There’s no place like home.
Home is where the heart is, and the heartbeat of Ireland is our sense of home.
Many of us will stray from our roots in pursuit of education, careers and family life… But we’ll always be drawn back to the place that shaped us.
At iRadio we’re proud of the fact that our presenters – the voices of our station – hail from all different corners of our island.
And we’re excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with Maldron Hotels to send them all back to where they came from.
Over the following weeks we’ll be conducting a number of live broadcasts from the counties that each of our presenters call home.
To discover their roots, and learn a thing or two about the amazing rural and regional communities that make our country tick.
iGoHome’s road trip so far:
Monday July 1st: The first day of iGoHome’s roadtrip around Ireland saw us in Galway City live from An Taibhdhearc, the national Irish language theatre of Ireland.
And it was there we were treated to a live performance from the famous Galway Street Band, if you’ve ever walked down shop street on a nice day chances are you’ve heard these guys before:
We also chatted to local Galway author Catherine Doyle who lives and breathes Galway City and had some very interesting insights about the place:
Tuesday July 2nd: Fionnuala and Dave started the day at the Maldron Hotel on Sandyford Road, where the guys chatted to John Crumlish, the CEO of the Galway International Arts Festival. And he explained just how an act comes to be involved in the famous festival:
And Dave got a cuddle from Cody, the dog with the inspiring story:
Later on in the evening we held our exclusive intimate listener gig with The Academic at the Róisín Dubh, which was incredible…
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July 3rd: We were back at the Maldron Hotel on Sandyford Road and we heard all about The Academic’s amazing intimate performance at the Róisín Dubh on Tuesday night and their plans for the rest of Summer:
And Dave and Fionnuala spoke to Galway GAA player Mairead Seoige about Galway’s crucial upcoming match against Mayo, and her impending move to play AFLW in Australia:
July 4th: We were live from the iconic Áras na nGael, and we all held our breath when Fionnuala tried her hand at tightrope walking with the Galway Community Circus:
And we were treated to an amazing performance from the talented John Gaughan:
July 8th: The Hub’s Louise Clarke travelled back to Galway City, her home of over a decade, and kicked things off with a Battle of the Buskers.
With the help of the iRadio Peugot iTeam, she searched the streets looking for Galway’s best busking talent.
And live from Flirt FM in NUI Galway, Louise’s first radio employer, the buskers – Pa Reidy and Derek Ellard – went head to head.
Who do you think was victorious?!
Or Derek Ellard?
Louise also raided the archives at Flirt FM and found audio of Michael D Higgins from way back in 2010, before he was elected President.
She was there the day he popped into Flirt and read one of his own poems:
Who doesn’t love a bit of Michael D?!
July 9th: On Day 6 of iGoHome, Louise set up camp in The Clayton in Galway.
The producer of The Dirty Circus, Tommy Walsh, stopped by and told her all about the world of burlesque and cabaret in Galway City:
Galway band Rofi James dropped in and treated Louise to a live performance.
If you’ve never heard them, you need to listen to this:
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If you’ve visited Galway, you’ll more than likely know the Dough Bros.
There’s often queues outside their restaurant on Middle Street and it’s no wonder – their beautiful pizzas are made with fresh ingredients and cooked up in a massive Italian wood-fired oven.
Louise tried her hand at making one, with the assistance of owner Ronan:
July 10th: It was a heartwarming day on the road for Louise and the iGoHome team on Wednesday.
The guys visited Galway SPCA, where they met Emma and Anita who rescue, rehabilitate and re-home abandoned and abused animals.
The team were introduced to greyhounds Diaz and Mr. Magoo and told how they ended up in the sanctuary.
Emma spoke in great detail about the astounding amount of greyhounds who enter the sanctuary, as well as common misconceptions surrounding the gentle and misunderstood breed:
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And Galway DJ Mitch MacDonald of Mitch Presents chatted to Louise about his work and how he fell in love with the Galway nightlife scene:
July 15th: The iGoHome convoy rolled on to Co. Mayo! And we were live from IRL presenter Sharron Lynskey’s living room! And along with her very patient and understanding family, we were treated to a VIP tour of the village of Tooreen!
First up Sharron welcomed Ellen Tenner and Niamh Duffy from the local youth club – Tooreen Foroige – and they chatted about everything the club does for the people of Tooreen:
Finally, the day was rounded off the day with Siobhan Foody joining the party again, she’s also the founder of the Castlebar Gin Trail and joined the crew for a tipple to talk about a gin named after a celebrity cow, Bertha! You can hear that story and check out what we’re up to today across @thisisiradio on social media.
Then it was onto Colaiste Acla, an adventure college where Gordon is currently loving his time. So Sharron had a chat about everything they get up to day-to-day:
Fionnuala Corbett – Co. Galway:
First cab off the rank is long time iRadio news presenter and drive-time host of The Lift Fionnuala Corbett.
Fionnuala hails from Co. Galway and she says she can’t wait to spend time back home.
”I’m proud to be from Galway but to be honest I don’t get to spend as much time there as I want to, so I am so excited to get back for a few days. Of course it’s great to get to bring Dave along for the laugh as well!” She said.
“Obviously Galway is a fantastic place to be in the summer, so we really are going at the ideal time and fingers crossed the weather will hold up for us.”
”We’ll be documenting all our Galway adventures on iRadio’s Snapchat and Instagram, @thisisiradio, and if anyone has any suggestions for places we should go or people we should meet then let us know!”
Louise Clarke – Co. Galway:
Good things happen when you go west!
That’s why we’re excited to once again be heading to County Galway as The Hub’s Louise Clarke goes back to where it all began.
Louise is on a mission to lift the lid on some of the unique things that make Galway…Galway!
Sharron Lynskey – Co. Mayo:
After two weeks in Galway it was time to move on…enter prodigal IRL presenter and prodigal Mayo daughter Sharron Lynskey!
Hailing from the village of Tooreen, there’s green and red blood pumping through Sharron’s veins and she can’t wait to head home: