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.
Sounds Of The Summer – New Series Starts on SPIN South West July 9th
Close your eyes, and imagine the following sounds: waves crashing at Lahinch; the clash of the ash in Thurles; the sizzle of a barbeque; silage cutting; horses racing in Dingle.
All have something in common – they form part of a new series of soundscapes that will be broadcast exclusively on SPIN South West over eight weeks in July and August, kicking off on July 9th at 2pm. The series is the brainchild of independent producer Ciarán Ryan, who wanted to design an auditory project that was evocative of summer life in the South-West of Ireland, encompassing cultural and sporting events, summer holiday sounds, and the natural surroundings of the region. The series will see him traverse the region over the summer visiting various locations where he will gather these pieces.
“Sounds Of The Summer” is an innovative and participatory series that invites listeners of SPIN South West to think about the sounds that surround their daily lives this summer and recommend them for broadcast. Each weekday at 2pm, a two-minute soundscape will be broadcast during the SPIN Talk programme; it is envisaged that many of these will be suggested by listeners of the programme.
“Sounds Of The Summer” 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.
SPIN South West sets out to prove that the South West contains some of Ireland’s most creative individuals, with a new arts/culture series “Smart Arts” that starts this coming Friday, June 29th. Over five consecutive Fridays, everything from knitwear design to literature to film-making and design, to rock and pop stardom will all be covered in this profiling series.
The series kicks off with the internationally-renowned knitwear designer Tim Ryan. Tim is a native of Puckane, Co. Tipperary and “Smart Arts” traveled to his current base of London to see him at work, and find out more about his designs who have been worn by the likes of Kate Moss, Sienna Miller and Nicole Roberts to name but a few. July 6th focuses on the work of West Limerick’s very own master of horror, Darren Shan, who has sold over twenty million books and counting! The most successful band to ever come out of Limerick is undoubtedly The Cranberries and guitarist Noel Hogan speaks to SPIN on July 13th. Ever wonder who was beyond the album cover for DJ Shadow’s seminal hip-hop record Entroducing? None other than Limerick’s Brian Cross, aka B+, who has spent the past two decades in LA, writing, filming, photographing, and djing, and is featured on the July 20th edition of “Smart Arts”. The final programme in the series (July 27th) profiles Thurles pop starlet Una Healy from The Saturdays.
Smarts Arts goes out from 2.15-2.35pm on Fridays from June 29th to July 27th, and was produced by Ciarán Ryan. Ciarán has produced documentaries on a wide range of topics for various regional, local, and community radio stations, and also reports on arts happenings in the mid-west for RTÉ Radio 1′s Arena Programme. Additionally, he presents music programming for RTÉ 2XM and 2FM, and is currently studying for a research MA in Media Studies at Mary Immaculate College. It was 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.
It’s Saturday morning and SPIN South West is going to the Milk Market in Limerick! As part of the BAI (Broadcast Authority of Ireland) Funding scheme, Sound & Vision, SPIN South West are broadcasting a documentary on the phenomenon of the Limerick Milk Market. “Market Mornings”, produced by Ciarán Ryan, will air this coming Saturday (May 26th) at 1.45pm, and will be repeated on the June Bank Holiday Monday at the same time.
The programme is designed to feel like an auditory trip around the market – without narration, the programme tells the story of the market in the words of the market traders and customers to the tune of the bustle and atmosphere of a Saturday morning in Limerick City. The programme presents the experience of a walk through one of Limerick’s newest landmarks. The programme is not a historical look at the market, instead it focuses very much on the now.
Traders from across the South West appear, showcasing the variety of activities that take place there, including the likes of Tommy Ryan of Ponaire Coffee, Kerry-based food artisan Olivier Beaujouan, Ruth Crean of Nice Day Designs, and many more. They share the stories of their crafts and businesses, giving insights into their relationship with the Market.
Ciarán Ryan said of the documentary:” “It was a really interesting piece to work on. Seeing how early market traders and staff set up, to overlooking how days progress – from near silence to a cacophony of sounds in the matter of hours. Capturing the perspectives of those who interact with the market was fascinating, and I am particularly grateful to those who cooperated in the production of the programme.”
Programme Director, SPIN South West, Nessa McGann: “SPIN South West are delighted to be participating in the Sound & Vision scheme. It’s a great way to celebrate regional life and a very positive image of Limerick. Everyone loves the market and it’s great to broadcast a programme about such a well loved aspect of life in the city – we encourage everyone to listen to the programme, and visit the market!”
The programme was made with the support of the Broadcasting 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.