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.
Since its inception in 2018 Live on Eire has grown in stature and listenership and has, on a weekly basis, brought a taste of Ireland to the significant Talk Radio Europe listeners across Spain, Europe and other corners of the globe where the radio station is enjoyed on a daily basis. Irish artists such as Paul Brady, Mick Hanly, The Raines & Mike Hanrahan, Musicians Martin Hayes & Mick Kinsella, broadcasters Mike Murphy & Tommie Gorman, Author Trevor Birney and entertainer Brendan Grace have all featured on the programme. News from and about Ireland is a staple as is the weekly mix of wonderful Irish music from today and yesterday from so many genres.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 their assistance.
José 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.
Ben 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.
George 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 – Live on Eire Wednesday 27th September 2023
This will be updated in the coming days. Hear Live on Eire from 7pm CET (6pm in Ireland) online at http://www.tre.radio or download the TRE App.
Live on Eire Archive
Since September 1st the Live on Eire archive has migrated to a podcast series. Search for “Live on Eire” wherever you get your podcasts to listen back. The archive starts on June 7th 2023 but if you want to hear any specific episode prior to that date please request it at email@example.com
To go to the Spotify podcast series click HERE