Live on Eire is Spain’s only Irish radio programme. It is broadcast on Wednesday evenings at 7pm CET (6pm Irish time) for two hours on Talk Radio Europe based in Southern Spain. The programme is presented by Irish broadcaster Ger Sweeney.
Live on Eire is a chat programme that focuses on the connections that exist between Ireland and Spain. The programme features events that happen in Ireland that would be of interest to the significant Irish community in Spain and further afield. Ger also features events happening in Spain that are of interest to the Irish living in Spain and indeed elsewhere.
According to the Cervantes Institute yearbook “Spanish in the World 2018” there are 577 million Spanish-speakers in the world. Accordingly, the programme often looks to Spanish-speaking countries across Latin America to explore the links between them and Ireland. And there are many!
Below you can hear ALL of the programmes as they were broadcast starting with the most recent.
Coming Up – Live on Eire Wednesday 29th September 2021
This will be updated in the coming days. Hear Live on Eire from 7pm CET (6pm in Ireland) online at http://www.tre.radio or download the TRE App.
Live on Eire Archive Starts Here
Live on Eire 22nd September 2021
Today Ger talks to Teddy Fennelly about the “Portlaoise Plane”. This is a great history piece about a plane that was build and flown from Portlaoise in 1912. It lived in a garage in the town for 60 years and ended up in a museum in Britain for an additional 40 years. However, the plane is home now! Patricia Trainor has another wonderful story for us and there is a great musical line-up
Live on Eire 15th September 2021
There’s a variety of interests covered this evening. Patricia Trainor continues her series on the islands off the coast of Ireland, singer Des Egan tells Ger about his new single, why he chose to cover one of Joe Dolan’s great hits and how he survived without gigs becasue of the Covid restrictions and we hear from Cork-based singer/songwriter/musician Áine Duffy. She chats about her music career and her new living/working space which was inspired by her tree house-construction abilities. There’s lots more in there too.
Live on Eire 8th September 2021
After the excitemet of Europe retaining the Solheim Cup over the past weekend Ger talks to Pete Duignan who is the golf Pro at Co. Cavan and Co. Longford Golf Clubs about the star of the European team, 26 year old Cavan native Leona Maguire. Another in the series featuring record producer PJ Curtis talking to the legendary Sonny Condell about the album he produced for Scullion in 1979. Plenty of great Irish music in there too with new songs from Soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan from Kerry and Mayo-based Callyanna who has penned a song in support of the Mayo football team who take on Tyrone on Sunday in the All Ireland Football final.
Live on Eire 1st September 2021
Today we hear another story from Patricia Trainor about one of the Islands off the Irish coast. There’s a G2 Summit with George Lee and Ger and plenty of great Irish Music including Christy Dignam, Ciaran Lacery, The Raines, Freddie White and Orla Gartland. You will also hear the Irish No.1s from this date in 1969 and 1977.
Live on Eire 25th August 2021
On this episode hear another in the series of interviews between Ger Sweeney, record producer PJ Curtis and another. Today Ger and PJ chat with legendary Irish singer/songwriter Mick Hanly about the making of his “Wooden Horses” album which was produced by PJ. The Open Andalucia Hickory Golf tournament is happening in September – hear all about that. This and much more news from Ireland and plenty of great Irish music including the Irish No.1 from this date in 1989
Live on Eire 18th August 2021
On today’s Live on Eire Patricia Trainor is back with another great story. This story and the nexxt five are all about the islands off the Irish coast. In this story Patricia tells us about Rathlin Island. George Lee has another “singer and the song” for us – the story behind another Irish favourite. In the second hour Ger has an extended with Mayo singer/songwriter CallyAnna. They talk about her career, her music and hear the fascinating story of some of the fabulous tracks on CallyAnna’s forthcoming album titled “Goddess in Me”. There’s plenty of news from Ireland and lots of great Irish music too.
Live on Eire 11th August 2021
A Limerick-based businessman, Steve Normoyle has launched his new website at http://www.whattodoinireland.com and in the first hour of the programme he tells Ger about the reason behind it and his plans for its development. In the second hour we meet the Director of the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience, Geraldine Enright who tells us all about the majestic Cliffs and the launch of their new App. Our featured artist this week – The Undertones from Derry. There’s music from 1979 and 1998 in there too as we listen to the No.1 songs in Ireland on this day in those years. Plenty of other music and news too.
Live on Eire 4th August 2021
As Ireland re-opens and life gets back to some form of normality Cork County Council has launched a series of 120 live events, mostly free to take place in August and September across the county. Mayor of Cork County, Cllr Gillian Coughlan tells Ger about “Cork CoCo Pops”. Ben Sweeney tells us about plans that are in place across the campuses of all Higher Education facilities to ensure that staff and students can return in September. Today’s featued artist is Hozier but there is plenty more great Irish music from many genres and lots of news and commentary on events at home.
Live on Eire 28th July 2021
On this edition Ger Sweeney talks to Jason Byrne about the work that goats and Sheep are doing in a graveyard outside Crosshaven in Co. Cork. There’s another G2 summit with Ger and George Lee. Music this time round from featured artist Henry McCullough, the Irish No. 1 from this date in 1976 and 1981 and lots more besides.
Live on Eire 21st July 2021
Ger continues the series of interviews with record producer PJ Curtis and some of the artists whose albums he has produced. On this edition Ger and PJ chat with Freddie White about the making of his 1981 ablum called “Do You Do” and a subsequent four track EP called “Have a Nice Day”. There’s another story from Patricia Trainor and Ger catches up with soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan to find out how her new single, her first self-penned composition, is doing. Plenty of new music and lots of news too.
Live on Eire 14th July 2021
IN the first hour of today’s programme, Ger talks to Jennifer Horgan about her new Book titled “O Captain My Captain” which looks at the Irish education system and the need for change. In the second hour Ger and George Lee (the two Gs) discuss some of the stories making headlines in Ireland at present. Plenty of great music with the Irish No.1 songs on this date in 1974 and 1981 as well as music from today’s featured artist Mick Hanly. All this, and much more.
Live on Eire 7th July 2021
On this edition Ger talks to Cliona Maher from the Clonmel Junction Arts Festival about this year’s offering, Patricia Trainor has another story for us about an Irishman who invented something military and there’s an extended interview with one of Ireland’s favourite entertainers – Charlie McGettigan. New music from Mary Culloty O’Sullivan, a “mad thing” as he calls it from Sonny Condell and plenty more.
Live on Eire 30th June 2021
A rather different programme today. Some weeks ago Ger spoke with PJ Curtis about his career and in particular his production of some of Ireland’s iconic recordings. Today, PJ joins Ger in studio to chat with Mike Hanrahan of Stocktons Wing on Zoom. Together they talk about how two of the bands most memorable albums, Take a Chance (1980) and Light in the Western Sky (1982) were created. We hear some music from the albums too along with news and other great tunes from Ireland.
Live on Eire 23rd June 2021
It’s the day of the Spancil Hill fair but for the second year in a row it won’t be happening due to Covid restrictions. Christy McNamara tells us about his music, photography and how he has brought them together to celebrate the fair day. The Yeats Society Sligo has launched a fundnraiser to allow it continue its work. Ger talks to the Director of the Centre, Susan O’Keeffe. We have another story from Patricia Trainor and there is wonderful music throughout.
Live on Eire 16th June 2021
This edition is broadcast on Bloomsday so we have live inserts from Roger Cummiskey and Ray Smith who hosted Bloomsday events, Roger in Kilfenora, Co. Clare and Ray in Malaga. The “Safe Home Ireland” charity celebrates 21 years in existence next week and its CEO, Karen McHugh tells Ger all about it. In the second hour Ger and George Lee have a chat about some of the news making headlines in Ireland in their latest G2 summit. Plenty of good music from Gemma Hayes, U2, The Raines, Brian Deady and others.
Live on Eire 9th June 2021
Ger talks to Simon Taylor who has had a very successful career in music. He discusses his time as CEO of Ireland’s National Concert Hall, being head of the RTE Symphony Orchestra, his time as a presenter with the BBC and RTE and much more. Ben Sweeney highlights the re-opening of the hospitality sector in Ireland as Covid restrictions are lifted – he talks to a Waterford-besed publican and Clare-based hotelier. Mike Hanrahan has a new charity single on release -we hear it and the story behind it. All of this and much more. Enjoy!
Live on Eire 2nd June 2021
Another mixed bag on today’s programme as we check in with Eimear Ní Bhraonáin from KCLR FM to find out about life in Carlow/Kilkenny, Patricia Trainor continues her stories about well-known products and items invented by Irish people and Ger talks to a current-day inventor Noel Marshall. Music from our featured artists Sinead Lohan, the No.1 songs in Ireland on this day in 1990 and 2004 – both novelty songs and a whole lot more.
Live on Eire 26th May 2021
A rather different format for this episode. In the first hour we hear from Patricia Trainor – she has another story about the Irish person behind a creation that we all love. George Lee is back with another “Singer and the Song” when he tells us the story behind another well known and much loved Irish song. The entire 2nd hour is devoted to a chat with PJ Curtis. PJ is an author, broadcaster, musician, blogger and record producer who has worked with some of the best Irish bands and artists through the years.
Live on Eire 19th May 2021
Some months ago Ger spoke to Jim Schofield from Co. Wicklow about his “perfect pandemic project” which involves the building of a boat in his garage and an Atlantic voyage. On this edition of Live on Eire we find out how Jim is getting on. George Lee is back with the first G2 Summit of the year and Patricia Trainor has a new story for us. Some great Irish music in here too including 4 tracks from the featured artists The Cranberries.
Live on Eire 12th May 2021
Today Ger talks to Julie Carr from the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking festival which has been getting a lot of attention recently becasue of a recently released Hallmark movie in the United States. Amanda Larkin tells us why she is trying to gather 796 dolls. Music this week from our featured band, Stocktons Wing as well as the Irish No.1 songs from this date in 1968 and 1972 among the Irish music you’ll hear. Plenty of news from, and about, Ireland and the Irish too.
Live on Eire 5th May 2021
Ben Sweeney is back with us to chat about the Irish Government’s plan for re-opening the economy and society. Patricia Trainor has another story about a well known Irishman. Leticia Medina joins us from the Association of Spanish Speakers in Ireland to tell us what’s planned for members over the coming weeks. Musically we hear the Irish No.1 from this date in 2003 as well as tunes from Mary Coughlan, Christy Moore, Mikey Harte and others.
Live on Eire 28th April 2021
on today’s episode we hear a great story about Che Guevara from Patricia Trainor. George Lee is back with another “Singer and the Song” and Ger talks to Teresa O’Malley from Midwest Radio in Mayo to find out about life in that great county. Music from featured artist Mike Denver, the Irish No.1 on this day in 1975 and 1987 and there’s plenty of news from across the county.
Live on Eire 14th April 2021
We recently said farewell to one of Ireland’s great writers and entertainers when Shay Healy passed away. Mike Hanrahan from Stockton’s Wing talks to Ger about his fond memories of Shay. The Listowel Writers Week will be happening in June on virtual platforms and the Chairperson of the festival, Catherine Moylan tells us how plans are shaping up. Plenty of great Irish music including the Irish No.1 from 1974, our featured artist is Marc Roberts and there’s plenty of news and chat from across Ireland.
Live on Eire 7th April 2021
This is the first of the new two-hourly Live on Eire and at our new time of 7pm CET. Change consultant and author Alan O’Neill talks about his new book, “Culture Matters”, Sporano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan is with us to pay tribute to Dr. Veronica (Ronnie) Dunne whose death was announced a few days ago and George Lee tells us the story behind another favourite Irish song. Music from our featured artist Mary Black, the No.1 song in Ireland on this day in 1972 and plenty of other great Irish music guaranteed.
Live on Eire 31st March 2021
Soprano, Mary Culloty O’Sullivan from Killarney in Co. Kerry joins Ger to chat about her life and her singing career. Patricia Trainor is back to continue her tales about connections between Irish people and Latin America when she tells us about an Irishman who is celebrated in Equador. Today’s featured artists are Foster and Allen and you will hear the Irish No.1 on this date in 1966.
Live on Eire 24th March 2021
On today’s edition Patricia Trainor tells us about the man from Tipperary who is widely celebrated in Uruguay and George Lee is back to give us the story behind another great Irish song. The featured artists is Belfast-born Brian Kennedy and you will hear the Irish No.1 from this date in 1965.
Live on Eire 17th March 2021
We are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a host of guests. Patricia Trainor has a 10-question Ireland quiz ready, Jose Antonio Sierra will be telling us about the greening of his home city, Terry McKinley the President of the Irish Association joins us and we hear from the Children of a Clare-based National School who tell us what they think St. Patrick’s Day is all about. We’ve new music from Tony Jones, our featured artists this week, The Boomtown Rats and the Irish No.1 on this date in 2006.
Live on Eire 10th March 2021
As St. Patrick’s Day approaches there will be a very different feel to how the day is marked across the world. Patricia Trainor and Ben Sweeney look at some of the events (mostly online) that are planned. The featured artist is Dublin band Delorentos and you’ll hear the Irish No.1 on 10th March 1965. Also, George Lee tells us the story behind the song “Marble Halls”.
Live on Eire 3rd March 2021
Patricia Trainor is back with a new story and today she tells us about the Irish man who established the Argentine Navy. George Lee’s series of the singer and the song focuses on The Rose of Tralee. Plenty of news from and about Ireland, music from featured artist Ultan conlon and you’ll hear the Irish No.1 on this date in 1978.
Live on Eire 24th February 2021
Ger hosts an extended interview with Swedish native Camilla Griesel who has been living in West Cork for many years. They talk about camilla’s singing, her connections to musical royalty in Ireland and her fascinating life in general. Additional music from featured artist Christie Hennessy and the Irish No.1 from this date in 1967.
Live on Eire 17th February 2021
On today’s programme Ger talks to Whiskey Historian, Fionnán O’Connor, about the unearthing of whiskey recipies that have been revived for the first time in more than a century. Musically we hear the Irish No.1 from this date in 2013, the fretured artist is Kathy Durkin and there will be plenty of news from Ireland.
Live on Eire 10th February 2021
It is exactly one year since the Irish voters went to the polls and threw up a very un-expected result. That, coupled with the arrival of Covid-19, meant that it would be many months before a government was formed. Ben Sweeney joins Ger to chat about the last 12 months in Irish politics. Musically we’ll hear the Irish No.1 on this date in 1966, our featured artist is Horslips and there’s plenty of news from and about Ireland.
Live on Eire 3rd February 2021
On today’s programme George Lee has another in his series of “the singer and the song”. Our featured artist is Clare native Maura O’Connell, you’ll hear the Irish No.1 on this day in 1966 and we’ll find out why Irish people are down-playing their Irish speaking abilities from the researcher who investigated it.
Live on Eire 27th January 2021
Today we welcome George Lee back to the programme and he has a new feature for Live on Eire – he tells Ger all about it. Seamus Heaney is one of the country’s best known and loved poets and as it happens our regular contributor Patricia Trainor knew him quite well. Patricia has a great Heaney story for us. We hear some of the tributes to Soprano, Cara O’Sullivan who died last night at the age of 59. Plenty of great Irish music too incl two from our featured artists The Wolfe Tones and the Irish No.1 on this day 1993.
Please Note: Due to Covid travel restrictions the programme is broadcast from Ireland at present and on this occasion we had some technical issues that have been edited out so please forgive the jumps in topic in the first 10 minues of this recording.
Live on Eire 20th January 2021
Ger plays a beautiful new composition from artist Manus Walsh which was produced by P.J. Curtis. By way of introduction to Manus you can hear a replay of an interview that he did with Ger in 2018. Patricia Trainor has another great story about a well known Irish person from the history books. The Pogues are the featured artist, you’ll hear the Irish No.1 from this day in 1965 and there’s plenty of other bits and pieces in there.
Live on Eire 13th January 2021
A man by the name of Jim Schofield is building a boat in the garage beside his house in Blessington Co. Wicklow and he hopes to sail solo across the Atlantic later this year. Jim talks to Ger about the project. The featured artist this week is Thin Lizzy, there is more great Irish music including the Irish No.1 on this day 1969 and Patricia Trainor is back with another great story.
Live on Eire 6th January 2021
The first programme of 2021 and the first “Wednesday” Live on Eire. It falls on the day of the “Three Kings” in Spain and Ger speaks to Leticia Vaquero, a Barcelona native, now living in Limerick, about the celebrations and how Christmas and New Year traditions differ in Ireland and in Spain. Plenty of great Irish music, including a former Irish No.1 on January 6th and lots of news from home too.
Live on Eire 28th December 2020
On today’s programme Ger talks to the Irish Ambassador to Spain, Sile Maguire, Patricia Trainor has a story about Ireland ‘s connection to one of the world’s best-loved brandy and an Englishman tells Ger how he has always felt drawn to Ireland and the Irish. Plenty of great Irish music in there too including the Irish No.1 on this day in 1963.
Christmas Day Special 2020
It’s not necessarily a Live on Eire but it’s a Christmas Special that is very Irish in content. Some great Irish comedy with plenty of great music. Among the tracks you’ll hear will be the No.1 on Christmas Day in 1971 – not only that but Ger speaks to the man who sang the song. There’s also a very poignant song that tells the great story of what happened in no mans land during World War 1 in 1915.
Live on Eire 21st December 2020
Patricia Trainor is back with a great story about an elusive Christmas Turkey and a three legged chicken. Ben Sweeney looks ahead to what we might be watching on TV over the Christmas and some chat about Irish Christmas movies. Plenty of great Irish music including the Irish No.1 on this date in 1972.
Live on Eire 14th December 2020
Today Ger speaks to Ronan Daly about a wonderful music and film making initiative underway in St. Joseph’s Secondary School in Spanish Point in West Clare. The first of the Live on Eire Christmas songs will be played along with a chat with the singer of that song. The usual weekly birthday file and great Irish music including the Irish No.1 on this date in 1971
Live on Eire 7th December 2020
We’re not too far away from the Winter Solstice and today Ger will be talking to Clare Tuffy about Newgrange and the 5000 year old passage tomb there. We have another story from Particia Trainor – today it’s about her first effort to beake a cake for the in-laws. Hear lots of great Irish music including the Irish No.1 on this day in 1988 and a whole lot more.
Live on Eire 30th November 2020
Today George Lee talks to Ger about Ireland’s move from Level 5 to Level 3 covid restrictions. Patricia Trainor returns with a new story, the weekly famous irish birthday file, great music including the Irish No. 1 on this day 1970, news from Ireland and Spain and a whole lot more.
Live on Eire 23th November 2020
Today Ger speaks to Dr. Ursula Callaghan who has co-authored a book called “Are You Going Uptown” Shop and Shopping in Limerick. There is the usual famous Irish birthdays weekly list and some music drawn from that. You’ll get a listen to the No. 1 song in Ireland on this date in 1985. Some news from home and elsewhere too and a bit of fun.
Live on Eire 16th November 2020
As the rest of us are not allowed inside a pub during the Level 5 restrictions in Ireland on tdoay’s Live on Eire Ger talks to a man who, with two frinds, has moved INTO a pub in the North Clare town of Ennistymon. There’s another story from Patricia Trainor, the usual famous Irish birthday file for the coming week, great Irish music including the Irish No.1 on this day in 1966.
Live on Eire 9th November 2020
Today Ger talks to one of Ireland’s best loved entertainers, Red Hurley. Some of Red’s music and more great Irish music including the Irish No.1 on this day 1972. The usual bits like the famous Irish birthdays, news from TRE & Home and plenty of criac.
Live on Eire 2nd November 2020
On today’s programme Ger speaks to Aine Gleeson, an Irish entrepreneur, about her business (wowwee.ie) and how she has re-shaped her business in recent months to meet the challenges that have arisen. Her association with the Local Enterprise Office Clare is key to this. There are the usual famous Irish birthday file for the coming week, some news, great Irish music including the Irish No.1 from this day 1964.
Live on Eire 26th October 2020
Today on Live on Eire, Ger gives a nod to Halloween as Ben Sweeney joins him to present an interview he did recently with Dr.Catherine Swift about the origins of the festival and it’s Irish roots. Some news stories from home, our weekly birthday file, a lovely story from Patricia Trainor and great Iriish music including the No.1 on this day back in 1988.
Live on Eire 19th October 2020
Reluctantly Ger returns to Covid 19 today. As the programme was broadcast the Irish Government was meeting to agree what further retrictions will be imposed across the country to halt the spread of Covid. George Lee is on hand to discuss this and look at what might happen. Great Irish music from this week’s birthday list and the Irish No.1 from this day 2008 is featured and there’s other bits of news from Ireland.
Live on Eire 12th October 2020
Today Ger talks to George Lee about the ups and downs of the past week in Ireland, the rising Covid numbers and the lack of clarity around what should happen next. There is another great story from Patricia Trainor and plenty of great Irish music including the Irish No.1 from this date in 1996.
Live on Eire 5th October 2020
Ger speaks to Regina Whelan Richardson about the Salamanca Archive which is housed in St. Patrick’s College in Maynooth, Co. Kildare, he has this week’s birthday file, the Irish No. 1 from this date in 2004, news from home and plenty of other bits and pieces.
Live on Eire 28th September 2020
On today’s Live on Eire George Lee is back to chat about some of the stories making headlines in Ireland. There is plenty of good Irish music including the Irish No.1 on this date in 1978, you’ll hear the weekly famous Irish birthday file and there’s much more.
Live on Eire 21st September 2020
Today Ger talks to the president of the Irish Association in Spain Terry McKinley about how the Irish are faring out in th current climate in Spain. Plenty of great Irish music including the Irish No.1 on this date 1990, Particia Trainor has another wonderful story for us and we’ll name chack those on the famous Irish birthday list for the coming week
Live on Eire 14th September 2020
Today Ger talks to Colin Ahern who is part of Kilkenny Tourism about some of the initiatives that are currently attracting people to Ireland’s medieval city. We have the weekly Irish brithday file, some great Irish music including the Irish No.1 on this day in 1987 and there’s some infomration on what can be expected in the Government’s announcement tomorrow.
Live on Eire 7th September 2020
Today’s programme is filled with great Irish music including the Irish No.1 from this day in 1966, Ger talks to Ben Sweeney about the issues surrounding the remaining aspects of re-opening Ireland and Patricia Trainor returns with another of her great anecdotes.
Live on Eire 31st August 2020
This edition features Pigsy, a Dunlin-born architect who has moved to Malaga to focus on his art. George Lee follows up last week’s “Golf Gate” discussion and who will replace Phil Hogan in Europe. Plenty of great Irish music including the Irish No.1 on this day in 2013.
Live on Eire 24th August 2020
In this episode Ger will talks to George Lee about “Golf Gate” which has already claimed the head of a government minister along with other high profile fall-out. Hear some of Seamus Heaney’s words as narrated by Liam Neeson and there’s plenty of great Irish music including the Irish No.1 from this date in 1977
Live on Eire 17th August 2020
This week Ger talks to Ben Sweeney about his recent staycation in the “Sunny South East” of Ireland. Katie Theasby chatted with Ger a year ago – today she talks about the year that was, including the release of her first self-penned song.
Live on Eire 10th August 2020
On today’s programme Ger Sweeney talks to Newport based musician and compser Denis Carey about his life in music – so far. There will be plenty of good Irish music including the irish No.1 from this day 1971 and other bits and pieces including this week’s famous Irish birthday file.
Live on Eire 3rd August 2020
Ger talks to June Burke who has started a “movement” creating a link between swimming and mental wellbeing. On the Day that we lost John Hume Ger chats with Maurice Fitzpatrick who wrote and produced a documentary called “In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America”. You’ll hear this week’s famous Irish birthday files, there will be plenty of great Irish music including the Irish No.1 from this day in 1966 and a whole lot more
Live on Eire 27th July 2020
Today Ger talks to Professor Doug Leith from the School of Computer Science and Statistics in Trinity College who co-wrote a recently released report, concluding thaat user privacy is NOT protected adequately in Covid-19 tracking apps. There’s plenty of great Irish music including the Wolfe Tones, Ultan Conlon, the Corrs and a new single from Des Egan & Caitriona O’Sullivan.
Live on Eire 20th July 2020
On this week’s Live on Eire Ger talks to George Lee about some people who have been in the news in Ireland quite a lot in recent weeks along with news of Ireland not progressing to phase 4 of reopening the country. Ben Sweeney talks to members of the public and business people for their reaction and he’ll be talking about what college students can expect in the coming months. You’ll hear the Irish No.1 from 20th July in 1990 along with other great Irish music and a lot more.
Live on Eire 13th July 2020
Ger talks to the Irish barrister who came to Spain to write a book….about an Irish barrister who came to Spain to Write a book!!! Sean Torpey is one of Ireland’s leading makers of hurleys – the sticks with which the game of huring is played – and he tells Ger about his new BAMBOO hurley. You’ll hear great Irish music including the Irish No.1 on this day in 1981.
Live on Eire 6th July 2020
On this week’s Live on Eire Ger will be talking to George Lee about the recent Irish government formation FIVE months after the country went to the polls. Record producer PJ Curtis will join journalist and broadcaster Cormac Mac Connell to pay tribute to singer Jerry Lynch who died recently. Some great Irish music too including the Irish No.1 on this day in 1979.
Live on Eire 29th June 2020
Today Ger airs the second part of the Brendan Bowyer documentary called “Bowyer’s Limerick”, he talks to Michael Dixon about a paper that has remained hidden since 1950 that shines some light on James Blake – the man who supposedly poisoned Red Hugh O’Donnell, there’ll be the usual Famous Irish Birthdays for the coming week, government formation in Ireland and some great Irish music including the Irish No.1 on this day back in 1972.
Live on Eire 22nd June 2020
On today’s live on Eire Ger has another great Irish folklore story from Patricia Trainor, a report on the two ambitions that were realised at last Tuesday’s Bloomsday celebrations in Kilfenora in Co. Clare, there is an update on last week’s story when Ger spoke to Leon Moore about the disappearance of his aunt, Bernatette Cooper and there’s lots of great Irish music including the Irish No.1 from this date 1989.
Live on Eire 15th June 2020
Today Ger talks to Leon Moore whose aunt Bernadette Cooper vanished without trace in 1993. Originally from Castleblaney, Co. Monaghan, Bernadette lived in London and Benalmadena prior to her disappearance. Roger Cummiskey talks to us about James Joyce and Bloomsday which is tomorrow (Tuesday) and there will be some great Irish Music.
Live on Eire 8th June 2020
On today’s Live on Eire Ger talks to Kathleen Malone who has released an album to raise funds for Chernobyl children. Kathleen talks about the album, the Burren Chernobyl Project and her family which is steeped in musical history in Ireland. Kevin Keane has a story about the “Dublinising of Rural Ireland”, you’ll hear the Irish No.1 from this day in 1974 and a whole lot more.
Live on Eire 1st June 2020
In this episode Ger talks to Patricia Trainor about the search for the remains of Red Hugh O’Donnell in North West Spain, George Lee talks to us about Sporting Limerick and the passing of one of Ireland’s most loved entertainers, Brendan Bowyer.
Live on Eire 25th May 2020
On today’s Live on Eire Ger talks to Dr. Paul Nolan, a researcher who contends that there has been an “Outbreak of Kindness” across Northern Ireland since the Covid-19 outbreak, there is some more from Ennis writer Kevin Keane, the Irish No.1 from this date in 1965 and much more!!
Live on Eire 18th May 2020
Live on Eire this week falls on the 24th Anniversary of the last time Ireland won the Eurovision Song Contest. Eimear Quinn sang “The Voice” on that occasion. Ger talks to Eimear about that win and her forthcoming album. Patricia Trainor tells us the story of Charles Stewart Parnell, there’s this week’s Irish birthday file and some great Irish music
Live on Eire 11th May 2020
On this week’s Live on Eire Ger talks to Marieanne McLoughlin Dwyer about her new book called “The Sisters McNally”, Des Egan talks about the decades of entertaining audiences in Ireland, Spain and other parts of the world and George Lee returns with his list of the top 10 things he wants to do when the lockdown and restrictions are over. All this AND some great Irish music.
Live on Eire 4th May 2020
Today Rosalind Scanlon from the Irish Cultural Centre in London tells Ger about the Centre and the newly launched ICC Digital, the programme’s Irish/Spanish Cultural Advisor José Antonio Sierra give us informaton on some awards being handed out at the University of Malaga that are named after famous Irish people and there’s a Seamus Heaney poem read by actor Adrian Dunbar. There’s plenty of great Irish music too.
Live on Eire 27th April 2020
Ger talks to singer, musician and songwriter Barry McCabe about his extensive career, George Lee gives us his list of things he has learned since the Covid-19 pandemic began. Patricia Trainor has another story for us – this time about the O’Donnells. There’s great Irish music including the Irish No.1 from 27th April 1975. Oh and it’s the second anniversary of the programme!!
Live on Eire 20th April 2020
On this week’s Live on Eire Ger talks to the Minister for the Diaspora, Ciaran Cannon TD about the Irish government’s efforts for the many Irish people across the world at this time, you’ll hear from Ben Sweeney about government formation 11 weeks after the general election and among the great Irish music on the programme you’ll hear the Irish No.1 song from 20th April 1987
Live on Eire 13th April 2020
Ger talks to record producer and broadcaster PJ Curtis who pays tribute to Mary McPartlan who passed away on April 6th. The band Shaskeen has been on the go for 50 years and to mark that the band’s new double CD will go on release on april 17th – in advance of that the founding father Tom Cussen and newby David Sanders talk about the band and its members. The usual famous Irish birthdays get a mention and you’ll hear the Irish No.1 from 13th April 1972.
Live on Eire 6th April 2020
On today’s programme Ger pays tribute to a great musician, broadcaster and friend Pat Costello who passed away in the last week. There’s another great story from Patricia Trainor, a Covid-19 update from Ireland with Ben sweeney and a message from President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins. There’s some great music too including the Irish No.1 from this day 1966
Live on Eire 30th March 2020
Ger talks to Irish broadcasting legend Mike Murphy about his broadcasting career and newly launched podcast series in association with Senior Times magazine. There will be an update on Covid-19 in Ireland, the Irish No.1 song from this day in 1973, the famous Irish birthdays and a whole lot more.
Live on Eire 23rd March 2020
On today’s Live on Eire Ger talks to some people in Spain and Ireland who are generating online content to keep people active and keep their spirits up. Ben Sweeney updates us on the current situation in relation to the Covid-19 restrictions and recommendations in Ireland. There is great Irish music including the Irish No. 1 from 23rd March 1988 and an opportunity to finally hear the answers to Patricia Trainor’s St. Patrick’s quiz from last week.
Live on Eire 16th March 2020
The day before St. Patrick’s Day and and the Coronavirus is the topic of conversation. The Irish Ambassador to Spain, Síle Maguire sends greetings on the programme, Patricia Trainor has a story about St. Patrick AND she has a quiz for us. Ben Sweeney updates us on the Irish situation in relation to covid-19. The Irish No.1 on this date 1968 and plenty more great Irish music and a lot more.
Live on Eire 9th March 2020
Ger talks to Dr. Malania Terrazas about an Irish seminar taking place at the University of La Rioja in Northern Spain. There’s a first play of the Irish Eurovision entry and you’ll find out which Irish singer has been named as one of the most influential women of the past 100 years by Time Magazine. Plenty of great Irish music too including the Irish No. 1 song on today’s date in 1976.
Live on Eire 2nd March 2020
On this edition of Live on Eire, Ger talks to Barbara Wood, Manager, Tourism Ireland in Madrid about the Greening of iconic buildings across the world in honour of St. Patrick. John Egan tells us about the O’ hUaithnín brothers from Kilshanny in Co. Clare and their links to Spain back in the 1700’s. There’s some great Irish music including the No.1 song in Ireland on this day in 1979.
Live on Eire 24th February 2020
Ger talks to Terry McKinley the President of the Irish Association in Spain, there’s a story about a statue of St. Patrick on the back of a mule, another story from Irish folklore with Patricia Trainor and some great Irish music including the No.1 song in Ireland on this day 2009. Also details of how a trip to Ireland from Spain can be won for just €1.
Live on Eire 17th February 2020
Ger tells us about planned events for St. Patrick’s Day across Spain and talking to one of the organisers from Cabo Roig. Ben Sweeney updates us on what’s happening in relation to forming a governemnt following Ireland’s General Election and Patricia Trainor has another story from Irish Folklore – story of The Children of Lir. Plenty of great Irish music too including the Irish No. 1 from 17th February 1990.
Live on Eire 10th February 2020
On this week’s Live on Eire – reaction from Ireland to the result of the General Election with Ben Sweeney, Ger will be chatting to the Director of the 5th International Seminar on Irish Studies taking palce in Granada until Friday, another historic Irish No. 1 and of course the famous Irish birthdays coming up this week.
Live on Eire 3rd February 2020
On Live on Eire this week there is a further update on General Election 2020 in Ireland with Ben Sweeney, Patricia Trainor has another Irish story from folklore, some “new old music”, the Irish No.1 on this day 1966 and a song penned by an Irish couple living in Nerja in memory of a friend. The weekly Irish birthday file and a whole lot more.
Live on Eire 27th January 2020
Ger gets a General Election update from Ben Sweeney in Ireland, he talks to Spanish/Irish actor and comedien Leonor Bethencourt about her work including a unique look at the Rose of Tralee contest. There’ll be an Irish No.1 in there and Ger will fulfill a promise made to Bill Padley when they spoke on TRE last Thursday.
Live on Eire 20th January 2020
Ger talks to Anna Walsh and Irma McLoughlin from Theatre Forum in Ireland who are in Malaga participating in a European initiative involving women artists from Ireland, Spain and Sweden. General Election 2020 is underway in Ireland so Ben Sweeney updates us on the big news from the first few days of the campaign, Patricia Trainor tells us about the origins of the word “Porter” and tells us about Guinness. Ger will play the Irish No.1 from this day 1965 and there’s a whole lot more.
Live on Eire 13th January 2020
Ger talks to Ella Daly, Producer of the Limerick Literary Festival and Riverdance Creator Bill Whelan who launched the festival programme last week. There’s a tribute to another of Ireland’s great broadcasters Larry Gogan who died on Tuesday last. There’s a nod to famous Irish people whose birthdays we mark this coming week, the Irish No.1 from this date in 1971 and a whole lot more.
Live on Eire 6th January 2020
Ger talks to Ciaran O’Neill, a Derry-based journalist, about his recent trip to Malaga to find out more about Robert Boyd who was born in Derry, and is considered a hero in Spain. Patricia Trainor has another story for us, you’ll hear the Irish No.1 song from 6th January 1964, famous Irish people whose birthdays occur this week get a mention and there’s a tribute to Irish broadcaster Marian Finucane who died on 2nd January.
Live on Eire 30th December 2019
On the final Live on Eire of 2019 we hear the Irish President, Michael D. Higgins deliver his Christmas and New Year message, Ger remembers some of the events that occurred in the Irish news, the world of entertainment and sport. Some of the Irish people who have died throughout the year are fondly remembered. The Irish No.1 on this day 1972 features along with the famous Irish birthdays for the coming week.
Live on Eire 23rd December 2019
On the Christmas edition of Live on Eire Ger introduces a number of people who tell their Christmas memories and stories.
Live on Eire 16th December 2019
Ger will be presenting the Top 10 Irish artists/songs as voted by the Talk Radio Europe listeners. There will be a few surprises in there maybe and a few predictable ones too.
Live on Eire 9th December 2019
Ger talks to Colman Rushe who is from Mayo, now living in Spain, and he has just released his fourth book. There are 2 Christmas songs in the programme and the composer (Cormac MacConnell) of one tells the story and introduces it while the singer (Fiona Guihneen) of the second song does likewise. The Irish No.1 from 9th December 1964 features and a whole lot more. Only a week to go before Ger presents the Top 10 Irish songs or artists as voted by TRE listeners so there will be more on that.
Live on Eire 2nd December 2019
Ger talks to Derry-based journalist Ciaran O’Neill about his trip to Malaga next week, the G2 Summit with George and Ger, the Irish No. 1 from this day 1988, more on our search for the Top 10 Irish songs/artists as voted for by TRE Listeners and a whole lot more
Live on Eire 25th November 2019
Patricia Trainor tells us about Lough Derg and its centuries old attraction, George Lee and Ger Sweeney (the 2Gs) chat about last week’s news, there’s more on the search for the Top 10 Irish songs and/or artists as voted by the TRE Listeners, you’ll hear the Irish No.1 from 25th Novemeber 1972 and a whole lot more.
Live on Eire 18th November 2019
We hear from an Irish student in Hong Kong to give us a flavour of how the rioting has intensified and what that means for foreign students there. George Lee is in for the G2 Summit – news from Ireland from the past week, a tribute to Irish actor and comedian Niall Toibin who died during the week and more on Ger’s search for the Top 10 Irish songs or Irish artists as voted by TRE listeners. Some great music too including the Irish No.1 on 18th November 1966
Live on Eire 11th November 2019
Ger pays tribute to one of Ireland’s greatest broadcasters, Gay Byrne who died last week. George Lee will be in for the G2 Summit, and among the great Irish music on offer there is the Irish No.1 from this day in 1969. There have been many songs written about November over the years and Ger reflects on this and plays two great Irish songs about the wintry month. Patricia Trainor tell us about the Giant’s Causeway and there’s much more.
Live on Eire 4th November 2019
Ger announces details of his search for the Top 10 Irish songs or artists as chosen by TRE listeners. George Lee joins us for the G2 Summit, Patricia Trainor tells us about the Irish language and the stories that have been handed down for centuries and plenty of good music including the Irish No.1 for this day 1988.
Live on Eire 28th October 2019
Patricia Trainor tells us about Cú Chulainn from Celtic folklore and how he got his name, Ben will have another comedy piece (It’s the way he tells em), there is some information on an Irish TV documentary about Irish people who have moved abroad and got caught up in property scams, the G2 Summit with George Lee, some famous Irish birthdays and lots of great irish music including the number one on this day in 1967.
Live on Eire 21st October 2019
Ger Sweeney resumes his conversation with Irish Ambassador to Spain, Sile Maguire about Irish cultural events happening in Spain over the next few weeks. Artist and Joycean Roger Cummiskey talks about Sean Scully’s exhibition that opened in CAC Malaga last week and the debate surrounding a motion to bring James Joyces’ body back to Dublin. Singer/Songwriter Marieann Dwyer tells us the story behind her new song, and we hear that song. There was a lot happening in the news last week in Ireland and George Lee discusses that.
Live on Eire 14th October 2019
Ger talks to the Irish Ambassador to Spain, Sile Maguire, about some of the Irish cultural events that are taking place across Spain in the coming weeks. George Lee will discuss the past week’s Irish news in the G2 Summit, Marie Kusters McCarthy talks about her new book about murder and how a girl from Co. Waterford got a job with the UN and Patricia Trainor tells us how names come about and the story of Macha the Goddess of the horses from Irish folklore. You will hear the Irish No.1 from 14th October 1990 and much more.
Live on Eire 7th October 2019
On this week’s programme Ger Sweeney and George Lee present look back at the past week’s news in Ireland, there’s a great story from Patricia Trainor from 8th Century Ireland and she explains how places got their names, Ben Sweeney introduces more comedy and you will hear the Irish No.1 from this day 1988 and a lot more.
Live on Eire 30th September 2019
Ger talks to Dermot Hurley of the Valencia Irish Cultural Association, the programme’s Spanish/Irish cultural advisor is José Antonio Sierra and he talks about the Irish writer Kate O’Brien, Ben Sweeney introduces some comedy moments, there will be the weekly birthday file and you’ll hear the number 1 song in Ireland on 30th September 1978 along with other great Irish music.
Live on Eire 23rd September 2019
On today’s Live on Eire Ger shares some Irish comedy (new feature) from Dara O’Briain, there’s the famous Irish birthday file, the G2 Summit with George Lee, the Irish No.1 song from this day in 1966, some news of upcoming events and a lot more.
Live on Eire 16th September 2019
On this week’s Live on Eire Ger talks to the new PRO for the Costa Gaels, Patricia Trainor speaks about the O’Higgins boys (father and son) who created further links between Ireland and Spain and Latin America and there are a few stories from Jose Antonio Sierra about his trip to Ireland that shows just how nice the Irish people are…Just like Ger!! The Irish No.1 on 16th September 1996, some famous birthdays….and a lot more!!
Live on Eire 9th September 2019
Coming up on Monday’s Live on Eire Ger will be hearing from Particia Trainor about MOLI the Museum of Literature Ireland, George Lee will look at some of the Irish news items of the past week and singer/songwriter Finbar Furey will be talkling about his upcoming appearance at the international music festival in Marbella. All the usual bits and pieces in there too
Live on Eire 2nd September 2019
On this week’s programme Ger speaks to Dr. Aoife Brady, Curator of Italian and Spanish art at the National Gallery of Ireland about the Sorolla exhibition that is currently showing. George Lee is back this week to look at the stories that made headlines in Ireland over the past week. You’ll hear the Irish No.1 from 2nd September 1989 and a whole lot more including some great Irish music.
Live on Eire 26th August 2019
On today’s Live on Eire Ger talks to Irish sports reporter Derrick Lynch about the All Ireland Football Final between Dublin and Kerry which happen next Sunday. Patricia Trainor has an anacdote about the first Spanish/English dictionary which OBVIOUSLY has an Irish connection, you’ll hear the Irish No.1 from 26th August 1973 and some information on the mostly Irish music festival happening in Marbella in September.
Live on Eire 19th August 2019
On this packed edition Ger talks to Co. Clare-based musician and singer Katie Theasby about her upcoming debut album, the G2 Sumit (Ger and George Lee) will look at the big Irish stories of the past week and there will be reaction to Sunday’s All Ireland Hurling Final between Kilkenny and Tipperary with Tipp FM’s Ben Sweeney.
Live on Eire 12th August 2019
Today, José Antonio Sierra will be telling us about his meeting with the Mayor of Derry, Derrick Lynch will talk to Ger about next Sunday’s All Ireland Hurling Final and George Lee will discuss the news from Ireland over the past week. All this and famous Irish birthdays, a history lesson and some great Irish music.
Live on Eire 5th August 2019
Ger talks to Eleanor McKenzie, a Belfast woman now living in Spain who is currently writing a digital erotic series. The project involves personnel from across the world, all working on their respective roles at the one time. The programme’s Spanish/Irish Cultural Consultant José Antonio Sierra has been to Ireland so we’ll find out what he saw and of course George Lee will be reviewing the Irish news from the past week.
Live on Eire 29th July 2019
On this week’s Live on Eire Ger talks to Martyn Wood about Noche Celta (Celtic Night) which is happening on Saturday next in Mijas Pueblo, George Lee is in for the G2 Sumit and Ger checks in with José Antonio Sierra to find out how his trip to Ireland is going. Some of the usual bits and pieces will feature too and some great irish music.
Live on Eire 22nd July 2019
On today’s Live on Eire Ger talks to the programme’s Spanish/Irish Cultural Consultant José Antonio Sierra about the extensive links between Ireland and Latin America. George Lee will be discussing the news from Ireland over the past week, Ger will be playing the No.1 song in Ireland on this day in 1994 (it was at no.1 for 17 weeks so it must be good), there is this week’s birthday file, a history lesson and much more squeezed into the hour
Live on Eire 15th July 2019
On this week’s Live on Eire Patricia Trainor has another anecdote from her vast collection and this week she tells us about a woman from irish history called Dervorgilla, George Lee joins Ger Sweeney for a tongue-in-cheek look at last week’s news stories in Ireland, Ger will be playing the Irish No.1 on this date in 1974 and there’s a lovely tribute to the late Brendan Grace.
Live on Eire 8th July 2019
Ger talks to Ishtar Espejo, the Director of Foundacion Aladina, a Spanish charity that works with sick children and their families, there’s a sample of the atmosphere at the weekend’s Irish Open Golf Championship. The Irish number 1 on 8th July 1989 and a lot more.
Live on Eire 1st July 2019
As the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open comes to Lahinch in Co. Clare this week Ger talks to Michael Vaughan about the beautiful coastal resort, the golf courses and a lot more, George Lee pops in to chat about the news in Ireland over the past week, hear the No.1 song in Ireland on 1st July 1972, the famous birthdays file, a history lesson and much more.
Live on Eire 24th June 2019
On today’s edition Ger talks to George Lee (@drombanna) about the Irish news of the past week, Patricia Trainor tells us about the Flight of the Earls, this week’s Irish birthday file, a history lesson, the No.1 song in Ireland on this day 1977 and much more. There is a Ulysses throwback to last week too musically.
Live on Eire 17th June 2019
On this week’s Live on Eire Ger plays the interviews he conducted at the Bloomsday reading of Chapter 9 of Ulysses on the beach in Fuengirola on Sunday morning. George Lee pops in to chat about the past week’s news in Ireland. Great Irish music, famous birthdays, a history lesson and great Irish mucsic including the irish No.1 on this date in 1967.
Live on Eire 10th June 2019
On today’s programme Patricia Trainor tells us the story of St. Fiacra. George Lee chats with Ger about the Irish news stories of the past week, there’s a look ahead to Bloomsday events on the Costa del Sol and the Irish No.1 song fomr this date in 1973. A great selection of music and a whole lot more.
Live on Eire 3rd June 2019
Ger Sweeney talks to Lucy Stewart about her love of music, particularly Irish music and how that love features in her everyday life in Spain, George Lee on some of the Irish stories of the past week and there is a report from Doonbeg in West Clare by Ben Sweeney in advance of the arrival of one of the villages local businessmen who also happens to be the President of the United States. This week’s birthday file, an Irish history lesson from this week in history and Ireland’s favourite folk song all feature on this episode.
Live on Eire 27th May 2019
On this week’s Live on Eire Ger talks to Roger Cummiskey about Bloomsday which is June 16th, George Lee chats to him about some of the stories that made headlines in Ireland over the past 7 days and Patricia Trainor has the story of 2 well known Irish Saints (not George and Ger). There are some famous Irish birthdays from this week’s birthday file, the Irish No.1 from this day in 1987 and a whole lot more.
Live on Eire 20th May 2019
On this week’s Live on Eire, Ger talks to Peter O’Dwyer for the first time in a few weeks to get the Irish reaction to recent happenings in London and Brussels in relation to Brexit. George Lee joins Ger to have a tongue-in-cheek look at the past week in Ireland, there will be the No.1 song in Ireland from this week in 1967 and the usual famous Irish birthdays, a history lesson and some great Irish music.
Live on Eire 13th May 2019
On today’s Live on Eire with Ger Sweeney there is some great Irish music, much of which is seleceted from this week’s birthday list, George Lee will be chatting to Ger about the news stories from Ireland over the past week and there will be some information on events happening in the coming weeks along the Costa del Sol that might be of interest to you.
Live on Eire 6th May 2019
On today’s Live on Eire Ger Sweeney talks to Brendan O’Donoghue in County Donegal about recent earthquakes in the area, Sandra Ruiz, originally from Saville is a candidate in Tallaght (in Dublin) for the Social Democrats in the upcoming Local Elections, George Lee pops in for a quick chat and there is be plenty of Irish music from a number of genres.
Live on Eire 29th April 2019
On this edition we are celebrating our 1st Anniversary with Talk Radio Europe so it is a special event. Patricia Trainor returns to conclude her story of Maude Gonne and tell us about Maude’s son Sean McBride, our Spanish/Irish Cultural Consultant José Antonio Sierra joins Ger to talk about yesterday’s General Election in Spain and George Lee chats through some of the big stories in Ireland of the past week. All this and some great Irish music too along with othere bits and pieces.
Live on Eire 22nd April 2019
This week on Live on Eire Ger talks to Lynne Coyle, a Scottish woman living in Co. Kildare who has been making wine in Spain, Peter O’Dwyer gives us an update on the current political situation in Ireland with particular emphasis on reaction to recent Brexit developments and Patricia Trainor has another wonderful anecdote. Ger plays some lovely Irish music too including the No.1 song in Ireland on this week 1975.
Live on Eire 15th April 2019
It’s back!!! On this week’s Live on Eire Ger Sweeney talks to Shane O’Shea about the Irish Network Andaluz which will be launching later this month. Alfonso Blanco tells us about the Association of Spanish Researchers in Ireland and Patricia Trainor relates a fabulous story from her childhood in Belfast. There are famous Irish Birthdays of the week and a wee history lesson along with plenty of good Irish music.
Live on Eire took a break on Monday 1st and Monday 8th April 2019. The reason for this is that Talk Radio Europe was moving to new studios. We are delighted to say that Live on Eire returns on Monday 15th April from the brand new, squeeky clean TRE studios. The programme will be available here following transmission.
Live on Eire 25th March 2019
Today there is another anecdote from Patricia Trainor and this week she tells us about the High King of Ireland and how Scotland got its name. George Lee will be chatting to Ger about the Irish stories that had us chatting in Ireland in the past week and Peter O’Dwyer will update us on the Brexit/Ireland circus. There is some great music, our birthday file for the week and some “on this day” information.
Live on Eire 18th March 2019
Well it’s the day after St. Patrick’s Day. We will bring you some news on some of the happenings. Another anecdote from Patricia Trainor along with a review of the week’s Irish news with George Lee and Ben Sweeney chat’s to Tony Bell the founder of the Irish Association of Spain.
Live on Eire 11th March 2019
This is the last Live on Eire before St. Patrick’s Day so Ger will be focusing on some of the global celebrations taking place in honour of our parton saint. George Lee will review the last week’s Irish news stories and Peter O’Dwyer will update us on Brexit and Ireland. There’s a wee clip of the Irish Eurovision Song Contest entry too.
Live on Eire 4th March 2019
A busy week this week – Eleanor McKenzie from Belfast tells Ger her story, Patricia Trainor also from Belfast gives us a fabulous anecdote about the Titanic and Barbara Wood from Tourism Ireland talks about the global greening campaign currently underway ahead of St. Patrick’s Day. George Lee also looks back at the week that was and some of the stories that had us chatting in Ireland
Live on Eire 25th February 2019
Ger travelled to St. Patrick’s Church in Malaga to find out about the parish and who exactly THEIR St. Patrick is, there’s a look back at the week that was with George Lee, Peter O’Dwyer updates us on the Ireland/Brexit situation and Aida Blanes Arias the Foreign Residents’ Councillor tells us about the weekend celebrations coming up to celebrate Dia de Andalucia on February 28th. Some great music and information on a new feature that commences next Monday.
Live on Eire 18th February 2019
Ger plays the No.1 song in Ireland on 18th February 1965, he chats to George Lee about the stories that caught the imagination in Ireland in the past week and Peter O’Dwyer discusses the current Ireland/Brexit situation. Some great Irish music, some famous Irish birthdays coming up this week and a history lesson.
Live on Eire 11th February 2019
On this episode Ger Sweeney chats to George Lee about the stories that had tongues wagging in Ireland in the past week, Peter O’Dwyer gives us the latest thoughts in Ireland in relation to Brexit “progress” and its implications for the island of Ireland and the programme’s Spanish/Irish Cultural Consultant José Antonio Sierra tells us about the official opening of the Spanish Cultural Institute on 11th February 1974. Great music, some famous Irish birthdays coming up this week and much more.
Live on Eire 4th February 2019
Ger chats to Waterford native, Shane O’Shea, whose “Project Music” is organising classical evenings along the Costa del Sol and attracting quite a following. There’s a look back at the stories that had us chatting in Ireland in the past week with George Lee and with only 53 days left Peter O’Dwyer updates us on the latest Brexit/Ireland position. Some famous Irish birthdays in the week ahead, a history lesson and plenty of good music too.
Live on Eire 28th January 2019
With only 60 days to Brexit Peter O’ Dwyer talks to Ger about the past week’s ups and down from an Irish perspective, George Lee reviews some of the Irish stories that had us talking in the past few days and Terry McKinley talks about plans for a great celebration over the St. Patrick’s weekend on the Costa del Sol. There are some famous birthdays this week, a history lesson, Eurovision memory and much more.
Live on Eire 21st January 2019
Ger chats to a Co. Dublin woman who has been working in Spain for 19 years and today is the Marketing Manager for the beautiful Kempinski Hotel. We find out about her life and journey to Spain. George Lee looks back at some of the events that made headlines in the past week and Peter O Dwyer updates us on the current Brexit story as it impacts Ireland. Great Irish music and a a lot more.
Live on Eire 14th January 2019
There is extensive work being done for over a decade at the Military Service Pension Collection department of the Military Archives in Ireland. Cecile Gordon talks to Ger about the project that is very important as we mark the centenary of the Civil War and the War of Independence in the coming years. George Lee has a look at some of the stories that made headlines across the country in the past week and Peter O’Dwyer updates us on the current Irish take on Brexit. There are some famous Irish birthdays, some history, an Irish Eurovision memory and plenty of good Irish music.
Live on Eire 7th January 2019
Mari Cahalane, Head of the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition which kicks off in Dublin on Wednesday (9th January) talks about its history and what we can expect this year. There is an extended sit down interview with Irish Showbiz and comic Legend Brendan Grace, great Irish music, some famous Irish birthdays happening this week and a lot more.
Live on Eire 31st December 2018
Ger Sweeney talks to Minister John Paul Phelan about the electoral reforms that are underway in Ireland. There is a history lesson, famous Irish birthdays, an Irish Eurovision memory from 1981 and we remember some of the well known Irish people who have passed away in 2018.
Live on Eire 24th December 2018
A few familiar voices pop in to say hi, have a chat and wish us all a Happy Christmas. Some lovely Irish Christmas tunes and a chat with the writer of one of these icon songs. There is a special phone call to an Irishman living in a very cold spot who had a very responsible job on Christmas Eve night that helped Santa Claus to get across the world.
Live on Eire 17th December 2018
Lindie Naughton talks about her new Book “MARKIEVICZ – Prison Letter and Rebel Writings”. Fiona Penollar is the Head of the Irish Passport Service and she talks us through some recent changes in the service that allows for easier passport renewal from anywhere in the world. Great Irish music including the first ever IRISH number one song in Ireland, some famous Irish birthdays, a history lesson and of course the Irish reaction to this week in Brexit with the Times Ireland’s Peter O’Dwyer
Live on Eire 10th December 2018
On this edition of Live on Eire Ger talks to Richard Fitzpatrick an Irish journalist based in barcelona about Margaret Kearney Taylor who ran the Embassy Tea Room in Madrid. Margaret helped over 30,000 Jews, Servicemen and others escape the Nazis during World War II. Peter O’Dwyer talks Brexit from an Irish perspective, there will be famous Irish birthdays, music to match, a history lesson and an Irish Eurovision memory from 1980 and the first Christmas song of 2018 on Spain’s Irish radio Programme….and it’s a special one.
Live on Eire 3rd December 2018
Irish science fiction was discussed, teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) is very popular among the Irish across the world and we look at that. Some great Irish music, famous Irish birthdays being celebrated this week and a lot more including a look at a Brexit/Ireland update with Peter O Dwyer.
Live on Eire 26th November 2018
Northern Ireland is officially the best food destination in the world. Food NI Chief Executive Michele Shirlow explains what this means and how it came about. Ciaran Carty is a well known Irish journalist, broadcaster and movie critic. His new book “Writer to Writer” has just been launched and he talks about that while explaining his very close ties to Spain and Spanish culture over the past 50 years. Some great Irish music and another Brexit-Free episode.
Live on Eire 19th November 2018
Manus Walsh is a well known and much loved artist. He splits his time between his Ballyvaughan home in the Burren and his Spanish home. He recently launched a new exhibtion called “Variations” at the Kennny Gallery in Galway. Manus talks to Ger about his work, his inspirations and his long time love affair with Spain and the Burren. While at the Kenny Gallery Ger took the opportunity to speak to Des Kenny, one of the five second generations at the world renowned Kenny’s Bookstore. A fabulous story told beautifully by Des Kenny.
Live on Eire 12th November 2018
Have you any idea how to trap a starfish? Well on this edition of Live on Eire Ger spoke to Marieann O’ Dwyer who knows exactly how to do that….and WHY one might need such a talent. The passing of Irish musician, composer and academic Professor Micheál O’Suilleabháin was marked, Peter O’Dwyer updated us on a very exciting time in the Brexit negotiations focusing exclusively on the Irish position. There is an Irish Eurovision memory from 1978, music from The Fiddle Case, The Undertones, Luke Kelly and more.
Live on Eire 5th November 2018
Ger talks to Catherine Nowlan Roebuck, she is co-author of a new book on Nano Nagle, the founder of the Presentation Sisters, Peter O Dwyer talks about a very tense time in the Ireland/Brexit talks and former Spanish Ambassador to Ireland José Antonio Yturriaga reflects on his five years in office. Wonderful Irish music from Christy Moore, Passenger, Dolores Keane & Mick Hanley, Noel Shine & Mary Greene and there is an Irish Eurovision memory from 1977
Live on Eire 29th October 2018
Tom Gilmore has written a biography on Irish Country Music Legend Big Tom McBride, Patricia Trainor from Belfast who spent 25 years teaching Irish and Irish studies at the University of Malaga and Peter O’Dwyer updates us on Brexit and ireland. Some famous Irish birthdays of the week feature and there will be some great Irish music
Live on Eire 22nd October 2018
Portumna Players are performing in Fuengirola for one night only, the inaugural Irish Book Week, Peter O’Dwyer talks us through the week’s Ireland and Brexit issues and we chat about the first ever Trim Trad Festival. Some great music too from Christie Hennessy, Horslips, Bressie, the Freshmen, Celtic Woman and the Fureys
Live on Eire 15th October 2018
Ger talks to Antonio Rodriguez about La Termica, Peter Crann one of the Musical Directors of Irish Fleadh Cáceres tells us about this year’s programme. There’s an irish Eurovision memory from 1976 and Lots of other good Irish music from The Nolans, Paddy Reilly, Kila, Brendan Grace and Brian Kennedy.
Live on Eire 8th October 2018
Nuala Finnegan from the Spanish Department at UCC (University College Cork) tells Ger about the unique range of Spanish studies the university offers. Jose Manuel Gil de Galves from Concerto Málaga reveals some very good news and discusses the group’s links with Sligo, Limerick and Donegal. Peter O’Dwyer looks back at a busy week of Brexit/Ireland relations and Dr. Mark O’Brien from DCU (Dublin City University) discusses the Irish Pirate Radio Archives that was recently presented to the university. Plenty of other bits and bobs and some great Irish music.
Live on Eire 1st October 2018
Karen Hennessy is the CEO of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, she tells Ger what the Council does, Elena Campos tells us all about Bilingual Málaga and Peter O’Dwyer tells us about the past week in relation to Brexit/Ireland.
A really mixed bag of music from the Devine Comedy, Frank Patterson, The Script, Picture This and Boyzone.
Live on Eire 24th September 2018
There is an online course to teach us about the Book of Kells and Dr. Rachel Moss from Trinity College tells us about it, Peter O’Dwyer talks about a very exciting and controversial week in Brexit negotiations with the Irish Border at the heart of it and Ger was at the International Irish Music Festival over the weekend so you can hear some of the action.
Live on Eire 17th September 2018
Brian Robinson from U3A (University of the third Age) features today, Colm Fitzpatrick the Musical Director at the Claddagh Bar in Marbella tells us about the upcoming International Irish Music Festival and Anna Marie McHuugh previews the Ploughing Championships. Music from Big Tom, Sinead O’Connor, Ronan Keating and Fred.
Live on Eire 10th September 2018
Ger introduces José Antonio Sierra who has been working on the programme as its Spanish/Irish Cultural Consultant, There’s a tribute to the Childrens’ television programme Wanderly Wagon, Leticia from the Association of Spanish Speaking Parents in Ireland fills us in on the group’s activities and Ger attended the first training session of the new season for the Costa Gaels in Marbella.
Live on Eire 3rd September 2018
Nick Asmore from the SBCI explains how SMEs can get funding to prepare for Brexit, Frederico tells Ger about the upcoming Celtasur music festival near Granada and Martin Tolan from TSSG in Waterford explains their technology to prevent trucks being used as weapon in terror attacks. Music from the Clancy Brothers, Cranberries and Brendan Bowyer
Live on Eire 27th August 2018
Eoin Smith Walsh talks about his new book about the contribution Kilkenny people made during the Civil War and the War of Independence, Julie Carr talks about the Matchmaking Festival in Lisdoonvarna and Tyrone-based Francis Mooney previews the Dublin V Tyrone All Ireland Senior Football Final. Music from Brian McFadden, Christy Moore and Van Morrison
Live on Eire 20th August 2018
As Ireland prepares for the arrival of Pope Francis Susan O’Loughlin tells us about her RTE Radio documentary about the preparations for the last papal visit in 1979, Niamh Donnellan tells us what to expect for National Heritage Week, Ennis man Kevin Keane pays tribute to the late Tommy Peoples and there’s a Brexit/Ireland update with Peter O’Dwyer from The Times Ireland. Music from Maura O’Connell, Thin Lizzy, Villagers and Tadhg Horan
Live on Eire 13th August 2018
Carlos Perez Torres talks to Ger Sweeney about his memories of Irish artist George Campbell, Breda Smith from Kilcock Gallery does similar, Peter O’Dwyer updates us on Brexit/Ireland and Jerome O’Connell from the Limerick Leader looks ahead to the Limerick V Galway All Ireland Senior Hurling Final.
Live on Eire 6th August 2018
Michelle McCann from Transport for Ireland talks about the “Baby on Board” initiative, Alberto Cisterna from Enterprise Ireland discussed trade and Ger Travelled to a beautiful village called Genalguacil to meet Mayor Miguel Herrera to find out about the living art exhibition/festival.
Live on Eire 30th July 2018
Maurice Fitzpatrick wrote and produced a television documentary about John Hume’s work in the U.S. to bring peace to the island of Ireland. He talks to Ger today. The Galway Races kicked off today and Sinead Cassidy gives us a flavour of the atmosphere. Music from Christy Moore and the Corrs.
Live on Eire 23rd July 2018
Dr. Joseph Ryan tells Ger about Ireland’s first Technical University, Dr. Brendan Hoban from the Irish Catholic Priests Association explains the current public consultation process they are engaged in and we’ve music from Gina, Andrew String & the Committments and Dominic Kirwan
Live on Eire 16th July 2018
Seamus Moran is from Dublin originally. He know lives in Spain and he tells Ger Sweeney about a very busy and successful career, Kevin Lenane chats about Eire Óg Saville and Peter O’Dwyer updates us on Brexit/Ireland. Music today from Mike Denver, Brush Sheils, the Undertones and the Shamrocks
Live on Eire 9th July 2018
David Conway is CEO of Limerick 2030 and he fills us in on plans, Peter O’Dwyer talks Ireland/Brexit and Eleanor Moloney tells Ger Sweeney about her project that suggests a whole new experience could be enjoyed by developing the Lanes Network of Limerick. Music from Declan O’Rourke, an Irish Eurovision memory and Don Stiffe.
Live on Eire 2nd July 2018
Today’s programme features Liam O’Driscoll who has just returned from Russia after winning the European Ploughing Championships, Dr. Kieran O’Connor is the President of the Irish Dentists Association, we find out about a Music Festival called Calalonia Celta and Peter O’Dwyer updates us on Ireland/Brexit.
Live on Eire 25th June 2018
Barbara Wood from Tourism Ireland talks about a new initiative launched in Spain to encourage Spaniards to visit Northern Ireland, Businessman John Low talks about his career in Ireland,the UK & Spain and Gareth Morcombe explains Foot Golf to Ger.
Live on Eire 18th June 2018
Bloomsday was celebrated in style on the beach in Fuengirola and Ger Sweeney was there to record it, The Beer Club is recruiting a “beer taster”, Karen Mc Hugh from Safe Home Ireland tells us what the organisation does and Niamh Mc Clelland from the journal.ie tells us about the 11 things that ALWAYS happen us at airports. Music today from Stocktons Wing, the Saw Doctors, Charlie McGettigan and more.
Live on Eire 11th June 2018
Rudi Kinsella from Joe.ie tells Ger Sweeney about the 9 things Irish people MUST do on holidays, We hear from the Costa Gaels end of season BBQ in Marbella and Peter O’Dwyer continues his commentary and observations on the Ireland/Brexit position. Music is supplied by Christie Hennessy, Bob Geldof and an Irish Eurovision memory and there’s a yarn from comedian Tommy Tiernan.
Live on Eire 4th June 2018
Today Ger Sweeney chats to “Joycean” Roger Cummiskey about his love of Ulysses and a special event coming up in Fuengirola on Bloomsday, Siobhan King tells us about the Wild Atlantic Way, we meet an English man with a love of Limericks, Peter O’Dwyer updates us on Brexit/Ireland and Ger is on the streets in Ireland to find out how much Irish people actually know about Spain and the Spanish.
Live on Eire 28th May 2018
Ger Sweeney talks to Aileen from Celta Malaga about ladies football, there’s reaction to the result of the referendum on the 8th, Peter O’Dwyer with more commentary on the Brexit/Ireland situation and plenty of good music.https://emeraldconnection.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/live-on-eire-28th-may-2018.mpr3
Live on Eire 21st May 2018
Music from Mary Black, Luka Bloom, Cranberries and Gary O’Mara. Guests include Juan Gomez who tells us about a special reunion at University of Limerick, Mark Brennock from the Referendum Commission talks about the upcoming vote on the 8th Amendment, we get reaction from the streets in relation to the referendum and we hear about a “Pint of Science”
Live on Eire 14th May 2018
This week Peter O’Dwyer from The Times Ireland updates us on the Brexit/Ireland situation, Ben Sweeney reports from the Darkness into Light walk and Maureen Kenneally Director of Poetry tells Ger Sweeney about the organisation. Some great music too from the Dubliners and Enya.
Live on Eire 7th May 2018
On this week’s programme Ger Sweeney spoke to john Lynch the leader of the Kilfenora Ceili Band, Anna Sherman the Foreign Residents’ Councillor in Benalmadena, The editors of the Clare Champion & the Donegal Democrat about what’s making the headlines and Peter O’Dwyer spoke about the latest Brexit/Ireland news.
The first Live on Eire
was broadcast on Monday 30th April 2018. Guests this week included Ireland’s Ambassador to Spain Síle Maguire, The President of the Irish Association in Spain Terry McKinley, Costa Gaels GAA Club driving force Justin Parkes and Peter O’Dwyer the Senior Business Reporter with the Times Ireland.