Press report Evening Echo December 08


Hospital radio
just the tonic

THE long term future of hospital radio is extremely bright following a networking day in Clonmel.
The purpose of the event was to reaffirm the purpose behind hospital radio and to inform volunteers about the network and allow them to meet and to get to know each other and to acknowledge their commitment and service.
The meeting was chaired by Tom Noctor, of St Ita’s hospital radio in Dublin. He outlined the IHRN’s plans for the future, including training sessions for presenters, and a further conference on an annual basis.
Cork University Hospital radio station CUH FM which celebrate its 20th anniversary in January, was well represented by fourteen of the station’s volunteers, including its founder member Noel Welch, who is also a member of the Irish Hospital Radio Network and Tom Browne, of radio management at CUH.
Also present was Kieran Kissane, head of broadcasting at the BCI (Broadcasting Commission of Ireland) who was delighted with the representation at the networking day which was held in the Hotel Minella, in Clonmel Co. Tipperary. The event was hosted by South Tipperary General Hospital Radio and its founder John Savage.
Members were presented with bronze, silver and gold lapel pins signifying one to five years, five to ten years and fifteen and over years voluntary service to hospital radio.
The Irish Hospital Radio Network was founded in 2004 in conjunction with the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland as a representative body for existing hospital stations and to promote and support the development of new stations.
The founder members were Beaumont Hospital Broadcasting Dublin, Cork University Hospital CUH FM, Mater Hospital Radio Dublin, Regional Hospital Radio Limerick, South Tipperary General Hospital Radio and St Ita’s Hospital Radio Dublin.
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