Brian Kennedy joins Clare FM team

Brian Kennedy joins Clare FM team

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Brian Kennedy pictured in Studio 2 at Clare FM – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

One of Irelands most popular singer-songwriters will fulfil a life-long dream this month when he broadcasts his new show on radio stations Clare FM and Tipp FM.

Belfast born Brian Kennedy will become regular feature on the radio schedules of popular the popular sister stations from October 20th.

Kennedy’s new show , Life, Love & Happiness” has been in the development stages for months will be exclusive to the award winning stations.

Kennedy first came to prominence as a featured singer in Van Morrison’s now legendary blues and soul revue in the late 80’s. He then went on to establish his own solo career, enjoying several number one hit singles and albums and also represented Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest. Some of his best-known hits include “Captured”, “A better man”, “Life love & happiness”, “Put the message in the box”, “Get on with your short life” and “You raise me up”.

A regular on our TV screens and on the airwaves, Brian, who has always had a great love of radio will now be fulfilling a life-long dream by presenting his own radio show exclusively on Clare FM and their sister station Tipp FM this coming October. He added “I’ve done a huge amount of radio over the years and Its something that has always appealed to me. Radio was always and continues to be such a huge part of my life. I’m excited about the show and delighted that I am being given a lot of creative in-put in to the themes and the music that audiences will hear, I hope people enjoy the journey with me”.

Group Programme Controller Padraic Flaherty with Brian Kennedy and staff from the Old Ground Hotel – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

Group Programme Controller Padraic Flaherty, is equally excited about the new project. “When we first discussed this series with Brian, he was extremely open to all ideas, but he’s a busy artist so it was all about finding windows in his calendar to record. We also felt it was important that he be allowed to put his own stamp on the show bringing his years of experience to the fore. He has a totally natural on-air presence and the ability to draw you in which is a rare talent, it’s a real honour for the Stations that he agreed to join us on this unique series”.

In this new show, Brian will be bringing you into his world of music and playing some of his favourite songs and music that you’re guaranteed to love. He’ll also be catching up with some of his musician friends and chatting to celebrities from all over the world.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

Allen Flynn, Managing Director of Flynn Hotels, sponsors of the new show said: “I have been a fan of Brian’s work for many years and loved the approach of this show in both its themes and audience reach. It was a perfect fit for our hotels and will highlight both the Old Ground Hotel in Ennis and Newpark Hotel in Kilkenny”.

Life, Love & Happiness will begin its first series on Saturday October 20th and will be broadcast from 6-8pm.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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