Launching Clare FM – The Book


Clare FM is County Clare’s local radio station and it was launched on 10th September 1989. Ger Sweeney was the first voice on air at the station and he has written the story of launching Clare FM.

Launching Clare FM – The stories of those who launched Clare’s local radio station in 1989” went on sale in November 2019 – details of outlets and online purchase can be found below.

There was a team of amost 30 people working on a full time and part time basis at Clare FM when the station launched. These people tell their stories throughout the book outlining where they are from, how they got interested in radio, how they became part of the Clare FM team, their role in the launch, what they did at the radio station, why they left, where they went and what they were doing at the time of the 30th anniversary.

Clare FM was one of the first local radio stations to commence broadcasting in 1989. It was a historic event and the stories contained in the book outline just how eagerly the arrival of local radio was anticipated by the people of the county. Many positive changes came about because of it and these are teased out by those who were there to witness it happening. 

Not got your copy yet?  No Problem!

It’s an ideal “lockdown read” or as Christmas rolls around again it would be an ideal gift for the radio enthusiast,  history buff or the pure nosey. “Launching Clare FM” is available at Ennis Bookshop, Eason (McLoughney’s) in Shannon, Larkins in Milltown Malbay, Minihane’s Centra Corofin, Michaels’ Centra Kildysart, Banner Books & Salmon Books in Ennistymon and at Kenny’s Bookshop in Galway.

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Launching Clare FM retails at €15. Postage and Packaging is extra as follows: Post to anywhere in Ireland €9, United Kingdom €11, Europe €11.50 and Rest of the world €15.50.