Radio By The Sea

The Pollock Holes, Kilkee c.
The Pollock Holes, Kilkee

I’ve spent the last two weeks in Kilkee, Co Clare  – a place rather dear to my heart.

Five generations of my family have holidayed in this place that grew from small village to a Victorian watering hole with seaside ‘lodges’. Now, as when I was young, people come to Kilkee for the great beach, cliff walks, and rock pools … as well as the hurdy-gurdies, candy floss and ice cream.

This time around, however, I was on work placement with the local community radio – Raidió Corca Basicinn –

raidio corca baiscinn

And just before I leave, I want to thank everyone for being so welcoming and for throwing me in at the deep end (HAH!).

I ended up gathering, writing and reading three news bulletins a day and also participating in the daily ‘Everything Goes’ show. And I put together a little package about writer Emily Lawless and her Wild Geese Poems that mention Clare and Corca Baiscinn.

Hell, even the Kilkee Sea Serpent raised its briny head again this week!

Kilkee serpent

You can read an article about the station manager Áinemae in this week’s Clare Champion here.

From this radiohead to Áinemae and all the radioheads of West Clare: thanks so much, lads. It’s been a great experience.




Hanging with the radioheads

radioheads - photo by Lorraine Higgins
radioheads – photo by Lorraine Higgins

Today was spent with the radioheads at Wild Atlantic Waves Radio – in The Square in Gort – doing an outside broadcast.

The craic was mighty – and here is a link to the blog about it on the WAWR website:

Me & Chris live from Gort, with Robin on the desk.
Me & Chris live from Gort, with Robin on the desk.

A wonderful day – plus a fabarooney post-show lunch at the Gallery Café on the other side of the Square.

Thanks guys! So glad I got to do this course and hang out with all of you.