Historic Barrscéalta broadcast from Bessbrook

March 20, 2017

Local gaeilgeóirí and traditional musicians commanded the airwaves when RTE-Radió na Gaeltachta broadcast its flagship Ulster programme Barrscéalta from Bessbrook Community Centre on Friday 10th March.

The programme, which is usually broadcast daily from Na Doirí Beaga, Donegal was presented by Áine Ní Churráin and featured local musicians – Emmet and Paul Quinn from Camloch and Paddy and Kieran Burns, Bessbrook, as well as Ursula Crawley, Marian McGawley, Oisín Bradley, Josephine Keegan and Tommy Fegan.

Among those interviewed for the hour-long programme were Jarlaith Burns, Principal of St. Paul’s HS; Neil Comer, President of Conradh na Gaeilge; Pádraig Ó Tiarnaigh from an Dream Dearg; Uaitéar Ó Brolcháin, An Cumann Scoldrámaíochta; Louise Smith, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council; Celine Uí Fhiacháin; Annette Nic Lochlainn and a number of pupils from St. Paul’s H.S. and Our Lady’s Grammar in Newry.

Annette Nic Lochlainn of Bessbrook Irish Language Group thanked all who took part in the programme, the staff of Bessbrook Community Centre for the warm welcome and tremendous support as well as the many people who dropped by to enjoy the broadcast.

”We are delighted to have hosted this historic broadcast of Barrscéalta – the first ever by the station from Bessbrook.  The musicians and other participants in the programme presented a really positive view of the village and the surrounding area with the high standards of their contributions.  The amount of congratulatory messages we have received since the broadcast has been incredible.”

Annette extended appreciation to the production team of presenter Áine Ní Churráin, producer Colm Ó Dulacháin, and technicians, Cian and Séamas who, she said, made participating in ‘Barrscéalta beo ar an aer’ such a pleasure.

“We look forward to continuing our constructive relationship with station RTE-Radió na Gaeltachta in the months and years which lie ahead,” she added.