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    Radio programme focuses on global Irish

    By Noreen Bowden | October 1, 2008

    Ean board member Paschal Mooney has a new radio programme focusing on Irish emigrants around the world – and he’s seeking stories from you. The magazine-style show, called “The Irish Abroad”, will deal with a broad swath of the global Irish experience. It will air every four weeks on Fridays at 9 pm.

    The first episode featured interviews with Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheal Martin and CIIC director (and Ean member) Sheila Gleason, and also a report on the Irish Post awards in Britain. October’s episode will feature Boston’s Irish Film Fest and tell the story of Margaret Gaffney, an immigrant to New Orleans in the 1800s who is remembered for her benevolence to the poor and her courage in standing up to occupying military officials during the Civil War so that she could feed the destitute.

    Paschal is eager to hear any story ideas that Ean members may have – please email him your suggestions at He welcomes any topics that may be of interest.

    Unfortunately, the show will not be available through radio broadcasts outside the island of Ireland until later in the year. It will only be available on FM, satellite or the Internet for the first several episodes, as longwave 252 is being used to broadcast sports. No doubt this is an unintended consequence of the RTE medium wave shutdown, which took away the option for emigrants in Britain and northern Europe to listen to RTE programming on the broadcaster’s medium wave band.

    For those of you who can hear it, the next episode will be broadcast at 9:00 pm on October 24. There will be a break in December, when Paschal will host “The Irish Experience”, his annual four-episode exploration of the Irish community in Britain.

    I assume “The Irish Abroad” will be placed on the website although it does not seem to be there yet – I will post the address here when it appears.

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