Life in Direct Provision

Over the past two months, 11 residents of the Direct Provision Centre in Ballyhaunis took part in our QQI Level 3 course in Media Expression.  The course was held in both the Old Convent in Ballyhaunis and at our studios in Claremorris.

As part of their portfolios, the students had to produce a 1-hour show for broadcast, on their life and experiences in the direct provision system.  The students have created a very interesting insight into the lives they lead in communities like ours, throughout the country.  Lives that are often overlooked or not understood, as they are mostly lived behind the walls of direct provision centres.  

If you’d like to find out more about life as an asylum-seeker in Ballyhaunis, this show will be aired on Claremorris Community Radio on Saturday (October 20th) at 1pm.  It will be repeated the following day at 5pm and again on Friday 26th at 7pm.

Two CRAOL Awards for Claremorris shows

Claremorris Community Radio received two awards at the 2018 CRAOL Féile in Athlone.  Pictured (l-r): Pat Keane (chairperson), Bridie Sheeran (receiving the award on behalf of Sports Talk), Bernard Joyce (Smooth n’ Easy) and Ed Coulson.

Two Claremorris Community Radio shows received CRAOL awards at this year’s CRAOL Féile, which took place in Athlone over the last weekend.

The live Sunday evening Sports Talk show received a silver award in the Volunteer Team category.  In their citation the judges stated that Sports Talk is “a must listen for all GAA fans. The presenters work well together and have great understanding and knowledge of the game that they impart to listeners.”  Congratulations to Austin, Billy, John and their other contributors on this well-earned accolade!

Congratulations also to Bernard Joyce, whose solo music show Smooth n’ Easy received a bronze award in the Social Benefit category.  The judges were impressed with Smooth n’ Easy and the atmosphere that Bernard creates.  They said it is “a chilled vintage music show with thorough research and great information about all the tracks”, before adding that is a “thoroughly enjoyable show.”

Well done to all involved in the production of these high quality shows.  Sports Talk is broadcast live at 7pm on Sunday evenings and repeated on Mondays, also at 7pm.  Smooth n’ Easy is broadcast on Sunday nights at 8pm and repeated Fridays at 5pm.

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