Listener Information

Every week, across Ireland, 2000 Community radio volunteers engage with an estimated 170,000 listeners in 20 fully licensed stations and 30 aspirant stations at different stages of development. Community Radio is a rapidly growing broadcasting sector and a force for community development, identity, and expression.

Community Radio offers:

  • rare and direct media access for all perspectives in our communities,
  • the potential for innovation inherent in non-profit,community owned and operated media
  • diversity in the provision of programming, especially where there would be insufficient profit for the commercial sector and too much cost for the public service sector.
  • offers a resurgence of local media highlighting local issues,opinions and voices in contrast to mainstream medias increasingly centralised content production.
  • the skills, resources and the opportunity to understand media by members of our communities through actively participating in its creation and delivery.
  • a unique mechanism to engage with social exclusion by acting as a vehicle for outcome-driven personal and professional training and development
  • a powerful tool in providing services and supports to communities, especially disadvantaged and excluded communities.
  • the opportunity to promote democracy, human rights and the environment.
  • a challenge to global media blandness in reinforcing local identities while acting as a catalyst for integration and inclusion.

Station Directory

Click here to view a list of Community radio stations

Latest News

Congratulations to Scariff Bay Community Radio and The Inaugural Clare Drama Radio Play Festival

Clare Drama Festival was initiated in 1946 and has been held almost every year since. It was not held in 2001 due to the foot and mouth epidemic and again in 2020 because of coronavirus.   Determined not to be thwarted again in 2021, Scariff Bay Community Radio...

Near FM – Media Education Without Borders – online training course

The Near Media Co-op has been developing an online training course for teachers/trainers on media literacy/media studies. It is part of an Erasmus+ European Project with partners in Germany, Spain and Hungary. If you know anyone who might be interested in the training...

Craol Féile 2020 Remote but not Distant.

The big questions for the CRAOL Coordinating Committee when planning Féile 2020 back at the start of the year were hotel, workshops, guest speakers, topics  and  theme.  Then Covid 19 came along, and the questions became: numbers, who should attend?  conference room...

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Latest Events

National Community Radio Day Launch – June 22nd 2018

National Community Radio Day Launch – June 22nd 2018

A national campaign to increase participation in community broadcasting around the country will be launched on National Community Radio Day, Friday, June 22. The campaign, entitled Community/Speak, is being organised by the Community Radio Forum. The campaign will be...

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