Networking Day 2016

The I.H.R.N wish to thank everyone who attended our networking day in the Manila Hotel Clonmel on Saturday the 15th of October 2016.  Delegates  from Dublin Cork Limerick  and Clonmel were in attendance.  

The day started with an informal meet and greet  session where delegates  from the various stations mingled over a cup of tea and a biscuit.

 The day formally began at 11.30 with  MC for the day Frank O Dwyer introducing IHRN Charperson John Savage for his address followed by  The Mayor of Clonmel  Andy Maloney .

Stephanie Comie of The Broadcasting Commission of Ireland gave the first workshop of the day with a talk on the difference between sponsorship and advertising.

Stephanie was followed by Marie Barrie of the HSE who a spoke about the importance of Hospital Radio to patients and staff.


University College Cork law lecturer Anthony O Dwyer was next to the podium and he delivered a very interesting talk on defamation  in realtion to radio and social media.  This took us to 1.15 and we broke for lunch.

After lunch Tom Noctor delivered his workshop on producing a radio show with Audacity  a multitrack editor.   Denis O Sullivan gave a talk on Interview techniques  and was followed by RTE's Eoin Ryan who gave  a very interesting talk on knowing your audience and gearing your show towards that audience.  

After the Workshops  IHRN Chairperson John Savage invited former founding committe member Donal Cronin to the podium and presented with with an engrave clock  in appreciation of his commitemment to the network and Hospital Radio down through the years.  This brought the formal events to an end .



We then presented all present with a certificate for their attendance and followed this with a fun table quiz where teams were drawn from a hat  ensuring each team consisited of delegates from different stations.    

John Lynch from CUH FM compiled the questions and  was quiz master .   The day formaly closed at  5.15 and delegates made their way home.  

Ken Hughes from St. Ita's was official photographer for the day . Experience Production  recorded procedings on video and videos of all the talks are now published under the Training Videos tab on the site menu at the top of this page..



Marie Barrie HSE Manager South Tipperary Hospital

(Introduction By Frank Dwyer IHRN Vice Chairperson)

Andy Maloney Mayor Of Clonmel


In January 2013 The Irish Hospital Radio Network surveyed its members to find out what activities and training  they would like the network to organise as we move forward, here are the results of that survey.

We asked our members if they were in favor of the IHRN organising a Hospital Radio awards ceremony. 82% of members that responded were in favour of an awards event with 18% against.

We then asked those in favour of the awards if they were in favour of using the Awards format we have used to date of if they had any suggestions on how  we could improve on that format. 68% were in favour of  continuing to use the existing format wile 32 % wanted some changes to the format. The committee have taken those suggestions on board and when will bear them in mind when planning future awards events.

We asked our members if they were in favour of receiving  service pins in recognition of their time with their stations ,89% were in favour  with 11% against. Of those 89% some suggested that the current, Bronze for 0 to  5 years service  Silver for 5 to  10 years service  and Gold for over then years service be changed. to Bronze for 0 to 3 years  Silver for 3 to 6 Years  and Gold for 6 and over, It was also suggested that we have a further platinum pin for members with 20 years service to any station.  The committee had a brief discussion about this and will announce whatever changes to the formats are agreed after the next committee meeting.

We then asked our members if they in favour of  The IHRN organising Networking days and if so we asked for suggestions on activities for these days. 89% of members who responded were in favour of  networking days with 11 % against. We received some excellent suggestions on activities for our networking days and we will act on those suggestions for the next networking day which all being well will be held in May of 2014.

Finally we asked  what training our members felt would be of most benefit to them and their station. Members could and did select more than on area of interest for training. Of those that responded  55% would like training in presentation skills , 52% expressed an interest in receiving training on Production Techniques.  33% would like to be trained in interview techniques and 26% requested training on Libel and Broadcast law.  4% expressed and interest in some radio scheduling training.

The committee have already discussed these findings and have agreed that in 2013 we will focus mostly on training events to be organised at each individual station. We plan for the first of these events to take place before the end of March. These workshops will be based on editing  and production techniques , Your IHRN Station Rep will have further details on the plan for your station.

Here are the combined results plus a station by station breakdown which we intend to use to organise the specific training each station requires rather than delivering the same  training at each station. This is the format we foresee using for training purposes  going forward from here.


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