Galway Bay fishing series and a longer magazine show part of RnaG’s makeover

A new series Ballach, Bradán agus Bairneach about the developments in the fishing industry in Galway Bay over the last 200 years will start this week on RnaG as part of the station’s autumn schedule, which also sees the western magazine programme Iris Aniar extended to almost two hours.

Ballach, Bradán agus Bairneach, presented by former head of Raidió na Gaeltachta Tomás Mac Con Iomaire, will examine the changes in the fishing industry in Galway Bay from Famine times until now.

Some of the topics that will be covered in the series will include traditional fishing methods, fishing boats and the changes and developments in that area, the establishment of Bord Iascaigh Mhara, fish farms, the European fisheries policy, and small scale coastal fisheries. The programme, funded through the BAI’s Sound and Vision scheme, will be broadcast on Saturdays 6.30 pm, with the first programme focusing on fishing in olden times and the folklore surrounding it.

The extension of western magazine programme Iris Aniar to two hours follows a very successful last season, with strong listener reaction to and interaction with the programme.

The programme returns to air this week with a bigger team, including roving reporters Seán Bán Breathnach and Máirín Nic Con Iomaire, who will bring listeners live reports from across the west throughout the week. The programme will also include regular features on gardening, health and lifestyle, with Bernie Ní Fhlatharta adding her touch of fun and unorthodoxy to Fridays.

Programme is presented by Eibhlín Ní Chonghaile is from Doire Né in Casla in Connemara, and has been working with Raidió na Gaeltachta since 2006. She took home the prize for Radio Personality of the Year at the prestigious Oireachtas Media Awards, Gradaim Chumarsáide an Oireachtais, in 2011.

Iris Aniar will be broadcast Monday to Friday 9.10am – 11am on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta in the new autumn schedule, and you can listen back to the programme for a month after broadcast on the RTÉ Radio Player.


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