Irish expats who are missing their traditional radio stations from back home can tune into an Irish show based in Queensland to get their fill of ceol agus caint.
The Irish Show, which is broadcast on 4EB FM 98.1 for one hour on Saturdays, has been in operation for more than 30 years.
The programme, which is entirely produced and presented by a team of volunteers, features a range of Irish and traditional music, interviews and news from home and Australia.
It is one of more than 50 language groups that make up the Brisbane-based multilingual station.
Station convenor Declan Hosey originally from Hacketstown in Cork, said the show has proved very popular with both Irish living in Australia and further afield.
“The show varies from week to week, but usually there will be a good mix of Irish music, community announcements and discussion, depending what stories have been in the news. People can ring in and play a request for a song, and they tell us how much they enjoy the show. There are even a few people in America who tune into us on the internet.”
Mr Hosey said that the show relies on grants and a membership fee to stay running, and that the more members a language group has, the more airtime they get. He added that new members and volunteers are always welcome to join in.
“The station itself is all about language, but it is different for Irish people because most of us speak English at home. There are one or two presenters that speak in Irish, and they can do an interview in Irish if the interviewee is happy to.”
The Irish show is broadcast on 4EB FM 98.1 between 12.30pm and 1.30pm on Saturdays.