#MidwestRadio

  • On Tuesday we celebrated our 29th birthday with a wonderful night in Castlebar at the Royal Theatre with our #NightWithTheStars, but before that on the #MidMorningShow, Paul and Gerry recalled the opening days of the station, the nervous wait to get the license, the fun of getting the premises ready and the hope that people wouldn't have forgotten them after being off the air for six months! Listen back now to some great stories below!

  • It’s natural to worry during a pandemic but controlling your use of social media in this crisis in an important way of keeping control over the fear. That’s the advise from HSE psychologist Dr William Mowlds.

    Dr Mowlds advises listening to official news media like Midwest Radio or checking the HSE information website to get factual information surrounding Covid 19 and the restrictive controls in place to control the spread of the virus, in an effort to cope with the challenges it presents and maintain mental well-being.

    He has been speaking to Midwest Radio about the level of worry and anxiety that many are experiencing at this time and is advising people to limit their social media at this time where, he said, you often expose yourself to more worried and anxious people. 

    He said the term "physical distancing" is preferable to "social distancing" to curb the spread of the virus, as he explained its important to keep in contact with anyone self-isolating or cocooning, yet imperative to maintain physical distancing.

  • The broadcasting levy paid by local radio stations to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland will be waived for the first six months of the year. The Communications Minister made the announcement this morning in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

    Richard Bruton says the sector is experiencing financial strain as a result of a drop off in advertising revenue and he says this will recognise the importance of local radio stations to their communities during this time.

    Minister Bruton says he's also asked the BAI to assess the financial situation of local radio as a result of the pandemic.

     

    It’s unthinkable that the services provided by local radio might be threatened by the present almost complete wipe-out of advertising revenue. That’s the view of Mayo Sinn Fein deputy Rose Conway Walsh.

    The vital role local radio is playing in disseminating information during the COVID-19 challenge she argues is enormous.

    “In my own constituency of Mayo, we are reliant and acutely aware of the value of Midwest Radio and the invaluable service it provides as a social inclusion mechanism and as one of the most important communication tools to combat rural isolation”.

    The deputy and her party are calling for a 5 million euro emergency fund for local radio nationally to be established immediately by government and to be allocated for news, current affairs & speech-based programming.

    This is in addition to the waiving of levies for 6 months announced by the Minister this morning.

    Advertising revenue for radio station has been decimated over the past number of days as the impact of the pandemic hits almost every business.

    Deputy Conway Walsh told Midwest New today that she has written and spoken to the Minister for Communications Richard Bruton to set up such a fund within the next number of days, to prevent the serious threat to the survival of local radio.

     

     

  • Niall Morahan has signed a new contract with Sligo Rovers as he becomes the first recipient of the new IT Sligo Scholarship programme with the club.

     

    The Republic of Ireland Under-19 international has penned a deal until the end of 2021 season and will begin his IT Sligo course in September.  Niall will be undertaking a business degree.

     

    As part of an agreement, two scholarships are co-funded annually by IT Sligo and Rovers. Niall is the first recipient.

  • Paul and Gerry were back in the lab this week, paying homage to Gelati's Ice cream store (Enniscrone and Ballina), who hit the headlines recently when they perfected their Tomato Ketchup ice cream to pay tribute to Ed Sheeran while he was here on tour. Gerry decided that he would try his hand at making the dish and of course, he went a bit further still with a few recipes of his own. Watch back now but promise us, don't try these at home!! ???

     

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  • Seomra is a new creative working space that has been set up on Bridge lane in Castlebar in a building at the back of The Bridge bar on Main Street in the county town.

    It provides an office space with all the facilities for self employed people or anyone visiting the area, out of office, and needs to get office work done

    Kevin Swift is the owner of the The Bridge, and Siobhan Foody is  a creative consultant and graphic designer, and she says the facility is a great resource for entrepreneurs looking for a space to do office work

  • TG4 will again broadcast 28 live games free to air this season, as well as deferred coverage of a further 9 interprovincial games.

    This will be followed by a bumper afternoon of live rugby on TG4 on Saturday 28th September as Scarlets take on Connacht.

    A weekly highlights programme will also be broadcast to bring Irish audiences the best action from the Guinness PRO14 Championship.

    TG4’s Rugbaí Beo coverage includes live coverage of all Connacht Rugby’s home games as well as live and exclusive coverage of all Connacht matches against Welsh opposition.

    The coverage will build on last year’s behind the scenes ref-briefings, warm-up interviews with head-coaches and audio-snoops on coaches and players.

    Máire Treasa Ní Dhubhghaill will present the show and there will be expert analysis from Eimear Considine, Deirbhile Nic a Bhaird, Marcus Horan, Ronan Loughney, Eoghan Ó Neachtain, Eamonn Molloy along with a host of others.