Emerald Connection was founded and is run by Irish freelance broadcaster and author, Ger Sweeney. Ger has been working in the radio industry since he was a teenager back in 1981. At that time Ireland had many “pirate” radio stations as legislation to regulate the industry did not come along until 1988. Between 1981 and 1988 Ger worked for various stations in Limerick and Galway. He spent some time in the United States in the mid 1980s too, and learned a lot from his broadcasting colleagues there as he worked on voiceovers and commercial productions.
Ger has been involved with local radio in Ireland since its commencement in 1989. In fact Ger was the first voice on Clare FM, one of the first stations to start broadcasting in September 1989. Over the years Sweeney has been part of the station on both a full time and contract basis. He also spent a short stint with Limerick 95 in the mid 1990s.
In November 2019 to mark the 30th anniversary of the launch of Clare FM, Ger released his first book titled “Launching Clare FM”. It tells the stories of the people who launched the radio station back then. The book has been very well received and has already been labelled a valuable historic piece that will in time, be an invaluable reference and insight to that historic period in the Irish radio story.
In March 2021 he releases a book of short stories from his time on radio. This is timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Ger’s first broadcast. The book is, he hopes, the first in a series to relay some of the stories of his time in and around the world of radio.
Ger’s passion for radio is at the core of all that he does. However, over the years he has taken time out from broadcasting and has been very active in the world of business. Some of the projects he has been involved in include the launch and management of an international chauffeur service based in Ireland in the 1990s, his role as Golf Services Manager at Doonbeg Golf Club from 2001 to 2006, Managing Director of a Munster-based print management company from 2015 to the present day along with his involvement with a newly launched candle business.
During his time away from broadcasting Ger was one of the first broadcasters to turn to podcasting and online broadcasting. In 2009 he started podcasting an Irish radio programme that was syndicated on over a dozen European radio stations.
Ger has been working as a freelance broadcaster for many years now. As part of that, he launched his Irish programme, “Live on Eire” on Spain-based Talk Radio Europe (TRE) on 30th April 2018. The programme is Spain’s only dedicated Irish radio programme and is broadcast on Wednesday evenings from both Ireland and Spain, depending on where he is on any given day.
Emerald Connection is designed to create content for Irish people across the world and for other nationalities who have an interest in Ireland and Irish affairs. His time in Spain has brought Ger into contact with the Irish Association of Spain. Through this he works in partnership with the association in organising the St. Patrick’s Day events in Torremolinos and Benalmadena in 2018 and 2019. He has also had a consultancy role in the celebrations in Marbella and La Cala de Mijas in 2019. The covid-19 pandemic resulted in the 2020 and 2021 celebrations.
Ger continues to podcast and his most recent offering is “The Emerald Conversations” which is available wherever you get your podcasts