Tune into the first Irish-language radio chart-station for young people live on air on 100.3 FM in Dublin; 106.7 FM in Cork; 99.1 FM in Galway; 105.5 FM in Limerick from 1st - 22nd March 2009.
Raidió Rí-Rá is the first ever all-Irish chart-station for young people in Ireland, playing only the biggest chart-hits non-stop through Irish online at www.RaidioRiRa.ie since its launch in March 2008 under the working name Raidió X.
On Tuesday 3rd March 2009 between 12.00 - 1.00pm, Raidió Rí-Rá and its dynamic young team will launch the FM service with the help of some special guests at four separate media events being held across the country as part of Seachtain na Gaeilge. The Minister Éamon Ó Cuív will be dropping into the studio as well to chat with Rí-Rá presenters and to show his support for the new station.
Julian de Spáinn, Joint Secretary of Raidió Rí-Rá says: "Over a million and a half people will have access to Raidió Rí-Rá while it's on FM in March, and this temporary broadcast is the first step towards having a full-time Irish-language radio station for young people on the national FM system."
Linda Breathnach, an actor of major Irish-language soaps such as Ros na Rún and Seacht, will launch the FM service in Galway at an event in Gaelscoil Mhic Amhlaidh and she says: "Because media plays such a massive role in our society, and in the lives of young people especially, Irish should be at the heart of that. Raidió Rí-Rá gives the young Irish-speakers of Ireland just what they want by playing all the latest chart music they like non-stop with any talking done as Gaeilge."
Raidió Rí-Rá is broadcasting live on FM thanks to a temporary multi-city licence granted Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCi). Rí-Rá's FM service is supported by Samsung Mobile, the station's main corporate sponsor, and with the help of Conradh na Gaeilge.
Julian de Spáinn
Joint Secretary, Raidió Rí-Rá
+353 (0)86 8142757 / +353 (0)1 4757401
Seán Ó hAdhmaill
PR Officer, Raidió Rí-Rá
Event: Special launch in the studio
Guest: Eoghan Mac Diarmada, presenter of weekly Pop4 chartshow & actor (Seacht, TG4)
Venue: Raidió Rí-Rá Studio, 7/8, Upper Mount Street, Dublin 2.
Time: Tuesday 3rd of March 2009 @ 12.00
Event: Gaelscoil children singing happy birthday to Raidió Rí-Rá
Guest: Linda Breathnach, actor (Seacht & Ros na Rún, TG4)
Venue: Gaelscoil Mhic Amhlaigh, An Coirnín Mór, Knocknacarra, Galway.
Time: Tuesday 3rd of March 2009 @ 12.20
Event: Secondary school students singing their Irish version of Apologise by Timbaland & One Republic
Guest: Pádraig Mac Fhearghusa, President of Conradh na Gaeilge
Venue: Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, Dock Road, Limerick.
Time: Tuesday 3rd of March 2009 @ 12.40
Event: An Chuallacht Irish society members doing the rugby haka in Irish
Guest: Donnchadha Ó hAodha, University lecturer & Tánaiste of Conradh na Gaeilge
Venue: The Quad, University College Cork, Cork.
Time: Tuesday 3rd of March 2009 @ 1250.00
Raidió Rí-Rá is Ireland's freshest new radio station for young people, broadcasting completely through the medium of Irish. The radio broadcasts on www.raidiorira.ie 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. Launched in March 2008, it plays non-stop chart music for young people and is aimed at the 15-35 years age group. Listeners can listen to the radio, vote for their favourite songs, find out the latest celeb news, check out Top 40 Oifigiúil na hÉireann and download past programmes. www.raidiorira.ie
Samsung is a Korean company that manufactures electronic goods such as mobiles and televisions. Samsung is the main sponsor of Seachtain na Gaeilge 2009 and is one of the most prominent companies involved in the technological revolution that is launching the Irish language into the digital age. The first all-Irish phone, the Samsung Tocco, was put on the market in May 2008. Since January 2009, every Samsung phone has the Irish-language interface and predictive text as Gaeilge. www.samsung.com.ie
Conradh na Gaeilge is the main voluntary organisation and democratic forum for the Irish-speaking community working to promote the language. There are 200 branches of Conradh na Gaeilge and since its foundation in 1893, members of the Conradh have been actively promoting Irish in every aspect of life in Ireland and especially its use in their own areas. Conraitheoirí are at the forefront of campaigns to secure and strengthen the rights of the Irish language community. It is also possible to register as an individual member of the Conradh. www.cnag.ie
Seachtain na Gaeilge is a major international festival. Thousands of events are organised during the week and hundreds of thousands of people attend these events. The aim of Seachtain na Gaeilge is to promote the Irish language and culture, and to encourage people to use it. ‘Croí na Teanga - It's You!' is its motto, to show that that the language and culture is there for everyone to use, and that everyone is central in the promotion. This year's Irish Week will take place between the 2nd and the 17th of March 2009. www.snag.ie