New Raidió na Life Studios officially opened!
Pictured in the above photograph are the full employed staff of Raidió na Life, from left to right: Muiris Ó Fiannachta, Station Manager, Judy-Meg Ní Chinnéide, Development & Training Officer, Marc Ó Loinsigh, Weekend Supervisor, Niamh Ní Shúilleabháin, Programme Co-Ordinator, and Fearghal Saxe, Raidió na Life Technician, in Stiúideo 1, the station’s new main studio in Amiens Street.
At an event that took place last night, 28th March, renowned broadcaster Cormac Ó hEadhra, of RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta and RTÉ Radio 1, a former-broadcaster with Raidió na Life, officially opened the station’s new studios at 63 – 66 Amiens Street, in Dublin 1.
During his speech at the official opening, Ó hEadhra, who is well known not only in the world of Irish-language broadcasting but also in the world of English-language broadcasting, praised the opportunities which Raidió na Life provide to young people to cut their teeth in the world of broadcasting, as he himself once did as a student in DCU in the 1990s. He spoke of the positive impact which Raidió na Life has on creating and nourishing a specific community within the broader Irish-language community in Dublin, and referred to the role which Raidió na Life plays in strengthening and supporting the development and ownership of a strong sense of identity among the Irish-speaking community in the capital city. He also spoke fondly of his memories of time spent as a presenter in Raidió na Life and the lessons he learned about the profession during his time wiith the station.
Raidió na Life’s newly built studios and offices are situated side by side with the offices of Foras na Gaeilge in the new headquarters of the all-island body, which promotes Irish all across Ireland, north and south. Raidió na Life’s new studios were built as part of the recent relocation process when Foras na Gaeilge and Raidió na Life moved from their old home at 7 Merrion Square in Dublin 2, to the new headquarters in Amiens Street, in the north of the city. Raidió na Life had been situated at 7 Merrion Square from the station’s inception and first coming on air in 1993, and Foras na Gaeilge was located there since its foundation as part of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, continuing as a successor to Bord na Gaeilge, which had been situated in Merrion Square since the 1970s.