Newstalk starts series on women in technology and science

Jess Kelly

Newstalk has launched a new six-part series called Full Steam presented by Jess Kelly.

The new series, which started over the weekend, features hour-long interviews with the most influential women in technology and science in Ireland.

‘Full STEAM’ will cover topics in science, technology, engineering, arts and maths with Jess Kelly set to speak to a number of guests over the coming weeks including Cathriona Hallahan (Microsoft Ireland), Helen Dixon (Data Protection Commissioner), Amanda Roche Kelly (, Aisling Hassell (AirBnB) and Cliona O’Farrelly (Trinity College Dublin).

Anne O’Leary, CEO, Vodafone Ireland featured in the first episode of the series. She discussed ditching her femininity at the beginning of her career to fit in, what the loss of her mother taught her about being a leader and why gender equality in the workplace makes perfect business sense.

Patricia Monahan, Managing Director of Newstalk, said: “We are delighted to bring this podcast series to our listeners that shares the stories of incredible women working in technology in Ireland and to shine a light on the work they do and how they do it”.

Workhuman is official sponsor. Speaking about the new sponsorship, Niamh Graham, Vice President of Global HR at Workhuman said: “As a leading tech employer in Ireland, we know first-hand the importance of creating more diverse and inclusive workplaces and that is why we are delighted to partner with Newstalk on this important series”.

‘Full STEAM’ will broadcast on Saturdays at 7pm and repeated on Sunday nights at 8pm. A podcast will be available to download and the full video interview online.

Jess Kelly is Newstalk’s Technology Correspondent and hosts her own show ‘Tech Talk’ on Sundays at 7pm.

An Irish promise

I’m flying back to Ireland
Though it was not where I was born.
I’ll be arriving in Ireland
While the sun rises in the morn.

And I’ll not be sight seeing
As so many tourist do,
I promised my wife, Jeannie,
When in Ireland, this I’d do.

I’m taking her to scenery
She never again will see.
Like its many shades of green
Ireland’s known for sea to sea.

When I’ve found the very place
About she loved Ireland the best,
My hands will release her ashes
And let the wind do the rest.

–Michael J Smajda

Changes at 2FM as Nicky Byrne and Jenny Greene depart

Jennifer Zamparelli, currently part of the Breakfast Republic show, is to replace Nicky Byrne and Jenny Greene on the mid-morning show at 2FM.

The programme will air in a slightly different time slot, weekdays from 10am – 1pm.

Jen joined Breakfast Republic with her co-presenters, Bernard O’Shea and Keith Walsh, in 2014 and was announced as the brand-new presenter of the 3rd series of Dancing with the Stars along with Nicky Byrne in 2018.

Commenting on her new role, Jennifer Zamparelli said: “I’m delighted to have this opportunity and even though I’ll miss my pals on Breakfast Republic I will still be popping in to distract them and sabotage their show on a daily basis. I may not be on the breakfast show anymore but the deal is I still have to get them coffee every morning. Thrilled for the opportunity, thrilled to do something different and thrilled to be getting up slightly later then stupid o clock every morning.”

Head of RTÉ 2FM, Dan Healy said: “Jen Zamparelli has been an integral part of the 2FM changing schedule and is now ready to spread her own wings and move into her own space. I believe Jen will appeal to young audiences as she has that instant likeability and humour. Our audiences have reacted in an overwhelming positive way towards her.”

Nicky Byrne is leaving 2FM after five years on the daily show and returning to Westlife, whilst Jenny Greene has decided to leave the station. Jenny will perform as part of the previously scheduled RTÉ Concert Orchestra gigs this summer.

Dan Healy added: “Nicky and Jenny have been a massive part of 2FM over the past 5 years and have been an important part of changing the 2FM brand to what it is today and I would like to thank them both for delivering 5 years of great radio. I wish Nicky the best as he returns to a worldwide tour with Westlife and Jenny the best in her future endeavours.”

From Baldoyle on Dublin’s north side, Jennifer Zamparelli became one of just 12 Apprentices chosen from 20,000 applicants desperate to get into Alan Sugar’s boardroom back in 2007. She returned to television in RTÉ’s reality series Fáilte Towers and then in 2015, she presented ‘unemployables’ a show devised and created by Jen and Darren Kennedy to get people back to work. Jen was a constant on the hilariously satirical Republic of Telly show. She then went on to write and co-star in RTÉ’s comedy hit show – Bridget & Eamon. also aired on UK Gold and Amazon Prime. In 2015, she married stunt co-ordinator Lauterio Zamparelli and together they have daughter Florence and son Enzo.

Jen Zamparelli’s show will commence on June 10th 2019.

Christmas FM returns to raise even more funds

Christmas FM returns to the airwaves this week to raise awareness and funds for its charity partner Temple Street Children’s Hospital.

The station launches on a number of platforms and frequencies at 1pm today, Wednesday 28th November, once again from the Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin which gives the space for free.

Christmas FM is funded through sponsorship and run each year by more than 100 volunteers on-air, devoting hundreds of hours of their time. Cadbury, Coca Cola and Dunnes Stores are on-board as premier FM sponsors.

Brian O Driscoll, Ambassador for Temple Street, says funds will help buy new ventilators and incubators for critically sick children. The radio station’s goal is to raise over €200,000 which will go towards giving the gift of life to over 1,000 critically ill babies and children in Temple Street.

Funds raised will be used to purchase new state-of-the-art incubators and ventilators, helping to ensure that sick children have access to the very best pediatric equipment when they need it most.

Garvan Rigby, co-founder of Christmas FM, says: “We are delighted to bring Christmas FM back on-air for our eleventh year. We are beyond delighted to have reached this point and want to thank each and every one of our listeners who have supported us on our journey and in turn, supported each of our chosen charities.

“We would like to thank Dunnes Stores, Coca-Cola, and Cadbury who have come on board as sponsors for 2018. We’re really looking forward to getting on-air and beginning our fundraising so we can help provide the very best medical equipment this Christmas to many deserving children.”

Brian said: I would like to thank everyone at Christmas FM for choosing Temple Street Children’s Hospital as its beneficiary this year. All funds raised will buy much-needed new ventilators and incubators that will help doctors and nurses care for the young patients at the hospital. I hope that Christmas FM listeners all across the country will get involved this December and help make this vital new equipment a reality for children who need it most at Temple Street.”

The main radio frequencies for Christmas FM are Dublin City and County 105.2FM, Cork 106.7FM, Galway 87.7FM, Kildare 88.1FM, Sligo 95FM, Kilkenny 104.3, Letterkenny 105.7, Limerick 105.5FM, Midlands North 101.6FM, North East 99.4FM, South East 103.8FM, Tralee / Killarney 105FM, Wicklow North 99.5FM, Wicklow South 106.6FM, and Ennis/Clare 105.2FM.

Christmas FM will also broadcast on Virgin Media Channel 900 and internet radio platform.

98FM Throwback plays Spice Girls non-stop all day

98FM is celebrating the announcement of the Spice Girls’ Dublin gig at Croke Park next year by playing non-stop Spice Girls tunes on its digital stream 98FM Throwback.

98FM’s Rebecca Shekleton is playing all of their biggest songs- including Wannabe, Say You’ll Be There and 2 Become 1- non-stop until midnight to celebrate all things Girl Power.

The extra station is available via the station’s website or app, and listeners to the main station can win tickets to see the Spice Girls singing live next year.

Speaking about the tour announcement, Geri, Emma, Mel B and Mel C said: “We are beyond excited to be reuniting next year for a stadium tour! Bringing girl power and our message of friendship and love back to the stage feels more relevant than ever. We hope everyone can join us for one big Spice Girls party!“

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RTÉ to receive increased funding of €30m per annum

The BAI has recommended that RTÉ should receive an increase in its annual public funding of at least €30m per annum.

In its statement on the five-year review of public funding, the BAI also says that, given the urgency of RTÉ’s current funding position, the increased level of public funding recommended should be available to the broadcaster immediately.

The BAI says it believes that there may well be a case for increased funding in excess of €30m per annum and remains open to receiving further detailed proposals from the broadcaster over the period of its 2018-2022 Strategic Plan, aligned with its statutory remit.

“The role and value of public service broadcasting should not be taken for granted, particularly in the current environment where PSBs face significant challenges in responding to dramatic social change in Ireland, and the rapidly evolving media environment which is marked by the fragmentation of audiences and the growth of digital and non-linear services and content,” the regulator says.

The BAI also recommends an increase of €6m per annum in public funding for TG4.

Commenting on the recommendations, BAI Chairperson, Professor Pauric Travers, said: “The development of sustainable funding models, and the enhancement of creativity and innovation within the Irish audio-visual sector, goes to the heart of the BAI Strategy Statement. The BAI acknowledges the valuable role played by the independent commercial and community sectors in providing choice and diversity for audiences, and will continue to engage with these key stakeholders to work towards the achievement of these objectives.

“With regard to RTÉ and TG4, the BAI notes the significant changes that both PSBs have implemented to reduce costs and increase efficiencies in recent years. The BAI recognises also that both broadcasters have taken steps to meet current and future challenges. In this context, current levels of public funding are not sufficient to sustain the reach and impact of current provision, let alone allow the broadcasters to evolve in such a way as to adequately fulfil their statutory remit in serving Irish audiences.

“The BAI requests that the Minister and the Government urgently address the financing required for public service broadcasting as set out in the BAI’s report.”

The report of the BAI will be published once it has been laid before each House of the Oireachtas by the Minister.

Connemara Community Radio Schedule 2018

Below you can find out what’s on & when it’s on, on Connemara Community Radio. Live stream available on

11:00AM THE CHAT SHOW with Fiona Scullion. 
4:05PM ABAIR AMHRÁN with Mairead Heanue
5:05PM HOOKED ON MUSIC with John
6:00PM Alt: Weeks: AS GAEILGE with Caítríona Nic Ghiollaphadraig or ROCHE’S POINT with Frank Roche.
7:00PM TALK SPORT with Vivian Cotter.
8:15PM ANNS MIXED BAG with Ann Conneely

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Classic Hits 4fm Schedule 2018

Monday – Thursday

6.00am – 10.00am PJ & McCabe In The Morning
10.00am – 12.00pm The Damian Farrelly Show
12.00pm – 2.00pm The Niall Boylan Show
2.00pm – 7.00pm Gareth O’Callaghan In The Afternoon
7.00pm – 9.00pm 90’s @ Nite with Trina Mara
9.00pm – 1.00am Niall Boylan @ Night

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