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HAPPY 19th Birthday to Near Media Coop which celebrated its anniversary on 25 August 2014!!!
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A Letter From The Secretary

Another warm summer comes to an end. As ever, NEAR didn't sit indoors but rather got out and about across our community. NearFM brought community radio to many community events in North East Dublin, which generated lots of publicity and hopefully encouraged new volunteers to join our co-op. If you have time, check out Telling Our Own Story on our podcast site. It's a celebration of 30 years of Near Media Co-op. And for a great example of NearTV, take time out to have a look at One Question. Log on to to check out both of these.

Welcome back to those of you who took a break over the summer, and welcome to all our new volunteers. Hope you are enjoying the near experience.

Dave O'Connor
Near Media Co-operative
A Reminder  from The Committee of Management
The Near Media Co-op seeks to approach current issues in a non-confrontational manner and there a wide range of opinions on every topic. No one topic is absolutely black and white. A broadcasting issue which is emerging with increasing regularity is that of fairness and balance in respect of commentary on issues of public debate. For guidance on this issue, please see this attachment

Remembering Noel Quigley

Noel Quigley

Near Media Co-op regrets to announce the death of Noel Quigley, Near FM Volunteer and presenter of the senior citizens programme. We would like to express our deepest sympathies with his family and friends at this time. Noel Quigley volunteered with Austin McCoy on the senior citizens programme and was an active shareholder. He passed away in early August and will be missed by all. Thank him and value him for his contributions and active engagement with Near Media Co-operative.

Near Media Co-operative News

Thank you and farewell

Near FM has said hello and goodbye to a number of interns this summer. Thank you to Lisa Will, Stella Gebauer, Shane O’Neill, Grainne Kelly and Yasmina Tawil.

And a very special goodbye and good luck to Ray Burke who has left Near FM and Dublin to take up his new position as station manager of Wired FM in Limerick and Lidija Radicic who presented the last episode of “Balkan Beatz” this month.

 Europe on Air (March - July 2014)

The Europe on Air series looked at Ireland and the impact of the EU in relation to a wide variety of topics.  In the twenty half-hour programmes the guests discussed issues which included EU citizenship, migration, food production, the Irish fishing industry, education, mental health, mass media, religion, environmental matters, the economic crisis, gender and sexuality, Irish language, culture and history.  Because it dealt with such a wide variety of topics and it went outside the usual pool of NEAR FM contacts, this was a challenging and stimulating series to produce.  
It is difficult to highlight any particular programme from the series as each was unique and special in its own way.  However, one example is the programme which looked at the changing face of religion in Ireland.  This brought together guests from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths and there was a fascinating discussion on Ireland and Irish traditions from the perspective of each different faith, both from the point of view of growing up in Ireland and in the context of the present day.

Volunteer Interview: Joe Byrne

What is your favorite book?
Beauty and Atrocity by Joshua Levine

What was the last piece of music you remember listening to?
Your Mother And Mine
Where is the most exciting place you have visited?
Cape Town, South Africa

Tell us about the best program you have had. 
I like to think that all the programs I did were the best, but sometimes I can leave the station knowing I could have done better. To be honest I will say the 2nd program I did under the watchful eye of Philip McGibney. I got to present the second half of the show, a tribute to Philip Lynott on his birthday. It was a dream come through, went home, had a tear. Magic.

What's the most inspiring feedback you have received from listeners? 
You’re not bad, like your music.
Do you volunteer with any other organisation?
No. Only to do house work.
Joe presents “Off the Shelf” alternate Saturdays 9.30 a.m. – 10.30 a.m.
Near FM Programme Schedule
Northside Today
Northside Today returns this September weekdays 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. A big thank you to everyone who presented Northside Light over August.

Radio Dublino
Those Italian speakers amongst you may have noticed that our weekly Italian language programme “Radio Dublino” took a break over August. It returns this autumn Wednesdays at 9.30 – 10.30.

The Week in Review
Also back after August is Declan Ralph on “The Week in Review” every Saturday 12.30 p.m. – 1.30 p.m. which means of course that Alan Weldon’s “Independent Summer” which has been broadcasting in that slot during the summer comes to an end.

Ar Muin na Muice
Welcome back to Darren Prior who has returned to present “Ar Muin na Muice” every Wednesday at 5.30 p.m.

Radio Latina Dublin Norte
Starting in October, Hector Pastor will present a weekly programme on Latin culture and heritage, Wednesdays 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
What Matters
In-depth analysis of topical issues including social injustice, health and welfare issues relating to North Dublin, starting on September 17th biweekly, presented by Ger Leddin at 3.30pm.
Live Drama
October 15th the Near Drama Company will produce its first ever live radio play “A Woman, a Dog and a Walnut tree” from 7.30 p.m.
Sunday Night Live
Join Karl Dawson every Sunday night from 10 p.m. for music and chat.

Near TV

Family Fun Festival in Darndale is up on the Near TV Website. Or you can view it on YouTube here.

Change Community Garden Video can be viewed here.

A series of VOX Pops in Colaiste Dhulaigh around the election time can be seen here.

Rock the Park



Dublin City Council and Near FM are proud to present Rock the Park, a day of live music featuring some of Northside Dublin's best bands in Fr Collins Park, Clongriffin on Saturday, September 13th 2014 from 2 p.m. The bands playing on the day represent the up and coming and stalwarts of the Dublin music scene and also display the dizzying array of quality original music being made by local artists across many genres. Come down on the day to hear Indie, Folk/Trad, Ska/Reggae, and alternative rock music. The lineup is as follows:

  • The North Sea (2 p.m.)
  • The Rattling Kind (3 p.m.)
  • The Bionic Rats (4 p.m.)
  • LIR (5 p.m.)

Stay tuned to Near FM for more details. See you in Fr. Collins Park, Clongriffin, Saturday Sept 13th 2014 from 2pm!


Outside with Near

As part of Heritage Week, Near FM will broadcast LIVE from Santry Community Garden August 30th 2014 12.30-3.30 p.m. Noel McGuinness and Leslie Murphy will present the 3 hour special as part of OUTSIDE WITH NEAR, with interviews from many of the volunteers and local organisations.

Pop down and say hello and check out the many wonderful things on offer!

Our previous 'Outside with Near' Broadcast took place at the Rose Festival at St Anne's Park in Raheny. You can listen to the live interviews here.

Radio Culture Night 2014
Culture Night 2014: The special broadcasts will take place from BLOCK T in Smithfield on Friday, September 19th 5-9 p.m. The broadcast will go live by on Near FM, Dublin South FM, Phoenix FM, West Dublin Access Radio and Raidio Na Life.

This year we will be concentrating on the Heuston/Museum quarter.

The programmes will feature artists, musicians, actors, writers and museum and gallery curators to showcase the best of what Culture Night has to offer. As well as live studio content, there will be pre-recorded segments and live music. We will also broadcast As Gaeilge between 7-8 p.m.
The Radio broadcast will be available on Near FM 90.3, Dublin South FM 93.9, West Dublin Access Radio 96 FM, Phoenix 92.5 FM and Raidio Na Life 106.4 FM. You can also listen online at,,,,  and
For more information on Culture Night please visit
Northside Services Day in the Civic Centre
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