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 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 that 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 13th July 2022
This will be added 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 Starts Here
Live on Eire 6th July 2022
A new service to help victims of domestic abuse is being launched in pharmacies around the country. “Safe Pharmacy”, led by the Irish Pharmacy Union, involves almost 900 pharmacies who will provide a safe space to anyone who requires it. Mary McDermott, CEO of Safe Ireland, one of the partners in this, tells Ger about the new initiative and the work of Safe Ireland. Patricia Trainor has another story about one of Ireland’s great castles. Plenty of news and music from Ireland too. We’re live from 7pm (6pm Irish time)
Live on Eire 29th June 2022
State papers were destroyed on 30th June 1922, two days after the commencement of the Irish Civil War. It was thought that these documents were gone forever but as Dr. Ciarán Wallace from Beyond 2022 explains this is not necessarily the case. Recently Ger spoke to Ambassador Donal Denham and the interview was to be about his new book which is titled Nine Lives. Time got the better of the pair so the interview will have to be resumed in the coming weeks. For that to be relevant, Live on Eire listeners get an opportunity to hear the first part on this episode.
Live on Eire 22nd June 2022
Veteran Irish journalist David O’Donoghue talks to Ger about his new book titled “Line of Fire” which is described as a thrilling memoir chase through a media minefield. Ricki Wynne is a mountain endurance runner from Co Leitrim and he recently ran up and down Croagh Patrick an incredible 15 times, breaking two world records and raising money for charity in the process. Patricia Trainor tells us the story behind another of Ireland’s iconic castles. There’s a tribute to Dennis Cahill who passed away this week and a whole lot more.
Live on Eire 15th June 2022
There’s another story from Patricia Trainor in her series about some of Ireland’s great and historic castles. We hear from Roger Cummiskey about Bloomsday (16th June) and the importance of the 100 year old tome. Recently Ger spoke to the RNLI Operations Manager in Cliften about the arrival of the station’s new “memory boat”. There are 10,000 people remembered as their names are printed on its hull. Tonight Ger talks to one person who paid to have her Great Great Grandfather’s name included in that list. Staying in the West – CallyAnna introduces her new single which is a tribute to Chirsty Moore.
Live on Eire 8th June 2022
In the first hour – recently, a number of native Oysters were found in Belfast Lough. It was thought this species had died out in 1903 but Ulster Wildlife has embarked on an ambitious growing programme. Heidi McIIvenny gives us the details. In the second hour Ger talks to Matin Hayes, renowned traditional fiddle player from East Clare who has travelled the world wowing audiences and bringing with him his own interpretation of what traditional players have handed down from generation to generation.
Live on Eire 1st June 2022
As Northern Ireland continues to dominate the news in relation to the Northern Ireland Protocol and the elected parties’ inability to form a power sharing government Ger talks to Professor Katy Hayward, co-author of the Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey. The 20th International Conference of the Spanish Association of Irish Studies is being held in Burgos University in the coming days and its co-ordinator Amor Barros del Rio talks to Ger about the programme and the work of the Association. Plenty of great Irish music from many genres and lots of news from, and about, Ireland.
Live on Eire 25th May 2022
Dublin-based “Pillow Queens” are into their European tour. Ahead of their Madrid gig Ger spoke to co-lead vocalist and guitarist Pamela Connolly about the band, the tour and making music. The Irish National Opera (INO) recently announced its 2022/2023 programme of events and we’ll hear from Executive Director, Diego Fasciati, about that programme and the work of the INO. Patricia Trainor is back with another story of one of Ireland’s well known castles. Plenty of great Irish music from various genres and lots of news from and about Ireland too.
Live on Eire 18th May 2022
On today’s edition the welcome return of the G2 Summit – George Lee and Ger chat about some of the stories making headlines in Ireland at present. Their unique take on things! John Brittain is the Operations Manager at the RNLI Lifeboat station in Clifden in Connemara. The station recently received its new all-weather boat. It’s a “Memory Launch” lifeboat and it carries on its Hull the names of 10,000 people who are being remembered by their loved ones. Plenty of great Irish music from all genres and lots of news from and about Ireland.
Live on Eire 11th May 2022
Patricia Trainor tells us the story of aother of Ireland’s great castles – Cahir Castle in Co. Tipperary. Patrick Kirwan is a teacher from co. Waterford who has recently established the irish Schools Sustainability Network that encourages all schools to look more carefully at Climate Change and to come up with ways of protecting our environment. Professor Kieran Moran tells Ger about the technology that is employed in the Sliotar – which is the ball used in the Irish game of hurling. Plenty of news from home and great Irish music from various genres.
Live on Eire 4th May 2022
On this edition of Live on Eire we celebrate 4 years of the programme being on air. There is a multitude of talent and information amassed through the very interesting people we have heard on the programme in that time. We’ve never “listened back” before so as we celebrate our 4th birthday er hear some of the guests from the first 2 years of the programme. We will have a listen to years 3 and 4 on other occasions
Live on Eire 27th April 2022
On this week’s episode of Live on Eire Ger talks to Dr. Tara Byrne about the Bealtaine festival 2022 which is an Age and Opportunity initiative happening across Ireland during the month of May. The General Manager of Rosslare Europort, Glen Carr talks us through the huge changes that have occurred at the port in recent years and what’s to come in the next 5 years. Exciting times for Ireland’s South East Region. Plenty of news from and about Ireland in there and lots of great Irish music.
Live on Eire 20th April 2022
On Thursday 28th April the first public meeting and launch of Music Alliance Ireland takes place at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. Ahead of that the Chair of the group, Toner Quinn, speaks to Ger about its membership, aims and its hopes for the music industry in Ireland. As our attention is being focused more and more on Climate Change and the need to protect our environment we hear from Dara O’Maoildhia from the Aran Islands Energy Co-op to get an understanding of how the islanders are moving closer to a fossil fuel free community. Plenty of great Irish music from many genres and lots of news from and about Ireland too.
Live on Eire 13th April 2022
The recently announced pilot support scheme for 2000 Irish artists is featured on the programme when Ger talks to Tom Creed from the National Campaign for the Arts. Patricia Trainor has another story for us and this week she continues her series on Irish Castles. Plenty of great Irish music from many genres and lots of news from and about Ireland.