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L to R: Síofra Devine, Katie Sands, (First Year BA in Irish Music students studying Gaeilge), Dr Aine Hensey (Aonad na Gaeilge UL), Alex Gregg, Ciara Geaney (First Year BA in Irish Music students studying Gaeilge) Ar Bhruach na Sionainne 02 L to R: Síofra Devine, Katie Sands, (First Year BA in Irish Music students studying Gaeilge), Dr Aine Hensey (Aonad na Gaeilge UL), Alex Gregg, Ciara Geaney (First Year BA in Irish Music students studying Gaeilge) Ar Bhruach na Sionainne 02

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University of Limerick students lead new RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta series

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Ar Bhruach na Sionainne, a new RTÉ Radió na Gaeltachta series to be led by UL students. Síofra Devine, Katie Sands, (First Year BA in Irish Music students studying Gaeilge), Dr Aine Hensey (Aonad na Gaeilge UL), Alex Gregg, Ciara Geaney (First Year BA in Irish Music students studying Gaeilge)

University of Limerick students leading new RTÉ Radió na Gaeltachta series ‘Ar Bhruach na Sionainne’

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Síofra Devine, Ciara Geaney, Katie Sands, Alex Gregg, First Year BA Irish Music students studying Gaeilge

A talented group of students from University of Limerick’s Irish World Academy of Music and Dance are helming a new series of Ar Bhruach na Sionainne on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta this summer.

The series of four programmes, the first of which will be broadcast on 18 June 2024 at 1.30pm, will feature music recorded live in UL with a variety of students from Léann na Gaeilge and the Irish World Academy, as well as guests and members of the university community, with each programme presented by a student.

Ar Bhruach na Sionainne, which translates as ‘On the banks of the Shannon’, will air every Tuesday from June 18th on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta. The programmes can also be found on the RTÉ Radio Player.


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The four programmes will be broadcast on a weekly basis every Tuesday from June 18 through to July 9th on Raidió na Gaeltachta.

This initiative was first pioneered by Léann na Gaeilge lecturer and piper Máire Ní Ghráda and RTÉ RnaG presenter and producer Áine Hensey in 2015.

This year, Máire and Áine were joined by lecturers Sorcha de Brún of Léann na Gaeilge, Róisín Ní Ghallóglaigh and Conor Caldwell of the Irish World Academy, in the organisation of the project.

Funded by Aonad na Gaeilge, the office of the Dean of AHSS, and the Irish World Academy, Ar Bhruach na Sionainne is designed to give students an understanding of the processes and preparation involved in media work through Irish, working in collaboration, writing scripts and presenting, as well as the careful process of scheduling and choosing a balance of musical pieces and instruments.

Many of these young people are considering a professional music career.

Each programme will feature a range of traditional music, and students as well as lecturers Conor, Róisín and Sorcha took part in each programme.

The full list of presenters are Síofra Devine (June 18); Alex Gregg (June 25); Ciara Geaney (2nd July); and Katie Sands (9th July).  

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