Following discussions between stakeholders the Long Wave service will continue at least until 2019. Localised DAB+ services are hoped for in new UK broadcasting legislation under way.
St Patricks Day Parades UK
Manchester – UK’s largest parade on March 12th
Rochdale Mayor with Margaret Golden
From Dundalk I followed my sister Moira here to Manchester to train as a nurse in 1966. My mother saw an advertisement in a Catholic newspaper. I enjoyed my training and qualified as a state registered nurse in 1969. I met and married Patrick from Co Clare. We had two children, now married with children of their own. We enjoy walking, theatre, dining out and are members of various Irish organisations in the city. We just had a successful St Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday. Here we are in the photo supporting the diaspora!
Mary Collins Liscarrol, Co Cork a key driving force for LW252
Background L-R :- Kay Sheridan, Co Galway, Rita Hanraghan Co Mayo.
Tony Gallagher, Margaret Golden, Anne Bohan, Festival Committee, Páidí Shine, Kerry, Christine Matthison, Claddagh Irish Dancers with supporting musicians to rere.
L to R – Margaret Hadd and from Donegal – James Callaghan, Killybegs,
Annie O’Donnell, Dungloe, John Gallagher, Annagry
Myra Hynes-Butler, Shaw, Manchester – a daily listener to LW252.
Myra has proud memories of early schooling in Ballydesmond which she completed in Banteer Cork before emigrating to a career in publishing. She is a regular visitor home with a sister in Mallow. Myra is a daily listener to and leading campaigner to save RTE LW252.
Margaret Golden a leading light in the campaign to save LW252.
Daughter of former Dundalk lighthouse keeper Frank Ryan and settled in Manchester since 1966 Margaret and husband Patrick are busy preparing sashes, banners and posters for Manchester’s St Patricks Day parade on March 12th. Joining them will be former Dundalk neighbours Paddy and Susan Moore and Cork born friend Myra Butler.
Margaret and Myra have prepared sashes for every county in Ireland and of course her own the “wee county”.
Rena Cosgrove (top right), Secretary of Leeds Irish Centre joins campaigners calling for retention of RTE’s long wave radio service threatened with closure this coming May.
Peter Fawcett is just back from a visit to Leeds Irish Centre where he caught up with Centre Secretary Rena Cosgrove.
This short audio clip of the interview is followed by a transcript:
Peter : Hello, I’m with Rena Cosgrove Sec of Leeds Irish Centre in Yorkshire. Why do you think it’s important to save RTE long wave for Britain?
Rena : Well I think this wavelength keeps us in touch with events in Ireland our homeland and this is very important for the Irish Community in Leeds and elsewhere. By dispensing with it we would feel we don’t belong or matter anymore and for that reason alone it should be kept.
Peter : Very important points you’v made Rena and so what do you think would be the reaction if there wasn’t an RTE long wave in Britain?
Rena : I think bitter disappointment and we’d be completely out of touch with what is happening in Ireland and that would make us very isolated.
Peter : That would include the GAA games which everybody loves over here?
Rena : Yes everything what’s going on as regards the music scene …..sporting …. everything in Ireland …. Government decisions and all that kind of thing.
Peter : Yes, well lets hope that the RTE long wave is retained for Britain.
Thank you very much Rena.
Independent Senator Billy Lawless has called on RTÉ to retain
its UK long-wave radio service for Irish emigrants.
He told the Seanad on Feb 2nd 2017 that the service was due to be abolished some time this year. “There are more than 600,000 Irish-born emigrants living in the UK, with many of its older members forced out of Ireland in the 1950s with little education and no prospects of work at home,’’ said Mr Lawless. He said a survey, carried out by the Social Policy Research Centre at Middlesex University London a year ago, revealed 92 per cent of respondents listened every day or most days. Some 44 per cent listened in the car or in another vehicle, he said.
Older age groups
“Unsurprisingly, it was the so-called older age groups who did not access the service on digital radio platforms, on a laptop or digital TV,’’ Mr Lawless said. He urged Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Joe McHugh to “implore RTÉ management to reconsider this ageist and discriminatory cut” to its long-wave service. “Nobody is trying to halt the digitalisation of our media or impede RTÉ in its process of modernisation,’’ Mr Lawless said. Mr McHugh said a survey in the United Kingdom had revealed 72 per cent of listeners were over 60, while 68 per cent were born in Ireland and 62 per cent retired.
“For the majority of respondents, long wave was seen as a lifeline to Ireland, helping them to maintain a sense of Irishness and to keep up with events back home,’’ he added. Mr McHugh said the majority of listeners in the focus groups preferred the familiar analogue service as opposed to digital platforms: computers, laptops and smartphones. He said a meeting of a consultative group would take place in London next week to discuss the next steps and he was hopeful for a positive outcome. Ultimately, it was an operational matter for RTÉ, he said.
Ministers Flanagan and McHugh Welcome Research Findings on RTÉ Radio Longwave Listenership
The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan T.D., and the Minister of State for the Diaspora, Joe McHugh T.D., have welcomed the publication of research findings on the current level of listenership to RTÉ Radio Longwave Services amongst the Irish community in Britain. The findings also indicate that a majority of listeners have a preference for the current analogue version of RTÉ Longwave Services over that available via digital platforms, computers, laptops and smartphones.
Or read the full report PDF.