The Near Media Co-op December Newsletter

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A Letter From The Secretary

Around this time of the year we tend to reflect and plan. Near is no different. 2014 was a good year all around. Near Media Co-op remained at the forefront of the community media landscape in Ireland, and on the international stage. Staff and volunteers represented Near at numerous events, meetings, committees and engaged with countless local, national, and international media, and community partners. Across Radio, TV and IT we produced many hours of quality broadcasting and training. We were once again, fortunate to have the support of the City of Dublin Education & Training Board, Department of Social Protection, and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. Looking forward to 2015, and Near FM will celebrate 20 years on air. I met two volunteers recently, who have been with Near FM since those early days in the Coolock Development Centre. In fact one of them is with us since the old days of NDCR, but that's another chapter. It struck me, that there are many 'old timers' (myself included) many who have given up their voluntary time every week to Near Media Co-op. And, that is the success of our co-op. It is simply the dedication and commitment of like minded people. We may not always get on, and we may sometimes need to agree to disagree, and sometimes we may have a parting of the ways. Maybe, that's democracy in action. But for now, on behalf of the Committee of Management, thank you for your contribution to Near this year, and let's look forward to 2015.

Dave O'Connor
Near Media Co-operative

Near Media Co-op Holiday Party

You're very welcome

to attend Near Media

Co-op's Holiday Party

which is being held

on 6th December at

Parnell’s GAA Club,

Coolock. Pre-Dinner

drinks at 7 p.m. with

Dinner at 8 p.m. If you

have not received

your invitation, please



Near Media Co-operative News

People at Near Media Co-op

Over October/November Near FM Volunteer Training has taken place with 18 people participating—welcome to Near Media Co-op! We are looking forward to hearing new voices on air.

A big welcome to Paul O’Rourke who has joined the Lifeline team and to Joseph Collins who has joined Near FM. You can hear Paul every Tuesday at 9.30 a.m.

A big thank you to Tina Murphy and Paula Wiseman who have left Community Employment, Paula will remain as a Volunteer on “Cover to Cover.” Also thank you to Rhona Coughlan who leaves us as presenter of “Perceptions”.

Congratulations to Thomas Wybrnowski and Kasia Sudak! ‘Polska Tygodniowka’ has its 400th broadcast on December 10th 2014! ‘Polska Tygodniowka’ is Near FM’s Polish programme going out Wednesdays from 7.00 – 8.30 p.m.

Near TV would like to welcome Kelly Ann Conneely, Eoin McDonnell and Lee Kearns we hope they will enjoy their time with Near TV.

We are sorry to say goodbye to Keith Diaz who has worked with Near TV over the last year and look forward to continue to work with him as a volunteer.

We would also like to say a special goodbye to Edd Kealy who has been working with both Near TV and Near FM for a number or years we wish him all the best in his travels.

Near TV

Currently in production

Community Gardens on the Northside.

Sean O’Casey: 50 years after the death of Sean O’Casey his works are being produced by local community groups in the Dublin docklands where he spent most of his life. This short documentary will capture some of the works that are being produced by the local community.

In-post production
Clontarf 2014 The Vikings is a one hour Documentary on the Millennium Celebrations of the Battle of Clontarf. It will be released in early 2016.

Darndale Belcamp Arts week, short video on events that took place.


New Initiatives

You Edit EU
In 2015 and 2016 we will be working on a new Erasmus+ funded project called ‘YouEdit EU’ (Young Editorial Teams Europe). The project will involve training and production of programmes with young adults aged between 20 and 26. This is a joint partnership project in conjunction with community radio stations in Hungary (Tilos Radioin Budapest), Spain (Radio Valekas in Madrid) and Germany (Radio Wuestewelle in Tuebingen). Each station will develop editorial teams to report current affairs programming with a focus on European youth unemployment. If you like further information please contact or

S.M.A.R.T Radio Training
Near FM, as part of the S.M.A.R.T Radio Training project are currently undertaking radio training for the visually impaired in partnership with the National Council for the Blind Ireland. The training takes place on December 4th and 11th in Near FM with more training planned for the new year. Studio 3 has undergone some adaptations over the last few months to allow visually impaired trainees to learn how to use the desk and produce their own programmes. As well as studio operation, the training will also include modules on community radio, research/interviewing, production practices, portable recorders and media literacy. More information on the S.M.A.R.T Radio Training project can be found at

Near Archive
Near Media Co-Op have been awarded funding from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland to create an archive of Northside Today programming 2009-2013. The archive will be built through a dedicated website with expert input from the Digital Repository of Ireland ( and made accessible to the general public in partnership with Dublin City Libraries and Archive. The project will run for 18 months and will begin in the new year. For more information contact

Establishment of 8 Associative Radio Channels
The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) welcomes the decision of the Independent High Authority for Audiovisual Communication (HAICA) to give eight new licenses for the establishment and operation of associative radio channels. "This is a historic day not only for Tunisia but for all the states of North Africa and the Middle East," commented Francesco Diasio, Secretary General of AMARC, following the decision of the HAICA. "This decision of the Council of HAICA places Tunisia as frontrunner in the Arab states in terms of audiovisual regulations. It is a laboratory of democracy that must be defended and proposed as a model throughout the region", continues Mr. Diasio.
The eight community stations are Radio Campus (Grand Tunis, in French), Média Libre FM

(Grand Tunis), Djerid FM (Tozeur), Radio Nefzawa FM (Kebili), Houna al Gasserine (Kasserine), K FM (Kasserine), Radio Regueb (Regueb) and Dream FM (Kairouan). "This is the result of efforts put in place in the three years that followed the revolutions of 2011 - says Emmanuel Boutterin, Deputy President of AMARC and head of the Middle East and North Africa region - not only from AMARC, but also all other stakeholders, international institutions, non-governmental organizations and civil society in Tunisia who participated in this effort. In particular, we welcome and appreciate the HAICA which has always been open to dialogue with other stakeholders and has demonstrated its independence with a courageous decision that will make history in the region."

Counting radios that already had a community license and the granting of these licenses, Tunisia now has a network of 10 associative radios with an FM license and numerous projects developing online. It is the only North African country with a radio landscape open to civil society.


Near FM Programme Schedule


Near FM goes Latino

On 15 October 2014, Radio Latina landed a weekly show onNear FM which is c o-presented by Claire Doyle and Hector Pastor. Radio Latina is a magazine-type show which features interviews in English and Spanish, and it's main goal is to bring the Spanish-speaking community living in Dublin closer together with Northside locals and vice versa so that there is better cultural understanding between the two communities. Check out our podcasts at Also, Radio Latina is always looking for volunteers, so if you speak Spanish or you have a genuine interest in Latino and Spanish culture, please contact the team at Hasta la vista baby! Stay Latino Dublin!


Welcome to our new programme ‘Writers Block’ which goes out fortnightly in turns with ‘Cover to Cover’ which broadcast Fridays 3.30 – 4.30 p.m.

“Curtain Up” Christmas Special: The Near Drama Company presents their special 1 hour mix of drama and poetry on December 17th between 8.30 p.m. and 9.30 p.m.


The Buzz
A new program presented by Jamie Jay Carney who had previously presented Lunchtime Miscellany, a mixture of interviews, music and chat every Monday at 4.30 p.m.


Coming in the New Year
Two new presenters Aaron and Alison will join “Perceptions” (Tuesdays at 3.30 p.m.) our disability awareness program. Perceptions will also alternate with a brand new program “Arts and Disability Radio” presented by Pádraig Naughton starting on January 6th.

Local Club Football History
In this series, Dave Hooper explores the history of 3 local Dublin football clubs who have all had recent success. Local Club Football History brings you on a historical journey of three of Northside Dublin’s most recognisable football clubs. The series captures the essence and community spirit which upon the clubs were founded, and recounts the triumph and adversity each club has tasted. Told through the voices of the key men and women in each club, Local Club Football history is about real football people and football fans. Made with the support of the BAI Sound and Vision scheme.

An Irish Sanctuary
The History and natural history of the North Bull Island produced by Edd Kealy. The History and Natural History of the North Bull Island is a 3-part series which looks at the fascinating history and natural history of the North Bull Island, home to over 1100 species of organisms including plants, insects, birds and mammals. In winter the island holds more than 35,000 wildfowl including internationally significant numbers of the iconic Brent Goose. It also plays host to thousands of human visitors each year who come to take in the rugged beauty of the island or use it for activities ranging from swimming and golf to kite-surfing and bird watching. Join producer and presenter Edd Kealy as he takes us on a journey of discovery in this fascinating natural history series. Made with the support of the BAI Sound and Vision scheme.


Upcoming Outside Broadcasts
On Friday, December 12th there will be a live outdoor broadcast from Suaimhneas clubhouse. Suaimhneas are hosting a coffee/drop in morning. Debbie McMahon will present a special Lifeline Programme from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

On Sunday, December 14th at 4 p.m. there will be a recording of annual service of Carols (old & new) & Stories by Candlelight in St Doulagh’s Church. This recording will be played over the Christmas period.

If you like to organise a programme to go live from outside the studios please get in touch with We love hearing about new ideas and places to broadcast from.

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