Arts On Air from the 42nd Clifden Arts Festival

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Arts On Air from the 42nd Clifden Arts Festival 2019

Welcome to Arts on Air page. Where you can listen to, or download programmes’ from the 42nd Clifden Arts Festival, The longest running community arts festival in Ireland. Which this year took place between Wednesday the 18th & Sunday the 29th of September 2019.

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Clifden Arts Festival 2019 official opening

The official opening of the 42nd Clifden Arts Festival from the West Connemara
Spots & Leisure Centre. It was presented by Kevin Rafter, Chair of the Arts Council.

MP4 Clifden Arts Festival 2019 official opening. File 33.1 MB

MP3 Clifden Arts Festival 2019 official opening. File 27.2 MB

Broadcast Thursday the 19th Of September.

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Arts on Air Friday 5 – 7pm 20th September 2019

The first Arts On Air Programme for 2019. With presenter Mary Ruddy.

5.04pm Colum McCann author of six novels, including Let the Great World Spin & Transatlantic & three collections of stories, www.colummccann.com.
5.12pm Recording of Lasairfhíona from Song of O’Caralan which took place on September 18th.
5.25pm Sheila Gallagher speaks about the Global Climate Action Strike which happened today & she encountered in Galway.
5.29pm The Green Fields of America is a famous touring group & they performed in studio, band members Mick Moloney, Robbie O’Connell, Jimmy Keane, Billy McComiskey & Athena Tergis, they will perform at the Station House Theatre at 8pm on September 20th.
5.49pm Caitriona Nic Ghiollaphádraig speaking about her book launch which will take place on 21st September at 2pm at Clifden Library, her book is entitled ‘Against the Wind: from Endurance to Enjoyment’. Caitríona’s book will be launched by Una McKeever.
5.58pm Talk about Sophia Sturge & the Connemara Basket Industry in Letterfrack 1888-1905 by Joan Johnson which will be at the Omey Suite Station House at 5pm on Saturday 21st.
6.12pm Live in studio Jimmy & The Parrots performing the ultimate tribute to Jimmy Buffett, Mark, Jimmy, Fred, Big Daddy & Mary Beth, they will be at EJ Kings on September 20th.
6.38pm Live in performing ‘Working Man’ studio SeaFoam Green Dublin born songwriter, Dave O’Grady & Muireann McDermott Long, produced by Rich Robinson, performing in Mullarkey’s on September 20th, they also play ‘Swimming in the Paint’.

MP4 Arts on Air Friday 5 – 7pm 20th September 2019. File 56.1 MB

MP3 Arts on Air Friday 5 – 7pm 20th September 2019. File 41.7 MB

Broadcast Friday the 20th Of September.

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Arts on Air Saturday 11am – 12noon 21st September

Presenter Marian Herriott.

11.00 Editor Ben Keatinge, Professor Lucy Collins, & Professor Bernard O’Donoghue, in studio speaking about Making Integral: Critical Essays on Richard Murphy, the talk will take place in the Omey Suite at 12 noon on the 21st September; Benjamin Keatinge is a Visiting Research Fellow at the School of English, Trinity College Dublin.
11.18 Alannah Robins speaking about Interface, Interface is a studio & residency programme located in an old salmon hatchery in the Inagh Valley, Connemara & Eileen Ryan a Microbiologist & Artist.
11.34 Olive McFadden speaking about Clifden Writers Group, 28 years in existence, who will be at Foyles Hotel at 2pm on the 21st
11.47 In studio Sandra Ganly conductor of The St Cecilia Singers. The 25 strong chamber choir sings unaccompanied music from the sixteenth to twenty-first centuries at several concerts each year across Ireland, they will be performing at the Church of Ireland on the 21st at 4pm, also in studio William Mansfield, Brian Bond & Andy Sleevin.

MP4 Arts on Air Friday 5 – 7pm 21st September. File 28.3 MB

MP3 Arts on Air Friday 5 – 7pm 21st September. File 21.3 MB

Broadcast Saturday the 21st Of September.

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Arts on Air Saturday 5pm – 7pm 21st September

1st hour Presenter Maureen Corbett.

5.03 Des Kavanagh in studio speaking about Reading & Singing in the Bookies which will take place in Paddy Power’s on September 22nd at 6pm, Peter Molineux will co-compere.
5.21 Chat & live performance from Sue Matthews, Robert Redd & John Harris from American Jazz Trio performing music from the Great American Songbook, playing Duke Ellington’s ‘Do nothing till you hear from me’, Rogers & Hart ‘Blue Moon’, Benny Goodman song, often sung by Ella Fitzgerald ‘Don’t be that way’ & a Johnny Mercer song ‘I thought about you’.
5.48 Karen Mannion speaking about The Connemara Therapeutic Riding Project the Connemara Novelty Pony Show which takes place Sunday September 22nd at 11am at Noonan’s Arena, Ardagh.
6.05 Presenter Paul Phelan.
6.06 Róisín Kennedy in studio, she is a lecturer in the School of Art History & Cultural Policy at University College Dublin, Róisín will talk about ‘Harry Clarke: Artist of the Irish Free State Talk’ who had a prolific career as an illustrator & stained glass artist & this will take place on September 22nd at the Station House Theatre at 11am.
6.17 A recording of local young man James Ruddy with a classical piano recital
6.21 Live music in studio from Nigel Mooney, hailed by the B.B.C. as ‘Ireland’s King of the Blues’, also in studio Barry Donohue from Athenry on Bass. Nigel Mooney will perform at Clifden Arts Week with his regular band, featuring Johnny Taylor on piano, Barry Donohue on bass & Dominic Mullan on drums at Mullarkey’s on Sat 21st.
6.46 Nicholas Timothy in studio playing a Nigel Mooney song accompanied by Nigel, Nicholas will be playing next Thursday at Mullarkey’s, final song by Nicholas ‘Come on in my kitchen’.

MP4 Arts on Air Saturday 5 – 7pm 21st September. File 53.6 MB

MP3 Arts on Air Saturday 5 – 7pm 21st September. File 40.5 MB

Broadcast Saturday the 21st Of September.

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Arts on Air Sunday 10am – 11.30am 22nd September

Presenter Eamonn McLoughlin.

10.05 In studio with Eamonn Mike Harding, Tony Curtis & Ritchie Newman.
10.08 Tony Curtis reciting his poem ‘The Glory of Prayer’ from his new book This Flight Tonight, his book is published to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Alcock & Brown flight.
10.18 Poem recited by Poet Mike Harding ‘Sweetheart’, his latest collection, Cosmos Mariner, was described by one critic as ‘his best work yet’
10.22 Recording of the late John Gerard Walsh from Arts Week 2013.
10.27 Marie Walsh & Kevin Holmes with Ritchie Newman playing music live, first piece composed by Kevin entitled ‘The Musical Sheep’ & second jig was composed by John Gerard Walsh called ‘Invisible Dog’, more music including ‘Locked in the Kitchen’.
10.39 Recording of the late John Gerard Walsh from Arts Week 2017.
10.44 Mike Harding recites his poem ‘John G’, written about John Gerard Walsh, taken from Mike’s book The Connemara Cantos.
10.47 Tony Curtis & Mike Harding recite his Tony’s poem entitled ‘Pony Book’, from his book of poetry called Pony.
10.55 Song from Levon Helm by Mike Harding playing mandolin followed by an instrumental piece on mandolin.
11.02 Tony Curtis recites his poem ‘When I was a Child’; Tony also sings a Robert Frost poem he has set to music ‘Stopping by woods on a snowy evening’, & a poem dedication to the late poet Michael Hartnett ‘The Garden Flat’.
11.22 Paddy Buckley & group from Offaly live session of music.

MP4 Arts on Air Sunday 10am – 11.30am 22nd Septemberr. File 42.4 MB

MP3 Arts on Air Sunday 10am – 11.30am 22nd September. File 30.7 MB

Broadcast Sunday the 22nd Of September.

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Arts on Air Sunday 5pm – 7pm 22nd September

Presenter Mary Ruddy.

5.03 Padraic McCormack in studio, he is a retired politician who took up writing as a hobby. He has already published two books & a memoir called The Rocky Road to the Dail. Padraic will read extracts from his new novel called ‘Beneath the Silence’, this recently published novel is set in a remote Galway parish. He will be reciting at Clifden Library on Monday September 23rd at 2pm.
5.14 Recording from the concert of the band The Green Fields of America who performed on Friday night at the Arts Festival, this song is called ‘Keeper of the Song’.
5.19 Recording of Joanna McMinn with visual artist Margaret Irwin West regarding her exhibition Cubism to Claddaghduff: A Retrospective which is a celebration of Margaret’s recent election to Aosdána amongst other exhibits. Éimear O’Connor will interview Margaret Irwin West on September 27th at the Omey Suite at 11am
5.33 Linda O’Malley reviewing the concert by the Kilfenora Céilí Band, a 13-piece band which was held on Saturday night.
5.47 Keelin Kennedy & Dympna Kennedy in studio discussing their exhibition ‘Fócus’ which also features work by Breda Lowth, this exhibition can be viewed every day from 11am to 6pm at the Gallery over Signal Bar at the Station House Hotel, Dympna has an ongoing exhibition at the Connemara National Park
5.56 Recording of acclaimed Galway songwriter Ultan Conlon who performed at the Church of Ireland, with Ultan was Miceál O Connor (guitar) Jon O’Connell (double bass).
6.03 Elva MacGowan in studio, Elva blends her knowledge of vocal performance with her love of old-timey songs, folk, Americana, jazz, blues & traditional acoustic accompaniments. Elva MacGowan Ensemble will be appearing at Mullarkey’s at 10pm on September 22nd, two songs from her albums ‘Cry Me A River’ and ‘Close our Eyes’.
6.19 Recording from the concert at the Church of Ireland by St. Cecilia’s choir which took place on Saturday 21st September
6.26 Dolores Lyne in studio speaking about Connemara Caledonia Connect Exhibition which can be viewed at The Sean Gibbons ‘Pop Up Gallery’, the Square Clifden from 10am until 5pm.
6.41 Recording from concert with Mick Conneely & Dave Munnelly with introduction by Mick.

MP4 Arts on Air Sunday 5pm – 7pm 22nd September. File 54.8 MB

MP3 Arts on Air Sunday 5pm – 7pm 22nd September. File 41.9 MB

Broadcast Sunday the 22nd Of September.

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Arts on Air Monday 11am – 12noon 23rd September

Presenter Mary Faherty.

11.04am Paul Phelan in studio reviewing Reading & Singing in the Bookies which was held at Paddy Power’s on Sunday and Paul also attended the sold out concert with Bill Whelan and Colm Mac Con Iomaire, who performed a programme which incorporates their individual compositions and their recent collaboration ‘The River Holds its Breath’. This concert was recorded by Connemara Community Radio and will broadcast on Friday 27th.
11.11am A recording of James Ruddy native of Mannin from his piano recital at the Church of Ireland.
11.22am In studio Theresa Burton, recorder player and Aisling Kenny who is a soloist and ensemble singer. Ensemble Revelare: A Musical Tour of 18th-Century Europe will perform at The Church of Ireland on Monday 23rd September at 1pm.
11.29am Recording of Alannah Robins, mezzo-soprano and Ramin Haghjoo on Piano, their concert was held in the Church of Ireland.
11.44am Recording from Mike Hardy’s talk during the week, in tandem with his public broadcasting life, Mike Harding has built a steady reputation as a writer; he recites ‘The Million Dollar Fiddle’. His latest collection, Cosmos Mariner, was described by one critic as ‘his best work yet’.
11.51am Erin Gibbons speaking about Connemara Caledonia Connect Exhibition and the excavation of eroding housed on Inishlyon, this exhibition can be viewed at The Sean Gibbons ‘Pop Up Gallery’, the Square Clifden from 10am until 5pm.

MP4 Arts on Air Monday 11am – 12noon 23rd September. File 29.5 MB

MP3 Arts on Air Monday 11am – 12noon 23rd September. File 21.3 MB

Broadcast Monday the 23rd Of September.

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Arts on Air Tuesday 11am – 12 noon 24th September

Presenter Maureen Corbett.

11.05 Marie Bourke in studio talking about Artist Frederic William Burton’s enduring affection for the West of Ireland; this lecture will take place at the Station house Theatre at 12 noon on September 24th
11.23 Recording from the concert with Ensemble Revelare who performed ‘A Musical Tour’ at The Church of Ireland.
11.29 Interview with Phelim Drew, Phelim will perform Joxer Daly Esq. at Clifden Town Hall on Tuesday 24th at 6.30pm. Joxer Daly is an ordinary person trying to navigate the difficult waters of what was Dublin in the period leading up to the birth of a Republic; Phelim will also perform in Griffins Bar
11.41 Paddy Bushe in studio talking about Michael Hartnett, who will be twenty years dead in October, ‘Remembering Michael Harnett with Paddy and Sean Ó Coistealbha’ will take place in the Omey Suite on Tuesday 24th at 3pm; Paddy recites a Michael Hartnett poem in Irish, Paddy also recited his own poem ‘Sleep of reason creates Monsters’.
11.56 Recording from the Nigel Mooney concert with the Johnny Taylor Trio.

MP4 Arts on Air Tuesday 11am – 12 noon 24th September. File 27.0 MB

MP3 Arts on Air Tuesday 11am – 12 noon 24th September. File 20.2 MB

Broadcast Tuesday the 24th Of September.

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Arts on Air Wednesday 11am – 12 noon 25th September

Presenter Una McKeever.

11.06 Sean Keane in studio chatting about his life and music, Seán will bring his Music tour to The Clifden Arts Festival for a lunchtime concert. Seán will be accompanied by Pat Coyne and Fergus Feely. Together, they will perform many of Sean’s classics like Isle of Hope Isle of Tears, Galway to Graceland. He will also be singing some of the new songs from the Gratitude album and this will take place at St. Josephs Church on Wednesday 25th at 1pm.
11.28 Pat Kinevane in studio talking about his new play ‘Before’ with much music, ‘Before’ was commissioned by Fishamble and will take place on Wednesday 25th September at Clifden Town Hall at 7pm.
11.47 Recording from concert with Music Network Presents: Nell NíChróinín, Tara Breen, Laoise Kelly, and Josephine Marsh which took place on September 23rd.
11.50 Séamus Barra Ó Súilleabháin is an Irish language rap poet from the stronghold of county Kerry. He will be performing with the legendary Johnny Mháirtn Learaí Mac Donnchadha this poetic marriage of two mighty voices promises an electric event at Clifden Library at 3pm on Wednesday 25th.

MP4 Arts on Air Wednesday 11am – 12 noon 25th September. File 27.2 MB

MP3 Arts on Air Wednesday 11am – 12 noon 25th September. File 20.3 MB

Broadcast Wednesday the 25th Of September.

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Arts on Air Thursday 11am – 12 noon 26th September

Presenter Brendan O’Scannaill.

11.02am Locally based poet and author Simon Leyland in studio discussing his book ‘The Men Who Stare at Hens’. The History Press Ireland will launch the book at O’Malley’s on Thursday 26th at 6pm.
11.08 Aisling Agnew and Dave Flynn in studio regarding their concert ‘Shadowplay’ which is a classical flute/ guitar duo comprising of two renowned virtuosos who are also members of the Irish Memory Orchestra, they also play live in studio. This concert will take place on Thursday 26th at The Church of Ireland at 1pm.
11.32 Éimear O’Connor and Margaret Irwin West live in studio talking about Margaret’s Exhibition, curated by Éimear O’Connor, which is titled ‘Margaret Irwin West. From Cubism to Claddaghduff’, and is designed to celebrate the artist’s recent election to Aosdána. Éimear will interview Margaret at the Omey Suite on Friday 27th at 11am; the interview will be very informal with audience participation encouraged.
11.44 Joanna McMinn pre recorded an interview with Alice Leahy discussing her talk entitled ‘Wasting Time with People?’ The Alice Leahy Trust remains a non-judgemental, befriending, social and health service for people who are homeless and that talk took place on Thursday 26th. Her memoir, The Stars Are Our Only Warmth, was written with Catherine Cleary and published by O’Brien Press.

MP4 Arts on Air Thursday 11am – 12 noon 26th September. File 29.5 MB

MP3 Arts on Air Thursday 11am – 12 noon 26th September. File 21.5 MB

Broadcast Thursday the 26th Of September.

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Arts on Air Friday 11am – 12 noon 27th September

Presenter Marian Herriott.

11.01am In studio local poet Theodore Deppe who is the author of seven books of poems, his latest, ‘Riverlight’ which will be launched in the Omey Suite on Sunday 29th at 3pm Theodore recites his poem ‘Rain Stick’ from his new book.
11.12 Ann Henning Jocelyn speaks with Marian about her Presentation of her latest novel/stage play ‘The Sphere of Light’ which explores a new angle on the tragic fate of the Boleyn family under King Henry VIII of England, this Presentation took place on Friday 27th September at the Station house Theatre at 12 noon.
11.23 Michael Monaghan from The Elm Tree Centre in Clifden who are hosting a Coffee Morning on Sunday 29th at 11am to 12.30.
11.30 Recording from the launch of ‘Fifty Poems’ by Michael Gorman, cover illustration by Joe Boske, and published by Artisan House. A most welcome new book from Galway- based poet, Michael Gorman, Michael recites two poems ‘The Sligo’ and ‘Spangled’.
11.40 Betty and The Baby Boomers live music in studio, the group first performed at Clifden Arts Festival in 1993.

MP4 Arts on Air Friday 11am – 12 noon 27th September. File 29.7 MB

MP3 Arts on Air Friday 11am – 12 noon 27th September. File 21.8 MB

Broadcast Friday the 27th Of September.

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Arts on Air Friday 6pm – 7pm 27th September

Presenter Mary Ruddy.

6.00 Brian Thornberg, Janet & Rory Musgrave from Cantairí Chonamara speaking about the upcoming performance of Music to Die For: The Funeral Rites of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart which will take place in St. Joseph’s Church on Sunday 29th at 8.30pm. Cantairí Chonamara is a mixed-voice choir with members from all over Connemara that has sung together since it was founded in 1999, new members welcome.
6.18 James Harpur in studio regarding the John Moriarty Memorial Lecture entitled ‘The Wind Bloweth where it Listeth’ which will take place on Saturday 27th at the Station House Theatre at 2.30pm.
6.23 Eleanor Shanley in studio speaking about Garadice which is a four piece band, based in Leitrim with Dave Sheridan, Padraig McGovern and John McCartin. Their unique co-creative energy provides an exciting musical experience and their concert took place in The Church of Ireland on Friday 27th, their album is called Garadice Motherland.
6.37 Eily O’Grady with 6th class pupils of Scoil Mhuire Clifden, Eily is the Primary School Coordinator, pupils Síofra Gannon & Laura Malone speak about drumming workshop in the school, and Adam Duc speaks about the writing workshop at the school and animation and visual art workshop. Adam recites a shark poem by Síofra, Devasa O’Connor & Heather King review Mo West’s Exhibition and Bernie Dignam’s Exhibition, Ellie Ann & Maya discuss printing work with Joanna McGlynn and Claudia speaks about Fidget Feet workshop and Aoibhín concludes with a poem called ‘Coat Dreaming’
6.55 Rob Strong live in studio, going right back to the late 60s, Rob Strong personifies the raw energy of rock and blues. His unique voice sings out wild and true! He is rated as ‘one of Europe’s finest soul singers.’ Rob will be performing at Mullarkey’s at 10pm on Friday 27th September.

MP4 Arts on Air Friday 6pm – 7pm 27th September. File 29.8 MB

MP3 Arts on Air Friday 6pm – 7pm 27th September. File 22.1 MB

Broadcast Friday the 27th Of September.

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Arts on Air Saturday 11am – 12 noon 28th September

Arts on Air programme from Clifden Community School.

This programme was recorded, edited and produced by Jessica Thorpe, Maysa Al Awadi, Evie Lavelle, Zack Kennedy and Ben Swift.
They bring us a selection of recordings that will give us a taste of what they experienced in the the school as part of the Clifden Arts Festival.

MP4 Arts on Air Saturday 11am – 12 noon 28th Septemberr. File 29.7 MB

MP3 Arts on Air Saturday 11am – 12 noon 28th September. File 21.8 MB

Broadcast Saturday the 28th Of September.

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Arts on Air Saturday 5pm – 7pm 28th September

Presenters’ Mary Ruddy & Michael Gannon.

5.01pm Recording from the St Josephs Church of the Tommie Gorman Interview with Seamus Mallon. Seamus Mallon was Deputy Leader of the SDLP, Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland from 1998 to 2001, MP for Newry and Armagh from 1986 to 2005, and a member of Seanad Éireann in 1982. Tommie Gorman is an Irish journalist and has worked for RTÉ News and Current Affairs since 1980; he is currently the Northern Ireland editor for RTÉ.
5.53 Michael Gannon extends condolences regarding the death of Dessie O’Halloran from Inisbofin, song ‘I’ll Fly Away’ sung by Dessie is played.
5.59 Michael speaks with Johnny Mháirin Learaí Mac Donnchadha and Catriona Canavan regarding the passing of Dessie O’Halloran.
Dominic O’Moran introduces a recording from Sean Nós ar an ‘Loch at the Lough Inagh Lodge with Johnny Mháirin Learaí Mac Donnchadha who is one of the finest sean-nos singers in Ireland and Catriona Canavan is also a master of this musical style
6.23 Eileen Davis from Clifden recites a Mary O’Malley poem ‘The American Mór’.
6.36 Eleven members of Afrobeat Orchestra live in studio; Allen-Taylor’s Afrobeat Orchestra grew from the Oleku Band, formed in 2006 from a group of Nigerian musicians recently settled in and around Dublin, led by composer/ arranger Allen-Taylor Adeniyi and they will be performing at Mullarkey’s at 10.30pm on Saturday the 28th.

MP4 Arts on Air Saturday 5pm – 7pm 28th September. File 54.1 MB

MP3 Arts on Air Saturday 5pm – 7pm 28th September. File 41.8 MB

Broadcast Saturday the 28th Of September.

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Arts on Air Sunday 10am – 11.30am 29th September

Presenter Mary Ruddy.

10.05am Recording of The Buckley’s playing traditional music
10.15 Des Lally Clifden Arts Festival Programme Coordinator & Una McKeever in studio reviewing the great success of the Arts Week.
10.26 Eleanor Shanley & Sharon Shannon speaks about the late Dessie O’Halloran, ‘Say You Love Me’ is played.
10.39 John Sheahan in studio and is an Irish musician and composer & the last surviving member of the definitive five-member line-up of The Dubliners also joining John is Michael Howard & Poet Tony Curtis. Michael Howard is a guitarist; composer and songwriter equally at home in musical genres as diverse as classical, traditional, folk and blues.
10.52 John Sheahan on fiddle & tin whistle and Michael Howard guitar perform a piece entitled ‘St Patrick’s Cathedral’.
10.56 Tony Curtis Poet recites a poem for the late Dessie O’Halloran and also recites ‘In Praise of Grass’.
11.01 John Sheahan recites his own poem ‘Autumn’.
11.02 Michael Howard recites his poem.
11.04 Tony Curtis & Michael Howard discuss putting William Butler Yates poetry to music.
11.08 Michael & John perform a Strathspey written by John.
11.16 True North in studio Denis, Lefty, Tumbleweed, Blind Boy, Dusty, Doc, and Calamity also in studio Janet O’Toole Chairperson of Connemara Community Radio & James Harold Arts Officer Galway City Council.
11.22 Denis from True North, 14th year coming to Clifden Arts Festival.

MP4 Arts on Air Sunday 10am – 11.30am 29th September. File 42.3 MB

MP3 Arts on Air Sunday 10am – 11.30am 29th September. File 30.6 MB

Broadcast Sunday the 29th Of September.

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Arts on Air Sunday 5pm – 7pm 29th September

Presenter Linda O’Malley.

Highlights from Arts on Air programmes.

MP4 Arts on Air Sunday 5pm – 7pm 29th September. File 53.3 MB

MP3 Arts on Air Sunday 5pm – 7pm 29th September. File 41.8 MB

Broadcast Sunday the 29th Of September.