NEWS UPDATE   September 2015
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NEWS UPDATE   September 2015

During the summer we were out and about across the community. Near FM also celebrated its 20th year on air with a number of special programmes, and we had a great evening in the community garden at the CDC, where we planted a tree to mark Near20. Weather wasn’t too bad, but the pizzas were great !  We tried to mark the 20 years with a number of events, and I hope you managed to get along to at least one of them. Watch out for the Education Conference in November and our annual hooley in December.
Dave O Connor
Secretary Near Media Co Op
Near Media Co-Op
Committee of Management
Vincent Teeling (Chair)          Declan (Vice Chair)
Dave O’Connor (Secretary)    Peter Cunningham (Treasurer)           
Stephen Blayds                       Andrew Robinson
Sue O’Neill                             Connie O’Reilly
Aileen Lee                              
The Committee meets once a month and is a busy working committee. All members work on a sub-committee, e.g programming, HR, Finance. Volunteers are always welcome to attend a meeting. Contact if you’re interested.

The Near Drama Company

The Near Drama Company is very busy at present.

Near FM was successful in the last round of the BAI Sound & Vision Fund in achieving support for two radio drama projects. Both plays were written by Jack Byrne.  The first project is a trilogy of environmental plays, which will be broadcast during the last week in November just before the World Climate Conference in Paris. This will be our contribution to the current live debate on environmental matters exercising many world leaders.

The second drama features the 1916 Rebellion and feature a very novel approach to that major event in Irish history. It is planned to broadcast this around Easter next year.

A new series of 'Curtain Up' commenced on 22 August and is running for 13 weeks. This programme is broadcast live on Saturday mornings between 11.30am - 12.30pm. The series concentrates on amateur performances - stage drama, radio drama, choral, musical - along with short stories, poetry and interviews.

Declan Cahill
Near Drama Company

Monthly Magazine Show
The Near TV staff have been busy producing a monthly magazine show, links to episode 5 and 6 are below but if you would like to see more please go to our website. If you have an interesting story and would like to feature on the magazine show, please get in contact with us at

Near TV Magazine show episode 6
Near TV’s Monthly Magazine Show edition 5. Features is another episode of SpaceTime, A Film Review ,coverage of the recent Greek Referendum as the people of Dublin came out in force to support the Greek people as well as an excerpt from a  Near FM session featuring Singer/Songwriter Cathryn Green.

Near TV Magazine show episode 6
Near TV’s Monthly Magazine Show, this episode features:
The final instalment of SpaceTime,  Short documentary on Kathleen Lynn at the Sean O’Casey Centre, an insightful Film panel Discussion Featuring Irish Film stalwarts Neilí Conroy & Terry McMahon& The Near FM sessions featuring Eoin Martin

Darndale Belcamp Community Arts Week
A glimpse into the colourful, educational and entertaining arts week held in Darndale Belcamp in 2014. Highlights include drumming, dancing, music, storytelling and theatre.


Science Investigators
Now that the summer holidays are over the Near TV Crew are backing travelling around to local schools producing Science investigators, a Science Educational series that was funded through the BAI Sound and Vision Scheme.

Culture Night 2015
Near TV will be joining Near FM in NCAD for Culture Night, please keep an eye on  @neartv and for the videos to follow. 

Update on You Edit EU
‘YouEditEU’ (Young Editorial Teams Europe) is one of the Erasmus+ projects we are working on this year. Since February Dorothee and Aiert have been working with 8 students from Coláiste Dhúlaigh and from the 7th to 11th October we have 6 students from Spain, Germany and Hungary visiting Near FM in Dublin where will record panel discussions and learn about the roles and skills that are needed for making community television. Our partners are Tilos Radio in Budapest, Hungary,   Spain Radio Valekas in Madrid, Spain and Radio Wüstewelle in Tübingen, Germany.  If you like further information please contact

Happy Birthday Near FM!
Near FM turned 20 last month. To mark this milestone in the history of community media in Dublin and Ireland we had a great night out in the Wiley Fox on September 11th. Performances on the night came from a very talented bunch of Near FM volunteers including Pat Farrell’s ‘Dublin Blues Cartel’, Aoife Nic Canna, Noel McGuinness, Ska Patrol DJs, Lost Radio Outpost DJ’s and Neon Room DJ’s. And a post party sing along in the bus shelter ;)


Near FM will be running a radio training course for people aged 55+. This course is a QQI Level 3 accredited course in 'Media Expression' and is aimed at people who would like to see a change in their community and want to be part of that change. It's about making radio that matters and giving people a chance to have their say.
The course will start on Wednesday, 7th October and will be held from 9.30am to 1pm every Wednesday morning for 10 weeks.
This course will facilitate participants to make great radio; engaging those listening while making a compelling case for change. It will give participants an introduction to advocacy, media and radio production and will hopefully inspire and equip participants to get involved in advocating for change on issues that matter to them, and enthuse them about the power of community media.
This course is FREE and places are limited.
As the course is starting in just a few weeks time, people who may be interested register you interest as soon as possible, and contact us here at Near FM by emailing or call Adrianne for further details and to register on (01) 5079841

Recordings in the school library of St Davids

Earlier this year Near FM did recordings in St Davids BNS for the series ‘Exploring with Tom Crean’. This educational series about the Antarctic explorer has been edited and will be broadcast from October 16th this year.
This autumn two new eclectic music programs join the Near FM schedule for Sunday, The Easy Hour presented by Ciaran Murray, 2pm – 3pm and Sunday Sounds, 5.30pm – 6.30pm. For something a little heavier join Aierte for MG Irish, a mixture of Irish and Basque heavy metal, Friday’s 6pm. The Near Drama Company return to regular programming with Curtain Up, Saturdays at 11.30am with drama, interviews, poetry and much more. Also Declan Ralph returns to Saturday’s 12.30 – 1.30 with The Week in Review

Volunteer Interview

Dave O’Connor – Classic Rock Radio, Fridays at 9.30pm
                              Near’s Golden Years, Saturdays at 8.00am
Q. What is your favorite movie?

A. The Great Escape, particularly the Steve Mc Queen motorbike scene.
Q. What was the last piece of music you remember listening to?

A. The new Strypes album, track 12, Scumbag City is a must listen.
Q. Where is the most exciting place you have visited?

A. Toronto, Canada. My wife has family there.
Q. What is your programme about?

A. 90 minutes !!  Sorry, not comedy anyway. It's just great oldies on a Saturday morning. I always feature music that has a relevance to the date so, birthdays, anniversaries, Number 1's. I also enjoy playing classic rock on the odd Friday night.

Q. Why did you first get involved with Near FM?

A. I was involved with NDCR ( the pirate community radio before Near FM) in 1985 and was presenting a youth program, got the bug for community radio, got involved with the committee, and have been with Near as it was named in 1995 ever since.
Q. Tell us about the best program you have had.

A. Getting the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar in to play classic rock was a bit of craic, he's a huge Blur fan.
Q. What's the most inspiring feedback you have received from listeners?

A. I use twitter a lot, so anytime I get feedback or retweets, that's always good

Q. What other Near FM programs do you listen to?
A. The Album Show with Pat Kearney, Pat and I are friends for over 30 years, and I've always liked the music he plays. Try to hear the Arts Show too. Generally, listen back to podcasts as well.

Q. Do you volunteer with any other organizations?  
A. Don’t have the time anymore, but I did volunteer with the ISPCC for 10 years in the 90's, and St Vincent de Paul (Sunshine House) for a few years where I met my wife.

Friends of Near is progressing well.   Lots of people have signed up and we intend that this will gradually become an important source of funding, which will make us a more robust and independent media co-op.   Support from our volunteers and community helps make us what we are. You can get more details about signing up at

Thanks to Northside People for covering our Near20 celebrations.


Radio Culture Night 2015

On Friday September 18th Near FM were at Culture Night, and for the fifth year running we brought our listeners live coverage from the event. This year’s live coverage was longer and more comprehensive than ever. Near FM broadcast from 4-9pm and with the help of our colleagues in Raidio Na Life, Dublin South FM, Phoenix FM and Liffey Sound FM, we broadcast all over Dublin City and county.

The broadcast hub for 2015 was the National College of Art and Design on Thomas Street and our content concentrated on the Liberties and Historic Quarter. Among the many organisations featured we had Dublinia, Revenue Museum, Marsh’s Library, City Hall, Dublin Food Co-op, The Lantern Centre, St Audeons Church, Telling Whiskey Distillery, Fumbally Stables, Design Hub,  St Patrick’s Cathedral, Christchurch, TOG, Lazy Bike Tours, Dublin Castle and live music from Sinead White, Barry Jay Hughes, Kate Dineen, Gráinne Hunt and Emma O’Reilly.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our hosts NCAD for having us and Culture Night and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland for their continued support for this unique broadcasting venture. We will eb back in 2016 broadcasting form a new venue and a new cultural quarter so watch this space.

You can hear some of the interviews on Near FM’s podcast website by clicking on

And keep an eye on Near TV as they will have an hour long special from Culture Night up on line soon.


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