Live on Eire

Live on Eire is Spain’s only dedicated Irish radio programme. It is broadcast on Wednesday evenings at 7pm CET (6pm Irish time) for two hours on Talk Radio Europe based in Southern Spain.  The station repeats the programme which is presented by Irish broadcaster Ger Sweeney each Sunday from 8pm.

Live on Eire is a chat programme that focuses on the connections that exist between Ireland and Spain. The programme features events that happen in Ireland that would be of interest to the significant Irish community in Spain and further afield. Ger also features events happening in Spain that are of interest to the Irish living in Spain and indeed elsewhere.

Below, starting with the most recent, you can hear the last 12 programmes as broadcast. Should you require information in relation to, or recordings of, older programmes please get in touch via Also, please see the “Conversations” tab on this site to hear a random selection of interviews conducted by Ger Sweeney throughout the lifetime of the programme.

In producing Live on Eire, Ger is very fortunate to have the assistance of a small number of very dedicated and knowledgeable contributors.  It would not be possible to do what he does without that assistance.


JASJosé Antonio Sierra is our Spanish/Irish Cultural Consultant. José Antonio is Spanish but spent many years working in Ireland. He is always working towards identifying, highlighting and celebrating the cultural links that exist between Ireland and Spain. José Antonio reported for dozens of international news outlets during his time in Ireland and now that he is back in Spain he continues this work. Whatever we do here at Sivna Media is sent across the world to relevant news outlets and continues to promote and highlight our content.


BenBen Sweeney is the Producer of Morning Focus, the daily current affairs programme on Clare FM. He is a graduate of Mary Immaculate College in Limerick where he worked with the college radio station Wired FM as a presenter and producer for four years. He also worked as producer of Tipp Today, the flagship daily current affairs programme on Tipp FM for over a year. Ben is the Emerald Connection’s “ear to the ground” in Ireland year-round.



IMG_3310George Lee Throughout his career George has honed his professional communication skills. A self confessed “News Junkie” his unique slant on the world is always thought provoking. George contributes to Live on Eire mainly through the G2 Summits which is a lighthearted look at the stories making headlines in Ireland at any particular time. He and Ger are lifelong friends so there’s plenty of banter on the G2s when they happen.




Patricia Trainor is a retired university teacher at the University of Malaga. She is originally from Belfast and is interested in Ireland and all things Irish. Patricia taught Irish Studies to Spanish students BUT also to Erasmus students who came from all over the world. The reaction of all of her students to what they learned about Ireland and the Irish language has always amazed Patricia and she delights in the experiences they have when they visit Ireland. She says that she often recalls the words of Salvador de Madariaga who was a Spanish Professor in the University of Oxford who suggested that the Irish seem to have more in common with the Mediterranean people than with the Northern people and he thinks we are actually a Latin tribe who got lost in the North. The similarities between the Irish people and the people of Galicia, Patricia suggests could actually prove him right! Since joining the team Patricia has given us scores of stories and we have captured them all on a podcast series called “Stories of Ireland and the Irish”. Search for the series wherever you get your podcasts and enjoy them.


PJ Curtis is an award-winning Broadcaster, Record Producer, Musicologist, Lecturer and Author. He has produced 62 record-albums to date including two-times USA NAIRD Award- winning. He has worked on album recording projects with musicians such as Rory Gallagher, Albert Lee, Chip Young and Bob Moore (Elvis sidemen) as well as Bluegrass Grammy Winning stars Jerry Douglas, Bela Fleck and Peter Rowan. He has lectured widely on Irish Music, Roots and Americana and related topics in Ireland, the UK and the USA. In 2006 he was awarded a Hon. M.A. (NUI), for his contribution to the Arts and is the winner of three national radio awards for his programmes on RTE Radio 1, Century Radio and Lyric FM. In 2009 he worked  with Steven Speilberg as music consultant /researcher on his film Warhorse . He has also earned two awards for his published writings. His novel ‘A Nightingale Falling’ went on general release in Ireland as a Feature Film in 2014, winning an Award at the Newport Film Fest in California. He is currently working on a new novel (as yet untitled). In 2018/´19 he presented a Roots Music radio show on Coast FM in Nerja, Spain and since 2020 has been a regular contributor to Live on Eire on Talk Radio Europe, also based in Spain.

Coming Up -There will not be a Live on Eire Wednesday 30th November 2022

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Live on Eire Archive Starts Here

Live on Eire 23rd November 2022

Mick Hanly is a household name and has been singing and writing songs since the 1960’s. The Limerick man has released his new album titled “Marathon”. He talks to Ger on today’s edition. Patricia Trainor continues her series on words in common use whose origins can be traced to the Irish language. Plenty of news about and from Ireland and lots of Irish music from many genres.


Live on Eire 16th November 2022

James Lawless joins Ger to chat about his latest novel which is titled “Letters to Jude”. He also reads some extracts. George Lee returns on this edition too for a G2 Summit. Plenty of news about and from Ireland with a scattering of Irish music from many genres.


Live on Eire 9th November 2022

There is a Museum Triangle in Waterford City where a number of museums are within second walk from each other. Waterford Treasures is administered by Eamonn McEneaney. Part of that triangle is the Museum of Time featuring the finest collection of clocks, watches and time pieces in the world. David Boles and Colman Curran are the driving force behind this horology spectacular. Ger chats with Eamonn, David and Colman about Waterford Treasures. Patricia Trainor tells us about the expression “To Chance your Arm” along with the story of the Tories and the word “Quark”.


Live on Eire 2nd November 2022

The internationally acclaimed actor Richard Harris died in 2002. recently his personal archives were donated to University College Cork. On today’s programme Ger chats to Crónán O Doibhlin, UCC Head of Collections and Dr. Barry Monahan, an academic who is an authority on Richard Harris. Patricia Trainor is back with another story and today she tells us about “Avocados and Malapropisms”.


Live on Eire 26th October 2022

Tommie Gorman is probably best known as RTE’s Northern Correspondent but also spent time reporting from Europe and was the national station’s North West Correspondent for years too. Tommie joins Ger on this episode to chat about his new book titled “Never Better” and a few anecdotes from his life as a news man. This is an extended interview spanning both hours of the programme


Live on Eire 19th October 2022

Tom Lawlor is Director of the Bram Stoker Festival which gets underway on 28th October. There are four days of “Deadly Adventures” planned and Tom tells Ger all about it. Charlie McGettigan is no stranger to the programme and he’s back in an extended conversation with Ger to tell us about his recently released book titled “Always a Rock n Roll Kid. Some new music and some news from Ireland in here too.


Live on Eire 12th October 2022

The recently crowned British F4 Champion Alex Dunne from Co. Offaly chats to Ger on this week’s programme. The lovely city of A Coruña is host to a seminar titled “Los Caminos Jacobeos e Irlanda” which gets underway on Thursday and it’s co-organiser David Clark talks us through what to expect. Minister for State at the Department of Foreign Affairs with responsibility for the Diaspora Colm Brophy TD talks to Ger about the “To Be Irish” Initiative. Great Irish music from different genres and a whole lot more.


Live on Eire 5th October 2022

Two great guests to meet on today’s programme. Chelsea Gray tells us all about Basking Sharks and the importance of recent legislation enacted to ensure their protection in Irish waters. Declan McEvoy lives in the beautiful village of Quin, Co. Clare and is currently on the 6th leg of his “around the world motorcycle trip”. Declan joins Ger from the Republic of Congo to chat about his progress. Great Irish music and lots of news from all over Ireland. Live from 7pm CET (6pm in Ireland).


Live on Eire 28th September 2022

The reaction to yesterday’s Budget 2023 has been varied but George Lee is with Ger on this edition to have a look at it and see where the main points might assist families and individuals. Patricia Trainor joins Ger live (unusually) to chat about her recent visit to her hometown of Belfast and discuss the changes and the things that remain the same. Some great music of all genres and lots of news from and about Ireland.


Live on Eire 21st September 2022

On this week’s Live on Eire, Jim Finn, Presenter of Tipp FM’s Ag report joins Ger live from the National Ploughing Championships in Co. Laois and Patricia Trainor tells us about English words that have their origins in the Irish language. Music and news galore from Ireland and plenty of fun too.


Live on Eire 14th September 2022

On this episode Patricia Trainor commences a new series of stories and it is all about Irish words that have found their way into everyday conversation in American English. george Lee is back for a G2 Summit, discussing the stories that are focusing the minds of people in Ireland this week. Plenty of great Irish music from many genres and lots of news from and about Ireland too. hear it live from 7pm CET (6pm in Ireland) on Talk Radio Europe.



Live on Eire 7th September 2022

Fabre ensemble is a new early music ensemble of five singers specialising in Iberian Renaissance choral music with a particular emphasis on the music of Cristóbal de Morales. Their debut concert of choral chamber music will take place at St Mary’s Cathedral, Killarney on Saturday, 10th September at 4pm and on today’s programme founding member Leanne Fitzgerald and Artistic Director Ciaran Kelly tell Ger about the ensemble and the planned event in Killarney. Staying in Kerry for the second feature today Ger is joined by Nuala Kelly from Ardfert Historical Society to tell us about a very special exhibition currently underway in the town.