Clonakilty gets a voice


Posted on: 10th June, 2016

Category: Headlines

Contributor: West Cork People

Above: Sheelagh Broderick will be running ‘Clonakilty Online Radio Experiment’

The people of Clonakilty are being invited to contribute to their very own radio station this month. As part of her ‘Incidental Traces’ artist’s residency at Clonakilty Community Arts Centre, from June 13 to 19, Baltimore artist Sheelagh Broderick will be running ‘Clonakilty Online Radio Experiment’, a temporary community-based online radio station. Whether you have story to contribute, a favourite playlist, or simply would like to chat, Clonline Radio would like to hear from you.

“The aim of the project is to provide opportunities for all to engage with the visual arts as creators, spectators and participants,” says Sheelagh. We’re hoping to stimulate conversation about what’s going on in the community, hear what local people’s music preferences are, support local bands and musicians, showcase talent, hear from community groups and sporting organisations and really get a feel for Clonakilty.” “We’ll even have a yoga hour and a Menu Del Dia.”

The Cope Foundation and West Cork Animal Welfare Group have already contributed recordings, local musician Justin Grounds has sent in his favourite playlist and a contribution is expected from the local pSoken Wrod group. Unislim are also on board and will be providing tips and advice on weightloss.

The radio station will be broadcasting during the Clonakilty Organic Arts Festival, so Sheelagh is hoping to speak to participating artists and preview what’s coming up throughout the festival.

The production/broadcasting team is being put together at present so anyone interested in participating should get in touch.

“It’s about giving people a voice and bringing the arts centre out into the community,” says CCAC artist-musician Lorraine King-Marshall.

Michael Holly, CCAC coordinator says this project is generating a lot of interest from locals. “It’s an exciting project that’s helping to raise awareness of the community arts centre while also helping us to integrate in the local community and promoting active community participation. We hope that local businesses will come on board and play the station on their premises.”

Sheelagh Broderick is involved in a number of collaborative social engagement art projects in West Cork including Urban Explorer in Skibbereen and Waiting Room in Baltimore. For more information see:

The Incidental Traces project is supported by Cork County Council.

To tune in or for more information go to or find Clonline Radio on facebook.

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