Radio Free Éireann Announcement

Radio Free Éireann will broadcast this Saturday December 3rd Noon to 1PM New York time, or 5PM to 6PM Irish time.  Listen on WBAI 99.5 FM or on the internet at wbai.org or anytime after the program concludes on wbai.org/archives

Author, analyst and former H-Block blanketman Anthony McIntyre will discuss the controversy surrounding Gerry Adams naming four senior Republicans, including elected Sinn Féin officials, to Irish police, or Gardaí, as being suspected of involvement of the killing of Portlaoise Prison Officer Brian Stack during the 1980s.

Brendan Fay and Kathleen Walsh Darcy, leaders of the Lavender and Green Alliance and founders of the St. Pats For All parade in Queens, will discuss being honored by the Irish government with Distinguished Service Awards for the Irish Abroad for their efforts to get LGBT inclusion in the New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Producer Denise Dunphy will talk about ‘In Between Silence ‘ a spellbinding show weaving stories by noted authors like Roddy Doyle, Anne Enright, Joseph O’Connor and others with music by the composer Stano showing at the Barrow Street Theatre December 3-10.

Lorcan Otway will preview a new play opening at Theatre 80 in lower Manhattan.

Go to Radio Free Eireann’s web site, rfe123.org, and read transcripts of last week’s headline-making interviews with author, civil rights campaigner and now People Before Profit elected MLA Eamonn McCann about fighting British injustice from inside Stormont and with Sperrins Mountain campaigner Martin Tracey on the fight to preserve that historic region from being exploited by a foreign gold mining company.

Follow us on Twitter. John McDonagh and Martin Galvin co- host.

Radio Free Éireann Announcement

Radio Free Éireann will air this Saturday November 26th from Noon-1PM New York time, 5-6 PM Irish time, on WBAI 99.5 FM or on the internet at wbai.org. Anytime after the program concludes you can hear the podcast on wbai.org/archives

This week’s guests: Eamonn McCann, veteran civil rights campaigner, journalist and author will talk about fighting against British austerity and injustice from inside Stormont in his new role as an MLA.

With questions growing about what a Trump administration might mean for undocumented Irish immigrants, the Irish Political Deportees and Malachy McAllister, leading Irish immigration advocate and AOH National Director Dan Dennehy will discuss immigration issues.

Sperrins Mountains campaigner Martin Treacy will talk about the fight to preserve the beauty, Irish culture and history of this region from being exploited and poisoned by a foreign gold-mining company.

Go to Radio Free Eireann’s web site, rfe123.org, where you can read transcripts of last week’s headline-making interviews about the film, Bobby Sands: 66 Days, with Thomas ‘Dixie’ Elliott, former blanketman and cellmate of Bobby Sands who inspired the song, Back Home in Derry, and John McDonagh’s review of the film.

Radio Free Éireann Announcement

Radio Free Éireann will air this Saturday November 19th from Noon-1PM New York time, 5-6 PM Irish time, on WBAI 99.5 FM or on the internet at wbai.org. Anytime after the program concludes you can hear the podcast on wbai.org/archives

As the film about Bobby Sands’ hunger strike, 66 Days, premieres in New York Thomas ‘Dixie’ Elliott, a former blanketman and cellmate of Bobby Sands who inspired the song, Back Home in Derry, will discuss the film, the hunger strike and his unique political perspective on events today.

Members of the Parkhead Republican Band in Glasgow will be in studio to discuss what it is like for Irish Republican bands in Scotland.

Go to Radio Free Éireann’s new web site, rfe123.org, where you can read transcripts of last week’s headline making interviews with Derry journalist Eamon Sweeney and Dublin lawyer, author and former Irish Republican Army officer Kieran Conway and get the latest information on our upcoming show.

John McDonagh and Martin Galvin will co-host. ‘See’ you on Saturday!

Radio Free Éireann Announcement

Radio Free Éireann will return this Saturday November 12th and air from Noon-1PM New York time, 5-6 PM Irish time, on WBAI 99.5 FM or on the internet at wbai.org. Anytime after the program concludes you can hear the podcast on wbai.org/archives

Derry based journalist Eamon Sweeney will review a number of important stories including:

 

  • Tony Taylor – the Republican political prisoner being disallowed visits from his wife and child
  • Reaction to the death of reviled informer Raymond Gilmour
  • Continuing political and legal fallout from Brexit and questions on a possible vote at Westminster
  • The Manus Deery legacy inquest
  • The poppy controversy and its impact on James McLean, the professional footballer, who refuses to wear a poppy because of what the symbol means in Derry.                                                           

    Co-hosts John McDonagh and Martin Galvin will have an in studio discussion on the election and how it might affect Irish issues, the recent Brendan Hughes Lecture and on new information in the British murder of American citizen, Liam Ryan.  We will also be previewing the upcoming Irish events in the New York area.

Go to Radio Free Éireann’s new web site, rfe123.org, where you can read transcripts of recent headline making interviews.

Radio Free Éireann Announcement

Radio Free Éireann will have a 2 hour special broadcast this Saturday October 8th from Noon to 2PM New York time or 5PM to 7PM Irish time on WBAI 99.5 FM or wbai.org or anytime after the program concludes on wbai.org/archives.

Famed actor Malachy McCourt, the recipient of this year’s Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award, will talk about this prestigious award and give his unique perspective on current events.

A representative of the Tony Taylor campaign will discuss the latest case of internment-by-licence of this well-known Derry Republican.

Author Eamon Loinsigh will speak about his new novel, Exile on Bridge Street, about a young Irish emigrant sent to Brooklyn as his family lives the struggle of the 1916 Easter Rising and its aftermath.

Sean Bresnahan of the 1916 Societies will report on last week’s massive Hunger Strike Commemoration in Tyrone and the latest British moves on Brexit.

The two hour special is Radio Free Éireann’s segment of WBAI’s fall fund raising drive where listeners can support the station and show support for Radio Free Éireann.

Go to Radio Free Éireann’s new web site, rfe123.org, where you can read transcripts of recent headline making interviews including last week’s interview with John Teggart of the Ballymurphy Massacre Families about their fight for justice and why they walked out of a meeting with recently appointed British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, James Brokenshire.

How to Donate to WBAI in the name of Radio Free Éireann

During the Show:

Call in and make your donation in the name of Radio Free Éireann. There will be two premiums on offer today:

For a $75. donation you will receive an autographed edition of the book, Exile on Bridge Street, by Eamon Loingsigh

Exile on Bridge Street details teenage Irish immigrant Liam Garrity’s struggle to adulthood in pre-Prohibition Brooklyn. Back home, Ireland’s fight for its own independence erupts with the 1916 Easter Rising. The fate of Garrity’s father, an Irish rebel, is unknown which leaves his mother and two sisters vulnerable on the family farm as British troops swarm seeking reprisals. Garrity must organize their departure to New York immediately. In Brooklyn, Garrity is adopted by Dinny Meehan, leader of a longshoremen gang based in an ‘Irishtown’ saloon under the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. Meehan vows to help Garrity and his family. But just as Ireland struggles for independence Garrity faces great obstacles in his own coming of age on the violent Brooklyn waterfront. World War I, the Spanish Influenza, the temperance movement, the rise of Italian organized crime, police, unions and shipping and dock companies all target the Brooklyn Irish gang and threaten Garrity’s chances of bringing his family to New York. When ‘Wild Bill’ Lovett, one of the gang’s dock bosses, vies to take over both Meehan and Garrity face a fight for survival in New York City’s brawling streets mirroring Ireland’s own fledgling independence movement.

For a $100. donation you will receive an autographed edition of the book, Angela Ashes, by Frank McCourt

Perhaps it is the story that accounts for Frank’s survival. Wearing rags for diapers, begging a pig’s head for Christmas dinner and gathering coal from the roadside to light a fire, Frank endures poverty, near-starvation and the casual cruelty of relatives and neighbors yet lives to tell his tale with eloquence, exuberance and remarkable forgiveness. Angela’s Ashes, imbued on every page with Frank McCourt’s astounding humor and compassion, is a glorious book that bears all the marks of a classic. As Mary Breasted, author of Why Should You Doubt Me Now said: ‘Frank McCourt’s book is deeply moving for his searing story is true.’ No one has ever written about poverty or childhood like this. That he could create out of such squalor and misery a flawless masterpiece is nothing short of miraculous.

Online: Use this link to donate in the name of Radio Free Éireann.

WBAI is commercial-free listener sponsored radio. We rely on our listeners to keep us on the air. If every listener donated a fiver or a tenner in the name of Radio Free Éireann our fund raising goals will surely be met. So donate today and help keep WBAI alive and Radio Free Éireann on the air.

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Radio Free Éireann Announcement

Radio Free Éireann will broadcast this Saturday October 1 st – Noon to 1 PM New York time or 5-6 PM Irish time on WBAI 99.5 FM or wbai.org or anytime after the program concludes on wbai.org/archives.

Congressman Joseph Crowley will speak about next month’s Presidential election and the stakes for voters who are concerned about Irish issues.

John Teggart of the Ballymurphy Massacre families will report on their continuing fight for justice and explain why they walked out of a recent meeting with recently appointed British secretary James Brokenshire.

Dee Fennell of the Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) will explain why many residents of Belfast’s staunchly nationalist Ardoyne reject a deal to allow a Orange Parade by their homes and he will update us on protests.

Go to Radio Free Éireann’s new web site, rfe.123.org, where you can read transcripts of recent headline making interviews including last weeks commentary and analysis of the recent Spotlight documentary ‘A Spy in the IRA’ by journalist and author, Ed Moloney, and a special inside commentary by co-hosts Martin Galvin and John McDonagh.

Radio Free Éireann Announcement

Radio Free Éireann will broadcast this Saturday September 3rd – Noon-1-pm New York time or 5pm-6pm Irish time on WBAI 99.5 FM or wbai.org or anytime after the program concludes on wbai.org/archives

Award winning journalist Suzanne Breen will discuss the continuing story of ‘Brysongate’ and why 18 Sinn Féin members have resigned in protest thus far.

As recently released secret British documents reveal the impact of the MacBride Principles against religious discrimination in employment Patrick Doherty of the New York State Comptroller’s Office will discuss how this grassroots American campaign, inspired by the Sullivan Principles for South Africa, became a rallying force which overcame British government efforts.

Brendan Costello will talk about a special upcoming awards event by Irish American Writers and Artists.

Go to Radio Free Éireann’s new web site,  rfe123.org , where you can read written transcripts of last weeks headline making interviews with Kate Nash on the latest milestone in the decades long fight of the Bloody Sunday victims families to bring British troopers to justice and Independent Councillor Padraig McShane on McAllister-McVeigh Memorial Park where Unionists withheld funding because the park is named for Irish patriots killed almost a century ago.

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Radio Free Éireann Announcement

RADIO FREE EIREANN will broadcast this Saturday August 27 – Noon-1-pm New York time or 5pm-6pm Irish time on WBAI 99.5 FM or WBAI.ORG or anytime after the program concludes on WBAI.ORG/ARCHIVES

Kate Nash, whose brother was one of the Bloody Sunday murder victims in Derry,will discuss the announcement that a four year constabulary investigation has ended and what it means to the families in their decades long fight to bring British troopers to justice.

Independent Councillor Padraig McShane will give us the latest developments on the funding controversy surrounding the Gaelic Athletic field at McAllister-McVeigh Memorial Park where Unionists witheld funding because the park is named for Irish patriots killed almost a century ago.He will also discuss the recent Orange parade in Ballycastle.

We will also feature a discussion of a new documentary film on the groundbreaking Irish band ‘BLACK 47’.

Go to RADIO FREE EIREANN’S new web site, RFE123.ORG where you can read written transcripts of last week’s headline making interviews with Belfast Republican Dee Fennell on a public debate challenge with Gerry Adams TD and author and political commentator Anthony McIntyre’s discussion of the continuing fallout from the “Brysongate” scandal.

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Radio Free Éireann Announcement

Radio Free Éireann will return to regular programming – Noon-1-pm New York time this Saturday 20 August 2016.

Belfast Republican Dee Fennell will discuss how an Irish Republican Prisoners Welfare Association leaflet criticizing the PSNI Constabulary has generated a public challenge for a Republican community debate with Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams.

Newly elected Ancient Order of Hibernian National Director Dan Dennehy will discuss the AOH’s new initiatives on Irish immigration including special issues relating to former Republican prisoners and the importance of the appointment of an Immigration Senator in the Irish Senate.

Author and political analyst Anthony McIntyre will discuss startling revelations that a Unionist flag protester, Jamie Bryson, who named DUP chief Peter Robinson in a Stormont hearing on corruption, was coached by Sinn Féin MLA Daithi McKay.

Go to Radio Free Éireann’s new web site rfe123.org where you can read written transcripts of last week’s headline-making interviews with Belfast Republican Francie McGuigan on the Anti-Internment Rally and Derry journalist Eamon Sweeney’s discussion of the death of Bloody Sunday hero Bishop Edward Daly.

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Radio Free Éireann Announcement

RADIO FREE ÉIREANN will present a SPECIAL TWO HOUR PROGRAM – Noon – 2 pm this Saturday 13 August 2016

Last week’s interview with Gerry McGeough (read on rfe123.org) which was misrepresented by Unionists made headline news in the north throughout the week. This week’s program will begin with an answer and rebuttal.

We will then interview Belfast Republican Francie McGuigan, one of the 1971 internees and “Hooded Men” about why last Sunday’s Internment Day March was blocked from the Belfast City Centre, and why nationalists are still marching against Internment in the six counties.

“Derry Journal” reporter Eamon Sweeney, will talk about the life of Bishop Edward Daly, especially his support for justice for the Bloody Sunday families and the bitter reaction of British paratroopers to Bishop Daly’s passing.

RFÉ will continue its own pledge drive program offering a special DVD to supporters ,” A CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE OF ÓGLACH LIAM RYAN”. Liam Ryan a Tyrone native emigrated to the Bronx , worked for Con Ed became an American citizen, and was murdered by pro-British loyalists. The DVD includes moving footage and interviews with family and friends from the Bronx and Tyrone and the Independent Republican 25th anniversary Commemoration.

Go to RADIO FREE ÉIREANN’S new web site rfe123.org where you can read written transcripts of last week’s headline making interviews with Tyrone Republican Gerry McGeough and Richard O’Rawe’s discussion of the movie on Bobby Sands.

Radio Free Éireann Announcement

TWO HOUR SPECIAL PROGRAM SATURDAY AUGUST 6th 12PM-2PM

RADIO FREE ÉIREANN  will be back with a two hour Special Pledge Drive Program this Saturday August 6 noon-2pm New York time or 5pm-7pm Irish time.

Guests this week will include Tyrone Republican Gerry McGeough, speaking about a special DVD for contributors ,” A CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE OF ÓGLACH LIAM RYAN”.  Liam Ryan a Tyrone native emigrated to the Bronx , worked for Con Ed became an American citizen, and was murdered by pro-British loyalists. The DVD includes moving footage and interviews with family and friends from the Bronx and Tyrone and the Independent Republican 25th anniversary Commemoration.

Belfast author and former PRO for the 1981 Hunger Strike Richard O’Rawe will discuss the Belfast premiere of the new film “66 DAYS” about Bobby Sands’ Hunger Strike, including some obvious omissions of coverage of the events in New York and across the United States.

Malachy McCourt will discuss and make available for donors original copies of the 20 year old first edition of his brother’s classic Angela’s Ashes.

Go to RADIO FREE ÉIREANN’S  new web site, RFE123.ORG  where you can read written transcripts of recent interviews with Belfast lawyer  Seamus Delaney on the impact of July 12th Orange marches and bonfires for nationalists and journalist and author Ed Moloney’s  discussion on what Ireland can expect from the new British Prime Minister Theresa May.

John McDonagh and Martin Galvin will co-host.