Belfast’s Irish language community radio station Raidió Fáilte 107.1fm
is celebrating after being shortlisted for awards in two separate
categories in the annual national Irish Language Media Awards organised
by an Oireachtas 2009.
The cutting-edge current affairs show “Na Ghiollaí Deacra” presented on
Raidió Fáilte by Ciarán Dunbar, Frank (Rua) Mac Cionnaith and Tómaí Ó
Conghaile has been nominated in the category of “Best Radio Show of the
Year”. The one hour programme broadcast at 7-00 pm on Friday nights on
Belfast’s small community Irish language station Raidió Fáilte 107.1fm
is in competition in the category with programmes from major stations
including national state funded broadcasters RTE, Raidió na Gaeltachta
In addition the head of Raidió Fáilte’s News and Current Affairs
department Eoghan Ó Néill has been shortlisted in the category “Radio
Person of the Year”. Eoghan presents the Morning News show at 8-00 am
and the Lunch Time Current Affairs show at 12-00 pm on Raidió Fáilte.
Eoghan has been nominated in two other categories including the Overall
Achievement Media Award – “Buaic-Ghradam Cumarsáide”.
Raidió Fáilte’s station manager Fergus Ó hÍr has congratulated the
presenters for their excellent work. “For a small community Irish
language station on a shoestring budget working with volunteer
broadcasters to have been shortlisted in the same categories as major
national media organisations with budgets of millions and broadcasters
earning huge salaries is an amazing achievement and credit is due to all
those involved. I have often said that the standard of broadcasting on
Raidió Fáilte 107.1fm is as good and in some cases better than that
being done by the biggest stations in the country and these nominations
prove the truth of this. I know that other presenters on Raidió Fáilte
107.1fm are also worthy of awards but I suppose they couldn’t
realistically give all the awards to Raidió Fáilte!”
At the moment Raidió Fáilte is licensed only to broadcast in the Belfast
area. “It is time now that Raidió Fáilte 107.1fm was licensed and funded
properly so as to allow it to broadcast and serve the whole of the Irish
language community throughout the north of Ireland” said Mr Ó hÍr.
The winners will be announced at a major awards ceremony in Farmliegh
House in Dublin on Friday 22nd May.
Raidió Fáilte can be heard on 107.1fm in the Belfast area and on the
internet on www.raidiofailte.com