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Wes Dunne of Heavy Man Films

Wes talks all things Samhlú Croí Cruthaitheach a series of inserts on irish creatives that can be seen on TG4

All year Creative Ireland and TG4 asked production companies to pitch; “to create visual poems”, so they set about striving to tell visual stories with flow and expression, colour, movement, speed, angles, contrast and depth.

Members of the production crew include; director, Tomek, from  Poland who was getting married  during production but went online to help out because he knew how special the project was,Burschi Wojnar, a multi award winning legend of a DOP (director of photography) DJ, Daithi. As a composer he is not afraid to push boundaries and that is exactly what was being sought.

Wes describes the challenges faced such as having a van break down in the middle of the night, one contributor contracted covid so they had to find a replacement and ended up having to drive 5 hours that night to get to a new location, there were a few grumpy faces that evening.

The end result.. a number of inserts with a balance between craft, art, diversity and location.


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Eddie Butt (Emperor of Ice Cream) talks about new music project: Arctic Lights.

Eddie Butt & Liam O’Callaghan are Arctic Lights

Liam O’Callaghan and Eddie are releasing this project which came about on the back of Emperor of Ice Cream’s latest album last year. Having played with Liam in a band called ‘Bulkhead,’ which had some interest from record companies but disbanded because they got disillusioned by the music business, Eddie & Liam reunited 6 months ago after Liam reached out to Eddie with a song he had written and it took off from there, resulting in a 4 track EP titled Tabula Rasa which is out now.Their sound can be described as Melodic Indie pop, with catchy bass lines, distorted guitars with a blend of classic instruments.

The the lead single is titled ‘King of America ‘.

It will be made available on all streaming platforms in the next couple of weeks.


For now check out their music at the following places:

Director of Cork International Choral Festival Peter Stobart

Will you try the Choirworks challenge?

Peter is encouraging you to reach out to your colleagues to establish a work place Choir to take on the ‘Choirworks’ challenge. An online initiative from Cork International Choral Festival aimed at bringing people together from different locations around the country. Each company will be assigned a Choral conductor to teach each choir a song, as well as doing warm ups and having discussions about healthy singing which will help your body and mind. Every company will record a video with aim of hopefully entering each video into a competition as part of the Choral festival at the end of April. No previous singing experience required!

Cork International Choral Festival 2021 28th of April – May 2nd


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Director Paddy O'Shea of Production Company Bo Media

Scéalta Grá na hÉireann, A Cork-made 6 part factual series on TG4

His love of film making started in when he got a taster of it in transition year, films to his credit also  include ‘Tree Keeper’. Scéalta Grá na hÉireann tells the historical love stories of 6 different couples, therefore needed to be a lot of research prior to shooting.

The film explores Irish history through the prism of love including the love story of Michael Collins & Kitty Kiernan, Robert Emmet and Sarah Curran, as well as Oscar Wilde and Alfred Douglas.

You can catch the series Wednesday at 8.30 on TG4 or catch up on the TG4 player.

David Punch Cork singer songwriter on how he is proud to be ‘Different’

Cork Musician David Punch on turning negative experiences into the inspiration to make music

Having been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome David talks about how he struggled in the past with mental health as a result of being bullied in school. Coming from a musical family, he talks about how music has helped him express himself and about how supportive all his family were. His message is simple “we’re not different we are the same, we’re all under the stars”.


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Ursula McGrath Irish Dog Designs

Irish Dog Designs by Irish Knitwear Designer Ursula McGrath

Ursula grew up in the Ireland of the 1960s-70s with her 9 siblings on a remote farm, in County Cork, Ireland. Her mom, an industrious mother of her time, always had a pair of knitting needles close at hand. While Dog Sweaters were unheard of (who dressed their dog in the 1960s), Handmade sweaters were very popular. Ursula, being the youngest spent many nights sitting by the fire, with Rose the family sheepdog asleep at her feet watching her mom knit and often falling asleep to the “click click” sound of knitting needles.
This developed a natural passion and talent in Ursula for Irish Crafts with Handknitting being her favourite. Ursula turned her passion into a career and becoming a knitwear designer, was a dream come true. Ursula now lives in a quaint red door cottage amongst green fields and native Irish trees with her 2 dogs, Bailey and Brona and her husband and 2 sons. Having worked in the knitwear industry for many years she has now decided to realize her dream of combining her two childhood loves, Knitwear and the love of Dogs – Say hello to Irish Dog Designs

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Cork Musican LYRA

LYRA kicked off 2021 on RTE 1 in style performing Jackie Lomax’s ‘New Day’ live from Dublin Castle

LYRA talks about ringing in the New Year live from Dublin Castle performing her cover version of the Jackie Lomax 60’s classic ‘New Day’ and how the message of the song is one that helped her through Covid and is now generating huge momentum for her as an artist in a year in which she intends to release a debut album..

She was accompanied by 12 year old Sligo dancer Fionn McMorrow, the broadcast was all part of the Fáilte Ireland midnight moment from RTÉ one’s midnight countdown.

To look back at the video of this amazing performance visit:

Peter Martin Artist/Art teacher

Ardú (Rise) A Street Art initiative bringing colour to the streets of the city

Peter who is an art teacher in Christian’s College and painter, feels that street art in Ireland has come a long way in the past few years in realising the potential we have and the pool of artists we have for such a small country. Ardú is a street art project Peter helped organize with Shane O’Driscoll, Deirdre Breen, MASER, James Earley, Aches and Gareth Joyce.

The festival consists of 7 murals painted over the period when the Jazz festival was set to take place.

If you can’t make it into the city don’t worry because it is available online with a guided tour thanks to: Cork City Council,Creative Ireland, Failte Ireland, Michelle Carew (Arts officer of Cork City council).

To view these wonderful pictures visit:

Street Art Project

Stef McSherry founder of Kinderama

Kinderama: guilt free screen time for the smallies

Stef McSherry, former broadcaster and graduate of the Italia Conti School of Performing Arts in London, first launched her online Kinderama classes via Instagram and Facebook Live during the initial Covid-19 lockdown, carrying out the classes with her children by her side. Now, after months of hard work, she is ready to officially launch Kinderama Online, offering parents the option of safe – and more importantly – guilt-free screen time for their kids. “My online classes are full of music, movement and magic and are suitable for children age two and up,” commented Stef. “We filmed it all on green screen, so it looks amazing. The classes incorporate make believe adventures, energetic routines, yoga and mindfulness, action songs and games. It really is the perfect solution to creating guilt-free screen time for parents working from home or quarantining with young kids. We’re playing a waiting game when it comes to our children’s extracurricular activities, with no clue as to when they will be in a position to return safely to the things they love. In the meantime, provides kids with an outlet to get active, have fun and grow in confidence – while you grab a cuppa!”


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Lisa McLaughlin Nagle Community College Teacher

‘Lockdown’ a 2020 themed track by 5th & 6th year students of Nagle Community College Mahon

Principal Jim O’Sullivan and teachers Lisa McLaughlin and Fiona Hegarty challenged students Hakim, Donal, Olu, Kevin and Tosin to reflect on 2020 both from a personal level and in society as a whole. Such was their enthusiasm for the task the had lyrics for the track ‘lockdown’ wrote straight away. Knowing that they had something special they decided to record the song with the help of Aiden from Kitten Lane recording studio’s.


As if this wasn’t enough of an achievement they have gone and shot a music video with the help of more students Victor and Zion, using Victors drone and Zion’s camera.


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Cork author Amy Cronin on debut novel

‘Blinding Lies’, the first of a crime thriller trilogy by Tracton author Amy Cronin

Ten years ago, Anna Clarke’s parents disappeared. The mystery haunts her, and she hopes her job in a busy city Garda Station will one day help her find answers.

The case of a man shot dead crosses her desk – and Anna is shocked to discover that the main suspect is her childhood friend Kate Crowley. Certain that Kate is innocent, Anna is determined to help her clear her name. But first she has to find her …

Tom Gallagher’s son David is dead, and Tom believes Kate is responsible. Now his older son John is missing – unable to grieve for one son until he finds the other, desperation can cause a man to do terrible things … Then the German Meier brothers descend on the city, intent on finding an item David had offered to sell them. Even Tom doesn’t know where it is, but he suspects Kate Crowley must have taken it.

Kate is on the run. She is trapped in the dead man’s city – can her old friend help her find a way out?

In a week where a political summit is taking place and the city is on high alert, Kate must struggle to stay hidden and stay alive. And Anna is drawn into the twisted race against time, falling deeper into danger.


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Niall Cleary Artistic director of Graffiti theatre company

Manifest Your Own Christmas by Writing Your Own Christmas Story

A number of Cork schools weren’t feeling the festive spirit in the build up to Christmas, with no visits from Santa or Christmas Carol singing, so Niall and partner Julie teamed up with Fighting Words in Dublin a company headed up by Roddy Doyle and Seán Love.

The concept of the project was that they would commission 12 writers asking them to write the start of a children’s story with the idea of Children finishing the story.

The project really gathered momentum with the backing of :Eoin Colfer, Cecilia Ahern, Shane Casey, Hillary Rose and Fighting Words Northern Ireland also came on board with Lisa McGee the writer of the hit series ‘Derry Girls’.

To get in touch with your creative side at :

Ciara O' Flynn Conservation Officer Cork City Council

Shandon Orienteering Project : Get to know your city!

Cork City Council have developed a new fun, outdoor activity for all the family. Get out and about and explore the newly developed Heritage Orienteering Course that has been developed in Shandon. The aim of the orienteering course is to raise awareness and celebrate the architectural conservation areas of our city. The course will highlight wonderful architectural features that can be seen on shop fronts, houses and civic buildings such as wrought iron railings, sash windows, intricate stone carvings, fanlights and many other features, some of which are hundreds of years old! By taking part, you can enjoy the historic urban landscape in a healthy and fun way.

The marking points are Illustrated by local artists who entered a competition, in the form of ceramic tiles stuck to 5 different check points which you can find on your map. The aim is to not only draw your attention to these artist’s designs but also to the other forms of architecture our marvelous City has on offer such as Georgian railings and old boot scrapers. You will also find out some of the stories about the people who once lived and worked here. The trail starts on North Mall, going through Shandon street,on to Anne’s tower and Church and ending on at the Civic Trust House on Pope’s quay.

If you wish to do a bit of Orienteering in Cork City visit:

Cork Opera House, the Christmas Concert streaming online up to Monday 21st

Cork Opera House, the Christmas Concert streaming online up to Monday 21st

Following sold out concerts over the last four years, our annual Christmas Concert will be hosted online this December 19th-21st, ensuring one of Cork’s most recent festive traditions can continue in the comfort of your home.

Always a highlight of our Winter Programme at Cork Opera House, the Christmas Concert will take a different format as the best in local Cork and national talent come together to sing a range of festive classics, streamed online with the usual mix of musical and artistic talent.

Accompanied by the Cork Opera House Concert Orchestra and conducted by John O’Brien, a variety of artists will take to the stage to perform a range of seasonal classics. Those performing across the three evenings will include renowned Irish tenor Gavan Ring and one of the country’s most celebrated sopranos, Majella Cullagh. They will be joined by the mother and daughter duo of Karen and Christiana Underwood along with rising star Emma Sophia of The Emma Sophia Show. All will be performing seasonal festive favourites, along with a spoken word performance by Ciarán Bermingham.

Gather your holly, your ivy and sit down with the whole family to join us from afar for a special night of seasonal music this Christmas – we promise this magical evening will leave you brimming over with festive cheer.

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Katrina O' Mahony 3rd and 4th class teacher at Rusheen National School

We hear the Students of Rusheen National School perform their song ‘ It’s Christmas time’

The song was Wrote by Katrina last year and Recorded in Rusheen’s  “Tribarac Recording studio”, with Adrian and the 6th Class students recording the vocals as early as last March, whilst it was touch and go as to whether it would be released in time it was, and the whole school was involved in the music video.
To Check out the video or donate to Cork Penny dinners and the Children’s Unit at CUH visit:

Mary-Jo Ryan of The Ryan Sisters

Mary- Jo, Angela and Ella ‘The Ryan Sister’s’ ahead of their release ‘The Show must go on, A collection of Christmas hits’.

The West Cork musicians have a CD out for Christmas, on the back of the successful Facebook live gigs they have been carrying out all year.
Ella has also experienced success having performed on the Sea Princess cruise ship.
Pick up the CD in the following locations:
Scannell’s Pharmacy, Ballineen.
O’Farrell’s Newsagents, Bandon
 As well as numerous other places through out West Cork and I-Tunes.

The Songstress Marguerite O'Connor

The Christmas Jingle live stream in aid of Enable Ireland Sunday 20th

Filmed in the Metropole Hotel with plenty of performers including: Tracie Keenan, Mikey O’Donovan, Lorna Moore, Orla Hill, The Loungeman, Gill McGee, Mary Norberg O’Neill, Kayla Meaghair, Timothy O’Sullivan, Marie Bradfield, The Jazz Dude and of course Marguerite O’Connor The Songstress herself. Also contributing is Cork singer songwriter Mick Flannery. The annual event was founded in 2017 by Marguerite and Mary O’Connor with the aim of raising much needed funds for local charities.

The enable Ireland centre in Curragheen are currently short a million in funding, the event is going to be streamed Sunday coming at 6 pm.

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Belgooly resident Mary Mc Cague Violinist with Affiniti & ‘the girly one’

Celtic inspired classical crossover group Affiniti perform ‘A Celtic Christmas’ on Thursday 17th from Powerscourt Estate

Affinití, Celtic inspired classical crossover group, announce a very special Christmas concert filmed in the wonderfully atmospheric surroundings of Powerscourt House. Classically trained musicians Emer Barry (Soprano), Aisling Ennis (Harp) and Mary Mc Cague (Violin) have brought their Christmas show to the USA each year and are delighted to share ‘A Celtic Christmas’ with Irish music lovers for the first time. Highlights will include:

  • Affiniti’s chart topping version of O Holy Night – over 3 million views on YouTube
  •  An opportunity to see Powerscourt House and Gardens, which will be beautifully decorated for this one-off event by Miller & Lambe Events & Design, from the safety and comfort of your home.
  •  A special virtual guest appearance by Bing Crosby’s nephew, Howard Crosby, who will tell one of his many personal stories about his famous uncle


TICKETS available from Affinití’s online shop on Enter ‘RedFM’ to avail of a 15% discount

“Full of soul, sass and sophistication, as well as exquisite technique.” – The Boston Globe.

Chattyboo Production's Angela Newman on The Adult Panto Sketch Show

New for 2020 Chattyboo Production’s Adult Panto Sketch Show

The Chattyboo Productions team should have been embarking on their 12th year of the show, another 6 week run all the way through til mid-January. However, due to the restrictions governing live shows they are out of work this Christmas. Instead of doing nothing, the gang made this sketch show between the lockdowns. It’s a collection of sketches, animation and songs; a mix of favourites from past years as well as new sketches too. As they say: It’s rude, it’s crude… but never nude! Book the Adult Panto sketch show on

Cast and crew includes: Adrian Scanlon, Leah woods, Darragh Keating, Pearse O’ Donoghue, Dave Peer, Anne Marie O’Donovan, Angela Newman, the sketch show was filmed and directed by RedFM’s Kilian Pettit,

West Cork based musician Aine O'Gorman & Victoria Keating collaborated on ‘The Poor Ground’ a song inspired by the dark times of the Mother & Baby homes.

West Cork musician Aine O’Gorman & Victoria Keating on their song ‘The Poor Ground’

The song has over half a million views, the writing of the song started in 2017 and was finished last September just before the news about the sealing of the documents in relation to the mother and Baby home broke.

You can hear the single at: Aine O’Gorman – YouTube


Colm Cronin Chairman Coppeen Archaeological, Historical & Cultural Society on his short film about the Kilmichael Ambush of 1920

‘Kilmichael – a story of a century’ on Tom Barry’s infamous ambush available on YouTube

Local historian Colm Cronin of the Coppeen Historical, Archaeological and Cultural society chats about not wanting the opportunity to commemorate the Kilmichael ambush to pass, especially when it was an event which held such significance. Colm’s son Shane came on board with his skills from working in digital media and research with E-learning in CIT, with Colm writing a script and presenting the piece.

Expect an un-biased account of the event and never-before-heard audio from those who were there on the day.

View the film at :


Aisling Connolly/LogitechCares

‘Molly The Mouse’ a kids book written & published by staff at Logitech Cork in aid of “Make A Wish Ireland”

The 50 volunteers who spent weeks on zoom meetings whilst working from home produced the book in aid of Make A Wish Ireland, to help children like their inspiration Molly Daly a 9 year old Cork girl living with Kabuki syndrome.

The book is titled ‘Molly the Mouse’ a play on words down to the fact that Logitech makes Mice (for computers).

The book is available on who are distributing the books free of charge, as well as a number of Ryan’s Supervalu stores in Togher, Glanmire and Grange.


Paddy Gilly of

Cork’s ‘Santa Calling’ service allows your smallies enjoy all the traditional elements of visiting Santa from a safe distance

A virtual online Santa calling service for the smallies with pre recorded video messages also possible. Dave also heard from the main man himself too!


To book your chance to talk to Santa calling visit:

Framework Films Eddie Noonan

Cork Community Media Hub – a combination of Framework Films and Cork Community TV – coming soon

Framework Films are celebrating 21 years of filmmaking and documenting the stories of various communities in Cork. In Established by two film-makers, Eddie Noonan and Emma Bowell in 1999, Frameworks Films provides access to the art of film-making, to communities who wanted to tell their story.  Over the past twenty-one years, Frameworks Films have worked with a variety of Cork groups and organisations, people with disabilities, young people, older people, migrant communities, Traveller organisations, LGBT+ communities and other minority groups, as well as communities in almost every part of Cork city. The company is now moving on to a new chapter with the establishment of Cork Community Media Hub, an amalgamation of the work previously done by Frameworks Films and Cork Community TV, which will include production, training, broadcasting and archiving.


“We now have a treasure trove of films that really reflect the cultural, social and political life of Cork over the past twenty to thirty years” says Eddie Noonan,  who has been documenting life in Cork with his camera since the late eighties “and our hope is to be able to properly archive all this content so that future generations can access it.”



Ex-Fred bassist Jamin O'Donovan on making music again

Jamin O’Donovan live from London talks up new single ‘Shores’

Jamin describes what it’s like being locked down in the UK stating that the 2nd lockdown isn’t as exciting as the 1st. He goes on to chat about the urge during his time in Fred to release music of his own,when he did get around to it the last take was recorded the day before lockdown kicked in.


To hear more of Jamin’s music check out:

Top Tracks – Jamin O Donovan – YouTube

Cork Builders Providers employee Des Murphy

The Chadwicks Challenge saw 70 Teams from 46 nationwide branches competing to raise funds for charity

All the teams were set against each other to see who could raise the most for charity. With each member having to make a donation to be part of the team.The team which Des was a part of was ‘The lumberjacks’ which raised the most money for their charity ‘Field of dreams’ which help people with down syndrome to get back into the workforce. Silver and bronze was also awarded to Cork teams.


The competition included completing the equivalent of 23 marathons over 30 days.

It didn’t stop there however as tomorrow the staff at Cork Builder Providers are having a jumper day for cancer treatment in the regional hospital.


The Chadwicks Group, Ireland’s leading builders’ merchanting company, instigated ‘The Chadwick’s Challenge’ tasked teams of up to six staff members to step-up and get active. Hosted online via the Fitbit app, teams had 30 days to log as many steps as they could, with the top three teams getting to nominate their charities of choice to receive the funds raised.


Over 70 teams nationwide took part, but there was no stopping three Cork Builders Providers (CBP) powerhouses.


Having walked the equivalent of Cork to Cape Town, 15,827,611 steps in total, three of the Cork Builders Providers teams took 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.


1st – The Lumberjacks

  • Cian Keohane (captain)
  • Vince O’Brien
  • Des Murphy
  • James Reardon
  • Eoin Crowley
  • Dave Cronin


2nd – No ‘Margin’ For Error

  • Seam Twomey (captain)
  • Barry Hackett
  • Mark O’Sullivan
  • Paul Comerford
  • Thomas Darcy


3rd – Stepbrothers

  • Liam O Brien (captain)
  • Paul Duggan
  • Chris Fox
  • Eoghan Simpson
  • Eoin McSweeney
  • Mick Cronin



Walking on average over 40,200 steps a day each, the equivalent of every team member completing 23 marathons over 30 days, winning team, The Lumberjacks, selected Field Of Dreams Cork as their chosen charity. Receiving a cheque for €10,000, Field Of Dreams Cork was developed by the Cork branch of Down Syndrome Ireland to provide opportunities for adults with Down Syndrome for ongoing learning and growth.



Sean Crowley on ‘The Virtual Danny Crowley Memorial Christmas Swim’

Sean talks of his late ‘life loving’ brother Danny & the Christmas Swim held in his memory

The event has been running for 8 years in Myrtleville beach as a way of keeping Danny’s memory alive,while also raising much needed funds for the Mercy Hospital Foundation. So far the amount raised adds up to over €100,000. This year’s event has gone virtual meaning you can do the swim anytime between December 17th-24th.


To post pictures of you carrying out the swim and to contribute visit the following websites:



Former Cork City FC League & Cup Wining Captain Declan Daly

Do a virtual 5K run/walk in memory of Lena Daly and in aid of Mercy Hospital Foundation

Over the first two weeks of December, Declan Daly and his siblings, Geraldine, Paula and Kenneth, together with some well known faces from the world of broadcasting and sport – are taking on a virtual 5km challenge to support front-line staff at the Mercy University Hospital and to remember their mother, Lena. In September 2020, Lena Daly sadly passed away at The Mercy after spending over three weeks there. Speaking about this difficult time in their lives, Declan said “the efforts of the catering, cleaning, nursing and care teams contributed greatly to making my mam’s time on the wards a very dignified and humane one.” This inspired the siblings to come together and raise funds for the Mercy University Hospital Foundation’s Covid-19 Appeal. Funds raised will support frontline staff at The Mercy as they work through the Covid-19 pandemic this Christmas. They are challenging themselves to walk or run 5km and you are invited to do the same.


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Sarah O'Mahony on new music project with Brian Casey making quiet loud indie folk rock

Sarah & Brian AKA Wavefield Recording Studio Clonakilty making music as ‘Morning Medicine’

Quiet – Loud – Quiet – Loud. – Quite Loud Indie Folk Rock

Hailing from Co. Cork, Morning Medicine is a band that combines indie-folk and alternative-rock influences.

Having spent a number of years producing and writing for a wide range of artists, the bands founding members, Sarah O’ Mahony and Brian Casey, spent the early months of 2020 channelling years of latenight collaborations into long overdue recordings of their own.

With guest appearances from a small cast of friends, Morning Medicine’s debut EP ‘Everything You’ve Been Told You Need’ wanders from sparse soundscapes to dense arrangements with layered female and malevocals forming a constant throughout.

To hear more music from Morning Medicine visit;


The Coronas lead singer Danny O'Reilly on Xmas Live Stream

Danny chats all things 2020, about his new song, their Xmas single and forthcoming Xmas live stream gig from The Olympia

Danny was full of praise for Cork’s RedFM for the Red Talks Record’s event held at the end of July, which saw them out on a promo tour across the country in an Ice-cream van and resulted in them pipping Fontaines DC to the number 1 album spot with ‘True Love Waits’. New single ‘LA At Night’ has “taken on new meaning” due to Covid 19 now too. All this and more. Just click play.

To see the chat in full visit:

Alex O'Shea The Running fireman

Raise funds for Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind & get Rover the guide dog ‘Around The World in 80 Days’

Send a virtual Irish guide dog puppy and mascot “Rover” around the world in 80 days by going for a walk, jog or cycle. All the miles you do send Rover further across the globe and you can track his journey online too! His journey commences on the 13th of November from the Guide Dog HQ on the Model Farm Road and currently Rover is in Iraq!! We need him back by the end of January so get out get busy and do some good.

To donate to the Irish Guidedog fundraiser event visit:

Cork Opera House Panto Dame Nanny Nelly

Don’t miss ‘Nanny Nellie’s Panto Telly’ Online December 22nd to 30th

Describing herself as ‘every man’s Christmas fantasy ‘ Nanny Nelly was looking for something to do what with there being no panto at Cork Opera House this year so, like everything else these days, she’s decided to go online. So enjoy Nanny Nellie reminiscing on some of her best bits from the COH Xmas panto of the last five years, perfect for the smallies & not-so smallies too.

For more information on how to purchase tickets for this event visit:


Barbara McDonough of Insight Insurance on the genesis of the Cork Penny Dinners fundraising campaign

Donate A Dinner with RedFM & Insight Insurance in aid of Cork Penny Dinners

The initiative came about from general small talk in the work canteen chatting about their Christmas party, how it wouldn’t be going ahead and the fact that they have an extra few quid to spare as a result. Realising that the demand for services is at a high and the funds were at a low because of the pandemic, they thought why not donate the dinner they would have got at their Christmas party to Penny Dinners. The required price to be able to feed a single person for a full Christmas dinner is €7.50 with the aim being to feed 1000 people over Christmas.


For more information about how you can help visit;


West Cork music producer Darce talks of bringing Dutch TV crews around Cork

Bantry musician Darce on new song ‘Vamos (Lo-fi Dreams)’

In 2017 Darce released his debut EP and since then has been releasing a diverse range of music, his music has had over 100,000 streams. He also discusses bringing a Dutch TV crew to Cork .

All proceeds from Darce’s new track goes towards the Irish Network against Racism (INAR)

The hear more of his music Visit:


Clara Cooney talks new Cork Food Stories podcast with Brian & Thay from Cork Rooftop Farm

New RedFM Podcast: Cork Food Stories with Clara Cooney

The first episode in the 3 part series sees Clara chat with Brian and Thay of the Cork rooftop farm. Having previously worked with a US consulting firm she threw in the towel in order to feed her passion for food. Having grown up in a family with the same enthusiasm for food with her great grandfather having an organic vegetable farm and a grandfather who was a Baker in one of Cork’s very first bakeries.

Having learnt her trade in an intensive cooking course in Ballymaloe Clara now goes to people’s houses to educate them about food and carrying out cooking classes.


To listen to the podcast visit;


Cork Comedian Chris Kent back home after 12 years in the UK

The RedFM Jingle Bell Ball Your official Kick-Start To Xmas this Saturday from 7 with Chris Kent True Tides & Stevie G

12 years into making a comedic career for himself across the water in the UK, Knocknaheeny man Chris was delighted with life and with his career really starting to go places, he felt comfortable enough to make the decision to move home early this year and then…youknowwhat happened, the world turned upside down and his gigging career stopped flat. Still though returning home has allowed him rediscover his love of Cork Chippers and although he’s had to return to a real-world real-job he hopes it will provide material for future comedic routines when the world rights itself once again. Allow him to regale you with amusing stories in his own inimitable and 100% home-grown Cork style as part of Your Official Kick-Start to Xmas at the RedFM Jingle Bell Ball Saturday 21st from 7pm it’s on air and online and free for you to enjoy – all you need is a Xmas jumper or Santa hat and why not get your decorations out on time too – if ever there was a year we needed Xmas to come early it’s this year!!

Danielle O'Donovan programme manager of Nano Nagle place

Hear about the “Fairytale of Nano Nagle” and Nano Nagle’s Cork podcast walking tour

The fairytale of Nano Nagle is a live dramatic performance which is available to view online, it is produced by Judie Charmers and Ann Dolton. It was filmed in an area called “Mrs Nagle’s parlour” this being a room she would have spent much of her life.


You also have the option to carry out a podcast walking tour where you can venture to the various schools that she would have overlooked.


Available from Saturday November 21st. For more information visit:


Killeagh-based New York Artist Jessica Bonenfant (Coogan) on East Cork Arts Hub

Greywood Arts Killeagh on supports provided by Social Impact Ireland for their ambitious project

Greywood Arts opened 3 years ago in an old Georgian building as an artist residency. Prior to opening it’s members became heavily involved in running art programmes with various groups in the community, including reviving the May Sunday festival an event which started in Killeagh over a Century ago. With the realisation that there’s demand from local artists to get involved in Arts classes/workshops, they need a more spacious workshop. With plans for a new facility which will provide studio’s for local artists, dedicated education space and a flexible event and exhibition space, in the planning with €15,000 as a target for the roof and a third already collected, Jessica is pleading with the public for donations for the rest of the funds.


To support this initiative visit:

Sarah- Beth O’Mullane singer songwriter

Debut self-titled album release by ‘Luunah’ a band compromised of graduates from CIT School of Music

Luunah, an alternative-electronic music project led by singer-songwriter, artist and live performer, Sarah-Beth, came together in 2019, gradually coalescing from different years of CIT School of Music’s undergrad in Popular Music. The band quickly began writing and gigging, working hard to form a uniquealternative pop sound. And there’s been some big gigs, with the band landing festival spots at Electric Picnic and Indiependence and playing city venues with Angry Mom Collective.The band consists of Sarah-Beth – Vocals-Keyboard,James Gormley – Guitar ,Paul Brennan – Drums,Emily Naughton – Piano-Synth and LeeKennedy on Bass.

To check out more music from Lwnah visit:

Scottish-based Cork Singer-Songwriter Jen Ella

From Newcestown to Glasgow: Cork Singer-Songwriter talks up her career to date and we hear single ‘Lipstick Queen’

She tells Dave that this song encourages an attitude of having more acceptance of yourself as well as having self belief, especially in the age of social media where a lot of what we are seeing are other people’s highlight reels that can make us feel like our lives don’t measure up.

For more information on Jen’s music visit;

Sean O'Callaghan on Cork County Council initiative "A Real Cork Christmas"

Supporting Cork For Christmas….here’s how

Thursday 12th sees a number of towns and villages across Cork turning on the Christmas lights, including Youghal, Kinsale and Bandon. It’s a part of Cork County Council initiative ‘A Real Cork Christmas’ designed to boost community solidarity and hope and to encourage support for local business, local enterprise and local traders.


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Composer John O'Brien on why ‘Lilith’ is like nothing you’ve ever seen before

Karen Underwood & a host of musicians take to Cork’s Opera House stage for a streamed performance of the thrilling song cycle, Lilith Saturday 14th Nov

Lilith, a cabaret-style song cycle by Éadaoin O’Donoghue (lyrics) and John O’Brien (music) and performed by Karen Underwood with Dave Whitla on bass, Fionn Ó Ceallacháin on drums, and John on piano.

“LILITH, Adam’s first wife, made of earth and clay… not rib. Written out of history, ’til now that is. She’s gonna let it all hang out and sing her side of the story. 11 new songs with influences from the worlds of soul, blues, tango, pop and classical – a gleefully irreverent, sacred, sexy take on Creation.” The original live performance of Lilith was commissioned by and premiered at Cork Midsummer Festival 2019, and supported by The Arts Council. A live recording of this beautiful work was recently released to coincide with the upcoming performance here at Cork Opera House.

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Gary McCarthy (GMC) on Cork Kids Rap About Science - From Bunsen burners to Burgers

GMCBeats Workshop at The Kabin Knocknaheeny knocks out new rap for Cork Science Festival called “Science Shapes Our Future”

A group of young people from Cork have joined forces to compose a rap song called “Science Shapes Our Future” especially for the Cork Science Festival. With the help of GMCBeats Workshops the song is all about the importance of science in the community. The music projects they are involved in across the northside are supported by Music Generation and YWI Cork.

The group consists of: Co-ordinator of the Kabin Studio, music producer and rap/songwriting workshop facilitator: Garry McCarthy (GMCBeats Workshops). Animator, videographer and co-music producer and songwriter: Sean Parnell

Performers: Sophie McCarthy, 15, Cara Cullen, 15, Luke Martin, 14, Ellen Martin, 12, Darren Stewart, 11, Coben Cullen, 9

Cork Science Festival runs until Nov 15th find out more here








Singer Song Writer Owen Rua on new single

A Graduate of Cork School of Music, Kerry man Owen Rua’s latest song is ‘Don’t Rely On Anyone Else’

Owen has supported  Declan O’Rourke in a learn from leaders live event. Hear more from Owen here


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Irish director Kieron J Walsh on his film The Racer the ‘Opening Gala’ of the 65th Cork International Film Festival

Irish director Kieron J. Walsh’s fictional film The Racer, set in the Summer of 1998 when the Tour de France passed through Ireland, is an exhilarating action film and dark comedy about a ‘domestique’ rider nearing the end of his career who makes a fateful decision to steal a chance for one last moment of glory

Author/UCC lecturer Dr. Aodh Quinlivan on the third Sinn Fein Lord Mayor elected for Cork in that historic year of 1920

Dr. Aodh Quinlivan’s book about Donal óg Callaghan Cork’s ‘Forgotten Lord Mayor ‘

Elected Lord Mayor of Cork following the death by hunger-strike of Terrance MacSwiney in Brixton Prison, Donla Og was Cork’s third Sinn Fein Lord mayor in 1920 following MacSwiney and Tomás Mac Curtain, assassinated by the RIC at his home in Blackpool.

We hear about the politics that were going on during the Civil war as side from the war of independence. After the ‘Burning of Cork’ he fled to America to spread the word of the Irish Republican movement. In 1924 he suffered an embarrassing election defeat finishing last out of the 7 candidates up for election.


Aodh’s book ‘the forgotten mayor ‘ can be purchased in all good book stores for more information on the book visit;

Carrignavar/Whitechurch comedian Sinéad Quinlan talks about winning her own RTE Player comedy series & being a roving reporter on ‘The Den’

Cork comedian on her online comedy series ‘Seriously Sinéad’

Sinéad has landed the gig as roving reporter on ‘The Den’ a 6-part series of the beloved show which kicks off Sunday 8th Nov. The 27 year old has only been doing stand up for a year, and after only two gigs entered a competition for stand up with the prize being a pilot episode of a show on RTE player, which she won.


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Cathy Brady Director of Irish Feature Wildfire

Wildfire screens as part of the 65th annual Cork International Film Festival

A tale of trauma set along the northern Irish border tells how the troubles have affected both the family and community concerned. However Cathy is keen to emphasize that it is a personal film rather than political. It takes a look at two sisters who grow up on the Irish border and one of them finally returns home after being missing, looking into their mother’s past they find some unhidden secrets which get overwhelming for all involved.

The film is extra special as it’s the last screen appearance of Nika McGuigan who sadly passed away since the filming of Wildfire and she shows herself to have been an absolutely huge talent.

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Cork’s Dr. Phil Kieran from RTE's - You Really Should See A Doctor.

‘Mind your Mates’ a new campaign encouraging conversation, support and good habits to help us all through.

Dr.Phil talks about the dangers of social isolation and of how social interaction was something we took for granted before it disappeared. He advises reaching out to friends and family to give and get support in equal measure either via phone or Zoom. Also key is a healthy diet and exercise to release endorphins in the body and to give yourself a good blast of feel-good dopamine too.

Yenkee (Fairhill’s Graham Cooney) ‘Life in 3 / 4 Time’

Cork singer songwriter Yenkee on featuring in BBC’s ‘Normal People’ and new single

As well as having his song ‘Cannibal Tree’ feature in the wildly successful BBC drama ‘Normal People.’ Tipped as one of Nialler 9’s favourite new acts, one to watch by Hot Press magazine, and with music influenced by the tones of such 70’s musicians as; Prince, John Martyn and ABBA, Cork’s Yenkee is on the move and on the rise.

Here we hear new track ‘Life in 3/4 Time,’ recorded between home studio in Cork and new home of London.


More music by Graham Cooney as Yenkee here:

Colm O'Regan Cork Comedian/Writer talks about 2nd Ann Devine novel: Handle With Care

The Witching Hour’ with Colm O’Regan Fri 30th Oct 8pm

The ‘Buy Back Time’ for Cancer Patients in Cork with Breakthrough Cancer Research campaign includes a number of free-but-donations-welcome online events across the Halloween weekend including Cork comedian/writer Colm O’Regan with Aoife Barry of The in a wide-ranging free-flowing conversation that will take in Colm’s 2nd Ann Devine novel ‘Handle With Care,’ a light hearted novel about a mother of four living in rural Ireland.

Orla Dolan CEO of Cork Charity Breakthrough Cancer Research

‘Buy Back Time’ for Cork Cancer Patients with Breakthrough Cancer Research

You know that extra hour we all gained when the clocks went back? We want you to help us put that hour to very good use. We want you to join us in the fight against cancer…basically, we need your help to ‘buy back time’ for cancer patients in Cork. Take that hour of time you got back and give it to Breakthrough Cancer Research by hosting a fun Halloween fundraising event at home or at work, donate the value of that one hour you got back or even more simply again donate 4 euro right now by texting the letters B C R to 50 300. Whatever you choose to do, stay listening to Cork’s RedFM and together we’ll help ‘buy back time’ for vital cancer research in Cork. Learn more by hearing Dave chat with CEO of the charity Orla Dorgan & feel free to join a host of fun online events over the Halloween weekend at break through cancer research dot com forward slash buy back time.

Cillian 21 year-old singer-songwriter from Ballycotton

Ballycotton singer songwriter Cillian on 2nd single “Me, Myself and I”

Cillian’s first single “In love with a friend ” debuted at number 1 in the  iTunes and Spotify charts and he’s hoping to do the same with his new one “Me,Myself and I.” Covering Cillian’s struggles with his mental health, it’s something he feels is important to open up about despite his initial hesitancy at first. But  if we don’t open up and talk, we can’t break the stigma.

Check out Cillian’s music here:


Stephen Cool talks up YouTube channel - Troubadour Distillery.

Troubadour Distillery showcasing fresh Cork musical talent weekly on YouTube

Stephen talks about how musicians need us now more than ever. He’s posted songs from 15 individual singers over 15 weeks and he thinks you should give them your time!

He encourages you to listen to real and original content. One of the artists featured is Rua Rí and you’ll hear his song ‘Rolled and Boned’.

Check out the YouTube account at:


Clive Davis, Chairperson of Cork LGBT & Pride Festival 2020

Learn a little Cork Pride history & how to be a part of the legendary after party & parade

Clive talks about his pride in the team overcoming all the adversity that this strangest of years has thrown at them and of how it’s been a great Pride to date with still more to come including the launch of Orla Egan’s walking tour Friday 23rd from 6 here;


Red FM are proud media partners of Cork Pride & want you to join the safe socially distanced virtual After Party & Parade  “Together, Apart” Sunday 25th at 2 join the fun from the comfort of your home here

Shirley Kelleher, grand niece of Cork IRA volunteer hunger striker Joe Murphy

A call out to Cork to help commemorate Joe Murphy ‘The Boy from Pouladuff’ on the 100th Anniversary of his passing

Dying in Cork prison just hours after the passing of Cork Lord Mayor Terence MacSwiney in Brixton prison on October 25th 1920, Pouladuff rd. man Joseph Murphy is to be commemorated this Sunday in the Togher Ballyphehane area with people being asked to ‘fly the flag’ either Tri Colours, blood & bandages or Stars and stripes (Joe was originally born in the US). Also see Sunday at 8 to enjoy a documentary all about Joe titled “The boy from Pouladuff ” produced by Shirley and media graduate Emma Horgan. It will be introduced by the Lord Mayor and followed by a play titled “My Unsung Hero” written by Morris Dineen, directed by Catherine Mahon Buckley. See it on Sunday here

Fiona Clarke, Director & CEO of Cork International Film festival.

Fiona Clarke Director & CEO of Cork International Film Festival on the 65th all-digital affair.

Settle back & enjoy film content from around the world in all its various forms from the comfort of your own couch at this years 65th edition of the Cork International Film Festival Sunday November 8th – 15th. The portal to all this content and all the information re same is the “CIFF 2020” App available in all App stores. Included in the festival are 50 features and Documentaries and over 80 short films of various genres including films for families, 4 world premiers and 9 Irish films.

The Opening Gala screening Sunday 8th (although available for you all week if you purchase it) is ‘The Racer’ directed by Kieron J Walsh  an Irish fiction about two competing racers in the 1998 Tour De France the year the opening stages played out in Ireland and rolled through Cork. It packs an adrenalin-filled punch right to the finish line.

Jennifer Coughlan Mum of Alex a true Mercy Hero

Jennifer Coughlan on Mercy Heroes 2020 campaign and POONS service -Paediatric, Oncology, Outreach Nursing service.

Speaking from personal experience as a beneficiary of the service with her daughter Alex. Jennifer talks about previously needing to travel to the hospital on some occasions 5 times a week initially. However with this service for Children and Teens it puts the patient at ease in the comfort of their own home.

This year the service has carried out 655 home visits during 2019. Travelling almost 32,000 Km whilst providing support to 32 different families.

Jennifer is encouraging people to donate to their fund this year, last year the fund was just short of 100 K. Schools are also being asked to get involved by holding a dress up or dress down day.

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Singer Songwriter Ruth Brosnan

Cork singer songwriter Ruth Brosnan chats about her song ‘Toodle-oo’

After completing her BA in Popular Music at CIT Cork School of Music, where she graduated with First Class Honors in May 2018, Cork singer songwriter Ruth Brosnanset off to LA on a graduate visa to learn more about the music business. While in LA, she entered an online competition called The Great American Song Contest and was chosen as a finalist with her debut single, Good Enough,which she says was a great honour. It was also something for which she has had a lifetime of training. “I always wanted to be a performer. I did a lot of acting and singing with The Performers in the Firkin Crane with Irene Warren, I had been in The Monforts and I was in the Cork School of Dance with Sinead Murphy. I was in pantos with Bryan Flynn and I’m so delighted I got to work with him. These people were all very influential when I was growing up.”

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Eoin Nash Head of Arts and Creative Therapys with Cope Foundation Cork

Eoin Nash talks about the importance of including people with disabilities in the world of arts and culture

Eoin has been working with the arts sector for 24 years, both as an artist in his own right and working with disabled artists and musicians,

Last weekend a virtual conference was held in cork on the topic. The initiative has the backing of Conal Creedon and John Spillane, who recorded videos for the event, allowing  the public to see cork in all its glory online.He also talksabout the rights that people with these challenges have to participate in cultural life in the form of article 30. He finished by stating that there is progress being made but still a long way to go. For more information about the organisation visit;


Jack Kelleher e-bike Ambassador

Jack Kelleher e-bike ambassador on why e-bikes are the personal transport of the future right now

Originating as part of the Clon Bike Festival 9 years ago, the Clonakilty Bike Circus is a non profit workshop aimed at teaching you to build, maintain and mend your own Bikes. Jack tells Dave the story and also talks up his recent conversion to the e-bike revolution and talks about how he has become an e-bike ambassador. In his view they are the future and have already brought many people back to bikes again. He also points out that they are a lot of fun too!

Visual Artist Shane O'Driscoll

Visual Artist Shane O’Driscoll instigator of the street art initiative Árdú celebrating Cork City’s tradition in History, Resolution and Art.

A street art initiative – underway until October 31st at various locations across the City – Ardú (as Gaelige for Rise) arrives with the intention of injecting colour, vibrancy, and life into the city and aims to unite the Leeside community through art, lifting its creative energy at a time when it needs it most. The programme welcomes seven of Ireland’s most respected and renowned street artists: MASER, Shane O’Driscoll, Deirdre Breen, Peter Martin, James Earley, ACHES, and Garreth Joyce, to create works at key city-centre locations, in response to a theme inspired by the 1920 Burning of Cork, the murals will appear at Harley’s Street, Wandesford Quay, The Kino, Anglesea Street, Liberty Street, Kyle Street, and Henry Street.

Catherine Condon Distiller

Catherine Condon chemical engineer with Irish distillers in Midelton talks about their Graduate program

She talks about ‘nosing’ the whiskey to make sure the quality is acceptable. Also discussed is the various stages involved in producing the whiskey. It is a 2 year program and she is looking to recruit graduates for the distillery in Cork and in the bottling plant in Midleton. Applications are open until October 29th. To Apply now visit;

Hilary Bow Musician and activist

Douglas musician Hilary Bow on ‘Don’t See Lines’ song & video in support of MASI – Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland

The track was recorded for MASI – Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland – a grassroots group of asylum seekers set up to campaign against direct provision and deportation. Hillary speaks about how the song examines the life of an asylum seeker travelling from the country of their birth to a new country without seeing any borders. It is something that is very close to Hillary’s heart.

Check out the video on the Red FM Facebook page.

Author Dr. Gillian O'Brien

Dr Gillian O’Brien, Author of ‘The Darkness Echoing: Exploring Ireland’s Places of Famine, Death and Rebellion’

Dr Gillian O’Brien, The reader in modern Irish history at Liverpool’s John Moore’s University, has written a book where she sets out on a journey to physically explore the key locations in Ireland’s dark history including topics such as famine and rebellion. Up to 20 of the locations she visits on her journey are here in Cork.

Actor Pascal Scott

Pascal Scott talks about his journey into acting and voicing role on new RTE adult animation ‘Fantasy Ireland’

Cork actor Pascal chats about the post water shed animated comedy series ‘Fantasy Ireland’- described as a ‘twisted look at contemporary Ireland’ – created by the team behind Zig & Zag/Podge & Rodge, it debuts on RTE Two October 8th at 23.20. From Upper John Street and educated at the North Mon, Pascal spent 28 years as a guard before finally scratching the itch for acting and has never looked back since. Roles include Killnaskully and The Young Offenders film.

Irene Wallace, Cork City Fire Brigade

Cork’s only female firefighter Irene Wallace on why she loves the job

In 1995, aged 20 Irene joined Cork City Fire Brigade. Here she talks about how rewarding the job can be and how vital the fire service is to the local community. Irene is station officer in Ballyvolane and is encouraging recruitment to the fire service including more women. See more here

Eoin Prendergast Make Your Mark

Eoin Prendergast on the 8th annual ‘Make Your Mark on Cancer’ annual fundraising walk

Eoin  tells Dave about the event set up to commemorate his brother Mark who they lost to testicular cancer  back in 2012. This year’s event is virtual & you’ve got two weeks to complete a distance of 22 km – the distance of the traditional route from the viaduct to the town hall in Bandon. 350K has been raised to date for  Mercy Cancer  Care Foundation.  Donate here

Director Damien McCarthy

Director Damien McCarthy talks about his Indie Cork opening film – Caveat

Bantry born, Ballincollig living, St John’s Central College graduate talks about his Indie Cork opening film – a horror about a guy who agrees to look after a girl in a creepy house in the middle of nowhere. Find out more about the 8th Indie Cork fest at

Paul Carroll

Cork Street League organizer Paul Carroll talks up the Street League movie out now

Run to give those at risk of homelessness – and other who have faced difficult circumstances or suffer from or are in danger of marginalization – the Cork Street League runs Fridays in The Glen Sports Complex and it’s a competitive footy league that has developed a huge community connection amongst those who are a part of it. A multitude of cultures and nationalities are now involved. He also talks about the ‘Street League’ film, open in cinemas Nationwide, which is the story of the Irish team in the Homeless World Cup and features Colin Farrell.

Find out more by contacting Paul at Cork Street League on Facebook

Linda Kennedy

Linda Kennedy O’Sullivans Bar & Nottages Restaurant, Crookhaven on being on Catherine Fulvio’s Tastes Like Home Show

Linda tells Dave about her appearance on  Catherine Fulvio’s Tastes Like Home Show where she shows Catherine how to make a fish pie and Catherine then flys out to San Sebastien to cook that fish pie for Linda’s sister Fiona. See how they all get on  on RTE 1 Mon 5th October at 8.30pm.

Tadgh Hickey

Comedian Tadgh Hickey talks all things one-man show ‘In One Eye, Out The Other’

In this first solo comedy show from Tadhg Hickey, we meet Feargal, a downtrodden but cheery man who fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming an alcoholic. Ahead of two forthcoming safe & socially distanced shows at Everyman Theatre – Weds 21st & Thurs 22nd – Tadgh tells Dave all about it. See more here

Ricky Dineen

From Nun Attax & Five Go Down To The Sea, Ricky Dineen is now Big Boy Foolish

A man who was around in the earliest days of the development of an alternative rebellious youth culture in Cork, all centred around quirky bands with quirky names making quirky music (none of the bands in question would appreciate that description but it’s true) Ricky Dineen is back making music with Liam Heffernan as Big Boy Foolish. Here he talks to Dave about the days of Elvera Butler & the Downtown Kampus at The Arcadia (now apartments across from Kent station) and the recent album release marking those times 40 years ago ‘Kaught on Kampus.’

Maria Kidney

From Cobh to Kenya: One Cork Woman’s Story of Making a Difference Fighting Covid in Africa

Maria Kidney and Sligo born husband Martin Ballantyne set up the charitable organization Brighter Communities in rural Kenya in 2002 and they badly need your help to help them help vulnerable Afrocan children suffering as a result of Covid conditions. Find out more donate here

Al Dalton

Al Dalton on Notes To Cork Biz & Call Out for Content from Cork Creatives

Al chats about the ‘Poster Display’ business set up by his Grandfather in the early 90’s, taken over by Aunt Breda in 05 and then him last year. At the start of Covid he turned over some of the display spaces to positive messages – “Don’t be a langer, be kind” and a tribute to frontline staff: “Not All Heroes Wear Capes” – and wants to up the campaign again – he needs your help!

Chris Barry & Jason Adam-Hein

S2S A 35 day Ultra Run through Ireland for Mental Health Awareness

Rugby-playing college buddies (Bath, UK), Glanmire man Chris Barry and Offaly man Jason Adam-Hein have formed the group Shoulder 2 Shoulder and their first fundraising event is the Coast2Coast Ultra-Run through the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s spectacular coastal route. This amazing journey willtake them through nine of Ireland’s beautiful coastal counties, running up to 75km each day and reaching a total target of 2,500 km between them within 35 days.


A week into the challenge Chris and Jason speak about how the idea came about as well as how it has been for these ‘two non-runners’ so far. Find out more here & support if you can:

Ger Murphy

Ger from J90 on new single – Machine.

Ger talks of how much he is missing playing live gigs, of how the band are keeping creative and how the new single is a tribute to those working hard to keep the whole thing trucking along. Video of Machine by J-90 here:

Conal Creedon

Cork Culture night ambassador Conal Creedon on all things Cork Culture

Hear Conal talk up the ‘Kaught on Kampus’ album launch, celebrating an era, space and place that was the heyday for him and his mates.

Larry Tompkins

All-Ireland winning Captain of the Cork Footballers Larry Tompkins on that historic ‘Double’ year of 1990 & finally getting one over Meath.

Hear how Larry first became an honorary West Cork man hanging out with  Castlehaven lads in New York City, the intense rivalry with Meath, how this was a epic era for Cork football and why he’s happy to support the Marymount Hospice fundraiser.

Tomás Mulchy

All-Ireland Winning Hurling captain Tomás Mulchy On Doing The Double in 1990

Tomás talks about a golden year for Cork GAA 30 years ago, as well as showing his support for the ‘Wear Red For Cork’, Marymount Hospice fundraiser organised by Conor Cahalane & the senior Cork panels from that year. See more here:

Joe McCarthy

Joe McCarthy speaks about his Cycle around Ireland in aid of west cork Rapid Response.

Joe And his friend Sean Gordan set themselves the challenge to Cycle the loop of Ireland a distance of 2,500 KM,and a challenge it was..encountering two thunderstorms and a puncher on route. All in aid of DR Jason and his rapid response in west cork.For more information on how to donate visit :

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Adrian Russell author of ‘The Double: How Cork Made GAA History.

On the 30th anniversary of the day the Cork hurlers won the All-Ireland (their 27th Liam McCarthy trophy) to set up the historic ‘double,’ Cork author Adrian Russell discusses that win over Galway and sets the story for the footballers clash with Meath to come.

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John Spillane on Van Morrison in celebration of Van’s 75th Birthday

As part of  Hot Press magazines ongoing online 75th birthday tribute to ‘Van the Man’ – widely considered to be Ireland’s greatest and most influential ever songwriter, singer and performer – and one of the outstanding figures in contemporary music over the past 50-plus years- John Spillane, amongst a host of stellar contributors like Bob Geldoff, Glen Hansard, Damien Rice, Gary Lightbody and The President of Ireland himself, will all perform covers of Van Morrison classics – see them for yourself on

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Ed O’ Leary one half of ‘The Good Room’ promotional team

Ed O’ Leary is one half of ‘The Good Room’ promotional team who, with compatriot Joe Kelly, helps keep Cork culture bubbling along nicely with the always-interesting gigs we’ve enjoyed ‘Live at St. Luke’s’ and at It Takes A Village Festival in Trabolgan, here speaks about bringing live music back – safely – to Kino on Washington Street.

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Míde Houlihan chats about her new single ” Idle words” co-written with fellow Corkonian Mick Flannery.

Míde talks about how Mick’s manager Sheena Keane brought about the whole concept. She also chats about the unusual means in which the single had to be written.

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Emperor of Ice Cream bassist Graham Finn talks about their 25-years-in-the-making debut album

‘No Sound Ever Dies’ is the debut album from 90’s heroes Emperor of Ice Cream. Here Graham tells Dave about what it has been like working with old friends again and reveals the story behind the cover art and album title. Buy it on right now.

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Cork Doctor Patrick Seigne on the ICU doctors, nurses and staff who aim to raise €100,000 for 4 charities affected by the Covid-19 Crisis with ICU 4 U Charity Cycle

Cork doctor & Bandon resident Patrick Seigne, a consultant intensivist at CUH, talks about a charity cycle taking place on September 3rd and 4th with frontline healthcare workers cycling to Dublin from the 4 corners of Ireland over two days. It’s in appreciation of the ongoing support of the Irish public for healthcare workers throughout the Covid19 pandemic who say they are uncomfortable being labelled ‘heroic’ and ‘frontline’ and want to turn the focus back on the patients and the supporting charities that help the most vulnerable in society, specifically Alone (older people), Breakthrough Cancer Research (new cancer treatments), Aware (mental health) and ICUsteps (ICU patient aftercare support). The team has already raised more than half of the €100k target thanks to incredible support from corporate sponsors, including lead sponsor AerCap, gold sponsors Eli Lily and BNP Paribas, silver sponsors Pfizer and Gilead, and other supporters. To support the cause go to

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Martin Fenton on Commemorative Fundraising Cycle for Ovarian Cancer from Cork to Dublin in honour of sister Karen.

Martin Fenton, whose sister Karen sadly lost her battle with Ovarian cancer three years ago, is cycling from their family home in  Waterfall to Howth Road in Dublin where she lived  prior to her passing. You can help with Martin’s fundraising efforts for Cork’s CUH here

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Ray O’Brien from Music Zone Record Shop

Ray O’Brien from Music Zone Record Shop (formerly and soon-to-be-again Douglas Village SC but currently in Deanrock Biz park in Togher) talks to Dave about how it’s been going since the enforced move from Douglas and of how Irish artists have been taking over the charts this year such as; Cork’s Mick Flannery, The Coronas and Fontaines D.C. He also encourages fans of Scottish band Biffy Clyro to pre-order an album and earn an invite to a virtual acoustic session & Q&A with the band on Tuesday 18th August see for more.

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“Hen Jewellery” designer Niamh Morrison

“Hen Jewellery” designer from Clonakilty, Niamh Morrison the is one of the drivers of Cork Craft Month – currently underway – which has managed to make the most of the current limitations and here she tells Dave why there are some interesting upsides to being ‘mostly digital,’ particularly for those interested in peeping behind the scenes of craft and design makers across the county of Cork. She speaks of feeling inspired by the sea and sky of nearby Inchydoney & of how working with metal makes here giddy with excitement and says that it’s only in the process that the end product reveals itself to her. Cork Craft Month: 60 masterclasses, craft trails, demonstrations, conversations and product launches, as well as virtual behind-the-scenes exhibitions, open studio tours and family-friendly activities. There is an 80% increase in online events with up to 90% of events free-of-charge. See for more.


Lyra speaks about her New single – New Day.

The Cork Musician speaks with Dave about what it has been like writing music during these challenging times, as well as her ambitions to give people hope through her Music. For more info: visit

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John Spriggs chairman of Cobh GAA and Bingo caller extraordinaire

John Spriggs chairman of Cobh GAA and Bingo caller extraordinaire, speaks about how zoom has transformed the bingo experience on ‘The Great island’, how it has been connecting Cobh ex-pats across the globe and bringing much needed fun into peoples lives too.

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Paddy Slattery award winning writer/director/producer

Paddy Slattery is an award winning writer/director/producer from Offaly and here speaks with Dave about his first full length feature, the crime thriller “Broken law.” Starring Tristan Heanue, John Connors and Gemma-Leah Devereux, the film tells the story of two brothers: Joe, who just got out of prison, and Dave, who is a garda. Joe soon gets roped into a bank robbery, but encounters his brother during the raid. The movie turns into an electrifying thriller, full of gangsters and guns, and Dave must decide whether he values the law or his brother more.

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Johnnie Smacks of The 2 Johnnies

He may be from Tipp but Johnnie Smacks of The 2 Johnnies agrees with all in Cork that keeping ‘the cats in the bag’ is the ideal Summer scenario, this and more as he talks up their new single ‘Dancing in My Kitchen’ – a singalong ode to the joys of warm cans, chicken skewers and having the gang around to yours that they showcase on RedFM’s Heroes Aid Live – for more go here

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Extreme Running Challenge – Georgie Goff

West Cork boxer Georgie Goff & best pal Marko Pejić have come up with a madcap adventure that’s raising money for a very worthy cause. The two lads plan to run home from The Viaduct on the Bandon rd all the way to Glengarrif this coming Saturday August 1st – that’s two and a half marathons lads!! All in aid of Cancer Connect (transport to Cork Hospitals). There will be a number of collection points on route or donate here

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Cork Musician Mick Flannery

Cork Musician Mick Flannery speaks about his 7th album release ” Alive in Cork Opera House” raising funds for his band and crew.

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Drummer Christian Best

Session Drummer for Mick Flannery Christian Best Speaks about the live gig that was recorded for the “Alive at Cork Opera house” album release with all funds from the album sales going to Mick’s touring crew and those working behind the scenes. Album is out now.

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Dancer James Berkery

Cork’s Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa dance graduate James Berkery from Nenagh in Tipp talks about his Tik Tok smash “The Magic Gang” a video he filmed with 18 dancers on Zoom during lockdown and about his BAFTA Nomination.

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Local Ledge Steff OntheQT Red Travel

Stephanie Lynch of talks about the new staycation focused series of Red Travel videos where she goes as Glamping on the grounds of Slane Castle, Wakeboarding at Ballyhass lakes, Mallow, checks out the Clock Tower at Youghal and heads across Cork Harbour to sample the delights of the Spike Island Tour. Check Red FM’s Facebook page for regular Red Travel video posts and find them all here in the video section of

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The Coronas Conor Egan

Conor from The Coronas speaks ahead of the release of the bands 6th studio album “True Love Waits” on Friday July 31st and reveals one of the two records he has chosen to talk about at the special pre-album launch event ‘Red Talks Records’ hosted by Dave Mac following his live show at The Vinyl Lounge in Golden Discs on Patrick Street on Thursday 30th. This event will be filmed in front of a small socially distanced audience of lucky invitee winners and you can win your way on Dave Mac’s Drive each and every day up to the event itself.



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