What a fantastic weekend! We thoroughly enjoyed our Outside Broadcast in conjunction with ‘March Madness‘. We would like to thank Mags Downey Martin for all her help and all at the Ballina Chamber of Commerce and Tourist Office for facilitating the event and providing spot prizes.

Our ‘Cake Sale’ produced tables of home baking from some of our own volunteers, parents, aunts, siblings and even nieces were roped in to help out! We would like to acknowledge the continued support from show sponsors Billy’s Bakery who supplied the fabulous cupcakes adorned with the BCRFM logo and apple tarts and The Junction for their donations. Heffernan’s Supermarket, Ballina Arts Centre and Costa Coffee for donating cakes, buns and spot prizes. To all the lovely people who bought goodies and stayed and chatted with us, thank you for your support. All the money raised will go towards running costs and we are looking at purchasing signage for the station.

We had a special guest on Local and Global on Sunday afternoon at 4pm, Derek Davidson. Derek has climbed Mount Everest with a group from Walk West Ireland. He even asked Buddhist Monks to bless Mayo for the Championship so Mayo for Sam 2017 but it didn’t cover their recent performances against Dublin or Cavan!

Our talented musicians and singers who performed for us over the weekend, you should be so proud of yourselves, we certainly are. Your music resonated with us, gave us chills, brought us to tears and above all, it was a sheer joy to watch. Míle buíochas.

To your parents for yet again taxing you to us, encouraging and motivating you, we thank you. We would like to thank your music teachers, Bofield Ceili Band, Centre Stage Vocal Academy, Cooneal National School and Gort na mBo Cce for supporting BCRFM and keeping traditional music alive and well in the area.

The following stars performed for us:

  • Oliver Seck
  • Nora Murphy
  • Oisin O’ Donnell
  • Amber-Jade Mc Donald
  • Emma Holmes
  • Alyssa Holmes
  • Hannah Jordan
  • Kieran Packer
  • Darren Murray
  • Ciara Murray
  • Niall Murhpy
  • David Calleary
  • ‘Cairde’
    • Seadhna O’ Donnell
    • Ciara Sweeney
    • Eamon Naughton
    • Eleanor Robinson
  • Marty Hughes
  • James O’ Donnell
  • Kate Lawlor
  • Ava Lawlor
  • Trad Óg
  • Callum Mc Donnell
  • Aaron Mc Donnell
  • Niamh O’ Donnell

The Outside Broadcast was a huge success, and we hope all participating and listening in enjoyed it as much as we did. Find videos of the performances on our Facebook page. Hopefully we will be able to do it again soon!