To mark Seachtain Na Gaeilge, RTÉ and the IBI are proud to announce a new Irish-language radio app (An Seinnteoir Raidió) which brings together, for the first time, every radio station on the island broadcasting as Gaeilge – RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, Raidió na Life, Raidió Rí-Rá and Raidió Fáilte, along with 43 other Irish radio stations in the one place. Developed by RTÉ with the support of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Independent Broadcasters of Ireland, the app is free to download from the App Store and Play Store now.
The app, which is available now for free from the iTunes App Store (iOS) and the Google Play Store (Android), was officially launched by Rónán Mac Con Iomaire, RTÉ Group Head of Irish Language. Rónán was joined by Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh (Raidio na Gaeltachta), Chris Greene (RTÉ 2fm), Barbara Nic Dhonnacha (Classic Hits 4FM), Bláthnaid Treacy (RTÉ 2fm), Sean Rocks (RTÉ Radio 1), and Eoghan McDermott (RTÉ 2fm).
Rónán Mac Con Iomaire, RTÉ Group Head of Irish Language, says: “It’s fantastic that RTÉ has taken the lead in launching an app that brings all of the island of Ireland’s Irish language radio services together in one place, and it’s a real example of the value of partnership, with valuable support from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and the IBI. Clustering together all of the available Irish-language radio services will add to the accessibility and choice of radio services as Gaeilge, in a way that hasn’t been possible for the listener until now.”
Lisa Ni Choisdealbha, Executive Director of the Independent Broadcasters of Ireland (IBI) said: “The launch of the Irish Radioplayer was a game changer in Irish radio and there’s no doubt but that An Seinnteoir Raidió will follow suit. With all Irish language radio stations and Irish language programmes together in one accessible place, it is easier for listeners to tune in, which in turn will make the consumption of radio “as Gaeilge” much easier for our audiences. An Seinnteoir Raidió shows what can be achieved when broadcasters put aside their competitive differences and focus on what is in the best interests of the Irish radio audiences.”
An Seinnteoir Raidió app is available to download now directly from the iTunes App Store or Google Play Store.