Claremorris Community Radio Shows Win Big at National Awards

(L-R) Elaine Wright and Becky Martin
Two popular Claremorris radio programmes were recognised with Achivement Awards at the Community Radio Ireland Féile in Leixlip at the weekend.
 
Presenter Mary Costello won Silver in the Social Benefit category for her show ‘Information Matters’, which offers advice about social supports, funding schemes, rights and resources, tips for an easier and happier life, and news about the latest research.
 
And Becky Martin and Elaine Wright took Gold in the Community Participation category for their weekly drivetime programme ‘The Becky Show’. They play a mix of music from the eighties right up to the latest hits.
 
Mary Costello at the awards ceremony in Leixlip last Friday.
Claremorris Community Radio’s station manager Allan Tiernan said:
 
“Information Matters is an authoritative and rich resource of information and advice for people living in the area, in a format unavailable anywhere else. As someone working in the public sector with her finger firmly on the pulse of Mayo’s community, voluntary and environmental sectors, no one is better informed than Mary about the issues facing our modern rural community – and about the people and organisations working to develop it.”
 
He continued: “The Becky Show has been putting smiles on faces all around Claremorris every week for eight years. The wacky and hilarious conversations between Becky and Elaine are a defining feature of their show, with their stories also giving listeners an insight into Becky’s interesting day-to-day life. Thursday rush-hour anywhere near Claremorris means The Becky Show – there is simply nothing better on the dial.

“We are delighted that these volunteer presenters have been recognised by Community Radio Ireland for their dedication and creativity.”
 
Community Radio Ireland, or Craol, is the representative and support body for Irish Community Radio. Every week across Ireland, 2000 community radio volunteers broadcast to 170,000 people from 21 fully licensed stations and almost 30 aspirant stations.
 
‘Information Matters’ airs on Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Mondays at 1 p.m., and ‘The Becky Show’ airs Thursdays at 5 p.m. Full schedule.