Raidio Corca Baiscinn welcomes Pupils of Coore National School on a tour of our studios.

Pupils from third class and above, were trained by RCB Volunteer Trainer Melissa McMahon and Producer Sallyann Marron to use recording equipment, and were then set with the task of asking parents, grandparents, friends and neighbours in their communities – how they used to play when they were children. The pupils came from Annagh National School, Coore National School, Kilmihil National School, Querrin National School, Clohanes National School and Gaelscoil Ui Choimin in Kilrush.
The project has been a huge success, with children finding out the intricacies of pegging tops, spinning tops, pitching quaids and marbles, to name but a few. They have also found out about the amount of (unpaid!) work carried out by their parents and grandparents as they helped out on family farms and businesses. There was no such thing as pocket money, children were just expected to pitch in with the rest. Similarly, summer holidays consisted of turning turf, making hay and harvesting vegetables. It wasn’t all hard work though and there are fantastic tales from people as they reminisce about growing up. No matter what generation they are, all had fond memories of Christmas and Santa coming to visit!

Maritime Stories

West Clare has been shaped and moulded by the water that surrounds it. Here, Ireland’s
longest river the Shannon merges into the mighty Atlantic and from there the waters stretch
West towards America. The river and ocean have given rise to many stories and formed a
backdrop for many events over the years, some joyous, some sad, some scarcely believable,
as well as providing much needed employment and transport. This series features a cross
section of stories and events, from the mythical to the everyday and will help highlight the
continuing importance of maritime life in this region.
Each episode of Maritime Stories will see Raidio Corca Baiscinn travel along the coastline.
We’ll hear from a variety of contributors, from those working on the sea, to those who
organise the Currach regattas each summer, from those charged with saving the seafarers, to
those who watch and endeavour to conserve the wildlife. Each contributor offers a short
snapshot of their own involvement and invites us to share their perspective on why the waters
around West Clare are much more than just a scenic amenity.

Programme 1 – Michael Falsey – Quilty in the 1940’s





Programme 2 – Loopheaad Lighthouse visit





Programme 3 – Michael talty – Sea Veg Fertilizer ,Times Past.





Programme 4 – Part 1 The 1941 Plane Crash – Aideen O Mahony.





Programme 5 – Part 2 The 1941 Plane Crash – Aideen O Mahony



Programme 6 – Part 3 The 1941 Plane Crash – Aideen O Mahony.





Programme 7 – Wild irish sea veg pt 1 Evan Talty

Coming Soon!



Programme 8 – RNLI – Pauline Dunleavy Kilrush Lifeboat Staion

Coming Soon!



Programme 9 – Walk To Mutton Island Michael Falsey





Programme 10 – Brendan and Kitty Garvey Part 1





Programme 11 – Prog 11 Brendan and Kitty Garvey Part 2





Programme 12 – Mutton Island with Michael Falsey





Programme 13 – San Marcus 1588 Shipwreck with John Treacy





Programme 14 – Lighthouse Satellite Signals with Brendan Garvey





Programme 15 – Wreck of The Leon 1907 Song Michael Falsey


The Seaweed Collectors

In May 1835 a young couple from Moveen set out to harvest seaweed to fertilize their garden as many others did at this time. What unfolded that day was recorded in Mary John Knott’s classic account of Kilkee at that time. This documentary examines the background to the seaweed industry then and now. It features contributions from Paddy Nolan, John Rattigan, Eileen Mulcahy and Michael O’Connell.

It was produced by Jason Murphy and funded by the BAI under the Sound and Vision Scheme with the Television licence fee.

seaweed
To read the original: http://bit.ly/QPLCcE

The Last Picture Show

The Last Picture Show is a documentary produced by Conan Brophy for Raidió Corca Baiscinn in 2012. It was produced with the help of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland’s Sound & Vision scheme.

It highlights the history and stories associated with the Mars Cinema in Kilrush, now sadly closed.

Mutton Island

Mutton Island, lying just a mile off the West Clare coast, is inaccessible except for brave and hardy kayakers or people such as the Raidió Corca Baisicinn crew who were taken out there by the Kilkee Marine Rescue Service. The four half hour programmes in the series explore the geology, natural history, early history and more recent lives of islanders.
The series was made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland’s Sound & Vision Fund.

The first programme explores the story of a much larger island called Fitha which was reportedly struck by a tsunami in 804AD, recorded in the Annals of the Four Masters. Fitha was devastated by the wave and reduced in size by two thirds, to leave Mutton Island. Dr Andy Pulham, a geologist with a special interest in West Clare’s geology, made a surprising discovery whilst out on the island, leading him to be able to identify some possible evidence of a tidal wave, which was very exciting.

The second programme explores the wildlife of Mutton Island with local ecologist, Michael Marron. In this programme he looks at the adaptations the goats, rats and rabbits have had to make in order to survive on the island, as well as the seals, dolphins and seabirds that live in the waters that surround it.

This third programme looks at the evidence for human activity on Mutton Island, from early promontary forts and enclosures through to the use of the island for smuggling in more recent times. Local archaeologist and Mutton Island enthusiast Carol Gleeson takes the listeners through the evidence for human activity on the island, and explains in detail about the watchtower that you can see on the island from the mainland.


This fourth & final programme
looks at the recent history of human activity on Mutton Island. John Daly and Michael Falsey talk about the last people to live full time on the island, the man who lived out there as a herder, an explosion caused by a World War II mine, and even how Ford Anglia came to be out on the island!

Championing the Banner

An intimate insight into the operations of the Clare Champion

Raidio Corca Baiscinn is delighted to announce a new documentary on the history and role of the Clare Champion newspaper in County Clare. This one hour documentary highlights some of the key and important events reported in Clare.

Producer and Presenter of the documentary, James Flannagan said “Listeners will be given an insight into the day to day running of the paper. It is also an interactive documentary between the broadcaster and the community of Clare.”

Blessed Wells of West Clare

The Blessed Wells of West Clare is an 8 part series exploring the rich heritage and tradition of Blessed Wells all across south west Clare. Throughout the series, reporter James Flanagan travels all across west Clare to Blessed Wells in Querrin, Spanish Point and Scattery Island to name but a few, and hears of their history and importance in the fabric of their local communities. The series explores cures & legends associated with each well, along with how the wells have been maintained through the years, and the people responsible for keeping their tradition alive.

Part One – Our Lady’s Well in Dromelihy, Cooraclare
Part Three – St Senans Well, Scattery Island
Part Four – St Michaels Well, Kilmihil

Part Five – St Martins Well, Querrin
Part Six – St Josephs Well, Spanish Point
Part Seven – Loop Head Wells
Part Eight – Killernan Well, Milltown Malbay

Are Ye Coming out to Play

Pupils from third class and above, were trained by RCB Volunteer Trainer Melissa McMahon and Producer Sallyann Marron to use recording equipment, and were then set with the task of asking parents, grandparents, friends and neighbours in their communities – how they used to play when they were children. The pupils came from Annagh National School, Coore National School, Kilmihil National School, Querrin National School, Clohanes National School and Gaelscoil Ui Choimin in Kilrush.
The project has been a huge success, with children finding out the intricacies of pegging tops, spinning tops, pitching quaids and marbles, to name but a few. They havve also found out about the amount of (unpaid!) work carried out by their parents and grandparents as they helped out on family farms and businesses. There was no such thing as pocket money, children were just expected to pitch in with the rest. Similarly, summer holidays consisted of turning turf, making hay and harvesting vegetables. It wasn’t all hard work though and there are fantastic tales from people as they reminisce about growing up. No matter what generation they are, all had fond memories of Christmas and Santa coming to visit!


Coore National School

Querrin National School

Annagh National School

Clohanes

52 Degrees North : Episode 2

On Episode #2 of 52°North we meet a childhood bogeyman, push ourselves to our physical and mental limits, we try to stand against elemental forces beyond our control and we have a brush with death as our contributors and producers explore how we Overcome the Monster.