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Community radio’s biggest weekend

Here’s a guest blog from Linda Conway, on her experiences representing CCR at last weekend’s CRAOL Féile. There’s also a gallery of photos from the weekend, after the ‘Read more…’

craol“Radio is the theatre of the mind,” was the official phrase of last weekend’s 2014 CRAOL community radio file.  It perfectly sums up both community radio, both locally and nationally, and the three day event, hosted by Community Radio Youghal, lived up to this statement.

I attended this weekend with three other people from CCR: Delores Keaveney, Gráinne Conroy and Julia Fitzgerald.

We arrived on Friday night, with the first event on our itinerary the CRAOL achievement awards.  CCR had some good news at this event when The People’s Courts won an award in the Commissioned Programming category.  All told, 30 programmes received awards from 60 nominations – the largest number yet, we were informed by the host.

On Saturday, the workshops and seminars began.  Many and various were the topics covered, including everything from sound editing to the Sound and Vision scheme.  So much information was condensed into this one day.  From my personal perspective, I found the workshops informative, interesting and enjoyable.  Not only did I learn but it also gave me the chance to meet people from other community radio stations and learn from their experiences.

For example, I attended the News Programme seminar. I agree with the suggestion given that, as a community radio station, we cannot compete with the news of a commercial one.  What we do have though is local news, in our community, and this is worthy of broadcasting.  There, I also learned how to structure a story such that it will engage and entertain the audience.

Another important aspect that was emphasised was that, again as a community station, we must aspire to include everyone.  We are the voice of our community and we should be proud and confident about what we do.

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CRAOL award for The People’s Court

People's-Courts-awardThe People’s Courts, Claremorris Community Radio’s documentary on the republican justice system during the War of Independence, has won a CRAOL achievement award.

The CRAOL Féile took place in Youghal, Co. Cork, last weekend.  The opening night of this annual event, at which the community radio stations of Ireland get together to share information and learn from one another, featured the return of the achievement awards after a one-year hiatus.

The People’s Courts received its award in the ‘Commissioned Programming’ category.  It was one of seven winners, alongside programmes on the Titanic and Irish singer and song collector Frank Harte.  In their announcement the judges commended the show as a “very good historical conception of an idea.”

Congratulations to the team behind The People’s Courts.  The programme was compiled by Roderick Maguire, Luke O’Malley and Kathy Burke with interviews by Roderick.  It featured dramatisations written by Martin Casey and performed by Mick Dowd, Martin Casey, Johnnie Kirrane, Anne Harkin and Matt McLoughlin.  The soundtrack featured bodhrán and tin whistle performed by Colmán Ó Raghaillaigh.  The programme was edited by Allan Tiernan.

Don’t forget you can buy a copy of The People’s Courts, along with a high quality book of the show’s text, via local stockists, on or digitally on your Kindle.

Sound and Vision awards

sound-and-visionCCR has just been awarded Sound and Vision funding for seven projects. The station continues to develop its creative output and the success in this round of Sound and Vision reflects the ambitions of the entire CCR team.

The following projects received funding:

  • Airplay –  A series of plays written by station volunteers during a creative writing workshop run by John Corless. In their assessment of the project the BAI said it was “an interesting project and an excellent example of the ethos of community broadcasting” and that “Drama written from within the community to which it is broadcast is a fairly fresh concept”. Well done to Roderick Maguire,Tracy Gaughan, Michael Goulding, Kathy Burke, Tommy O’Connor and John Corless.
  • John Corless will also be producing four additional plays that he wrote: Postcard, Cool Together and Number Crunchers. The BAI said that “The scripts are well written and engaging”.

We also received approval for three documentaries:

  • ‘The Murder of Fr. Walter Jordan’ by Roderick Maguire of which the BAI said “This programme promises to be an interesting exploration of an apparently forgotten incident in local and national history”.
  • ‘Welcoming the Summer’ by Lorraine Murphy, “a well-written, detailed proposal” according to the BAI assessment team. The programme looks at folk traditions and customs associated with the month of May. Bonfires, May poles, songs, stories, altars, costumes, flowers, fire and fairies are all traditions commonly associated with the month of May, or Bealtaine.
  • ‘Wild Foods of Mayo’ by Cleo de Vito will introduce audiences to the advantages of foraging, and reintroduce foraging to a society which has relegated this practice to the past. The BAI panel said “This programme promises to be a lively and interesting exploration of a re-emerging practice”.

Congratulations to all involved and we can now all look forward to a very busy and creative few months!