A recent study by UCC researchers found Irish people are more likely to emigrate than almost every other western country in the EU. 1 in 4 rural families have seen one of their relatives leave the country to find work. With this in mind, Raidió Corca Baiscinn has recorded the first programmes in an on-going series where emigrants are interviewed in their new home countries.
Family members and friends in West Clare take part in the programmes, bringing about warm reunions across the airwaves in the run up to the festive season. The interviewees talk about their new lives and careers, as well as what they miss about home, especially family, friends and social life.
Taking part in the first programme, Mary Gilligan, 2012’s Rose of Clare, who now lives in Melbourne (pictured above) but is originally from Killimer. The second programme features Cathriona Flanagan from Doonbeg, now living in Sydney, and the third brings Leanne Fitzgerald from Toronto in touch with family and friends in Kilkee.
Producer of the series, James Flanagan said of making the programmes in this series “This has been a really heartwarming series to make. Hearing how recent emigrants from Ireland are making new lives for themselves across the world is exciting and inspiring. The joy in people’s voices as they hear their families and friends “across the waves” is infectious! You can’t help smiling as you listen to these shows, which are the perfect programmes to listen to in the run up to Christmas.”
We are looking for more participants in this series for the New Year, so if you and your family would like to take part in joining with your cousins, sons, daughters, mothers and fathers or grandparents “Across The Waves”, do get in touch with the producer of this series, James Flanagan at Raidió Corca Baiscinn, either by phone on 065 908 3022 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Across The Waves” will be broadcast on 92.5, 94.8FM and www.rcb.ie from Tuesday 3rd December at 3.30pm, repeated on Friday 6th December at 5pm, and on Tuesdays at 3.30pm and Fridays at 5pm until Friday 20th December.
RCB broadcasts on 92.5 & 94.8FM and online at www.rcb.ie, 2-9pm Monday – Friday and 2 – 5pm Saturday and Sunday. Tune in to hear local people presenting programmes with a local slant, but widespread appeal