One of our most trusted media sources for over a century, radio has always informed, educated and entertained us. And as a nation that loves to listen, it’s no surprise that 81% of Irish adults tune in to it daily (Ipsos MRBI, 2021).
A medium that has always adapted and rolled with the technological times, the on-demand nature of radio’s younger sibling – the podcast – means that we need never miss a beat or a broadcast again.
We’ve rounded up a taste of some of the many podcasts supported by the Creative Ireland Programme.
Considering one in three Irish people listen to a podcast every month (Reuters, 2019), one of these five might just be your next monthly fix.
Pop those headphones on and hit ‘play’!
Enjoy some creative conversations with your morning coffee
Podcaster and author Ruairí McKiernan digs deep into the Banner county’s artistic bounty with Creative Souls of Clare. A series of online conversations with a truly diverse group of Clare-based writers, poets, musicians, playwrights and craftspeople, topics range from their creative practice, influences and inspirations, to the importance of community, and their sense of connection to the county.
Participants to date have included East Clare storyteller and crafter Ruth Marshall, Miltown-Malbay songwriters Anne Rynne and Shona Blake, Ennis documentary filmmaker Ken O’Sullivan, poet Anne Casey, folk singer Katie Theasby, musician Tommy Hayes, actor and playwright Jacinta Sheerin, and writer and actor Mark O’Halloran.
Listen or watch via Google podcasts / Spotify / Apple / Facebook video / or YouTube video.
Or why not try South Tipp Arts Centre’s Cuppa Culture podcast, which provides yet more creative inspiration through its short conversations with an array of creatives working both nationally and internationally.
Borne out of the pandemic and the high level of restrictions in place at the time, the 13 episodes feature people from visual arts, theatre, literature, opera and community arts backgrounds discussing the effect of lockdown on their lives and work.
Co-presented by Eimear King and Helena Tobin, just some of the podcast’s participants have included sculptor James Horan, illustrator Roisín Hahessy, director, producer, writer and photographer Jeremiah Chechik, and experimental poet Michelle Moloney King.
Listen via Spotify.