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OceanFM Ireland

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Broadcasting to Sligo, North Leitrim and South Donegal.
North West Business Park, Collooney, Ireland

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Ocean FM is a multi award winning local radio station that broadcasts to the Northwest of Ireland. The station covers the area of South County Donegal, North County Leitrim and County Sligo.

The current CEO of the station is Niall Delaney and the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI) lists their target audience as 'being all age, socio-economic and ethnic groups across the community'. The station currently employs 22 full-time and 30 part-time staff.

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'He's been immense' - Declan Bonner's tribute to retiring Paddy McGrath

December 06, 2021 13:14 - 2 minutes - 1.91 MB

Donegal's tenacious All-Ireland winning corner-back Paddy McGrath is retiring from intercounty football after a glittering intercounty career. County manager Declan Bonner has been paying tribute to the Ardara man's contribution to the Donegal colours.

Plight of homeless Traveller couple prompts housing protest outside Sligo Council meeting

December 06, 2021 12:31 - 4 minutes - 9.41 MB

A housing and accommodation protest was held outside this morning's meeting of Sligo County Council. It was organised by the Sligo Traveller Support Group, just days after the plight of a local homeless traveller couple was highlighted - the couple have been sleeping in their car due to lack of accommodation

Aontú rep and teacher among those critical of schoolchildren having to wear face masks

December 06, 2021 12:00 - 20 minutes - 46.7 MB

Donegal Aontú representative, Mary T. Sweeney, and primary school teacher, Barra De Róiste, of the Irish Education Alliance are among those who have called on the Government to rescind its decision to have schoolchildren over the age of 9 wear face masks in class. The Dept of Education has now revised, but not abolished, its rules for mask wearing

Andy Moran launches Leitrim GAA '50 miles in January Challenge' for 2022

December 05, 2021 20:56 - 7 minutes - 4.83 MB

New Leitrim football manager Andy Moran was among the guests at the Blueway in Drumshanbo on Saturday to help launch the county's '50 Miles in January Challenge'. He spoke to Ocean FM's John Lynch.

'We're not good enough, so how do we get good enough?' Glencar/Manor boss

December 05, 2021 19:58 - 3 minutes - 1.39 MB

Glencar/Manorhamilton LGFA manager Padhraic Corrigan gives a frank assessment of Sunday's Connacht club final loss to holders Kilkerrin/Clonberne of Galway on a final scoreline of 4-22 to 1-6. He spoke to Ocean FM Sport's PJ Leddy.

All-Stars battle Covid & Celtics to get big Cup win

December 05, 2021 19:28 - 17 minutes - 16 MB

EJ Sligo All-Stars head coach Shane O'Meara talks to Austin O'Callaghan following Saturday night's 93-78 win over Limerick Celtics in the quarter-final of the President's National Cup.

The Friday Panel, Cllr Mary Bohan, Cllr Sinéad Maguire

December 03, 2021 15:08 - 35 minutes - 81.8 MB

This week's Friday Panel discusses the unfolding Covid restrictions, rural crime, anti-social behaviour on The Mall in Sligo, the mica redress scheme, the National Lottery, as well as their favourite Christmas presents, Guests are Leitrim Cllr Mary Bohan and Sligo Cllr Sinéad Maguire

War of words over Cllr comments on Ballymote's community spirit

December 03, 2021 12:41 - 10 minutes - 23.6 MB

A Sligo councillor insists he has not reason to apologise to the people of Ballymote over comments he made on its record for community projects being on the wane in recent years. Ex-councillor Keith Henry says Cllr Dara Mulvey should apologise to annoyed local committees, but Cllr Mulvey says his comments have been misinterpreted

Woman Of Sligo - Program 4 - Up and Running

December 02, 2021 22:22 - 21 minutes - 49.7 MB

In the fourth program in The women in Sligo series we feature 100 year old Lily Greer and Rosaleen O'Grady. https://www.oceanfm.ie/shows/up-and-running/ All podcasts can be found on Spotify, Soundcloud, Apple Podcasts or whereever you find your podcasts. Just search OceanFMIreland.

Women's soccer in Donegal 'dreaming big'

December 02, 2021 21:35 - 13 minutes - 5.93 MB

Brid McGinty, team manager of the Donegal girls U13 Gaynor Cup team, on their national Gaynor Cup semi-final this weekend - and the county's ambition to have a senior national league team in the near future.

The Final Whistle 02/12/2021

December 02, 2021 21:26 - 43 minutes - 40.1 MB

The chairman scored five points in the county final - The team captain is the club’s coaching officer. But, there’ a lot more to St Farnan’s club championship run in 2021 than meets the eye. We hear from Damien Eames on the upward curve in west Sligo across more than one sporting code. Can Glencar/Manor make more Connacht Club history in Swinford this weekend? And – in a week when three Donegal players starred on the Republic of Ireland team which beat Georgia 11-0, we’ll hear about anothe...

Ocean Drive With Collie On Movies 2nd Dec

December 02, 2021 19:11 - 7 minutes - 17.8 MB

Movies This Week 1.Boxing Day 2.CBeebies The Night Before Christmas Return Of Elf, Home Alone & The Polar Express

Begrudgery at compensation offered to mica householders hard to understand says Bruckless resident

December 02, 2021 15:43 - 9 minutes - 22.5 MB

I didn't use anyone else's money when I built my house - that's the view of Bruckless home owner, Derek McBrearty, one of those affected by the mica defective building blocks crisis. He was reacting to criticism in some quarters as to what some see as excessive levels of compensation being paid to householders

Marty and his new book head for the North West

December 02, 2021 15:25 - 16 minutes - 37.3 MB

Broadcaster Marty Morrissey launches his new book in Sligo Town, Donegal Town and Ballyshannon tomorrow, Friday. 'It's Marty' tells the story of his life, from growing up in The Bronx, New York, to becoming one of the best known Irish sports commentators

Travellers need not give up on culture in pursuing higher education says new IT Sligo graduate

December 02, 2021 14:45 - 6 minutes - 15.5 MB

David Friel has become the first member of the travelling community to graduate with a Masters Degree, having done so at IT Sligo. He feels his achievement will give hope to other travellers in pursuing higher education, and that they should now feel to have to give up their culture or traditions in doing so

Organiser of Sligo rally says those who choose not to have vaccine are dehumanized

December 02, 2021 13:53 - 13 minutes - 31.4 MB

The United Against Segregation group have organised a rally for Sligo on 11th December to end what they describe as 'medical coercion' as regards uptake of the Covid vaccine. One of the organisers of the event, David O'Reilly, has defended the group's right to have their views made known, and says those who have chosen not be vaccinated have been dehumanized

Arts North West - Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Emma Langford & more

December 02, 2021 13:50 - 28 minutes - 46.3 MB

We look at the work of two socially engaged artists whose work is profoundly influenced by gender & environmental issues and whose work underlines an essence of artistic expression – to challenge audiences whilst entertaining them. Mary Theresa Keown’s multi-disciplinary exhibition Hyphen-Nations runs at Leitrim Sculpture Centre & Emma Langford plays the Hawk’s Well next week. All Podcasts can be found on Spotify, Apple Podcast, Soundcloud or wherever you find your podcasts. Just search Ocea...

'A s--t show' - Sligo cancer patient on difficulties of travelling long distances for treatment

December 01, 2021 11:52 - 9 minutes - 22.2 MB

Sligo-based cancer patient, Louise Kennedy, has given a detailed account of the obstacles and difficulties in having to travel long distances for treatment at the regional cancer centre of excellence at University College Hospital Galway. Louise, a well-known writer, is currently undergoing treatment for melanoma

Minister and RSA urged to intervene to provide outdoor shelter at Sligo NCT Centre

November 30, 2021 15:26 - 6 minutes - 15.4 MB

The continuing failure of the operators of the NCT test to provide an outdoor shelter at its Sligo centre is contrary to the ethos of the service they provide. That's according to Cllr Thomas Walsh, who now wants the Minister and Road Safety Authority to intervene to compel them to do so

Homeless couple forced to sleep in car appeal to Sligo Council for assistance

November 30, 2021 13:32 - 13 minutes - 30.7 MB

A homeless couple, who've been sleeping in their car in various parts of Sligo for the past week, have appealed to Sligo County Council to facilitate them with emergency accommodation. The couple, who are members of the travelling community, cannot source any local accommodation, and claim they've been informed suitable emergency accommodation will not be provided until the outdoor temperatures reach freezing point

Local pantomime producers angered over NPHET restriction proposals

November 30, 2021 12:30 - 11 minutes - 27.1 MB

Local pantomime groups have criticised the NPHET recommendation on restricting indoor community activities for children which would include a restriction on their attendance at Christmas pantomimes. Producers of the Corran Players pantomime in Ballymote and the Abbey Arts Production pantomime in Ballyshannon react

Information sought on burglaries in Manorhamilton and Drumkeeran

November 30, 2021 11:47 - 5 minutes - 12.6 MB

There have been two more burglaries in the North Leitrim area in the past week. Gardai are appealing for information in relation to incidents on Church Lane in Manorhamilton on Saturday night last, and on the Dowra Road in Drumkeeran last Thursday night.

Deputy CMO says he sees no evidence of a reluctance to avail of Covid booster jab

November 29, 2021 12:38 - 5 minutes - 13.6 MB

The Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn, says he sees no sign of hesitancy in people availing of the Covid booster jab. Dr Glynn made his comments at a conference at IT Sligo, during which he spoke about the difficulty as a medical professional of dealing with uncertainty on a daily basis during the pandemic

Commentary highlights: Tourlestrane's Connacht club semi-final win

November 29, 2021 11:51 - 17 minutes - 12 MB

Listen back to the closing stages of Tourlestrane's Connacht LGFA intermediate club semi-final win against Tuam Cortoon of Galway on Sunday, as described by Rian Bailey and Fintan Kennedy.

'Our girls were brilliant today' - Tourlestrane reach another Connacht final

November 28, 2021 19:17 - 1 minute - 874 KB

Tourlestrane women's gaelic footballers have reached the Connacht club intermediate final following Sunday's 1-10 to 1-7 win over Tuam Cortoon. Team mentors Neil Egan and Liam Gaughan spoke to Ocean FM Sport's Rian Bailey.

Dromore West's Keelan Kilrehill qualifies for European Cross Country Championships

November 28, 2021 12:48 - 12 minutes - 8.27 MB

Dromore West's Keelan Kilrehill has qualified for Ireland team for December's European Cross Country Championships in Dublin. The Moy Valley Athletic Club runner spoke with Ocean FM Sport's Austin O'Callaghan.

'There's no doubt we can do it' - Eastern Harps boss on Connacht final appearance

November 28, 2021 11:34 - 1 minute - 757 KB

Eastern Harps women's gaelic football manager Gary Ward talks to Ocean FM Sport's Donal Ryan following Saturday's 5-12 to 4-7 semi-final win against Dromahair.

Ex Rovers players help UCD win promotion

November 28, 2021 11:03 - 4 minutes - 4.55 MB

Three former Sligo Rovers players, Liam Kerrigan, Jack Keaney and Paul Doyle, were part of the UCD team which beat Waterford FC 2-1 in Friday night's promotion-relegation play-off to clinch promotion to the Premier Division of the League of Ireland. Doyle and team captain, Donegal's Jack Keaney, spoke to Oisín Langan after the win.

Michael Moloney On Life After The Toy Show!

November 27, 2021 11:39 - 5 minutes - 7.45 MB

Shane Smyth chats with star of the 2020 Late Late Toy Show Michael Moloney from Ballina, County Mayo on the first anniversary of his appearance and singing on live TV with Dermot Kennedy

The Friday Panel, Eimear McGuinness, Sean Wynne

November 26, 2021 12:55 - 33 minutes - 77.7 MB

This week's Friday Panel discusses the latest Covid setbacks, lack of student accommodation,, the haulage driver's protest, the National Lottery, and Garth Brooks concerts. Guests are Eimear McGuinness, Manager of Donegal Co-Op Mart, and Sean Wynne, retired Co Leitrim Deputy School Principal

Landowners to be impacted by designation of 119 new SACs in townlands in Sligo and Leitrim

November 26, 2021 12:26 - 9 minutes - 21 MB

69 townlands in the Ox Mountains and Templehouse areas of Co Sligo, and 50 townlands in the Lough Melvin area of Co Leitrim have now been officially designated as Special Areas of Conservation. Deputy Marian Harkin says the move has significant implications for landowners in those areas and compensation must be forthcoming

Dr Ronan Glynn to address Covid conference in Sligo today

November 26, 2021 11:15 - 4 minutes - 9.78 MB

The Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn, is to address a conference at IT Sligo today on the lessons learned by Covid 19 and how the pandemic is dealt with going forward. Dr Anna Cleminson, consultant in palliative care medicine with North West Hospice, outlines more

Connacht FBD League to move indoors

November 25, 2021 15:44 - 6 minutes - 4.81 MB

Sligo and Leitrim senior gaelic footballers will play each other in the opening game of the 2022 Connacht FBD League - in the province's new €3.1 million Air Dome. It will be the first senior competitive intercounty fixture staged at an indoor venue on the island of Ireland. However, it won't be the first GAA intercounty fixture played under a roof. In 1990, Dublin and Tyrone footballers played each other in Toronto's Skydome for the 'Canada Cup'. Connacht's GAA Dome is also set to host the...

Women Of Sligo - Part 3 - Up and Running

November 24, 2021 14:52 - 23 minutes - 32.4 MB

This is the third program in our Women of Sligo series featuring Dympna Mannion, Marie Casserly and Marian Duneen

The Women Of Sligo Program 3

November 24, 2021 14:52 - 23 minutes - 32.4 MB

This is the third program in our Women of Sligo series featuring Dympna Mannion, Marie Casserly and Marian Duneen

30% of patients waiting more than 9 hours for treatment at Emergency Department at Sligo Hospital

November 24, 2021 14:29 - 8 minutes - 20 MB

30% of patients attending the Emergency Department at Sligo University Hospital are waiting more than 9 hours to be seen, while half are waiting 6 hours or more. The details were outlined at a HSE Regional Health Forum meeting after the issued was raised by Cllr Donal Gilroy

Fair Deal scheme for Nursing Home should be extended to family homes says Leitrim Cllr

November 24, 2021 13:33 - 4 minutes - 10.5 MB

Leitrim Councillor Felim Gurn is calling for the Nursing Home Fair Deal to be extended to families that wish to keep their loved ones at home. He raised the matter at yesterday's HSE Regional Health Forum after hearing an interview on Ocean's North West Today show

Dromahair GAA/LGFA families face fixture dilemma

November 24, 2021 12:13 - 1 minute - 1.56 MB

Supporters of Dromahair St Patrick's GAA/LGFA club in Leitrim face a Connacht club championship dilemma this Saturday. The women's gaelic footballers play Eastern Harps of Sligo in their semi-final at 1pm. The men take on Naomh Anna Leitir Moir of Galway at 1:30pm in Ballinamore. Club Chairperson Dermot O'Donohoe says that while the clash is 'unfortunate', both teams plan to make the most of Saturday's double opportunity.

Viewers urged to boycott 'I'm A Celebrity' by animal rights campaigner

November 24, 2021 11:49 - 9 minutes - 22.7 MB

Animal rights campaigner, John Carmody, of ARAN has appealed to TV viewers to boycott the 'I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here' show. He says it's unacceptable for people to be having fun off animals, and the show's format is tacky and worn out

Colmcille2021 concert in Drumcliffe, Maeve McGowan and much more.

November 23, 2021 16:40 - 25 minutes - 41.5 MB

‘We cover the upcoming events in Sligo/Leitrim for the Xmas season including the Colmcille2021 concert in Drumcliffe, The Glens Centre events, and Maeve McGowan fills us in on the Hawk’s Well programme. Music from Catherine Rhatigan and the Atlantic Orchestra Project and from Emma Langford, with beautiful Kells Bay.’

Requesting Covid vaccine certs an attack on freedom says former Election candidate

November 23, 2021 15:11 - 9 minutes - 22.7 MB

Being requested to produce Covid vaccination certs when entering a restaurant or pub is an attack on freedom, and discrimination at its worst. That's according to former General Election candidate, Bernie O'Hara, who insists this discrimination applies to both those vaccinated and not vaccinated

Gardai appeal for witnesses to Tourlestrane aggravated burglary

November 23, 2021 11:58 - 6 minutes - 15.4 MB

Gardai have appealed for witnesses to the weekend aggravated burglary at a house in Tourlestrane in South Sligo. They also want information on two burglaries in the Ballyshannon area. Garda Paul White has details in this week's On The Beat

Where have all the winners gone? - TD defends call for Lottery investigation

November 23, 2021 11:16 - 8 minutes - 18.6 MB

Fine Gael TD Bernard Durkan says he been swamped with correspondence from people after he questioned the operation of the National Lottery. Deputy Durkan has called for an investigation and audit into the Lottery after 47 draws without the jackpot being won

Faraway Martin Talks About Performing At The Formula 1 Qatar GP

November 22, 2021 22:20 - 8 minutes - 12 MB

Faraway Martin from Ballinrobe, County Mayo played the Main Stage at the Formula 1 Qatar GP this past weekend. Shane Smyth, sitting in on Ocean Drive, caught up with him to find out how it went!

The Rovers Review - Season Review 2021

November 22, 2021 17:43 - 41 minutes - 38.2 MB

The final Rovers Review of 2021 takes stock of the season in full - in the company of the Mark Rossiter, Donal Ryan and Gavin Dykes. (Picture by Stephen Burke)

Can't see the wood for the trees - In search of Sligo's Millennium forest

November 22, 2021 15:54 - 5 minutes - 12.9 MB

Do you know where your Millennium tree is planted? Every Irish citizen had a tree planted in their name to mark the year 2000, but can you find yours? Mary went looking for her tree in Cullentra forest in Co Sligo, and couldn't even find the forest, never mind her tree

'And the birth has taken place of..' - Local radio stations urged to counteract obituary notices

November 22, 2021 14:01 - 8 minutes - 20.2 MB

The country's local radio stations have been called on to broadcast daily announcements of local births, to counteract the broadcast of obituary notices. Stephen Murphy of Manorhamilton has made the proposal, as he feels more people need joy in their daily news at present

Sligo cafe loses 30,000 followers after social media account is hacked

November 22, 2021 12:36 - 5 minutes - 11.5 MB

The social media accounts of popular Sligo cafe, Sweet Beat, have been hacked, which has led to the loss of 30,000 online followers. Cafe owner, Carolanne Rushe, has been outlining the impact it's had and how local support has been most welcome

Polish community protest over Polish Priest's departure from Sligo parish

November 22, 2021 11:23 - 9 minutes - 22.1 MB

Member of the Polish community held a vigil outside the residence of the Bishop of Elphin at the weekend, to protest at the removal of Polish priest, Fr. Stanislaw Kardas from the St Anne's parish. They say 1,400 have now signed a petition requesting that Fr Stan be retained, with the Bishop since indicating his stay has been extended until next May

'We fought like terriers' - Ballinamore boss Dom Corrigan on Connacht exit

November 21, 2021 21:29 - 2 minutes - 1.2 MB

Ballinamore Seán O'Heslin's manager Dom Corrigan has nothing but admiration for his players after Sunday's narrow 0-16 to 2-8 Connacht club quarter-final loss to Galway champions Mountbellew/Moylough.