Live on Eire is Spain’s only Irish radio programme. It is broadcast on Monday evenings at 6pm CET (5pm Irish time) 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.
Live on Eire Monday 1st June.
As always if you have suggestions for Ger that you think would fit well on the programme please email him at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.