the new single is a tribute to those working hard to keep the whole thing trucking along. Video of Machine by J-90 here:

Conal Creedon

Cork Culture night ambassador Conal Creedon on all things Cork Culture

Hear Conal talk up the ‘Kaught on Kampus’ album launch, celebrating an era, space and place that was the heyday for him and his mates.

Larry Tompkins

All-Ireland winning Captain of the Cork Footballers Larry Tompkins on that historic ‘Double’ year of 1990 & finally getting one over Meath.

Hear how Larry first became an honorary West Cork man hanging out with  Castlehaven lads in New York City, the intense rivalry with Meath, how this was a epic era for Cork football and why he’s happy to support the Marymount Hospice fundraiser.

Tomás Mulchy

All-Ireland Winning Hurling captain Tomás Mulchy On Doing The Double in 1990

Tomás talks about a golden year for Cork GAA 30 years ago, as well as showing his support for the ‘Wear Red For Cork’, Marymount Hospice fundraiser organised by Conor Cahalane & the senior Cork panels from that year. See more here:

Joe McCarthy

Joe McCarthy speaks about his Cycle around Ireland in aid of west cork Rapid Response.

Joe And his friend Sean Gordan set themselves the challenge to Cycle the loop of Ireland a distance of 2,500 KM,and a challenge it was..encountering two thunderstorms and a puncher on route. All in aid of DR Jason and his rapid response in west cork.For more information on how to donate visit :


Lyra speaks about her New single – New Day.

The Cork Musician speaks with Dave about what it has been like writing music during these challenging times, as well as her ambitions to give people hope through her Music. For more info: visit

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Adrian Russell author of ‘The Double: How Cork Made GAA History.

On the 30th anniversary of the day the Cork hurlers won the All-Ireland (their 27th Liam McCarthy trophy) to set up the historic ‘double,’ Cork author Adrian Russell discusses that win over Galway and sets the story for the footballers clash with Meath to come.

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Míde Houlihan chats about her new single ” Idle words” co-written with fellow Corkonian Mick Flannery.

Míde talks about how Mick’s manager Sheena Keane brought about the whole concept. She also chats about the unusual means in which the single had to be written.

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Emperor of Ice Cream bassist Graham Finn talks about their 25-years-in-the-making debut album

‘No Sound Ever Dies’ is the debut album from 90’s heroes Emperor of Ice Cream. Here Graham tells Dave about what it has been like working with old friends again and reveals the story behind the cover art and album title. Buy it on right now.

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Martin Fenton on Commemorative Fundraising Cycle for Ovarian Cancer from Cork to Dublin in honour of sister Karen.

Martin Fenton, whose sister Karen sadly lost her battle with Ovarian cancer three years ago, is cycling from their family home in  Waterfall to Howth Road in Dublin where she lived  prior to her passing. You can help with Martin’s fundraising efforts for Cork’s CUH here

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Cork Doctor Patrick Seigne on the ICU doctors, nurses and staff who aim to raise €100,000 for 4 charities affected by the Covid-19 Crisis with ICU 4 U Charity Cycle

Cork doctor & Bandon resident Patrick Seigne, a consultant intensivist at CUH, talks about a charity cycle taking place on September 3rd and 4th with frontline healthcare workers cycling to Dublin from the 4 corners of Ireland over two days. It’s in appreciation of the ongoing support of the Irish public for healthcare workers throughout the Covid19 pandemic who say they are uncomfortable being labelled ‘heroic’ and ‘frontline’ and want to turn the focus back on the patients and the supporting charities that help the most vulnerable in society, specifically Alone (older people), Breakthrough Cancer Research (new cancer treatments), Aware (mental health) and ICUsteps (ICU patient aftercare support). The team has already raised more than half of the €100k target thanks to incredible support from corporate sponsors, including lead sponsor AerCap, gold sponsors Eli Lily and BNP Paribas, silver sponsors Pfizer and Gilead, and other supporters. To support the cause go to

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John Spillane on Van Morrison in celebration of Van’s 75th Birthday

As part of  Hot Press magazines ongoing online 75th birthday tribute to ‘Van the Man’ – widely considered to be Ireland’s greatest and most influential ever songwriter, singer and performer – and one of the outstanding figures in contemporary music over the past 50-plus years- John Spillane, amongst a host of stellar contributors like Bob Geldoff, Glen Hansard, Damien Rice, Gary Lightbody and The President of Ireland himself, will all perform covers of Van Morrison classics – see them for yourself on

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Ray O’Brien from Music Zone Record Shop

Ray O’Brien from Music Zone Record Shop (formerly and soon-to-be-again Douglas Village SC but currently in Deanrock Biz park in Togher) talks to Dave about how it’s been going since the enforced move from Douglas and of how Irish artists have been taking over the charts this year such as; Cork’s Mick Flannery, The Coronas and Fontaines D.C. He also encourages fans of Scottish band Biffy Clyro to pre-order an album and earn an invite to a virtual acoustic session & Q&A with the band on Tuesday 18th August see for more.

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John Spriggs chairman of Cobh GAA and Bingo caller extraordinaire

John Spriggs chairman of Cobh GAA and Bingo caller extraordinaire, speaks about how zoom has transformed the bingo experience on ‘The Great island’, how it has been connecting Cobh ex-pats across the globe and bringing much needed fun into peoples lives too.

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“Hen Jewellery” designer Niamh Morrison

“Hen Jewellery” designer from Clonakilty, Niamh Morrison the is one of the drivers of Cork Craft Month – currently underway – which has managed to make the most of the current limitations and here she tells Dave why there are some interesting upsides to being ‘mostly digital,’ particularly for those interested in peeping behind the scenes of craft and design makers across the county of Cork. She speaks of feeling inspired by the sea and sky of nearby Inchydoney & of how working with metal makes here giddy with excitement and says that it’s only in the process that the end product reveals itself to her. Cork Craft Month: 60 masterclasses, craft trails, demonstrations, conversations and product launches, as well as virtual behind-the-scenes exhibitions, open studio tours and family-friendly activities. There is an 80% increase in online events with up to 90% of events free-of-charge. See for more.

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Ed O’ Leary one half of ‘The Good Room’ promotional team

Ed O’ Leary is one half of ‘The Good Room’ promotional team who, with compatriot Joe Kelly, helps keep Cork culture bubbling along nicely with the always-interesting gigs we’ve enjoyed ‘Live at St. Luke’s’ and at It Takes A Village Festival in Trabolgan, here speaks about bringing live music back – safely – to Kino on Washington Street.

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Paddy Slattery award winning writer/director/producer

Paddy Slattery is an award winning writer/director/producer from Offaly and here speaks with Dave about his first full length feature, the crime thriller “Broken law.” Starring Tristan Heanue, John Connors and Gemma-Leah Devereux, the film tells the story of two brothers: Joe, who just got out of prison, and Dave, who is a garda. Joe soon gets roped into a bank robbery, but encounters his brother during the raid. The movie turns into an electrifying thriller, full of gangsters and guns, and Dave must decide whether he values the law or his brother more.

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Johnnie Smacks of The 2 Johnnies

He may be from Tipp but Johnnie Smacks of The 2 Johnnies agrees with all in Cork that keeping ‘the cats in the bag’ is the ideal Summer scenario, this and more as he talks up their new single ‘Dancing in My Kitchen’ – a singalong ode to the joys of warm cans, chicken skewers and having the gang around to yours that they showcase on RedFM’s Heroes Aid Live – for more go here

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Dancer James Berkery

Cork’s Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa dance graduate James Berkery from Nenagh in Tipp talks about his Tik Tok smash “The Magic Gang” a video he filmed with 18 dancers on Zoom during lockdown and about his BAFTA Nomination.

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Extreme Running Challenge – Georgie Goff

West Cork boxer Georgie Goff & best pal Marko Pejić have come up with a madcap adventure that’s raising money for a very worthy cause. The two lads plan to run home from The Viaduct on the Bandon rd all the way to Glengarrif this coming Saturday August 1st – that’s two and a half marathons lads!! All in aid of Cancer Connect (transport to Cork Hospitals). There will be a number of collection points on route or donate here

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Drummer Christian Best

Session Drummer for Mick Flannery Christian Best Speaks about the live gig that was recorded for the “Alive at Cork Opera house” album release with all funds from the album sales going to Mick’s touring crew and those working behind the scenes. Album is out now.

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Cork Musician Mick Flannery

Cork Musician Mick Flannery speaks about his 7th album release ” Alive in Cork Opera House” raising funds for his band and crew.

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Local Ledge Steff OntheQT Red Travel

Stephanie Lynch of talks about the new staycation focused series of Red Travel videos where she goes as Glamping on the grounds of Slane Castle, Wakeboarding at Ballyhass lakes, Mallow, checks out the Clock Tower at Youghal and heads across Cork Harbour to sample the delights of the Spike Island Tour. Check Red FM’s Facebook page for regular Red Travel video posts and find them all here in the video section of

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The Coronas Conor Egan

Conor from The Coronas speaks ahead of the release of the bands 6th studio album “True Love Waits” on Friday July 31st and reveals one of the two records he has chosen to talk about at the special pre-album launch event ‘Red Talks Records’ hosted by Dave Mac following his live show at The Vinyl Lounge in Golden Discs on Patrick Street on Thursday 30th. This event will be filmed in front of a small socially distanced audience of lucky invitee winners and you can win your way on Dave Mac’s Drive each and every day up to the event itself.

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Emperor of Ice Cream’s Eddie Butt

Eddie Butt of Cork’s 90s Indie-Rock heroes Emperor of Ice Cream talks up the bands 2nd single, “Everyone Looks So Fine” and reflects on the bands history, recent & long-overdue revival, forthcoming debut album and why the fan shot video is so special for him.

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Cork City FC Family Enclosure’s John Kennedy

John speaks about Cork City FC’s annual “Liam Miller Memorial 5K Run” Sunday 26th of July, a key fundraiser for Marymount Hospice, Cork City academies and a way to keep the memory of one of Cork’s finest sons and finest soccer players alive and kicking. Walk, Jog or Run from wherever you are in the world this year on

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Norma Sheehan Playwright

Actress, comedian, voice over artist, Ireland’s Fittest Family winner and all-round good egg Norma Sheehan is spearheading a campaign to raise €50,000 for Arc House. In a fundraising initiative called Arc2Arc, email to find out more.

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Chatty Boo Productions Angela Newman

Angela Newman Talks arts and crafts and her Project “Chatty Boo” which posts out packs to kids once a month. For more information visit Make and Do with Chatty 2 on Facebook.