Minister Naughten returns to Roscommon to launch all-Irish radio app in Coláiste Chiaráin Summerhill
Minister Denis Naughten TD launched the latest app for Raidió Rí-Rá, Ireland’s national Irish language chart radio station for young people, at 1.50pm today, Friday, 15 September 2017, in Coláiste Chiaráin Summerhill, Athlone, Co. Roscommon. The Raidió Rí-Rá app is available for free download on Android and iOS from today.
Speaking at the app launch in his home county, the Minister for Communications, Climate Action & Environment, Denis Naughten TD, said:
“I am delighted to launch this new app for Raidió Rí-Rá, Ireland’s first and only Irish-language chartstation, as it makes this national youth station even more accessible on an ever-expanding range of platforms.
“Raidió Rí-Rá plays a key role in providing people with opportunities to engage with the Irish language outside the classroom, demonstrating its vibrancy and its relevance in modern life. Not only do young Irish speakers have the chance to present their own programmes on air, but Raidió Rí-Rá’s playlists include songs as Gaeilge by Irish and international stars such Ed Sheeran and Kodaline.
“The youth station's new app is a much anticipated step forward, making it available to a much wider audience. I'm looking forward to seeing how Raidió Rí-Rá develops and expands in the future.”
Raidió Rí-Rá currently broadcasts 24/7 across Ireland and worldwide online at www.rrr.ie, and the station can now be accessed via its latest app for Android and iOS as well. Raidió Rí-Rá also broadcasts on DAB in some areas, and the station hopes to expand its reach even further in the near future.
Niamh Ní Chróinín, Manager of Raidió Rí-Rá, said:
“Raidió Rí-Rá provides a great service, especially for young people, who want to use more Irish. We hope to make the station available on FM throughout the country in the future but at the moment, we are delighted that more people will be able to listen to Raidió Rí-Rá on our new app.
“Raidió Rí-Rá provides the perfect combination of entertainment and the newest music from the charts, all presented as Gaeilge by our fantastic team of youth volunteers.”
NOTE FOR THE EDITOR:
Raidió Rí-Rá is a chart-station for young people playing all the latest music from the charts and broadcasting completely through the medium of Irish. You can listen to Raidió Rí-Rá all year round online at www.rrr.ie, on Android and iOS smartphones with the latest application, and on DAB.
Raidió Rí-Rá’s presenters include third- and second-level students from around the country, with the youth station attracting volunteers with an interest in radio, with an interest in Irish, and native speakers as well as former students of Irish-medium and English-medium schools alike.
Raidió Rí-Rá’s outreach workshops for schools and youth clubs also train primary and second-level students in basic radio skills, and give young people the chance to engage with Irish in a practical way.
Raidió Rí-Rá’s collaboration with RTÉ 2fm on the annual CEOL album has given young musicians a platform for composing songs in Irish for an international audience as well.
Raidió Rí-Rá is managed by Raidió X Limited with support from Conradh na Gaeilge, is funded by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht through Ciste na Gaeilge from the National Lottery, and Digital Radio Ltd is the operating company. More information: www.rrr.ie