Thanks everyone for listening to my various productions during 2013.
‘This Sporting Life’ podcasts have been added to the ‘Past Productions’ section of this blog.
I recently travelled to Canada to work on a new documentary for Newstalk, which should air in the next few months. Details to follow!
My name is Ciarán Ryan and I am a Postgraduate (PhD.) student at the Department of Media and Communication Studies, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.
The focus of my research is the relationship between Irish musicians and their fans, and the role that media like fanzines and websites play in this. I am now seeking information from musicians in Dublin so they can tell their side of the story.
I will be conducting focus group discussions on Monday, December 9th, 2013 in Dublin (city centre – location TBC) with active or past members of bands from various music genres such as indie, alternative, metal, rock, electronica, etc. Each session will take approximately an hour.
There will be two focus groups:
- Group 1 – for musicians aged 35+ and/or involved in bands in the 1990’s
- Group 2 – musicians under the age of 35 and/or currently active.
No fee will be paid for participants taking part in the research, regrettably, but your contribution will shed valuable light on the role of music in Irish social life and development of music scenes/communities in Dublin.
If you would be available to partake in these groups, please just email Ciaran.email@example.com – please also indicate which group (i.e. “Group 1” or “Group 2” that you fall into) and a time preference – anytime between 4pm and 9pm. The groups will be selected at a time that suits the most participants.
You are free to withdraw, without penalty, at any time. Should you withdraw, any data that you have provided to us up to that point will be destroyed.
All information you provide us with will be kept in the strictest confidence, data will only be accessible to the researcher, supervisor, and examiners.
Mary Immaculate College is subject to the Freedom of Information Act and the research procedures will adhere to the provisions of Data Protection legislation.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or my supervisor Tony Langlois at email@example.com
Winning trophies, losing finals, training on cold winter nights, and career-threatening injuries – they all appear in This Sporting Life, a new radio series that will commence broadcasting on SPIN South West this coming Sunday, October 20th, at 11.50am.
The series of 10 programmes are produced by independent producer Ciarán Ryan for the station, and each features an in-depth profile of a sportsperson from SPIN South West’s broadcast region. The series crosses a range of sporting disciplines including GAA, soccer, tennis, boxing, rowing, rugby, etc., and includes those still very much active in their fields, along with some who have retired in more recent years. The series mixes amateurs and professionals, household names and emerging talents. Each programme is produced in a documentary-style including input from the selected sportsperson and those who have an impact on their career – family, coaches, teammates, etc.
SPIN South West is a regional music station for 15-34 year olds based in the South West of Ireland and broadcasts to Kerry, Clare, Limerick, North Tipperary and South West Laois. The station is on air since 2007 and has developed a culture of promotion of independent broadcasting and supporting radio in the region, through active participation in the BAI Sound & Vision fund. “We are delighted to be involved with a series that celebrates these amazing sportspeople,” says Nessa McGann, Programme Director with the station.
The following people will feature in This Sporting Life:
1. Sunday, October 20th: Conor Niland (Tennis)
2. Sunday, October 27th: Andy Lee (Boxing)
3. Sunday, November 3rd: Niamh O’Dea (Ladies Football & Camogie, Clare)
4. Sunday, November 10th: Sam Lynch (Rowing)
5. Sunday, November 17th: Padraic Maher (Hurling, Tipperary)
6. Sunday, November 24th: Eimear Cregan (Hockey, ex-Ireland)
7. Sunday, December 1st: Seán Lacey (Cycling)
8. Sunday, December 8th: Yvonne Tracy (Soccer, Arsenal & Ireland)
9. Sunday, December 15th: Darran O’Sullivan (Gaelic Football, Kerry)
10. Sunday, December 22nd: Mike Sherry (Rugby, Munster & Ireland)
This Sporting Life is made with the support of the Broadcast Authority Of Ireland’s Sound & Vision Scheme. The Broadcasting Funding Scheme (Sound & Vision II) was established to provide funding in support of high quality programmes on Irish culture, heritage and experience, and programmes to improve adult literacy.
On Sunday night of April 27th 1919, a general strike that had gripped Limerick for almost a fortnight was called to an end by the Strike Committee – all workers were called upon to return to work the following morning. At a time of revolution across Europe, the city had been deemed a ‘Soviet’ by trade unionists and national and international media alike, and events in Limerick made news internationally.
94 years later Limerick’s Live 95fm will broadcast a new documentary on the topic. The programme – simply entitled ‘The Limerick Soviet’ – explores the climate in which the ‘Soviet’ emerged, and chronicles the events as they unfolded. Hear the thoughts of historians and experts as they recall this fascinating story in this one-off 40 minute documentary.
‘The Limerick Soviet’ is produced by locally-based independent producer Ciarán Ryan. Ciarán has produced a number of documentaries for various stations, and this is his third production for Limerick’s Live 95fm. He previously made the documentaries ‘Friday Night Blues’ (2010), and ‘The Right Cut’ (2013) for the local station.
‘The Limerick Soviet’ airs on Saturday, April 27th, at 9.05am on Limerick’s Live 95fm, and online at www.live95fm.ie
The documentary is made with the support of the Broadcast Authority Of Ireland’s Sound & Vision Scheme. The Broadcasting Funding Scheme (Sound & Vision II) was established to provide funding in support of high quality programmes on Irish culture, heritage and experience, and programmes to improve adult literacy.
There’s been a lack of posts here recently due to a lack of time. Apologies!
Two new docs broadcast this year already – The Right Cut on Limerick’s Live 95fm, and Music In Print on RTÉ 2XM. Both can be listened to/downloaded here
Next up is another documentary for 95fm entitled The Limerick Soviet. Should be going out late April
The programme was produced by Ciarán Ryan, and was inspired by a round-table discussion that he held with several local promoters in Limerick for the now defunct [crude] magazine three years ago. Ciarán himself has put on a number of DIY gigs over the years, but was still surprised by many of the stories he encountered: “The one thing that really stood was the collective passion that all of these people had or still have for what they do. None of them make a living out of putting on gigs, and in many cases have lost money. They don’t even get to watch the bands they often put on because they have so much work to do. In a way, it’s a pretty selfless task,” remarked Ciarán.
“Doing It For Themselves” is made with the support of the Broadcast Authority Of Ireland’s Sound & Vision Scheme. The Broadcasting Funding Scheme (Sound & Vision II) was established to provide funding in support of high quality programmes on Irish culture, heritage and experience, and programmes to improve adult literacy.
Photo of Plugd Records by Marcin Lewandowski.
· Saturday, July 21st at 12pm
· Wednesday, July 25th at 6pm (Repeat)
For the past few years, the majority of discussion around independent record stores internationally has been about the death of them. A growing digital age combined with less disposable income means that the record store is obsolete in the 21st Century. Or is it?
“Independents’ Days”, a new 45-minute documentary that will air on RTÉ 2XM this July, shows how independent stores in Ireland are bucking the trend by diversifying and embracing shop-share models. Featuring contributions from those working and running stores in five Irish cities, the documentary looks at how each is dismantling the traditional record store model by teaming up with cafés, venues, bookstores, etc.
The programme will look at how each is showing resilience in a particularly stormy time economically and culturally; ‘Independents’ Days’ celebratesthese outlets while simultaneously showing a realistic picture of the life that comes with the business. As well as featuring the likes of Wing Nut, Elastic Witch, and Plugd Records, members of Melodica Deathship and the Popical Island collective give their views on the importance of independent record stores. Additionally, it looks at the pastime of record collecting, as the programme meets all kind of collectors.
“Independents’ Days” is produced by Ciarán Ryan, an independent radio producer based in Limerick. Ciarán presents ‘Inches’ on RTÉ 2XM, and reports from the mid-west for Arena on RTÉ Radio 1. He has produced a number of documentaries for numerous local, regional, and community radio stations. This is his first documentary for RTÉ 2XM.
“Independents’ Days” is made with the support of the Broadcast Authority Of Ireland’s Sound & Vision Scheme. The Broadcasting Funding Scheme (Sound & Vision II) was established to provide funding in support of high quality programmes on Irish culture, heritage and experience, and programmes to improve adult literacy.
RTÉ 2XM is one of RTÉ Radio’s digital stations. The station primarily broadcasts alternative music programming, and can be found online, on digital, and UPC Channel 944.