Galway European Capital of Culture 2020 offices hosted another busy meeting on the subject of Community Radio last Wednesday evening. Gary Vaughan, head of Galway Tribal Radio, presented Galway’s newest not-for-profit community service to a packed room of over seventy community/radio enthusiasts.

Mayor Frank Fahy was in attendance and gave a complementary speech, calling it “a fantastic idea”. Praising the name Galway Tribal Radio, the esteemed Mayor proudly announced he is able to trace his tribe back as far as 1640, while highlighting the multi-cultural benefits to the many new Tribes of Galway City.

He went on to state, “there is definitely room for a Community Radio in Galway” and pledged his full support for the project, as Mayor of Galway City. He stressed the point of the peoples radio having an important role to play in every culture represented today in Galway City and “it would be a fantastic asset going forward, that would be left over after we have had our year as Capital of Culture”.

The Station Manager of Ballina Community Radio was also on hand to answer questions from invited guests, in a lively Q&A that lasted well over forty-five minutes. Attendees queued up afterwards for ten minutes to sign up and discuss the project some more with the GTR team and Mayor.

The next meeting will take place in the 2020 offices again on Tuesday (11th), at the Corn Store. Work will begin on the station’s constitution, mission statement and putting teams together to cover the various roles within the station. Keep an eye on the local and social media for up-coming dates and more info.

If you would like to support the project, there is a family-friendly fundraiser organised for Sunday, 23rd August. Join them in Arús Na nGael from 12.00pm to 12.00am, with kids entertainment until 6pm. With 3 stages, there promises to be some cracking performances from lots of local acts, clocking up thirty-six hours of combined entertainment. For food lovers, there will be organic pig on spit, jerk shack and veggie catering on-site throughout the day.

Fáilte Roimh Chách